Florida Gators Football 2010: An In-Depth Look at the Wide Receivers

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Florida Gators Football 2010: An In-Depth Look at the Wide Receivers

Last season, Florida was lacking a little in the receiving department.

Trying to replace Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy is no easy feat. But the Gators simply didn't have enough playmakers step up.

Tight end Aaron Hernandez was Tim Tebow's safety valve. He filled the void in a huge way with 68 catches.

Riley Cooper was Tebow's favorite target. So much so that people claimed Tebow didn't look at other receivers a majority of the time.

Cooper had a very good season with 51 catches for 961 yards and nine touchdowns. He was a solid deep threat, but it seemed that he had a lot of crucial drops in the end zone last year.

But, without Cooper's production, the wide receiver corps would have looked atrocious.

David Nelson never lived up to the expectations placed on his talent and 6'5" frame. He finished his senior year with a disappointing 25 catches for 291 yards.

Deonte Thompson was equally disappointing, as he was expected to take his game to the next level last season.

Of course, Thompson was largely ignored many times last year, a big factor in his disappointing season.

Luckily for Gators fans, this year should be the beginning of a new era for the wide receiver position.

Florida stockpiled a bare cupboard, and the future looks very bright.

The only question may be how quickly these players develop.

I have a feeling under fairly new wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, these receivers will blossom very quickly.

Here is a look at each receiver who could make an impact, with quick prediction tidbits from me.

Remember, with John Brantley running the offense, this could be a pass-heavy unit.

And, as you probably already know, there are a lot of options in this passing game. So some of these guys may get lost in the shuffle. But why not get to know them anyway?

Prepare for lots of excitement.

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