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Florida QB Jeff Driskel
It's a make-or-break year for Florida head coach Will Muschamp, and he'll be dancing on that fine line between what's "making it" and what's "breaking it."
The good news—and yes, Florida fans, it is good news—is that quarterback Jeff Driskel should be back from his ankle injury in time for spring practice. That gives him ample opportunity to learn new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper's system, which should feature more up-tempo and spread elements.
The bad news is there still is a remarkable lack of playmakers outside for him to throw to.
Can Ahmad Fulwood develop into a top-tier wide receiver? Will Driskel be able to get him the ball? Will he even have the time to do so?
It sounds like a broken record because it is. These are questions that have been lingering in Gainesville, but questions Roper has to answer. If he doesn't, he and Muschamp will be looking for work next offseason.
The schedule leaves no margin for error. In addition to the out-of-conference rivalry with defending national champ Florida State to close the season, the Gators have cross-division games versus LSU and Alabama, and they host defending division champ Missouri one week after the typically brutal slugfest versus LSU.
Will eight wins be enough for Muschamp? We'll see, because that's the area where the Gators will be in 2014.