Five Best Offensive Players Florida Will Face

Florida's SEC schedule forces them to plan weekly for at least one game-changing player on the offensive side of the ball. From the second game to the final regular season weekend, an inexperienced Florida defense will have its hands full with some of the most electric players in the country.

5. USF quarterback B.J. Daniels- When quarterback Matt Grothe tore his ACL last season, the Bulls' season was supposed to end soon after. All they did the next week was go into Tallahassee and come away with a 17-7 victory over Florida State.

Only in his freshman year, Daniels threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns against the Seminoles, adding 126 rushing yards. He immediately became a threat at quarterback, ending the season throwing for 1,983 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also added 772 net rushing yards with nine touchdowns on the ground.

USF will head into The Swamp September 11 upset-minded, just as they were going into Tallahassee last year. When a play breaks down, Daniels' ability to escape and run is just what a less-talented team needs to be successful. The Gators must contain Daniels' ability to escape the pocket and run with the football, forcing him to throw for the Bulls to move the ball. Easier said than done.

4. South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey- The freshman didn't start until the seventh game of the season, but he never looked back after that. Through five games, Jeffery had only five catches for 56 yards. Over the next eight games, he had 41 catches for 707 yards.

Quarterback Stephen Garcia has struggled during his time as the Gamecocks' quarterback, but this season he finally has a dominant wide receiver to throw to. Jeffery won't run by many cornerbacks, but his body control and massive hands put him in position to make every catch.

Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins should match up with Jeffery most of the time. Though he gives up six inches, Jenkins has the tendency to play bigger than his height. When Garcia gets in trouble late in the game, expect him to look Jeffery's way for the clutch play.

3. Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder- This test will come as the final regular season game of the year for the Gators, and that should benefit the Florida defense that will start the season without much experience. Ponder threw for 2,717 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2009, but he returns almost all of his offensive teammates.

Ponder's final shot in his career to beat the Gators will come in Tallahassee during his final game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Emotions will be high as they always are in this rivalry, but no higher than in this matchup, as the Gators have combined to beat the Seminoles by 90 points over the past three years.

Ponder has the pieces around him to have a good season on offense. The redshirt senior will have his second, third and fourth leading receivers for 2009 back, as well as the top two running backs.

2. Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green- Likely the top wide receiver in the country in 2010, Green has been dominant since he stepped on campus in Athens. His statistics declined from freshman to sophomore year by 155 yards and two touchdowns, but that was largely because Green went from Matt Stafford to Joe Cox as his quarterback.

The 808 yards and six touchdowns Green posted in 2009 were far below his talent level, but he is still considered to be the top wide receiver prospect for the 2011 NFL Draft. Green has 149 yards in his two career games against the Gators, with 54 yards coming on one catch his freshman season.

Jenkins will be matched up with Green in this game, hoping to send the wide receiver to the NFL with three straight losses to Florida. Green will be catching passes for him third quarterback in as many seasons, as redshirt freshman Aaron Murray is projected to be taking snaps for the Bulldogs.

1. Alabama running back Mark Ingram- When a team's backup running back just misses this list, they're pretty loaded at running back. Such is the case with Alabama, as Trent Richardson jumped onto the national scene as a freshman when he spelled Ingram.

Ingram stole the show for the Crimson Tide offense in 2009, winning the Heisman Trophy for his efforts. Now he returns a year stronger to an offense that returns most of its key pieces. But there is no doubt it starts and ends for Alabama with Ingram.

When the Gators roll into Tuscaloosa for the October 2 showdown, it won't be with a lack of motivation. Alabama ran all over the Florida defense for 272 yards in last season's SEC Championship Game, including 115 yards and three touchdowns from Ingram.

He is the part that makes the Alabama offense go, and he will be the key player for the Florida defense to stop if they want to beat the Crimson Tide. But he will also be the most difficult to stop.

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