Drawing in the margin

Florida's turnaround in turnovers in 2012 was by design

Updated: December 31, 2012, 10:25 AM ET
By Michael DiRocco | GatorNation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- There are plenty of reasons for Florida's transformation from an average team in 2011 to one of the nation's elite this season.

The biggest, however, is turnover margin.

The third-ranked Gators (11-1) were minus-12 last season, giving up the ball 26 times and forcing only 14 -- which is the lowest single-season total in school history since the school started keeping fumble stats in 1950. Florida is plus-17 this season.

That's a turnaround of 29 turnovers.

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