Dunbar: Too Talented Not to Win

Sophomore receiver Quinton Dunbar was adamant Thursday that the Florida Gators of 2011 had too much talent on the field not to produce at a higher level. Dunbar believes that a new attitude has started to enter in the ranks and the 2012 version of the Florida Gators will be a lot different team. Communication is key and he says these Gators have plenty.

It is easy to understand how the 2011 squad may have had a split among them, especially with how inept the Florida offense was. Quinton Dunbar says that the guys that are still around have taken note of the turmoil and are making a concerted effort to make things better.

Dunbar says new strength coach Jeff Dillman is a guy that has been working on that as well.

"Jeff is a great guy," Dunbar said. "He puts a lot of emphasis for us to come together." The coaches may be playing a big part in the new attitude, but it also takes the players willingness to do it.

"There definitely was no communication last year," Dunbar said. "This off-season I feel like we bonded together. If we had some things we didn't like, we let each other know. We have too many talented guys not to win so I thought as a team we had to do more as a family.

"I feel like we are more of a family now. We talk our differences out and believe in each other and have more trust… I feel like it is different and this season will be different."

Florida returns 10 starters from a defense that finished 8th in the country. Part of the division on the team certainly came from a difference in the way the defense played compared to the offense. Dunbar knows the offense has to pull a lot more weight in 2012 and knows the target is on their back.

"It is on the offense, we have to step up," he said. "We have to continue to work hard, get better, and get the offense down pat. If we get those things (done), we will be alright. We have enough talented guys to win."

Florida lost a starting quarterback and the top two play makers in running backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey to graduation. Despite the key losses Dunbar believes the offense will have a balanced look to it because of the skill that still remains at those positions and that the offense will be more balanced.

"I feel like we are going to be balanced," he said. "We have two great quarterbacks (Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett) and great running backs in Mike Gillislee, Mack Brown, and Omarius Hines is going to running back. I feel like we have great backs and quarterbacks so it doesn't matter."

Dunbar said he asked for the number one jersey which he was given during the off-season. He said the jersey number is special to him despite the prestige that comes with that number. He had the number in high school basketball and he's not worried about expectations.

"I don't feel any pressure at all," he said. "I just do what I have to do.

"It means something to me and my family. A lot of people in my family had number one so I just wanted it. My dad had it in high school. My grandfather had it playing basketball."

He was asked about his disappointing season from 2011 where a lot of people talked a lot about high expectations that never came about. He understands what happened and says things will be different in 2012.

"Everything happens for a reason and if I really get that shot I will show what I can do'" he said.

He still says he has to let the game come to him and not press and his ability will take over and make things happen.

"I just want to help our team win," he said. "I want to make the plays that come to me. As more balls come to me I feel like I can make more plays."

He also understands he still has work to do in order to be a better player.

"I just need to continue to work hard," he said. "I work on everything… routes, explosion, catching, I work on everything."

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