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Florida's Supreme Confidence at SEC Media Days Great Sign for 2014

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Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 14, 2014

It wasn’t Steve Spurrier-like, but the Florida Gators won the first round of SEC Media Days Monday afternoon. Coach Will Muschamp and his three players walked into Alabama with their chests poked out and showed no signs of last season lingering around.

It’s a new day for Florida.

Muschamp doesn’t want to hear about your hot-seat comments and is tired of being reminded about last year’s four victories. He plans on attacking the criticism the best way he knows how and just about the only positive way he can.

In Muschamp’s first season, the Gators finished 7-6, which included a stretch where they lost four straight games. People were questioning then if he was the right man for the job, but he silenced any concerns the following year with an 11-2 record and a trip to a BCS bowl game.

While 2013 may be the worst season young Florida fans have ever experienced, it will be a forgotten memory if another double-digit win total is posted.

Judging by what Muschamp said next, it isn’t far-fetched to think 10 or more wins is in the cards:  

There’s really no turning back after those comments, as folks who were watching are sure to have added a couple more wins to Florida’s projected win total. Muschamp was a bounce or two away from playing for a national championship a couple of seasons ago. If this is the most complete team he’s had in Gainesville, well, the possibilities are endless.

Muschamp is feeling a little bit like Superman, and your negative comments just bounce right off him: 

Other guys were also feeling a little big and bad when the questions were flying throughout the day:

However, the most shocking statement of the day may have come from cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. Quarterback Jeff Driskel's struggles have been well documented, but the star corner wasn’t holding his tongue for anybody and came to the defense of his offensive leader. Brace yourselves:

Driskel, your thoughts?

Because, you know, why not?

Most of the country is probably going to laugh at these comments. After all, Florida couldn’t move the ball the length of a dinner table on offense and lost to Georgia Southern among other teams. However, this is the type of stuff you want to hear if you’re a Florida fan.

Never mind sitting around and moping about what happened last season. It’s a new day, new season and the possibility for a complete turnaround.

Just ask Auburn, a team that won three games in 2012 and found itself just seconds away from winning the national championship the very next season. That doesn’t happen without believing in yourself first. Nothing great is accomplished by anybody without confidence.

Why not Florida?

The team took the step forward during media day.

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