The Florida Gators 2010 incarnation is going to be a work in progress but they should still have little problem winning a weak SEC East and making the SEC Title game. Florida enters the 2010 season for the first time in four years without their leader, Tim Tebow, but they still have a ton of talent in reserve on this team.
Florida Gator Quarterback John Brantley Will Have to Live Up to High Expectations.
John Brantley is a smart quarterback who will not have a penchant for running as his predecessor did. Brantley is a pocket quarterback who does not like to improvise like Tebow and he won’t be lowering his should anytime soon to deliver a blow to an opposing safety. Brantley is going to win the old fashioned way as a quarterback, with his arm.
One thing Brantley will try to prepare himself for and will have his work cut out for him, is delivering the expectations of a rabid Florida Gator fan base. The mold will be cast in the first game in The Swamp when Florida may have their backs against the wall. The South Florida game sets up as a scary game for Florida. They will not be in sync yet and South Florida will be looking for the upset. Brantley will either make his mark or find the bench in this game.
Florida has Plenty of Offensive Weapons at Brantley’s Disposal.
Starting with Junior Jeff Demps as his running back in the backfield, Brantley will have plenty of support on offense to keep him propped up early on. Brantley also has three wide receivers to groom as his new primary receiver.
Deonte Thompson and Carl Moore will be competing for the number one receiver responsibilities while Brantley will also have two speedy slot receivers in Chris Rainey and Andre Debose. Florida has the bodies on offense so there will be no excuses for Brantley if he struggles early in SEC action.
Florida Defense Will Be Given A Baptism by Fire in SEC Speed.
Many Seniors starting for Florida on defense are part timers that have been elevated to starting positions with the departure of key players to the NFL. The players to watch on defense will be the corners, Jeremy Brown and Janoris Jenkins. These two will be critical in keeping the scores down in Florida’s important SEC games against Arkansas and Alabama.
The defensive line will be another question that will be answered soon after the SEC portion of the season begins. Florida lost two defensive ends to the NFL in the 2010 NFL Draft and the pass rush will definitely suffer. Florida will find a way to grow on the defensive side of the ball and aside from their games against Georgia and Alabama, Florida should destroy the weak SEC East.
Final Breakdown of Florida Gators Chances for 2010 SEC East Title
Florida should romp through a hollow SEC East side of the conference but they will be challenged by Georgia and Alabama. Florida was lucky enough to avoid a strong Arkansas team on their schedule in 2010 making their SEC schedule much easier.
The biggest question for Florida is where is Urban Meyer’s head at when the season starts. He flip flopped on retirement at the end of last season and if he has doubts at the beginning of the season it will show. Meyer is an emotional coach that does not show it outwardly which led to his health problems. Overall count on Florida to make the SEC title game and just barely miss a BCS berth, finishing the season 7th or 8th overall.
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