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@TomLuginbill Your thoughts on the Gator OC Hire and the effect towards the current and future recruits?
— Nick Plummer (@Plummer0304) December 26, 2013
I really like it. I have been very outspoken about what I felt Will Muschamp needed to do. More spread, more innovation, more creativity in the passing game -- all traits that had to be involved in his decision. The problem is this philosophy is at odds with everything Muschamp believes in offensively. He wants to run it, then run it some more and play great defense. The reason why this hire fits is because it is the best of both worlds philosophically and schematically. If Kurt Roper’s offensive prowess brings anything to the offense it will be a proven background in the passing game that has been successful at every stop he has made. Having been schooled under David Cutcliffe’s tutelage, this scheme has had success in the SEC and it does not mean you have to abandon the run game or lack of physical style of play. The Gators will still run counter and power and zone, but what comes off of it in the passing game will be a dramatic difference and that difference will be attractive to prospective offensive recruits. The proof is in the pudding and I believe that when Roper lays down the blueprint in front of current and future commits, they will like what they see and hear. There is history in it and a lot of success to point to. This offense will be more diverse and attract QBs as well as there have been quite few players flourish in it. Do the Mannings ring a bell?