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Florida AD Jeremy Foley expects ‘bumps’ for Gators football in 2015

New UF coach Jim McElwain says the Gators’ stellar defense will only help the offense improve with some challenging practices.
New UF coach Jim McElwain says the Gators’ stellar defense will only help the offense improve with some challenging practices. TNS

Expectations are low for Florida in Jim McElwain’s first season as head coach.

Vegas puts the Gators’ over/under win total at 7.5, and the SEC media picked Florida to finish fifth in the Eastern Division.

Longtime athletics director Jeremy Foley expects some “bumps” in McElwain’s inaugural season, but he believes 2015 is all about the program’s progress for the future.

“I’ve never once put a number of wins on anybody around here. I want to see us getting better. I want to be that rollercoaster going up,” he said.

“We’re going to have a good year. I think there’s a new vibe around here. … We got to win some games and keep building on that vibe, and I think we can do that, too.”

Florida is 37-26 since 2010, winning just 11 games combined the last two seasons. Florida’s rebuild will take time, but Foley is confident McElwain is the right man to turnaround UF’s recent woes.

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