The Florida Gators' resurgent turnaround last season was the result of stout defense. Will Muschamp's squad allowed only two opponents to score more than 20 points in a game last season. Furthermore, his defensive unit held four opponents to single digits. In the end, the Gators ranked fifth in the country in points allowed per game.
If Florida hopes to replicate that success in 2013, it will have to replace some key contributors on defense. Sharrif Floyd, Jon Bostic, Matt Elam and Jelani Jenkins are a few of the big names that will no longer be making plays for the orange and blue.
However, their departures will give a few underclassmen the opportunity to be a starter and make a big impact of their own. If they can rise to the challenge and make plays, the Gators will once again be a competitor for the SEC crown. If they cannot do so, it can potentially be a long season for the Florida faithful.
Here are five new defensive starters who need to step up next season.