Muschamp's Gators looking for consistency
At times they looked a team that finished the regular season ranked second in the nation. And at times, like the turnover-strewn Georgia game and mail-it-in Sugar Bowl where the Florida Gators looked like a team that wanted to be anywhere other than the football field.
You can bet Will Muschamp will remind his spring team of the failures from a year ago. How this new batch responds will tell a lot about what the 2013 season could look like in Gainesville.
2012 Record: 11-2 (7-1 SEC)
Spring Schedule: The Gators get it over early -- which is good given the heat and humidity that socks into Gainesville starting in mid-April. The Orange and Blue Debut will kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday April, 6 2013.
Last Year: the Gators didn’t win pretty but they won a lot of games. Still struggling to come up with production at the quarterback spot, Will Muschamp has solidified himself as a defensive-centric head coach who needs to pay a little more attention to the offensive side of the ball. Expect a battle at quarterback and the running back spots this spring.
The Biggest Hole to Fill: there are a lot of them and, ironically, they are on the defensive side. Florida's defense kept them in games they otherwise would have lost, but those stellar performances gave a lot of guys an opportunity to test their skills on Sunday for a paycheck.
Juniors Sharrif Floyd, Jelani Jenkins and Matt Elam all declared early for the draft, while Muschamp will also lose Omar Hunter, Lerentee McCray, Jon Bostic and Josh Evans. That is a lot of holes to fill, and any one of them could be the leak that breaks the levy.
One to Watch: Depth on defense will be critical, especially given the number of fresh faces starting in the spring. Whether or not one of those is cornerback/wide receiver Loucheiz Purifoy remains to be seen. Purifoy was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana just a day after reports surfaced that the cornerback would be moved to offense. How he fits into the spring picture -- if he does at all -- will be the biggest open question of the coming weeks.