The Program: Previewing the Florida Gators as Spring Kicks off

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterMarch 13, 2013

The Florida Gators kick off spring ball today and the boys down in Gainesville have got an SEC East title on their minds. They came just short of getting to Atlanta in 2012, and this spring they start the push to get to the ATL.

Florida has some pretty big holes to fill on both sides of the ball and it starts with offense. Leading rusher Mike Gillislee is gone as are some pieces on the offensive line. Filling those holes is a must for quarterback Jeff Driskel and the offense to take that next step towards an SEC East title.

On defense the big questions come in the form of all the studs heading to the NFL. All three levels of defense absorbed some big losses and this spring there are plenty of positions up for grabs. Getting Dante Fowler and Dominique Easley back is a blessing for the Gators' front as Ronald Powell is still non-contact this spring.

The Gators were a team that played a physical brand of football, but certainly need to add a passing element to make their offense more complete. On defense, losing linebackers, safety Matt Elam and the big man up front, Sharrif Floyd, hurt, but this spring Will Muschamp will be using his physical practices to find replacements. 

Given their room for opportunity, Florida's spring ball should be one of the more interesting ones to watch.