The Gators season recap

For better or for worse

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The two rising stars of Florida.

Sandy Hutchins, Staff Writer

Now that the 2016 college football season is over with the stunning Clemson victory over Alabama with literally seconds left in the game, it is time to reflect upon the season and to begin to look ahead to next year and all the hopes that come with it.

The Gators season was a series of ups and downs with their superb defense often picking up the slack for a less than stellar offense, but more specifically the lack of a good quarterback. Luke Del Rio looked promising in his first couple of games, but then in the game I personally attended against the Mean Greens, he went down late in the game because of a knee injury, and although he returned later in the season he was not performing, throwing only two more passing touchdowns for the rest of the season. Del Rio threw six interceptions in these last three games, making for an awful ratio of 2:6 touchdowns and interceptions.

The Gator defense, however, is a different story; this defense was ranked 5th in college football and even after losing two corners, a safety, and two linebackers they still finished the season with a strong showing, only allowing the Hawkeyes three measly points in the Outback Bowl. Some stars on the Gator defense are cornerbacks Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson, who are both projected to be first round draft picks as they go into the NFL this upcoming year. Beyond corners, the Gators also had two all-star linebackers, Alex Anzalone and Jarrad Davis, who both were out halfway into the season with a broken arm and injured ankle respectively. Even with these four star players out for the bowl game against Iowa, the Gators showed their toughness both physically and mentally with the next guy up mentality.

This past season was nothing to be ashamed of; however, I expect more out of the Florida Gators next year, and hopefully we can find a quarterback. Right now Florida has Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask, and of course Luke Del Rio. The competition this off season will be heated. Go Gators!