Will Muschamp and his new band of coaches look to turn things around in Gainesville after a tumultuous 2010:
Biggest reason for hope: More aggressive, faster front seven
Although Florida will not have All-SEC cornerback Janoris Jenkins, the Gators will still be extremely fast in the box. Starting up front, Florida will have sophomore Ronald Powell rushing off the edge at the new defensive end/linebacker position known as the buck. Powell was the nation's top recruit a year ago. Linebackers Jelani Jenkins and Jon Bostic both have great closing speed and have really taken a liking to the new multiple defense that has some 3-4 schemes thrown in there. Cal linebacker/defensive end transfer Chris Martin will also be on the field. Those around Florida's program last year thought he might be the most talented defender the Gators had. Also, expect the Gators to get more out of its pass rush this season. Along with Powell, defensive tackles Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley showed a lot of promise this spring. They'll help upperclassmen Omar Hunter and Jaye Howard in the middle, while senior William Green provides some nice athleticism at end.
Biggest reason for concern: Unknown offensive ability
There's no question that Florida has the talent to compete for an SEC title, but no one outside of the confines of Florida's practice fields knows what to expect from the offense this fall. A year ago, the offense held the Gators back all season. Now, with Charlie Weis running a more pro-style offense, the Gators are looking to rebound -- especially quarterback John Brantley, who wasn't suited to run the spread at all. In a more comfortable offense, Brantley could be a star, but his poor spring game performance did little to ease the minds of Gators fans. However, that was the first we saw of this offense and Muschamp said both the offense and defense would be very vanilla. Still, we haven't seen anything yet that says this offense can truly rebound from last season. Florida still must find the right running back to generate a power running game and a wide receiver who can be a reliable go-to target for Brantley.