Doug Nussmeier working on ‘little things’ with Florida offense

Treon Harris started six games at quarterback as a freshman last season. (AP photo)

Treon Harris started six games at quarterback as a freshman last season. (AP photo)

When you’re working with little returning talent from an offense that was 12th in the SEC total offense, 12th in passing and 12th in offensive TDs, there’s a lot of work to be done.

So you have to start somewhere, and for new Florida offensive coordinator, it’s with what he called the “little things.”

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“We’ve got to clean up some of those things that show up when you first started camp,” Nussmeier told GatorSports.com. We’ve got some balls on the ground on some exchanges and those type of things. We’ll continue to talk about, No. 1, ball security. It’s a point of emphasis. It’s always about the ball with us, and then finding ways to create explosive plays and putting our playmakers in position to make plays.”

Nussmeier is one of 14 new coordinators in the SEC this season.

Former coach Will Muschamp, now the defensive coordinator at Auburn, said recently he wasn’t involved enough on the offensive side of the ball when he was at Florida.

I don’t know if his involvement would have helped or hurt Florida’s offense, but the Gators are basically starting over on that side of the ball as they move from a spread offense to a more pro-style attack.

“It’s a learning curve, a steep one right now for them,” Nussmeier said. “They weren’t under center last year, so we’re starting from that. Talking about getting in a stance, proper hand placement to take a snap. You’re talking about things that if you don’t focus on little things, they become major issues. We started from the basic premise and we’re doing a really good job of being eager, wanting to learn and studying extra. Like anything, it’s going to take a little time.”


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