Florida Football: Chris Leak Back in the Swamp a Good Thing for the Gators

Having Chris Leak Back in the Swamp is a Good Thing for Florida

6/18/14 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Sep 21, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators coach Chris Leak prior to the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsAfter the kind of season that the Florida Gators had in 2013, Will Muschamp is trying to change the culture by putting new people in charge of key areas for the team.

Of course, the biggest addition for the Gators this off-season is former Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper who will try to reinvigorate an offense that fell completely flat a season ago.

And now, Muschamp has moved a familiar face in Gainesville -- former quarterback Chris Leak -- into an important position for the Gators.

Leak will take officially take over for Joker Phillips as wide receivers coach for Florida, a position that Phillips resigned from earlier in the week. Leak joined Muschamp's staff last season as a graduate assistant, but his role will dramatically increase this year.

It had to be a bit of a shock to the system for Leak to witness first-hand what happened to the Gators a year ago. After all, he did lead Florida to a national title in 2007.

Going from national champions to 4-8 with a loss to Georgia Southern is quite the drop off.

But at least Leak will be able to help Roper and company try to revamp this offense so that Florida will once again be a contender on the national stage.

The team will obviously benefit from the return of Jeff Driskel at quarterback, as last season's debacle had a lot of due with a lack of production at the quarterback position.

However, it's all going to depend on Driskel's improvement. He wasn't all that effective before his season-ending leg injury, so there's no question that he'll need to raise his game up a notch in Roper's new system.

He'll be looking to get a lot of help from Leak's group of wide receivers that will be headed up by senior Quinton Dunbar and sophomore Ahmad Fullwood. Dunbar is the team's leading returner with 39 receptions last season.

The best part about Leak coaching these talented receivers is that he's a proven winner. As a player, he understood what it took to lead Florida to the ultimate prize in college football.

Seven years later, he'll try to do his part to ensure that the Gators have the opportunity to play for the title once again.

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