2010 College Football Predictions: Florida Gators Preview

Adam FisherContributor IIAugust 12, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - APRIL 10:  Safety Will Hill #10 and offensive lineman James Wilson #66 of the Florida Gators lead the team in the singing of the school fight song with fans after the Orange & Blue game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on April 10, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Without a doubt the No. 1 player in the nation with the most pressure on him this year to succeed is John Brantley.

He has to fill in for a Heisman Trophy-winning QB and one of the greatest college football players of all time in Tim Tebow, but Brantley does have the tools to be a very successful college QB.

He is 6'3", 218 pounds with a big arm and can make a lot of difficult throws, and he has some weapons for him as well including RB Jeff Demps. In his career at Florida, on 177 caries Demps averages 7.6 yards per carry! Emmanuel Moody is another tough RB for the Gators.

But the Gators only have one starting receiver coming back—the only proven one—and that's Deonte Thompson, who has 42 career catches. Carl Moore, Chris Rainey, and Andre Debose will have to step it up.



The D-line will be one of the best in the nation with three returning starters and three returning players in the secondary also. But only one starter will return in the Linebacker corps, and that's Brandon Hicks, although Jelani Jenkins is going to be a star, as is Jon Bostic.



11-1 seems like the right record for Urban Meyer and the Gators for the regular season and it looks like they will face Alabama for the SEC title game.