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A priority for new Florida o-line coach John Hevesy is cutting down on sacks allowed

John Hevesy, Florida offensive line coach
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Florida has completed its first spring practice under new coach Dan Mullen, and while there is a lot of newness surrounding the 2018 team and the coaching staff, there also is some familiarity.

Mullen, of course, is a former Florida offensive coordinator, and two of his assistants, wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales and offensive line coach John Hevesy also are in their second go-rounds in Gainesville.

Hevesy worked for Urban Meyer from 2005-08, as the offensive line coach (2005-06) and tight ends coach (2007-08). When Mullen became coach at Mississippi State in 2009, Hevesy went with him and coached the Bulldogs’ offensive line for the past nine seasons.

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Hevesy is taking over a UF unit that has both struggled to open running lanes and protect the passer. The pass protection has been especially spotty, as these numbers at UF show. (In short, the fewer sacks allowed, the better.)

2009: 28 sacks allowed, fifth-most in the SEC
2010: 23 sacks allowed, 12th-most in the SEC
2011: 23 sacks allowed, 11th-most in the SEC
2012: 39 sacks allowed, most in the SEC
2013: 27 sacks allowed, fifth-most in the SEC
2014: 17 sacks allowed, 11th-most in the SEC
2015: 45 sacks allowed, most in the SEC
2016: 28 sacks allowed, fifth-most in the SEC
2017: 37 sacks allowed, most in the SEC

Hevesy’s offensive lines at Mississippi State fared better when protecting the passer.

2009: 20 sacks allowed, 10th-most in the SEC
2010: 23 sacks allowed, 12th-most in the SEC
2011: 25 sacks allowed, 10th-most in the SEC
2012: 19 sacks allowed, 12th-most in the SEC
2013: 23 sacks allowed, seventh-most in the SEC
2014: 23 sacks allowed, seventh-most in the SEC
2015: 32 sacks allowed, third-most in the SEC
2016: 18 sacks allowed, second fewest in the SEC
2017: 13 sacks allowed, fewest in the SEC

In sheer numbers, Florida’s offensive line surrendered 267 sacks over the past nine seasons. That’s almost 30 per season. Mississippi State’s line surrendered 196 sacks in the same time span; that’s about 22 per season.

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