Chris Doering thinks Florida’s pass protection needs some tweaking

Florida football is coming off a much-needed bye week after taking down the South Carolina Gamecocks on the road in Week 7.

There was a lot for the team to adjust and the co-host of SEC Now and former Gator Chris Doering says there’s one major flaw in head coach Billy Napier’s young squad.

Doering said the most surprising thing to change is the Florida offensive line, digressing in pass protection this season.

“It was a real strength last season,” Doering said. “This year, the past protection just has not been as good as what it needs to be. If the offense wants to push the ball down the field a little bit more, you have to protect. In fact, Florida has given up 19 sacks which is the fourth-most in the conference. Mertz is pressured on 34% of his dropbacks.

“So in an effort to be more successful throwing the ball down the field and protecting your quarterback,” he continued. “Florida, please work on that pass-pro this week now.”

Watch the full segment where Doering breaks down the other four programs that were on a bye week.

The Georgia Bulldogs average 5.1 tackles-for-loss per game and are usually able to collect two sacks weekly. The Gators allow around the same of sacks, ranking at No. 105 in the FBS for sacks allowed.

Doering has always been a Florida Gator at heart, even while broadcasting on live television. The former UF wide receiver takes every chance to be honest, critical, and mostly biased toward his alma mater.

He is best known for his go-ahead touchdown catch against Kentucky in 1993.

Kickoff between the Florida Gators and No. 1 Georgia is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT and will broadcast on CBS Sports.

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