The future looks bright for Jim McElwain and Florida. The present is murkier.
The Gators have yet to name a starting quarterback for the season as Malik Zaire, Feleipe Franks and Luke Del Rio battle for the job. McElwain also suspended seven players, including star wide receiver Antonio Callaway.
As for the long term, it appears as if recruits are buying in. The Gators have the No. 1 overall class for the 2019 recruiting cycle. And after a monster July, the Gators have the No. 2 recruiting class in the SEC in the 2018 recruiting cycle and the No. 8 class in the country. The Gators landed their biggest commitment of the McElwain era, 5-star quarterback Matt Corral.
Earlier in the offseason, McElwain received a raise and a contract extension through the 2023-24 season, and will earn $4.4 million in 2017.. In his first two seasons, he has led the Gators to SEC East titles, but they have lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game both times. The offense also hasn’t gotten much better since the end of the Will Muschamp era.
McElwain has fared well in previous editions of SEC Country’s approval poll. McElwain finished with an 82.5 approval rating, but that puts him seventh among his counterparts.
The Gators open the 2017 season against Jim Harbaugh and Michigan on Sept. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Vote on Jim McElwain’s approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.
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