2. A bounty of backs. With Tim Tebow off to the NFL, Florida finally will feature the hand off in its offense. That will mean big numbers for Gators Emmanuel Moody, Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey.
“We all bring something different to the table,” Moody says. “But we all make people miss and run hard. There’s not much of a difference there.”
Jermaine Thomas returns to Florida State after a 121-yard, two-touchdown performance in the Gator Bowl. Florida Atlantic’s Alfred Morris had 1,392 rushing yards in 2009, while UCF’s Brynn Harvey ran for 1,109.
3. The best recruiters. Jimbo Fisher restocked Florida State’s staff with top recruiters Eddie Gran and Mark Stoops. South Florida’s efforts will receive a boost from Holtz’s energy. Add in Miami coach Randy Shannon’s popularity among South Florida’s prep stars and Urban Meyer’s coast-to-coast appeal at Florida, and the best Floridians choose in-state schools.