What is going on here? We’ve already heard how short-handed Tennessee is expected to be this season. Now it turns out that Florida will be in a similar boat.
… Florida will have only 73 scholarship players on its roster when preseason camp opens in August — 12 below the NCAA allotment of 85. And that’s if there is no further attrition between now and then.
College football coaches like to talk about what an inexact science recruiting is — that even with great scouting, a 25-man recruiting class is considered a success if 15 to 17 of the signees go on to become starters or see significant playing time.
That’s about where the Gators will be in 2011. What’s knocked down UF’s overall scholarship number is what could be considered severe attrition in the senior class.
Florida will have only eight scholarship seniors this fall — John Brantley, Jeff Demps, William Green, Jaye Howard, Moses Jenkins, Chris Rainey, Deonte Thompson and James Wilson.
And the Gators only have 15 juniors on the roster, to boot.
Now this is a more talented team than Tennessee, no question, but you have to wonder what a few key injuries would do to their chances to compete for the East title.