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March 13, 2013
Smith: Spring Practice Breakdown
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Florida's disappointing performance in the Sugar Bowl and a dizzying array of departing defensive players leaves the Gators hard to read entering spring drills.
Was the stunning loss to Louisville simply the product of an unfocused team that did not respect its lower-level opponent or a sign the Gators' impressive breakthrough in year two of the Will Muschamp era was a bit of a mirage? Can any team as statistically poor on offense as the Gators were (103rd in total yards out of 120 bowl subdivision teams) really justify its lofty ranking?
For sure, the spring is loaded with question after question. We won't have any answers by the time it is over since only two non-pads practices will be open to reporters and the public, but the key is whether or not Muschamp and his re-aligned staff do. They have to start addressing the anemic offense and identify capable replacements for a big-time defense (ask Johnny Manziel) that lost seven starters.
Here are a few items to contemplate as you dream about the days when you actually formed opinions about players by watching them practice.
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