With the hiring of Jim McElwain as the Florida Gators head football coach, most eyes and talk have been on the future of the offense in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Since offensive production has been sorely lacking the past four seasons (with the Gators even ranking in the bottom 50 the past two seasons), it seems natural for so much attention to be turned to what McElwain and his offensive reputation will do for Florida.
But while that conversation continues to go on, there’s still a small undercurrent of anxiety surrounding the defense and just how that unit might perform without former head coach Will Muschamp at the helm.
Muschamp kept his defense in the perennial top 15 of college football production and now he is the defensive coordinator at Auburn University where head coach Gus Malzahn hails Muschamp as “the best defensive mind in all of football, not just college football.”
So the question raises, what does his departure mean for the Gators and a secondary that is still classified as young?
We asked current SEC Network analyst and former Cowboys and LSU (and Muschamp product) defensive end Marucs Spears his perspective on the situation and what he believes the Gators can and should do to continue their success on the defensive side of the ball.
After spending the last year with the SEC Network, Spears has also become good friends with former Florida Gators Heisman quarterback Tim Tebow. Now that Tebow is getting a chance with his fourth NFL team in the Philadelphia Eagles, Spears touches on the dream Tebow is chasing and conversations the two had on the subject.
Watch below for the full interview and make sure to stay tuned to GatorCountry.com for all of your Florida Gators coverage as football season quickly approaches.