Florida Gators 2013 Preview The Florida Gators come into this year with a lot to prove and a new coach. Florida alum, Alex Richards is taking over the Gators after their poor showing against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. They are looking to get back on track, Florida hasn't won a National Championship since 2008 and will have a tough road ahead of them. The SEC is by far the best conference yet again, even though the Gators are ranked 10th to start the year, there are still 4 teams in the SEC ahead of them in the pre-season rankings. The Gators lost a couple big key contributers on their team last year. The best defensive player for the Gators last year, Sharrif Floyd was drafted and will be hard to replace. That will be up to 2 seniors, Dominique Easley and Damien Jacobs. They also lost 4 other starters on defense including; Safety Matt Elam, Linebacker Jon Bostic, Linebacker Jelani Jenkins and Saftey Josh Evans. The defense has been the strength of the Gators the past few years and new guys will have to step up for that to continue. On offense the Gators lost 2 of their top weapons, Mike Gillislee and Jordan Reed. Reed was the top receiving target and Gillislee the top rusher for the Gators. Sophomore running back Matt Jones will be the new starter and he has some big shoes to fill but most feel like he is/will be better the Gillislee very shortly. Replacing Jordan Reed is not yet known with 3 guys in the mix, Colin Thompson, Kent Taylor, and Clay Burton with Burton being the front runner for his experience. The QB this year will be yet again Jeff Driskel who still has a lot to prove. This could be his last chance to prove himself because the Gators are reportedly trying to recruit QB's. Florida will have a lot to prove this year with many thinking they are overrated at this point. Coach Richards has a lot of work ahead of him but things are looking up at this point for the Gators. Florida will open up at home against Toledo this week.