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Florida OC Doug Nussmeier to move to press box for Tennessee game

Doug Nussmeier
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Will a new vantage point for the offensive coordinator help the Florida offense find a spark? At this point, the Gators might be ready to try anything.

Florida coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday that offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will move to the press box, rather than calling plays from the sideline.

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The Florida offense struggled miserably in the season opener against Michigan, gaining just 192 yards as the team shuffled between redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and senior graduate transfer Malik Zaire at quarterback.

The Gators’ game last week against Northern Colorado was canceled due to Hurricane Irma, so it’s not clear what happened during the intervening days to prompt the change.

Nussmeier will begin working from above at this Saturday’s home game against Tennessee; he is in his third season as Florida’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

The Gators have not opened a season with an 0-2 record since 1971.

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