By: CJ Rooks (@cjrooks0415)
Back in early October the Florida Gators were in the midst of finding their true identity. They were 4-1 and even with a string of injuries looked like they could at least be competitive in the SEC East. Unfortunately that was not the case. Will Muschamp is now on the hot seat, the Gators are on a four game losing streak and just suffered their most devastating loss of the year at home to Vanderbilt. The last time that occurred the year was 1945.
Has this Gator team quit? I don’t believe so. I think the best word to describe this Florida team is defeated. They have zero confidence and are searching for any type of success they can get. The Gators still have the talent, but without belief, they will continue to struggle. Florida still has three games left on their schedule and must win two of them to become bowl eligible. Gator fans will either see a team with a lot of fight or a team that is ready for the off season. Let’s just hope for a better showing than previous weeks.
On Saturday the Gators will travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks. Florida will come into this matchup a huge underdog. South Carolina is playing really well and will look to avenge their loss last year in The Swamp. Running back Mike Davis and quarterback Connor Shaw may have a field day. Davis has been one of the best backs all year and Shaw is a hard nose, athletic quarterback that gives you his all every play. The Gators cannot afford to show up flat. This South Carolina team will be ready to play and can pile up points in a hurry. Florida will try their best to control the time of possession and must capitalize on scoring opportunities.
It is still unknown if Tyler Murphy will be able to play, but coaches need to have the next guy prepared. The next man up is redshirt freshmen Skyler Mornhinweg. Mornhinweg was a 4 star prospect coming out of high school, but apparently has not been lighting it up in practice. Whether its Murphy or Mornhinweg, it will be very difficult in Columbia. Both quarterbacks have never played a down in South Carolina and will be facing another stout defensive line. Let’s just hope whoever is taking the snaps can be kept off another Jadeveon Clowney highlight reel.
This season is on the verge of total destruction. If the Gators don’t make it to a bowl game it will be the first time since 1979. Next year this team will have to improve and Muschamp must make changes to his staff and philosophy. If the Gators continue on this same path Muschamp will most likely be fired after the 2014 season. The offense will need to be overhauled and the team must find some playmakers. Also Muschamp cannot escape benching another talented freshman like he did this year with Kelvin Taylor. These talented recruits coming in need to contribute immediately and that will always fall back on Muschamp. Next season will be very interesting. The Gators will either be much improved and hopefully competing to get to Atlanta or they will be the same team that can’t find any rhythm on the field. Guess we will have to wait and see. At least basketball season has begun!
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