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Losing players to graduation and the NFL is no excuse for a bad season. After all, it's something that every team has to go through after every season.
However, the Gators were hit pretty hard following the 2012 campaign.
Despite having talented athletes to replace them, the fact remains that many of the key pieces from last year's surprising squad are no longer in Gainesville. Matt Elam was as dependable a safety as one could have asked for, and Mike Gillislee was a warrior at running back. They are just two on a list that also includes Jon Bostic, Sharrif Floyd and Jordan Reed.
Sure, Antonio Morrison and Jonathan Bullard are ready for expanded roles. But what about everybody else? Can Keanu Neal, Brian Poole and Jaylen Watkins fill the voids at safety? Can Clay Burton or Kent Taylor emerge as a target for Jeff Driskel?
There are a lot of unanswered questions in terms of replacements for departed contributors. Ultimately, these losses could spell trouble for the Gators.