Gators coach Joker Phillips limited at WR

Andy Lyons

Florida Gators wide receiver coach Joker Phillips has his hands full next season, when he'll have just a handful of scholarship receivers to coach.

New Florida Gators wide receivers coach Joker Phillips has his work cut out for him, as he tries to help shape Florida's 2013 offense.

When the spring comes around, Phillips will only have six scholarship wide receivers to work with -- and so far in 2012, those six players have been largely unproductive for the Gators.

This season, they've combined for only 38 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. And 31 of those catches, 306 of those yards, and all of those four touchdowns belong to one player (Quinton Dunbar).

The other five returning wide receivers have combined for only seven receptions, 39 yards and zero TDs.

Phillips has served as a wide receiver coach for the majority of his career, including stops at Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Kentucky and South Carolina.

Even though the Gators are playing in the Sugar Bowl this season, Florida's passing offense has been one of the worst in the entire FBS. Florida averages just 143.9 yards per game passing -- a mark that ranks 118th in the FBS.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp will certainly hope that Phillips' coaching will help turn around a lackluster passing attack in 2013.

Still, Phillips certainly faces a big challenge going forward -- but he might be just the right man for the job.

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