Posted: Sunday July 30, 2006 1:04AM; Updated: Monday July 31, 2006 11:26PM
As we saw last year, this offense, despite all its intricacies, managed 16 points against Tennessee, 17 against LSU and 14 against Georgia. That won't get it done in the SEC. Meyer was quick to pinpoint a lackluster running game that was ranked 56th in the nation, averaging 146.75 yards a game, as a major reason for the team's offensive futility in 2005. Yes, the running game must be a factor for the spread-option to be effective, but the culprit behind the Gators' struggles is more about personnel as a whole, as opposed to just the backs.
Year 2 was a turning point for Meyer at both Bowling Green and Utah, but at both places he had quarterbacks he was able to mold to fit the system. Smith had played in two games before Meyer took over, and Harris was a quarterback/running game/kick returner/receiver before Meyer made him the full-time QB. There was no changing of the guard in Gainesville, and until Meyer adapts the offense to better suit Leak's ability, we'll instead have to live with those flashes of brilliance while the Legion of Tebow keeps gaining momentum, no matter how many records he breaks.
Oh yes, pursuing records.
Meyer stressed that he doesn't want players talking statistics, saying "what's really important is winning that game, getting to [the SEC championship game] ... the objective is not to throw for yards."
But Leak isn't so concerned with yards, as he is touchdowns. The 50 that he shot off as a personal goal this season would be a Florida record, surpassing the 49 thrown by Wuerffel. It would also make him just the third player ever to throw for 50 or more scoring strikes in Division I-A history, putting him along side Houston's David Klingler and Texas Tech's B.J. Symons. With 8,271 career yards, he also needs 2,605 to break Wuerffel's passing yardage record.
"That's my goal. Everybody sets goals," Leak said of the touchdown passes. Then he did clarify that it isn't all about his own personal accomplishments. "The team goal is to win the SEC. If we can do that, then I'm all for breaking records."
The numbers will come for Chris Leak, there's no doubt about that. But if those numbers turn out to be the only legacy he leaves behind after his four years at Florida, it will be because of Meyer's inability to adapt, not Leak's.