2012 Team Previews 2012 Florida Gators Season Preview 2011 Record: (13-1, 8-0) 2011 Bowl: Sugar Bowl vs Cincinnati (W) Coach: KSherm (40-2 at Florida) Returning Leaders Rushing: Jr. Mike Gillislee, 23 car, 97 yds, TD Passing: Jr Jordan Reed, 164.7 rating, 55/82, 867 yds, 4 TDs Receiving: Sr. TJ. Lawrence, WR, 84 rec, 1511 yds, 18 TDs Tackles: Sr Brendan Beal, MLB, 155 tkls Sacks: Sr. Willie Green, RE, 14 sacks Interceptions: Jr. Dee Finley, SS 6 INTs Besides a heartbreaking loss late in the season to FSU, Florida had an amazing season in 2011. Florida has graduated key players on offense this season and will be very young on that side of the ball. However, they have the playmakers waiting in the wings for their shot and they are more than talented enough to get the job done. The offensive line and defense however, return nearly everyone. These units are loaded and will prove to be the core of this team in 2012. Starting QB Jr Jordan Reed (90ovr, 89tp, 89ta) Fr. Trey Burton (85ovr, 85spd, 86tp, 83ta) ---The QB battle is still taking place as Coach KSherm is yet to declare a starter. Reed is the upperclassmen but Burton is the coach's prized freshman recruit that fits the Florida offense well. Don't forget #1 prospect A. Johnson is in the mix too with his rocket arm. STARTING BACKFIELD RB- Jr. Mike Gillislee (93ovr, 94spd, 99acc, 86 btk) FB- So. Marcus Lee (74ovr, 80spd) ---Replacing Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey, and Emmanuel Moody will be tough. Thankfully, Jr. Mike Gillislee has the talent to be an every down back. He should have a great year. The depth is lacking though with two youngsters behind him. At FB, Lee takes over after making his move from TE into the backfield this summer. Look for him to be effective blocking and catching a few balls out of the backfield. STARTING RECEIVERS WR- SR TJ Lawerence (97ovr, 94spd, 93rte) WR- SR O. Hines (95ovr, 94spd, 90rte) WR- SR F. Hammond ( 95ovr, 96spd, 90rte) WR- JR A. Debose ( 93ovr, 96spd, 99acc) TE- SR D. Parks (89ovr, 90spd) ---This may be one of the best WR units ever assembled. TJ Lawerence is the returning starter from last season. O. Hines will look to step up from slot and play flanker this year. The key piece is A. Debose who has returned from injury. His speed and athleticism are similar to what Percy Harvin brought to the Gators years ago. I can already hear the defensive coordinators groaning about how to contain this kid. STARTING OLINE LT- SR Matt Patchan (94ovr) LG- JR Xavier Nixon (88ovr) C- SR S. Robey (99ovr) RG- SR David Young (95ovr) RT- JR Nick Alajajian (94ovr) ---SR All American Sam Robey returns at center to lead this unit. He's already rated the #1 center for next springs Pro Draft and will be dominant this season. His supporting cast isn't too shabby either. These guys should pave plenty of paths for Gillesilee and the gang. STARTING D-LINE DE- SR Earl Okine (96ovr, 86spd, 93pmv) DT- SR Omar Hunter (94ovr, 94str, 95pwm) DE- SR Willie Green (98ovr, 87spd, 97pst) ---SR Willie Green is back after setting the school record last season with 14 sacks. This unit is ridiculous and has more speed than some teams LB corps. Should make for a long season for opposing QBs. STARTING LB OLB- JR Jelani Jenkins (95ovr, 90spd, 95bsd) MLB- SR Brendan Beal (99ovr, 86spd, 96bsd) MLB- JR Jon Bostic (94ovr, 85spd, 93bsd) LB- SR Lerentee McCray (96ovr, 91spd, 98bsd) ---This LB corps has 4 potential 1st round draft picks and is the strongest unit on this team by far. Due to this, expect the Florida defensive coordinator to utilize a lot more of the 3-4 look this season than the traditional 4-3 they've ran in the past. SECONDARY CB- SR Jeremy Brown (99ovr, 94spd, 99mcv, 95zcv) CB- SO Eric Peterson (89ovr, 95spd, 90mcv, 91zcv) FS- SO Donovan Jensen (91ovr, 93hpw, 91mcv, 92zcv) SS- JR Dee Finley (97ovr, 94spd, 91hpw, 92mcv, 99zcv, 99pst) ---Just when opposing coaches figure it can't get any worse than that LB corps, they start to look at the secondary. Filled with ball hawks with lock down cover ability and safeties that can knock someones helmet off with any given hit, things don't look good for the SEC. JR Dee Finley passed up the NFL this off season so he could raise his draft stock. It seems as though he's done so this off season. Look for this unit to cause a lot of turnovers this year. SPECIAL TEAMS K- FR Cedric Flowers (75ovr) P- FR Kyle Latimer (79ovr) KR- TBD PR- TBD ---The one weak point is the kickers on this team. They're really young, but the supporting cast should more than make up for it. Overall, this unit is reloaded and ready to go in 2012. The defense will be the strength and so long as the opening day starting QB can make the plays needed to get the ball into the hands of the UF playmakers, 2012 could be a very big year for the Gators.