The Back Nine: Florida will be in better shape – Gatorsports.com
The Back Nine comes at you after a wonderful weekend in my old home town of St. Augustine that included time with family and a visit to Barley’s Pub in downtown. Try the lamb burger. And tip your waitresses.
10. There are still a few spring games to be played around the country, assuming weather doesn’t cancel any more, but for the most part the football attention now turns to the summer magazines which will be coming out to see where your favorite teams will be ranked. A day doesn’t go by when someone starts out a conversation with, “So what kind of team do you think Florida will be?” Most preseason mags will have Florida in the bottom of the Top 25. Some will exclude the Gators. Those that don’t pick them to finish second in the East will have them third. And none of those predictions will truly matter. The bottom line is that we have no idea what is in store for these Gators. We’re not even sure about the roster yet because of the pending eligibility of the two wide receivers who could play a key role. We don’t know who the quarterback will be. A lot of it, as Dan Mullen said, will come down to the offseason and whether or not his staff will have to re-teach the players who went through a crash course in the spring. We only know that this team will be in shape and that is an improvement. All we know for sure is this — at SEC Media Days in July, all 14 coaches will tell us that their