Florida center Mike Pouncey had some almost unbelievable issues snapping the football against Miami OH in Florida’s 2010 season opener. ESPN credits Pouncey with 13 bad snaps for the game, many of which led to fumbles and huge losses. As much as Steve Addazio had some responsibility in this, since he’s the one teaching Pouncey to snap, this ridiculous performance from the center actually helped Addazio out.
This may seem like a crazy statement, but consider this. When ESPN and all the news sources have been talking about this game, all they’ve been talking about is the bizarre number of bad snaps out of Florida. This has completely drawn the attention away from one of the worst offensive performances in the history of Florida football.
Florida had a bunch of bad snaps and a bunch of fumbles. But neither of those are what are really the major problem here. The major problem is that, against a Miami OH team that was 1-11 last year, Florida had 26 yards of total offense through three quarters of play. That is the single most pathetic stat in the history of Florida football, and fortunately for Addazio it was overshadowed by the most bizarre center play in the history of college football.
The play calling and the preparation for this game were absolutely inexcusable. Consider just how little 26 yards is. If Florida had had TEN TIMES that amount through three quarters of play (260 yards), it still would have been considered a bad offensive performance, given the competition. Bad snaps or not, Florida should’ve had 15x that amount of total yards through three quarters, and Addazio got to avoid the spotlight once again thanks to Mike P0uncey.