This is part one of a two part series on the Florida Gators' projected starters heading into spring ball. This means that this information probably will be totally outdated by April.
I can't say for sure when the defensive preview will be up, mostly because I'd have to write three at the moment. Nobody knows what scheme the 2010 Gators will be running so I'd have to account for the 4-3, the 3-4, and the 3-3-5.
When Austin announces his defense, I'll write the preview.
Today, we focus on the offense where the Gators replace five starters, and six total players, all of whom were major contributors.
First and foremost, the Gators must replace 3,805 of the 6,410 offensive yards thanks to the loss of Tim Tebow alone.
He constituted nearly all of the passing production, and 30 percent of the team's rushing production. He also accounted for 35 of the Gators' 58 offensive Touchdowns.
On the pass catching end, 54 percent of the yards receiving were through Riley Cooper and Aaron Hernandez, and the Gators lose an additional 15 percent of their production with the graduation of David Nelson and Brandon James.
Those four also caught 17 of the Gators' 28 passing Touchdowns.
The Gators lose their only 2009 offensive All-American in Maurkice Pouncey, too.
Yes, the Gators are returning seven starters, but it feels like they are returning four. This is actually a bigger loss than the 2006–2007 transition, even though that team changed an entire offense.
Luckily, the Gators have answers at many of the positions, and the positions with question marks at least have ideas. Urban Meyer's machine will keep chugging along, even if there are a few hiccups while trying to fit in new parts.