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Gators enter preseason with pressing needs at key offensive skill positions

GAINESVILLE -- Untapped potential overflows from Florida's preseason offensive depth chart. To fully take advantage of all that talent, some very important things must happen between now and Sept. 11.

That's the second Saturday of the season, when Florida hosts South Florida in what will be a game of high energy and high stakes. It seems unlikely, but Florida could lose this game in a worst-case scenario. After all, USF defeated Florida State at Doak Campbell last season. And I'm quite certain no one needs reminding of Florida 23, Arkansas 20 or, more to the point, Ole Miss 31, Florida 30.

To avoid such an upset, Florida must take full advantage of every single skill position in its spread offense. That didn't happen last season for two reasons. 1. Florida relied too much on Tim Tebow. 2. Tebow usually delivered. There will be no Tebow this season -- no fail-safe back-up plan. Florida's offense must adapt but a few pressing needs and potential deficiencies could hinder that growth. Here they are:

1. Who is going to play tight end and will he be any good? Tight end was a key position last season. Where would the Gators have been without Aaron Hernandez? He led the team in receptions. UF offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said during the spring that finding a quality tight end was one of his most important tasks. As Addazio explained it, tight end was a crucial piece of the puzzle in Florida's new offense. If Florida can't rely on its tight end, then the offense as a whole will suffer and need to be adjusted.

The options at tight end are redshirt freshmen Jordan Reed and Desmond Parks and true freshman Gerald Christian. All three players have talent but all are young. Reed, who seemed to emerge as the first-stringer after spring practice, only began playing tight end in the last year. In the mold of Cornelius Ingram, Reed was a quarterback when he first arrived at UF. Parks was injured much of last year. Christian seems to be on the right path but is a bit raw.

2. Can Florida's receivers stretch the field? They couldn't last season with any consistency. Riley Cooper and Deonte Thompson both suffered from the yips at times. Thompson must be the man this season and his confidence must improve. (This is the real reason why Urban Meyer flipped out on a reporter this spring.)

3. Who is going to play slot receiver? The Great Brandon James Experiment just didn't pan out at slot receiver last season. Now UF wants to experiment by putting another running back at the position? Chris Rainey is great -- don't get me wrong -- but surely there's a receiver on UF's roster who can, you know, actually play receiver. Will Andre Debose be ready? Meyer knew he had problems when the extent of Debose's hamstring injury was discovered last year. Meyer was right. He had problems.

4. Who's the power back? Tebow played this position for four years. He carried the ball more than anyone else for three years. He did it so well I think people took it for granted. Jeff Demps is no power back. Chris Rainey would completely fall apart if he had to pound the ball. The options are Emmanuel Moody and Mike Gillislee. Remember a long time ago when Meyer convinced Moody to transfer to UF because he could one day be the "featured back?" That time is now.

5. Can John Brantley handle the pressure? People are assuming Brantley is going to be a world-class quarterback from the first snap of the season. Maybe he will be, but keep in mind he hasn't started a football game in three years. Brantley, of course, is the least of UF's worries. He should be fine.

-jo-

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Turds are in deep shyt now......

To sum up jo's article........

The GAYTORS ARE IN DEEP SHYT X2.

BAWHAHAHAHAHA The day of reckoning has come turd nation. It was only a matter of time.

Is it true the NCAA is investigating?

Wow, thats all we need!

Is it true the NCAA is investigating?


Does Raggedy Ann have cotton titties?

No wonder the pouncey twins were tounge kissing.

WOW cheating-ass florida.

Yo, I need my car washed, any of you canes up for it?

Dats it? I be thinkin somebody on da site-line payin fo big hits...dats chea'in!

YAWWWWWN....get excited cane clowns.

does this cheerleader that tries 2 pass as a journalist read what he writes???
yesterday he writes how the GAYtors r gonna win everything. Then 2day he writes the GAYtors have no tight-end, no deep threat, no slot recievers, no power back, & a QB that is untested under fire.
SOUNDS LIKE A 6-5 SEASON 2 ME..
So STFU, meth heads & keep the prozac handy & if u run out call urbin......

& BTW, meth heads. the NCAA posse is in town & got a feelin urbins gonna pull a pete carroll & skip town...
ITS ALL ADDIN UP 2 A WOODY HAYES MOMENT IF HE DOESNT SKIP TOWN..

Sad Rizzo. About as sad as a cane dufus throwing up on a Gator blog because his keiser college degree rendered him useless in the workforce.

I blame George Bush.

