The walk-throughs also gave players a chance to adjust to the one-of-a-kind halo video board, which could come into their vision on deep passes, as well as fielding kickoffs and punts.
So when the dust settled following a 33-17 loss, few Gators were more disappointed.
The Florida Gators are coming from a 9-4 record and they nearly got to where they wanted, but they lost to Alabama in the SEC title game.
Florida, led by coach Jim McElwainn, has the ability to put their program back on the map and a victory over MI is a good place to start. What's more, the Wolverines drove and saw a tremendous effort from kicker Quinn Nordin, who nailed two field goals from 50-or-more yards. "Let me be very clear: That sort of criticism is bulls--". "They whooped us. I mean, plain and simple". "You have to look forward".
"If you're not chasing ideal, you're not getting better".
Under pressure in Year 3 to produce a productive offense, McElwain spent the past month touting his options at quarterback, bevy of playmakers and an offensive line he insisted would be one of the strengths of the team.
PROTECTING FRANCOIS: Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois was sacked 34 times last season due to a combination of factors - holding on to the ball too long, receivers running wrong routes, offensive line issues.
"I just thought we needed to shake up the batting order", McElwain said of the quarterback switch. If the Wolverines can display the solid defense and variety on offense that led them to the New Years Six and the Capital One Orange Bowl last year, then they can make a signifcant statement to the rest of the country with a win over Florida tomorrow. "And that was disappointing". Do you agree with my choice for game ball?
"The whole body of work from spring on", McElwain said this week.
Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks, junior Luke Del Rio and Malik Zaire - a graduate transfer from Notre Dame - are all still candidates to open the game. McElwain said the coaches thought about bringing in Luke Del Rio, but made a decision to stay with Zaire. "There was some stuff we didn't get to". Should be a festive opener back in Gainesville. After Saturday's game, Nussmeier took a beating on social media. The Wolverines probably won't see a ranked team again until an October 21 visit to Penn State, and that leaves plenty of time to tidy things up.
The Gators lost their season opener for the first time since 1989, while being held to 192 total yards, nine first downs and no offensive touchdowns Saturday. He also moved into the top five in school history in TD passes and yards rushing.
McElwain said his defense wore down. In coach Jim McElwain's first two seasons in Gainesville, the team has finished 111th and 116th in total offense.
Dawson said the Gators would stick together. "Obviously it hurts, and I will think about it". For that reason, I will take MI winning this game by about a touchdown or so in what should be a low scoring game. "I don't point fingers at anyone". We've heard of coaches calling a recruit at midnight when a period ends or visiting right at the stroke of midnight, but this is the first we've heard of a slumber party. No doubt, the Wolverines will need better play from their signal-callers down the road.
While the MI loss was just one game, season-opening defeats can weigh more heavily on a team given the anticipation and build-up. This was the first time a ranked Big Ten team beat a ranked SEC squad in a non-conference game.
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