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2006 Florida Gators Football Preview

Welcome to the official MadduxSports.com 2006 Florida Gators NCAA season preview. Like we do each and every season we have inspected and broken down the team, you can also find the 2006 Florida Gators Football Schedule here. If you plan to bet on NCAA football be sure to use expert College football picks from Maddux Sports as well as bookmark our free college football lines page offering up to the minute point spreads for the weekly schedule.

Coach: Urban Meyer (2nd year at Florida)
Team Name: Gators
2005 Overall Record: 8-3
2005 SEC Conference Record 5-3
Returning Starters: 12

Last season the Gators new coach, Urban Meyer, instituted an option offense that taxed QB Chris Leak. Leak, who threw 20 TDS while completing 62.8% of his passes, should have a better understanding of Meyer’s system.

DeShawn Wynn, Markus Manson and Kestahn Moore will be this year’s running attack, which last season was somewhat lethargic. The team’s hoping for more production from the three returning and two new backs. However, giving the backfield an opportunity to excel may be a problem, since the biggest question on this club is the offensive line.

In 2005 Florida’s offense was average, while its defense proved to be first-rate, holding opponents to 18.8 PPG. The great news for the Gators is six starters are back.

On the line, Marcus Thomas needs to now transform great potential into outstanding play. If defensive end Ray McDonald can finally have a healthy season, the defense will be even better than last season.

Brandon Siler (64 tackles) and Earl Everett (74 tackles) are a dynamic linebacking duo. In the secondary, Reggie Nelson should continue to be a standout at SS and the athletic Kyle Jackson has All-American potential at FS.

The Gators should be a top-ten nationally ranked team and the best in the SEC. However, they play LSU, Auburn and Georgia—all tough clubs-- three weeks in a row. That’s where Florida’s season will hang in the balance.

Florida Gators 2006 Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Road
Sep 2
Southern Miss
Home
Sep 9
Central Florida
Home
Sep 16
Tennessee
Road
Sep 23
Kentucky
Home
Sep 30
Alabama
Home
Oct 7
LSU
Home
Oct 14
Auburn
Road
Oct 28
Georgia
Home
Nov 4
Vanderbilt
Road
Nov 11
South Carolina
Home
Nov 18
W. Carolina
Home
Nov 25
Florida State
Road

 

For more data on the 2006 Florida football program, view the Gators team website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the SEC competition.

 

2006 SEC Football Previews

All 12 of the South Eastern Conference teams can be found below. By clicking on the team link you will be able to view our 2006 preview of each SEC football team. For other teams not in the SEC visit the main 2006 college football preview page.

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