Friday, January 24, 2014
Florida picked as most improved in 2014
By Chris Low
Auburn was the turnaround story in college football this season, and Missouri wasn't too far behind.
Maybe Florida will be that team in 2014.
We asked fans to tell us which of the four SEC teams that didn't make a bowl game this season would be most improved in 2014, and Florida was the decisive winner.
With more than 10,800 votes cast, the Gators picked up 47 percent of the vote. Tennessee was second with 35 percent, Arkansas third with 14 percent and Kentucky last with 4 percent.
Florida (4-8) is coming off its first losing season since 1979, and coach Will Muschamp overhauled his offensive staff. He brought in Kurt Roper from Duke to be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and Mike Summers from USC to be the Gators' offensive line coach.
Florida ranked eighth nationally in total defense this season and 15th nationally in scoring defense and should once again be strong on that side of the ball. If the Gators are going to turn it around, it all hinges on getting better and more explosive on offense and whether quarterback Jeff Driskel can bounce back after missing most of last season with a knee injury.
The nonconference part of the schedule gets a little easier. The Gators don't have to play at Miami, but they do get Alabama and LSU out of the Western Division.