The 2012 season began with a “just beat FSU” mindset for the Florida Gators , but it ended with with a swamp filled with disappointment.
After being all but eliminated from a chance at a BCS National Championship with a loss to Georgia, the Gators watched Louisville and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater walk away with a Sugar Bowl win.
Now the 2013 season is fast approaching and Gators Head Coach Will Muschamp will field a team without two of his defensive stars from last season — Shariff Floyd (Minnesota Vikings) and Matt Elam (Baltimore Ravens).
Florida’s defense, ranked fifth best in the BCS last year, will have to adjust to life without Elam and Floyd, and junior quarterback Jeff Driskel will have to step into his own if the Gators want to return to college football’s elite.
Muschamp and Driskel spoke at Florida’s SEC Media Days on Tuesday. They were joined by offensive lineman Jon Halapio and defensive lineman Dominique Easley.
Muschamp says he’s pleased with his team’s improvement.
Muschamp says having Offensive Coordinator Brent Pease back will be a big factor.
Driskel says he’s put in work with the offense to build chemistry and get better.
Driskel says he’s spent a lot of time working on his game.
Halapio says Muschamp gets the team pumped the same way in practice as he does for the games.
Florida opens the season at home against Toledo August 31.