2013 Florida Gator Season Preview 2012 was great year for the Gators. After losing on opening weekend to Georgia Tech, Florida won 13 games in a row. Gators won the SEC title against Arkansas and beat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, earning them a #2 ranking in the season ending polls. Florida lost many key players from last year, most importantly was Heisman winner TJ Lawrence and All- American Mike Gillislee on offense. On defense the Gators must replace holes on the D-line left by Earl Okine and in the secondary after Josh Finley left early. Offense will still be led by captain Jordan Reed, who was having an outstanding year last year until a season ending injury, will look to have more success with this offense. Eric Williams and Brett Wilson will split carries in the backfield. Andre Debose will be filling TJ Lawrence's roll has the big play man and Bobby Stewart and Jeffrey Walker will play like possession receivers. The Oline will struggle having to replace 3 starters, but look for Xavier Nixon and Brian Howe to led this inexperienced bunch. Defense will be led by Senior linebackers Jelani Jenkins and John Bostic, both who return after great 2012 seasons. Sophomores Ron Parks and Brad Hardy will start at LE and RE. All American CB Jerome Brown will look to have another great season and look for Scott Hall and Martin Mathis to play key roles in the secondary. The safety position will see 2 new starters in Freshman Matthew Johnson and Sophomore Michael Day. Their inexperience will be put to the test early and often. Despite all the offseason losses the Gators begin this season ranked #1 in both polls. That came as a surprise to much off the coaching staff, but they know its going to take hard work to keep that top spot. The schedule is brutal this year as Florida takes road trips to Penn State, LSU, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia in Jacksonville. Home games include Oklahoma, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Florida State.