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Florida Gators are Missing a Little Harvin in 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 17: Running back Brandon James #25 of the Florida Gators returns a kick against the University of Arkansas Razorbacks October 17, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Leo DonelonCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2009

Florida is undefeated this year. They have played quality opponents and have won and are ranked Number One in the country. They are undefeated. They have a chance at being the first team to win back-to-back championships. But!


In 2008 Florida dominate every team they encountered. This year against quality opponents the games have been close. The last game was a last minute come from behind win.


So what is the difference? The absence of Percy Harvin or a Percy Harvinest type player has made the games much closer. Harvin was a game changer. Tim Tebow is a game changer to be sure; it’s just that the 2008 team had both. The 2008 team was lightning in a bottle.


Last year’s Florida team gave defenses fits. Nobody could match up on all the players. If you cover the speedy running back Demps with a spy it left Harvin and Tebow open, and Percy could line up anywhere. The common denominator was speed, speed, and more speed. You combine that with a top defense and Teams struggled to catch Florida.


We are just about the halfway point in the season. Repeating at champions is not a sure thing for the Gators.  It is painfully obvious that the gap between Florida and other teams has closed to almost non-existent. The drama will still play out to the enjoyment of fans. Having Harvin on this year’s team might have made repeating as close to a sure thing as there is.

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