Florida Gators 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Florida Gators 2016 Preview
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There’s excitement back in Gainesville after the Florida Gators finished 10-4 in the first season under Jim McElwain. Of course the fanbase doesn’t want to overreact, but it’s quite clear the Gators are back on the radar and have everybody's attention in the SEC.
Here is your 2016 Florida Gators college football preview.
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Offense: The biggest known name on Florida’s offense this season will be wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who was a game changer last season with 678 yards on 35 receptions. The Gators also have a reliable offensive line led by Martez Ivey and David Sharpe. The questions for Florida start at quarterback, as transfers Luke Del Rio and Austin Appleby have to prove that they’re better options than what the school had last year in Will Grier and Treon Harris. The Gators have had trouble at QB ever since some guy named Tim Tebow left town. Running back will be a combination of Jordan Scarlett and Mark Thompson.
Defense: The Gators lost lot of key players from last years elite defense, but there’s still enough talent for defensive coordinator to Geoff Collins to work with. Starting with Jalen Tabor, who is one of the top defensive backs in the country, and one of the top linebackers in the SEC in Jarrad Davis. Those two are enough to anchor this unit and make sure the younger guys are all on the same page. Hard hitting safety Marcus Maye also provides stability in the back end and gives Florida possibly the best secondary in the SEC. Florida’s defensive line should also see improvements with Cece Jefferson, Caleb Brantley and Bryan Cox Jr. ready to take that next step and show why they were all highly recruited players. Florida’s defense is looking sharp once again.
Special Teams: Eddy Pineiro will likely replace Austin Hardin at placekicker. Johnny Townsend returns at punter after averaging 45.3 yards per attempt on 83 punts.
Outlook: Florida’s defense is once again good enough to keep this team in games regardless of who it plays. It all comes down to the quarterback position, as has been the case ever since Tebow left. If the Gators can get stability and move the chains offensively with some sort of consistency, the Gators have a shot to compete with Tennessee for the SEC East title. If not, the Gators will still win games but take a backseat from last years success.
September 3, 2016 Massachusetts (Gainesville, Fla.)
September 10, 2016 Kentucky (Gainesville, Fla.)
September 17, 2016 North Texas (Gainesville, Fla.)
September 24, 2016 at Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)
October 1, 2016 at Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.)
October 8, 2016 LSU (Gainesville, Fla.)
October 15, 2016 Missouri (Gainesville, Fla.)
October 22, 2016 Bye
October 29, 2016 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, Fla.)
November 5, 2016 at Arkansas (Fayetteville, Ark.)
November 12, 2016 South Carolina (Gainesville, Fla.)
November 19, 2016 Presbyterian (Gainesville, Fla.)
November 26, 2016 at Florida State (Tallahassee, Fla.)
December 3, 2016 SEC Championship (Atlanta, Ga.)