July 17, 2007
Gators return talent but inexperience
Florida rolled to the 2006 National Championship dismantling Ohio State in the BCS title game. The Gators had just one blemish on their record last year, a 27-17 loss at Auburn. The Tigers will travel to Gainesville this fall as UF looks for payback. But they'll have to pull it off with only eight returning starters.
Check below for an early look at Auburn's fifth game of the season at Florida.
By the Numbers
2006 record: 13-1, 7-1 SEC (1st)
Defense: Multiple 4-3
Starters returning (8): Offense (6), Defense (2), Specialty (0)
Lettermen returning (38): Offense (22), Defense (12), Specialty (4)
2006 Offensive stats: 396.1 ypg (2nd SEC), 160.0 rush ypg (3rd), 236.1 pass ypg (6th), 29.7 ppg (2nd)
2006 Defensive stats: 255.4 ypg (2nd), 72.5 rush ypg (1st), 182.9 pass ypg (6th), 13.5 ppg (2nd)
After starring in a backup role last year, sophomore Tim Tebow takes over the reigns as UF's starting quarterback. Tebow completed 22-of-33 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception last year. But the 6-foot-3, 234-pounder was even more dangerous on the ground, carrying the ball for 469 yards and eight touchdowns on 89 carries.
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