As was noted in the last slide the Gators are working with their third offensive coordinator in as many seasons. The Gators also lost wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill this offseason when he resigned citing "personal reasons." Pease and graduate assistant Bush Hamdan will share Hill's coaching responsibilities this season.
The Gators offense sputtered through much of the 2011 season and will need to be much improved if the team wants to be better in 2012.
It may not be the most glamorous position but show me a good offense an I'll show you a good offensive line. The Gators line was one of their weakest units last season and simply need to be better in 2012. The line couldn't manage to get much of a push to support a power running game and couldn't hold blocks long enough to support a deep passing attack. The lineman have really benefited from Dillman's new lifting program and are determined to have a bounce back year.
The running game will be stressed this season and senior running back Mike Gillislee will finally get his chance to be the starting running back. Gillislee averaged 5.8 yards per carry last season and set some pretty lofty goals for his first season as the starting running back. Freshman, Matt Jones, will also receiver some significant playing time this season and has the size to carry the ball between the tackles, something the Gators struggled with last season.
The receivers are still untested and unreliable. Improved offensive line play could give the receiver unit a boost but they still need to get open. Andre Debose, Quinton Dunbar and Frankie Hammond appear to be the starters as of now but Latroy Pittman will also challenge for playing time.
The Gators have some playmakers at tight end in Jordan Reed and freshman, Kent Taylor. Reed has the potential to be one of the best tight ends in the SEC if he realizes that he is allowed to stay on his feet when he catches passes and can get some YAC. Taylor has a ton of work to do as a blocker but we all knew that coming in and he wasn't signed to be a blocking tight end. At 6'5'', Taylor is a mismatch for defenses and has the route running ability and hands of a receiver. Clay Burton will also vie for playing time at the position.
As the slide show is being created the Gators have yet to name a starting quarterback. Coach Muschamp said that he will discuss the starting depth chart the Monday before every game but expect both quarterbacks to play an even amount. Neither Jeff Driskel nor Jacoby Brissett have been able to win the job outright and will continue to battle throughout the season.