The Florida Gators have always been a powerhouse in the SEC, but this season they are not inside the To 25 teams in the nation, and most experts have forgotten about them. Can the Gators have a statement year or are the recruiting class is as mediocre as most people think?
Florida was 4-8 last season in the third season of head coach Will Muschamp, it was the first season they had a losing record since 1979 when they finished winless.
“That was probably the hardest part of it, participating all offseason and coming from last season and still not being able to play,” junior left tackle D.J. Humphries said. “It was a little rough.”
Coach Muschamp knows he can’t have another season like 2013 otherwise he will be out of a job. He needs to remind everybody this program is one of the tops in the nation.
He’s so pressure to get a good season that he went easy on starting defensive tackle Darious Cummings, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick. All these players were scheduled to be suspended for the opener, but the coach decided to let them play.
“It’s not just about suspending players for games,” the Gators coach said during his weekly media session on the SEC teleconference. “There’s a lot of things that go into discipline. It’s about altering and changing behavior, which we’ve done. I think our discipline speaks for itself and how we’ve handled our football team, OK? If it was about suspension, you’d never have an issue. Right?
Florida is a long shot to win the SEC Conference, listed 10/1.