Cody Bellaire

Florida's Offense Needs To Step Up

Created on Aug. 23, 2014 5:00 AM EST

Let's face it, Florida was one of the biggest disappointments in all of college football last season. In Will Muschamp's third year, the Gators went 4-8 which was only good for fifth in the East Division.

Muschamp seems to be on the hot seat this year so it will be interesting to see which Florida team decides to show up for 2014. Remember; the 2012 Gators lost in the SEC championship, so this team is capable of winning.

Everyone knows Florida's defense is going to be the best part of this team. Florida finished fifth in the country in total defense last season and returns seven starters on that side of the ball.

That means the Gators' offense needs to step up in order for Florida to have a successful season. The offense also returns seven starters, including quarterback Jeff Driskel who is back from a season-ending ankle injury last September.

Driskel is one of the few returning quarterbacks in the SEC this season so he will be one of the most experienced passers in the conference as well. He came to Gainesville as one of the top-rated recruits in the country, but has yet to live up to expectations.

This season, Driskel will have to break out of his shell and perform at a high level in order for Florida to return to the top of the SEC totem pole. The Gators averaged 18.83 points per game last season and averaged 170.92 yards passing to rank 114th and 109th, respectively, in the country.

Driskel must lead his offense by being the quarterback he was supposed to be when he came out of high school. Florida also has a new offensive coordinator in Kurt Roper, who runs an offense that complements Driskel's abilities. Roper will not only address Driskel's game, but with a ton of weapons on that side of the ball, Florida's offense can do a complete turnaround from last season. 

So, with a new coordinator and an experienced quarterback, Florida's offense could provide just what the Gators need to in order to get back atop their conference. All signs point towards success, which means if Florida has another disappointing season, Muschamp's seat will be scorching hot come December.

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