Florida Football: 5 Gators Who Deserve Larger Roles in 2013

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Florida Football: 5 Gators Who Deserve Larger Roles in 2013
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Running back Mike Gillislee emerged in his expanded role last season.

One of the biggest reasons why the Gators were able to make a drastic turnaround during the 2012 season was the fact that certain players made the most of their expanded roles.

On offense, Mike Gillislee made the jump from little-known backup to the most productive Florida running back the school has had in almost a decade. Meanwhile, Jeff Driskel became the team's field general as a true sophomore and was the commander of multiple come-from-behind victories.

On the other side of the ball, Marcus Roberson and Lerentee McCray were among the players who excelled after being called upon to make a bigger impact.

Thanks to the annual departure of seniors and NFL draft talent, athletes across the entire college football landscape are asked to take on a larger role each season. This is especially true for the Gators in 2013, as more than a dozen significant contributors were lost from last year's squad.

While some need to step up their game out of necessity, there are others who deserve more playing time based on their skill sets and past performance. With the addition of one of the best recruiting classes in the country, this trend is sure to continue over the next few seasons.

As things currently stand, however, here are five Gators who deserve a more significant role for the upcoming season. 

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