Gator football team ready for big spring

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM.

The Gators' biggest hole that needs filling is at tailback, where D.J. Thomas rushed more than 2,000 yards and scored 30 touchdowns.

Brunson feels comfortable replacing his workhorse with a stable of quality runners, going so far as to say the Gators are loaded at the position.

"We've got some guys coming that are going to be very good football players that had a great off-season and are at great strength levels," Brunson said. "It's going to be tailback by committee early and then as those guys earn their spurs and work everything out."

But some names do come to mind for the position.  

"I think we have a great one in Austin Martin," he said. "I think we have a great one coming in Austin Davis. Montae Barto is a fullback and he could work some tailback duty. Tyler Oliver is another fullback type."

Brunson expects no major changes to the Gator offense, no matter who plays tailback.

"We are going to build around what we do best," he said. "We will identify players that will compete this spring and keep moving forward."

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