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Hopefully, some explosiveness.
Roper's most recent passing attack didn't exactly put up video-game numbers, but it still averaged 64 more yards per game than the Gators did. Granted, Florida went through three different quarterbacks and was severely limited as a result.
However, Jeff Driskel showed no playmaking ability in his only two full games at the start of the season. With Tyler Murphy's transfer and the assumed backup role placed in the hands of incoming freshman Will Grier, Driskel should be the starter on opening day, health pending of course. His running ability and size will suit the uptempo and, occasionally, spread offense that Roper should provide.
Florida still needs to find a go-to receiver, but Driskel can throw deep and be more creative in this modified offense.
Kelvin Taylor should benefit as well. Although he can be a bruiser at full speed, he can outrun almost anyone in open space. He should be able to work the sidelines as a pass-catcher, just as Jela Duncan and Shaquille Powell combined for more than 200 receiving yards for Duke this season. That way, Matt Jones can be the main downhill runner on first-down carries up the middle.
More than anything else, though, Roper brings variety. Pease made the offense too predictable and lost all faith in his quarterback by the closing weeks. The amount of simple draw plays was absurd, and defenses easily made adjustments after a few initial gashes. With more wrinkles in the playbook, Florida can reach a productive level again.