Urban Meyer Era Officially over as Will Muschamp Puts His Stamp on Gator Program

Erin SorensenContributor ISeptember 15, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02:  Head Coach Will Muschamp of the Florida Gators celebrates with his players after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 24-17 in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl at EverBank Field on January 2, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The legacy of Urban Meyer at the University of Florida is undeniable.

From ESPN.com, Meyer boasted three consecutive 10-win seasons, two Southeastern Conference titles and two national championships while the head coach of the Gators. He was the third-winningest coach behind Steve Spurrier and Ray Graves and had a winning percentage that was just barely below Spurrier's, also from ESPN.com.

The shoes Meyer left behind were inevitably going to be difficult to fill. New head coach Will Muschamp, who is in his second season with Florida, has been nothing but up to the challenge.

With a 10-6 record overall in his time as head coach, Muschamp has begun to work in transitioning his team into a new era. This era is one without Meyer, the legend who left for a year of rest that resulted in a new job as the head coach of Ohio State.

With Florida sophomore QB Jeff Driskel leading the way, the Gators found themselves on the winning side of a 37-20 game with the Tennessee Vols. According to USA Today's Dan Wolken, Driskel outplayed Tennessee QB Tyler Bray by completing 14 of 20 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Muschamp wasn't perfect, though. Calling for a fake punt in the third quarter when the Vols were already up by seven only put Tennessee in a position to score again. However, Florida, and Muschamp, didn't give up.

Not long after, the game swung the other way and Driskel's touchdown pass to Jordan Reed put the Gators up 27-20. The rest was history. Florida would win by an impressive 17 points.

There is no doubt that Meyer left a mark at Florida. However, it is time for Gator fans to move forward from that era. Muschamp has proved that while it is not yet perfect, he is well on his way to redefining Florida's program in his own way.

With a comeback win over Texas A&M and a solid win over Tennessee, Florida seems to be doing just fine. It won't be an easy path, but it seems the program is in the right hands.

Muschamp may not be Meyer, but he doesn't need to be. A new era has begun in the University of Florida's history, and Muschamp is taking the reins.