This spring the gators will be reloading the defense, as they lost several players, including DT Sharriff Floyd, SS Matt Elam, and MLB Johnathan Bostic. The best player returning on defense is Dominique Easley, the Senior defensive end, because the best returning defensive back, Loucheiz Purifoy, is moving to offense to bolster the talent at wide receiver, as they have lacked a playmaker ther since Percy Harvin. This week The Gators have moved him back to defense due to injuries, but I would still look for him to play offense this upcoming season. He needs to find out where he’s playing, but help the team as well as he can. This could end up like the Malcolm Mitchell saga from UGA where he is so talented that neither coordinator wants to give him up. The one thing making it easier during the season for the defense, to give Purifoy, up will be the arrival of Under Armour All-American Vernon Hargreaves III to campus. This is a homerun at cornerback that will be a stud for the next few years in the SEC and help replenish the Florida secondary with NFL talent.
This will be almost the opposite of last season, where they had questions on offense, but the defense was stout. With returning quarterback Jeff Driskell at the helm and a stable of able-bodied playmakers, including Purifoy now, this unit looks like it will garner the attention of the conference. They will stall, due to Driskell’s streaky accuracy, but with his legs they will be running with the horses in the East division of the SEC.
The team seems to really be responding to Muschamp’s fiery personality and its paying off as these gators are getting back to this smash-mouth game that it has always been known for. This will help the gators maintain success so that they will not drop below the likes of UGA and South Carolina in the eastern race. They will conclude their spring with their annual scrimmage, Orange and Blue Debut game, on April 6th 2013 at 1pm.