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Xavier Nixon will anchor the offensive line in 2011.
Although the Gators lose plenty of talent up front, they have some very talented returning starters and some very talented young men waiting to get their opportunity.
Xavier Nixon has had an impressive young career as a Florida Gator. Since moving into the starting lineup as a true freshman in the South Carolina game in 2009, Nixon has been a solid force on the outside.
Jon Halapio saw limited action as a true freshmen in 2009; however, he made a splash in the lineup in 2010. Halapio became a starter at right guard and became a permanent fixture in the rotation. The 2011 season will move much slower for Jon, with a full year of SEC play under his belt.
Two players along the offensive line that seem to be wild cards are Matt Patchen and James Wilson, both have struggled with injuries and consistency.
Patchen battled a wrist injury for all of the 2010 season, but has shown plenty of versatility in his career at Florida. As a true freshman, Matt played on the defensive line and contributed mightily in the 2008 National Championship.
Wilson has battled inconsistency and injury, but looks to have one more shot to make his presence known on the line.
The offensive line will have a lot to prove this spring. There are plenty of positions that are up in the air and plenty of talent for solid competitions to play out.