Florida Football 2001 Preview

This is the another segment in a series of previews on every SEC football and basketball team.

Florida Gators

Coach: Steve Spurrier
2000 Record: 10-2, 8-1 SEC
Returning Starters: 8 Offense, 9 Defense

All-Star Candidates:  OL Mike Pearson, WR Jabar Gaffney, PK Jeff Chandler, DL Alex Brown, DB Lito Sheppard, C Zac Zedalis, QB Rex Grossman, RB Earnest Graham, ILB Andra Davis, DB Todd Johnson. 

2001 Schedule
Sep. 1 Marshall
Sep. 8 Louisiana-Monroe
Sep. 15 Tennessee
Sep. 22 at Kentucky
Sep. 29 Mississippi State
Oct.6 at LSU
Oct. 13 at Auburn
Oct. 27 Georgia@
Nov. 3 Vanderbilt
Nov. 10 at South Carolina
Nov. 17 Florida State
@Jacksonville, FL

Strengths: 17 returning starters.  10 All-SEC candidates. Just about every position is a strength. 

Weaknesses: Possibly some offensive and defensive line depth issues.

Key Game: Florida State, Nov. 17.

Coach Spurrier says: "We don't have many backup players at a few positions. We have a redshirt freshman who was playing defense last year behind Mike Pearson. Hopefully you don't have too many injuries that will really hurt. Hopefully our quarterback position will get settled. I'd like for one player to really know what he's doing and be the leader."

Overall projection:  The Gators are loaded again.  They should be close to their 1996 form when they won the National Championship.  Expect the Gator offense to average around 45 points a contest. The defense, led by DE Alex Brown, will be tough to score on.  The Gators should win the SEC and contend for National Championship in 2001.   


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