Season Report Card: Florida Gators
After season-ending injuries to key players early in the campaign, the Gators were never able to recover en route to a lowly 4-8 season.
Of course, the lowest point of the season came on November 23 when Georgia Southern came into the Swamp and walked out with a 26-20 victory. That loss sort of summed up the entire season for Will Muschamp's team.
With that in mind, let's hand out grades for the Gators for the 2013 season:
Out of 125 Division I teams, Florida finished 115th in total offense. They averaged 18.8 points per game, which is a pretty stunning statistic when you consider some of the talent they had on offense. Losing quarterback Jeff Driskel for the season in game three obviously didn't help matters, but this team only hit the 30-point mark twice all year.
For as bad as the offense was, the defense honestly wasn't too shabby. This side of the ball was also hit by the injury bug early, as losing defensive tackle Dominique Easley was a huge blow. Still though, Florida was fine defensively. It just couldn't get any consistent help at all from the offense.
Special Teams: D-
When you consider that the Gators were 12-of-22 on field goals this season, you quickly understand the overall struggle this team had with trying to put points on the board.
I'm probably giving Muschamp more credit than most would given how the season played out. Let's not kid ourselves and say that the injuries weren't a big deal. They were, and they significantly affected Florida's depth. Sure, the Georgia Southern loss should not have happened. But the Gators were put in positions to win against top SEC teams like LSU, Georgia, and South Carolina. So, I'll give the staff credit for that.
This season is one that Muschamp and Gator fans will quickly try and put behind them. No one saw this type of season coming when things kicked off in August, but unfortunate circumstances early sent the team into a downward spiral that it was never able to recover from. You won't see this type of result from a UF team for quite a while.
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