Pass rushing was not one of the Gators' strengths in 2010.
In all of 2010, the Gators only sacked the quarterback 21 times, with only 13 of those sacks coming from the Gator defensive line.
Their inability to get to the quarterback cost the Gators severely in the games against Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and Florida State. All of which were losses for Florida.
But entering into 2011, the Gators defensive line has another year of experience under their belt as well as new defensive line coaching by former NFL star Bryant Young.
Muschamp also brings a 3-4 defense to Gainesville which will increase the blitzing opportunities for Florida with more linebackers on the field.
Sophomore Ronald Powell, Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley will be key for the Gator's pass rush. All three players were top-10 recruits in 2010 and have the ability to take over the game with their pass rush ability.
Cal-Berkley transfer Chris Martin will also have his first opportunity at playing after sitting out a year after transferring to Florida.
Martin was also a 5-star recruit in 2010 and could be a surprise player on defense.
The defensive line also consists of established leaders in Omar Hunter and Jaye Howard.
Consequently, the defensive line will be able to rotate often and keep a lot of players fresh, allowing more opportunities for sacks..
The Gators are going to have a lot of speed and tenacity on the defensive line this year and players like Powell and Floyd are due for huge breakout sophomore years.