Headed into the season, the Gators appear to be the new front-runner for state supremacy. "Now we're back at No. 1 in the state pecking order?" second-year Florida coach Dan Mullen says with a laugh. "It didn't take long, but we're the University of Florida. We should always be No. 1 in the pecking order in my mind."
We've actually made significant progress in that department under Mullen, which shows just how badly McGoober skullfucked the program, but of the undeclared kids in the top 25 I think Georgia and FSU are the leaders for 3, Miami and Clemson for 2 and we're the leader for 1. There's a lot of rubber to hit the road obviously, but unless and until we stop getting out recruited by the Clemsons, Georgias, and Bamas of the world in our backyard we will always have a talent disparity against the top 6-8 teams in the country. We aren't the national brand we used to be, although we're trending the right direction, but even if we were, we can't afford to get 2-3 of the top 20 kids in Florida.
“I think there are some key components for our football team that aren't playing for us right now. And we're very thin in some areas. And it is what it is. I'm not making excuses, that's just the facts, and it's real. I think we've got a good staff and I think that we've got a really good football team. They're fighting their butt off this Saturday, first of all, and heading into spring. And I'm excited about that. I'm excited about this Saturday and our guys getting out and competing again."