Posted January 21, 2013 on
There are plenty of names that need to be replaced from the Florida defense in 2013. The Gators had four juniors leave school early and graduated three players that earned multiple starts. With a new defensive coordinator taking over that side of the ball in 2013, there will be new faces for the Gators on defense. However, there is still plenty of talent on that side of the ball.
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Florida head coach Will Muschamp didn’t waste time filling his coaching staff. The Gators officially announced the hiring of South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing on Tuesday. Lawing will coach the Florida defensive line and have the title of assistant head coach.
The Gators moved up in both polls after an impressive week that featured a 21-point win at Texas A&M and a 31-point win against No. 17 Missouri.
There is little denying the need for defensive linemen in the 2013 recruiting class for Florida. The Gators lose four this year that will test the NFL waters and more to come next year. The Gators love to rotate depth in the trenches and keep guys fresh, and adding linemen and keeping the one’s they have committed is important. This past weekend went a long way in easing the mind...
When last season came to an end, Florida head coach Billy Donovan sat down with Mike Rosario to decide the future. It wasn’t secure that Rosario would be back in Gainesville. After disappointing in 2011-12, Rosario had to become more dedicated to the program or find another place to play. Donovan left the decision up to his guard. Now the team’s second leading scorer, Rosario...
Florida head coach Billy Donovan has been around a lot of good perimeter defenders in his time at Florida. He’s not shy about putting junior guard Scottie Wilbekin among the best. Donovan has raved about Corey Brewer and Justin Hamilton playing defense in the past, but Wilbekin has turned into his new stopper. His on-ball defense has sparked one of the nation’s best defenses this year.
Even with Florida’s 4-0 start to conference play this season, the Gators are still not at full strength. Nagging injuries have plagued the team since preseason practice began. Florida now heads back to the road for conference games this week at Georgia and Mississippi State without forward Casey Prather. Forward Erik Murphy is one of the other players that are playing through pain.