A Little 'Mo' for Addazio

It was a hard month of December, but January started and the Florida Gators are back in the saddle again as one of, if not the premier college football program in America. The dismantling of Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl was nothing more than a four-hour commercial for the fact the Gators aren't back but never left. Saturday things got better with two big time commitments. Can you say momentum?

The news couldn't have been more drastically different since the calendar rolled over on Friday. Florida scored it's best win of the season and the Gators got a huge boon in recruiting on Saturday. Steve Addazio will resume the reigns as Florida's interim head coach and the he will have a great deal of momentum moving forward.

Addazio was probably the most maligned members of the football staff all season in regards to fan reaction. When he was named the eventual interim head coach last week a lot of folks were puzzled. On Saturday, his offense and the Gators performed at a level they haven't performed in a long long time and the general thought of Addazio taking the lead, doesn't seem so bad.

The Gators used big plays and a relentless attack to rack up 659 yards and 51 points on the nation's No. 3 team. Tim Tebow, the most beloved Gator of all time with the best playing resume of any Gator ever, had the game of his life, throwing for almost 500 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for another touchdown.

There really wasn't much the offense couldn't do on Friday after a season of constantly stuttering.

The Gators seemed to play loose and generally pumped during the game and it was all led by an Addazio inspired offense. The entire nation was watching, including prospects that have been left wondering about the Gators and how they would bounce back from a lousy month of December.

December saw the starting defensive end Carlos Dunlap arrested for DUI. The Gators lost for the first time in 23 games in a horrendously played SEC Championship Game. Urban Meyer was rushed to the hospital the next day. Charlie Strong, Florida's defensive coordinator was hired away by Louisville as the head coach. Billy Gonzales walked away to be the receiver coach at LSU. Of course Urban Meyer resigned the day after Christmas, only to open up a huge can of worms by returning as the Gators' coach the very next day and telling the world he would be taking a leave of absence some time after the bowl game.

There really was very little good news in December and that is why a Sugar Bowl blowout was just what was needed.

Then came Saturday and a couple of nice extras.

As expected Chris Dunkley committed to the Gators at the under Armour All-America Game. Dunkley has been the Gators top prospect at receiver all year and to see him commit under all the scrutiny the program has been under lately was a very big deal.

Dominate Easily....I mean Dominique Easley was a big surprise on Saturday. The Staten Island defensive lineman was the most dominant player in the entire talent rich Under Armour game. He pulled a fast one when he picked Florida publicly as his college choice without the Gators even being on his list of final three schools. Folks form Oregon to Penn State were stunned and so were giddy Gators who saw a bunch of light at the end of a month long tunnel this weekend.

Now Addazio will assume most of the reigns of the program as Urban Meyer tries to get healthy. Addazio will welcome in quite 8-10 early enrollees on Tuesday as classes start. The early high school graduates have become somewhat of a tradition at Florida and represent even more momentum as the Gators look to restock a roster that will lose quite a few big time players to the pros and graduation. These prospects will now have an extra spring to their career and a chance to play earlier because of the early enrollment.

From what we are told, Addazio will take the bull by the horns. There will be no coasting, waiting for Meyer to okay every thing that will go on over the next several months. Addazio will have the authority and the blessing of Meyer to run the ship completely while he is out. Meyer trusts him this much.

Addazio has much at stake too. He wants to lose that interim tag whether that is here at Florida or somewhere else. Addazio will do everything he has to to prove he can run a huge football program like the University of Florida.

It is up to Addazio to cease this momentum on the recruiting trail and into the spring. The Gators are looking to land the nation's best recruiting class and prepare this spring with a team that is still loaded despite all of the star power lost to graduation and the pros.

January started off with a bang, let's see how Addazio rolls this month into signing day and into the spring.

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