Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey tied. Two players who had legitimate take-it-to-the-house-potential every time they touched the ball. These two guys were the last remaining threats from the Urban Meyer era. Nobody on the Gators currently has that kind of firepower. No, Trey Burton, I didn’t forget about you. It remains to be seen if it bothers the them much. Rainey finished the 2011 campaign with 861 yards rushing, 381 receiving and 206 more on returns. Demps had 569 yards rushing, 172 yards receiving and 250 yards in returns, they also combined for eleven touchdowns. That’s a lot of production to replace.
(The Amazing thing to me, is that Demps was decided to opt for a track career instead of an NFL career, of course, after watching the Olympics the last couple of weeks, I can see the allure there. Demps will be competing in the 4×100 relay for the USA this week, good luck there Jeff!)
Most Important Returning Player
Again it’s a tie. The most important returning player will be whichever sophomore quarterback, Jeff Driskel, or Jacoby Brissett, ends up with the starting job. Both saw action last year, neither separated himself from the other.
Highest Ranked Recruit
DJ Humphries, offensive tackle Charlotte, NC. Humphries was the number 1 offensive line prospect in the country, and depending on the recruiting service, the #2 overall prospect in the country. Derek Dooley went hard after Humphries, but he committed to Will Muschamp in September and stuck. It would not be surprising to see Humphries playing significant snaps in Gainesville this fall.
Most Important Off-season Acquisition
The Florida rushing attack in 2011 was bad, not anemic like Tennessee’s 2011 rushing attack, but below Gator standards. So Tim Davis, former offensive line coach from the University of Utah, and formerly of the University of Wisconsin steps in. Nobody will accuse the Big 10 of being a worthy proving ground for the SEC right? Right! But Wisconsin has had good offensive lines for 100 years.
Florida plays the oddest SEC schedule I’ve ever seen. Their last conference game is against Missouri on November 3rd, and they finish with three non-conference games. Very peculiar.
With Florida losing at home to Florida State last year, I am going to make the Seminoles thee game on the Gator schedule this year. Losing to the Seminoles two years in a row, would not make for a pleasant off season for Muchamp and company. It’s always a heated recruiting battle in the Sunshine state, one that Florida State won in 2012. Recruiting against the ‘Noles in January will be much easier with a win in Tallahassee on November 24…but they won’t get it.
September 1 v Bowling Green- W
September 8 @ Texas A&M – W
September 15 @ Tennessee – L
September 22 v Kentucky – W
October 6 v LSU – L
October 13 @ Vandy – W
October 20 v South Carolina – L
October 27 v Georgia (Jacksonville) – W
November 3 v Missouri – W
November 10 v Lousiana-Lafayette – W
November 17 v Jacksonville St – W
November 24 @ Florida St –L
Final Record 8-4