Florida Football: How Will the Gators Replace Departing Defensive Players?

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Florida Football: How Will the Gators Replace Departing Defensive Players?
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Will Muschamp has his work cut out for him replacing the departing juniors and seniors.

The Florida Gators turnaround from a 7-6 football team to one that finished 11-2 was fueled by a tough, hard-nosed, physical defense. As the offense struggled throughout the season, it was the defense that regularly kept the Gators in games and was the biggest reason for Florida's success in 2013. 

With success comes opportunity and a chance to play at the next level. The opportunity to enter the NFL Draft was too good to pass up for Sharrif Floyd, Jelani Jenkins and Matt Elam as all three chose to forgo their senior seasons. The Gators will also be without Omar Hunter, Lerentee McCray, Jon Bostic and Josh Evans.

If you're keeping score at home that's seven starters including five of the six leaders in tackles from 2012 that Will Muschamp needs to replace heading into next season. 

Do the Gators have the depth necessary to continue playing defense at a championship level? Let's take a look at how the Gators will look to replace seven starters on the defensive side of the ball. 

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