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Early results favorable for UF’s offense

GAINESVILLE — Two things were certain after Florida’s Orange and Blue game on Saturday that ended, almost fittingly, in a 23-23 tie to leave the Gators still looking for a win after ending last season with seven straight losses.

Next fall’s Gators will be filled with young, fast playmakers who have shown they have made big strides after spending a lot of time on the sidelines in 2013.

An offense directed by first-year coordinator Kurt Roper will be more entertaining — no more countless collisions at the line of scrimmage play after play, game after game — after stumbling to pitiful numbers in 2013.

“Our kids have been very receptive and have confidence in what we’re doing,” said coach Will Muschamp, likely entering a make-or-break season at Florida. “I think it’s a good fit moving forward.”

Time will answer that question.

On Saturday, the two offenses ran 111 plays for an average of 4.5 yards per attempt.

Moreover, quarterback Jeff Driskel showed he is bouncing back well from a broken leg suffered three games into 2013, completing 18 of 32 attempts for 167 yards and one touchdown.

“I felt like we were really efficient,” Driskel said. “We moved the ball really well. We only turned it over one time and we only had one penalty on offense. So I think when you’re not beating yourself up, you can really, really gain momentum and gain confidence.”

Early enrollee Will Greer was 8 for 15 for 72 yards, but in his first series he had a pair of drops and an interception. Skyler Mornhinweg (14 of 18, 149 yards, two touchdowns) might have a tough time keeping the cannon-armed Greer from winning the backup spot.

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