Florida Football: 5 Gators Who Will Change Florida's Lackluster Offense
Every citizen of the Gator Nation wants a reason to forget the last two football seasons. Urban Meyer left an offense that was a complete mess, and Muschamp started the renovation project on the offense that hopefully will bear fruit in 2012.
If the latter becomes a reality, then the question remains who will step up and bring the Gators offense back to life?
The Gators have had excellent recruiting classes year after year, so talent is not an issue, or is it? Just because the so-called "experts" claim that these high school seniors are studs doesn't mean they will pan out.
After analyzing the current roster, let's take a look at five possible offensive players who could lead the Gators back to the pinnacle of success Gator fans are used to.
Mike Gillislee, RB
If Muschamp wants his wish to become a reality, then he must establish a potent running game to compete in the SEC.
The 2011 Florida Gators had track stars for RBs, and once the opposing defenses figured out that, all they had to do was close out the ends to stop them; it was basically game over for the running game.
If Gillislee lives up to his expectations, then he will jump start the offense and open up the passing game for the receivers. Expect Gillislee to have a monster season.
He will bring smash-mouth football back to Gainesville.
Jordan Reed, TE
Reed was “Mr. Everything” during Urban Meyer’s last season in 2010, but when Muschamp entered 2011, Reed up and disappeared.
Expect Reed to return to dominate form in 2012. He may even become the No. 1 receiving threat this season.
Trey Burton, RB
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease must be dying to utilize Trey Burton’s skill set this coming season. However, if Burton is used as a H-back, he could be a deadly weapon for the Gators.
Burton will continue to be the ace-in-the-hole for the Gators, and if the Gator engine is firing on all cylinders, then Burton could become a household name all over the SEC, again.
Matt Patchan, OL
The time has come for Patchan to live up to his expectations. After two injury-plagued seasons, Patchan will become the tank that blows open the holes for Gillislee to run through and the bodyguard to whoever ends up playing QB.
When Patchan came out of high school, he was ranked a 5-star recruit by many of those so-called aforementioned experts; it remains to be seen if he can live up to the high expectations that were placed on him.
Jeff Driskel, QB
Coming out of the 2012 Orange and Blue game, Muschamp and Pease found themselves in a serious predicament—a possible QB controversy in the making. Both Driskel and Brissett played well, and neither created separation to win the gig.
Nevertheless, Brissett was Charlie Weis’ guy, and Driskel is the man for the starting job.
Driskel will flourish under Pease’s tutelage and have a monster 2012 outing.