Nice 2-3 year run GAYtor fan, bought and paid for with 30 arrests, drunks, pot heads, eye gougers, coach in rehab, agents payin players, & now the NCAA posse is finally investigatin your renegade program.

WW -- he keeps making your point under different aliases.

I guess when you write a Gator column for the MIAMI Herald you gotta expect the comments section to be dominated by ignorant and moronic Canes fans. Sigh... I know the ratio of S. Fla. population to UM-enrollment dictates a low percentage of actual alumnae, but the really sad part is how obvious it is that NONE of these folks got past "Fun With Dick and Jane" ANYWHERE.

Unproven talent is not the same as no talent. uF will not be great, but they will have enough talent to easily win the SEC east unless The University of Georgia has anything to say about it, and believe me they do. uF has got a lot going for it such as a winning mentality, but let's just hope that there were not only seniors or let's hope that the hype man was not just TeBow.

Alabama won't be that great either, because the only person that destroyed any Offensive Line in college football was Cody and he's gone. Why do you think TeBow couldn't run against Alabama? Those two teams probably had the most NFL talent all on one field much like the FSU and Miami days of old. I do think that Alabama will reload while uF will struggle early to get used to a you know "Real Quarter Back." If the University of Tennessee has a football team then watch out, cause Brantley won't know about SEC until he gets knocked out in Knoxville or pees in his pants when he feels how shaky Rocky Top quakes.

The good thing is uRban gets to start a new offense that will actually develop players on the offense, but it really does rest on the shoulders of Brantley no matter how you look at it. If he blows all season instead of choke like uRban did then so will the running game.

The Good thing is you guys finally have a real "Quarter Back." You know what I mean?

Unproven talent is not the same as no talent. uF will not be great, but they will have enough talent to easily win the SEC east unless The University of Georgia has anything to say about it, and believe me they do. uF has got a lot going for it such as a winning mentality, but let's just hope that there were not only seniors or let's hope that the hype man was not just TeBow.

Alabama won't be that great either, because the only person that destroyed any Offensive Line in college football was Cody and he's gone. Why do you think TeBow couldn't run against Alabama? Those two teams probably had the most NFL talent all on one field much like the FSU and Miami days of old. I do think that Alabama will reload while uF will struggle early to get used to a you know "Real Quarter Back." If the University of Tennessee has a football team then watch out, cause Brantley won't know about SEC until he gets knocked out in Knoxville or pees in his pants when he feels how shaky Rocky Top quakes.

The good thing is uRban gets to start a new offense that will actually develop players on the offense, but it really does rest on the shoulders of Brantley no matter how you look at it. If he blows all season instead of choke like uRban did then so will the running game.

The Good thing is you guys finally have a real "Quarter Back." You know what I mean?

but the really sad part is how obvious it is that NONE of these folks got past "Fun With Dick and Jane" ANYWHERE.

Posted by: Dru2012 | July 19, 2010 at 10:10 PM

it all depends on where Spot hid his bone ...


Does everyone smoke crack in Miami? Or just "The U" fans?

UF will man handle USF. The columnist uses the defeat of FSU as pretense. What! FSU won 7 games last year including the bowl game and almost lost to a horrific Maryland team. UF has depth at the skill positions. And each point this writer makes is of no concern to the Gators.

The biggest cause for concern is the front 7 with the replacement of Dunlap, Spikes, Cunningham, and Stamper not to mention Charlie Strong. Florida will score a lot of points with Brantley and all his offensive weapons. The defense will have some OJT and will have a difficult time winning another SEC championship but its gonna be a great ride.
And looking at what the future holds, I'm glad to be a Gator because The "mighty" U (LOL) is probably due for another 8 win season.

Da who??

Looking at the schedule that's all that I would demand from Tha U, but I have a feeling like the storm is finally here. We finally have depth at key positions for a change and not to mention our schedule. Our schedule is a make or break but that the way we like it. We play our best when we know that our competition can beat us even if we have the best talent on the field. It's all about who wants it most.

No comment from Cryin Liar yet

UF 6-5, a canes' wet dream

Canes live & breath Gator football.

Yo, I need my car washed, any of you canes up for it?

Posted by: Mony, Mony | July 19, 2010 at 01:37 PM

Sure, pull that 78 Pinto right up to my mansion and I will have my UF lawn guy spray those bugs off with a water hose. You really want to claim a UM private school education leads to working at a car wash, you name-changing racist slimeball?

Make sure that you roll the windows up first, i wouldn't want that back seat full of Big Gulps to get flooded.


Don't worry Gators, I'm seeing it from the other side and my alma mater is in deeper poo than you guys.

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