The Florida Gators were expected to make little noise in the SEC race last season. A second-year head coach and a new starting quarterback were just two of the issues that scared experts prior to the team's home opener against Bowling Green.
For a team facing low expectations, however, Florida put together a season to remember.
Eleven wins later, the Gators reached their first BCS bowl since 2010. They made it to that point because different starters on both sides repeatedly made critical plays in pressure-packed situations. Whether it was through a game-changing interception or a key third-down conversion, multiple individuals made valuable contributions in tight games.
Things will be no different in 2013, as the Gators once again face one of the toughest schedules in the country. There are, however, a few players who will have added pressure to perform throughout the campaign.
Here are five Gators whom many will be watching more closely than others during the coming season.