Florida Football: Midseason Report Card for the Gators

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Florida Football: Midseason Report Card for the Gators
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The 2011 Florida football team has gone through a tale of two seasons. 

Starting the season off with four straight wins was somewhat expected. Beating the likes of FAU and UAB were expected. The Gators looked very good in their two opening games, outscoring their opponents 80 to three. 

Then came the SEC schedule. Florida caught a break when Tennessee lost their star receiver, Justin Hunter, to injury. You hate to see an opponent go down early in the game with a season ending injury, and Tennessee looked out of sync in Hunter's absence.  The Gators edged the Vols, wining the game 33 to 23. The win was a good confidence boost to this young Gator roster. 

The first road SEC game for the Gators came to Kentucky. The Gators punished the Wildcats on the ground totaling over 400 rushing yards. The Gators limited Kentucky to ten points, but allowed over 100 yards on the ground for the first time. The defense forced three turnovers, including a fumble return for a touchdown. The Gators leaned heavily on their duo of speedy running backs for their first four games and against these lesser opponents that did the trick. 

Then came Alabama. Senior quarterback John Brantley began the game with the most productive start to a game of his career. Before going down with a high ankle sprain, Brantley was 11 of 16 for 190 yards, a touchdown and an interception. 

In the absence of Brantley, the Gators have rotated two true freshmen quarterbacks, both with little success. After losing Brantley the Gators have been outscored 72 to 17, and have lost control of their fate in the SEC. Similar to last season the Gators started hot only to lose three games in a row going into a bye week at four and three.

With all of this being said let's get into the overall grades for the Gators this season. 

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