Florida Gators 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 6
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 4

The Florida Gators, led by head coach Urban Meyer, had another superb season in 2009. The Gators went 13-1 last year, had an impressive Sugar Bowl win and ended the season as the third ranked team in the nation.

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The 2010-2011 version of the Gators, however, stands to be much different than last year’s team. Nine players were drafted in the 2010 NFL draft, including six in the first two rounds alone. Almost every unit of the team was affected, from offensive and defensive linemen, to the secondary to linebackers and tight ends. The biggest loss however, was at quarterback. Tim Tebow, one of the most successful players in college football history, will be replaced by the inexperienced John Brantley. The third year player from Ocala, FL has thrown only 54 passers in his college career and is a big question mark for the Gators. The offense is in for a change this year, as Brantley is a traditional pocket passer and won’t be as versatile in the running game as Tebow was. The young quarterback will be able to lean on a strong offense line, and a running game that returns three incredible backs, while he develops along with a young group of wide receivers and tight ends.

The Gainesville faithful will also see many new faces on the defensive side of the ball. Along with a new defensive coordinator in Teryl Austin, talented players Joe Haden, Brandon Spikes and Carlos Dunlap have all left for the NFL. Some younger players will have to step up for the Gators defense to remain one of the nation’s best.

As always though, the Florida Gators have had another very strong recruiting class. They ranked 7th in the nation in ESPN’s 2011 recruiting rankings. Even though Florida will have many key players to replace, their strong recruiting, tremendous depth, and strong head coaching should again put them in the hunt for the SEC Championship in 2011.

Florida’s odds to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC): +250

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