Gators May Still Struggle to Compete in SEC East in 2014

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Having watched the Gators over the last two seasons it is clear that they have relied on their defense to keep them competitive and their defense did an outstanding job in 2012 but unfortunately suffered too many injuries in 2013.  The clear weakness of the team is at the quarterback position and a general lack of playmakers on the perimeter.  Those weaknesses were exposed in a major way in 2013.  Florida only had two wide receivers with over 500 yards receiving and their WR's were only responsible for 7 TD receptions.  Some of the receivers problems can be eleviated with better play at the quarterback position but it looks like it could still be a struggle in 2014.

When you look around the top programs in the SEC East heading into 2014 they all have proven playmakers at WR and are adding some big time HS playmakers in their recruiting classes.  For example Georgia has Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley and Michael Bennett – Tennessee has Marquez North, Pig Howard and are adding Josh Malone – Missouri  has Dorial Green Beckham and Bud Sasser.  All of those players have proven they are capable of making big plays at the receiver position. 

For us, I still have worries.  I don't know that Driskel is capable of running an offense with a downfield passing game.  I really like Will Grier's talent and think he is going to be a great QB in the future for us but will he be ready as a true freshmen?  Then, it is really nice to get Andre Debose back but can guys like Ahmad Fulwood and Demarcus Robinson elevate their game and become legit threats on the outside?  Also it would have been nice if we could have added some young stars in this recruiting class like an Ermon Lane who looks like a lock to Florida State or a guy like Travis Rudolph or Artavis Scott. 

I wish I was more optimistic and could look at things with a glass half full approach but our QB's and WR's are going to have to show me something before I believe anything. 

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