The 2013 college football season is right around the corner, but first players, coaches, fans and members of the media all must get through the formalities.
That means before anyone can strap on their shoulder pads, guys will have to slip on their suit jackets. Even the ‘big uglies’ will have to look presentable for the SEC’s Media Days, scheduled to being on July 16.
The Florida Gators, after an excellent 2012 season that resulted in a berth in the BCS Sugar Bowl, are hitting the podium on the first of the three-day event. Aside from the program’s coaching staff, three players will be in attendance. While nothing is confirmed, early rumors are pointing toward two offensive difference-makers and one of the best defensive players in the nation.
From what I’m hearing, here are the UF players going to SEC Media Days: Jon Halapio, Dominique Easley and Jeff Driskel.
— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) July 10, 2013
Driskel, after entering Florida as the No. 1-quarterbacking recruit in the nation, has all the tools to star for the Gators come fall. Entering his junior season, pretty much every question he faces will most likely be more or less regarding whether he can maximize his potential in 2013.
Halapio is the elder statesman on an offensive line that was riddled by injuries all spring and played inconsistent-at-best football a year ago. Expect plenty of inquiries on whether the unit has fixed its problem with penalties as well as the development of potential star DJ Humphries.
Finally, we come to Dominique Easley. SEC Media Days has truly became an event in recent years, and the charismatic – but tenacious – pass rusher should definitely give us some solid soundbites. His 2012 linemates, Shariff Floyd and Omar Hunter are gone, but the team gets Ronald Powell back after he missed all of last season with a torn ACL. Everyone is excited to hear about his recovery and how he has looked at practice.
If these are the three players in attendance, fans will hopefully glean some real insight into what to expect for the 2013 season.
Remember, at this time last year, running back Mike Gillislee vowed to rush for 1,500 yards. While he did not quite go for that many, his 1,152 made him the first Florida back to crack the 1,000-yard plateau since 2004.
Maybe Easley can give us a sack total prediction?