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FOOTBALL: Speed kills emphasis at skill positions

It is the speed kills emphasis that Coach Ron Zook has stressed since becoming head coach of the Florida Gators that will provide the most marked difference in the 2004 edition compared to the first two teams of the Zook era. From his first press conference, Zook made it perfectly clear that the emphasis in recruiting would be speed and three recruiting classes have elevated the overall team speed to the best it has been in years.

The obvious improvement in team speed will provide the most glaring difference in this year's team, and the place it is most evident is at the skill positions. The dramatic improvment in speed at the skill positions should allow the Gators to find mismatches against nearly every opponent on the schedule. All the elements are in place for this to be the best and most explosive offense of the Zook...

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