But even with the disappointing 8-5 season, Gator Head Coach Ron Zook doesn't think that his team has dropped off too far and he insists that last season was an important for him and the program.
"I think that every year is a learning experience. The more things that you are put in front of, the more than you are going to learn. I think that every football coach goes back and evaluates and sees what he would do differently," said Zook.
In his evaluations, Zook explained that a lot of the media's talk about Florida dropping off of the national scene is over blown.
"Florida drop under the radar? I don't know what that means. We are on the right track. We are going to get back where we are expected to be," he said.
But in order for that to happen, Zook will have to depend on a quarterback that has taken minimal snaps and could be replaced by a freshmen at the mid point of the season.
"Ingle Martin has shown me that he can run this offense. But the starter has to show that he can consistently score a lot of points. This system will use our quarterbacks' abilities. We are not going to ask our quarterbacks to win the game for us. The quarterbacks are going to have to let the system work for them. Its not like they are going to have to win the game for us," Zook said.
Zook continued: "I think that it remains to be seen about our quarterbacks. I talked with Ingle about being a competitor. He came into the spring with an attitude of ‘This is my position to lose'. I was impressed with the way that he handled himself this spring."
Even with the question marks at quarterback and in Florida's defensive front, Zook says that he is confident that this season's senior class will step up and deliver.
"The thing that I have noticed over the summer is that our senior class has begun to take over. When a senior class realizes that it is their last season, they step it up a little. I am impressed with the way that they have stepped up and are leading," he said.