When he wasn’t getting asked about sharks, Jim McElwain was in a good mood at SEC Media days this past week.
And part of the reason for McElwain’s optimism is the depth, and talent his team has at quarterback.
“I think for the first time our room is really good. We’ve got talent. We’ve got guys that are going to be able to compete against each other, learn from each other and I’m looking forward to it,” McElwain said at SEC Media Days.
“Obviously, with Z coming in that changed the room a little bit. Feleipe’s been having a fantastic offseason leading up to that as well. And Luke is back to throwing as well. That’s a good thing. I think it’s a great problem to have.”
Due to some of the losses on the defensive side of the ball, the Gators were picked to finish second in the SEC East.
As for the long-term future at Florida, it looks as if recruits are buying in, as the Gators have the No. 1 overall class for the 2019 recruiting cycle. However, due to de-commitments, the Gators now have the No. 13 class in the SEC for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Only Missouri has a lower-ranked class among SEC teams.
Earlier in the offseason, McElwain received a raise and a contract extension through the 2023-24 season.
McElwain has fared well in previous editions of SEC Country’s approval poll. McElwain came in with an 84.5 percent approval rating, good for fifth among SEC coaches.
McElwain will now earn $4.4 million in 2017. The Gators open the 2017 season against Jim Harbaugh and Michigan on Sept. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.