Florida Gators Football: Make or Break Year for the Gators
- Updated: March 24, 2014
The Florida Gators have a history of being one of the best teams in college football history. They have a trophy case loaded with accolades and awards form having a very successful football program. They also have many players that have gone on to achieve success in the National Football League. However, lately they have fallen on hard times.
The Florida Gators are off one of the worst years that they have ever had in their football program, but things are looking up and there is reason to believe that they will have another successful outing this season. Will Muschamp is feeling the pressure at head coach and he needs to have a winning season now, if he wants to stick around. But last year, the program posted its first losing season since 1979 and snapped a 22-year bowl streak. The historical hits kept on coming, including the first home loss to Vanderbilt since 1945 and a Nov. 23 loss to Georgia Southern, the program’s first ever to a lower-division school. The only option is to win now or get fired.
The Gators are focusing on playing better offense this year and that includes a wide open offense that hopes to put up big points. This spring, Muschamp wants to see his offense trend upward with a new offensive coordinator and what should be a more spread attack with much more shotgun sets. And it has to. Florida can’t win any games this spring, but it can lose some if players don’t buy in and meticulously take to the offensive overhaul that spring practice has essentially become in Gainesville. Former Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and former USC offensive line coach Mike Summers were hired for both a quick and long-term fix for Florida’s offense. Muschamp called the installation of the offense, led by new offensive coordinator Roper, the top priority of the spring. Roper was animated and authoritative on his first day of practice at Florida.
This is a good sign for the Gators offense and they also have some good news on the injury front. Muschamp said Jeff Driskel (broken leg) and defensive back Nick Washington (shoulder surgery) were granted medical hardship waivers by the NCAA on Tuesday, giving Driskel two more seasons of eligibility and Washington four. This gives the Gators experience and depth in key spots.
The Gators have all of the right pieces in place to be better than they were a year ago, and it is hard to believe that they can be any worse. In a make or break season, the Gators will once again give their teams something to get excited about.