Thursday, June 12, 2008
In 2007 the Florida Gators were 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the conference. They only lost two starters from an offense that led the conference in scoring. They of course retain the services of Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow at quarterback, as well as the versatile offensive specialist Percy Harvin. If the Gators can find a tailback and are able to improve their rushing game apart from Tebow, scoring points again will be no problem at all for this unit. Florida will be exceptional on offense again in 2008. There are more concerns for them on defense, but they will be solid at linebacker. They will have needs in the defensive backfield, as well as at the tackle positions. But talent abounds in Gainesville. There are hosses in the barn. It might just be a case of plugging in a new face on the defensive side of the ball and continuing to 'chomp' away. Brandon James returns on special teams to show everyone again that speed does kill. He led the SEC in yards per punt return and was second in kickoff yards per return. He is definitely a game breaker. The Gators spread offense will be outstanding again this year, and if the new personnel comes around on defense, Florida will be a force in the SEC as well as the nation. The winner of the Georgia-Florida game at the big cocktail party in Jacksonville will go on to take the Conference Championship and have the inside track on the National Championship as well. Urban Meyer and his staff will reload this Florida squad and they will be right back in the thick of everything. Other than the Dawgs in Jacksonville, the Gators have to go to Tennessee early, but will then have both LSU and South Carolina in 'The Swamp". So even if you are a true "Gator Hater", you just can't count this team out. You better "Beware of the Gators"!