Here's closer look at the 2014 UF team on and off the field:
Five players to watch
• Jeff Driskel, Quarterback
¿The Buzz: Coach Will Muschamp had Driskel in mind when hiring Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper to run his up-tempo, shotgun-centric offense. Roper plans to highlight Driskel's dual-threat abilities. To rise from the bottom of the SEC ranks, the Gators' offense needs a breakout season from Driskel. He is 11-3 as a stater, but has more turnovers (18) than TD passes at UF (14). "When you have a chip on your shoulder, it gives you a little bit more to get back out there," Driskel said. "I just know there's more to me than I have showed this far in my career."
• Vernon Hargreaves III, Cornerback
The Buzz: QBs will avoid Hargreaves' side of the field this season. His 14 passes defended in 2013 were the most by a Gator since Joe Haden in 2008.
• Andre Debose, Wide receiver
The Buzz: After dealing with two season-ending injuries and six different receivers coaches, Debose is eager to show he can be an elite playmaker at UF.
• Dante Fowler Jr., Defensive end
The Buzz: He had a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss last season but battled inconsistency. Fowler looks to justify his billing as a possible 1st-round NFL pick.
• Kelvin Taylor, Running back
The Buzz: He had one rushing attempt in 4 games prior to Matt Jones' season-ending knee injury at LSU. He then led UF in rushing 6 of the final 7 games.
Three keys to season
• Gain momentum early on offense. During their first three games, the Gators face defenses that ranked 121st (Idaho), 118th (Eastern Michigan) and 91st (Kentucky) in 2013. It is the perfect chance for UF to develop timing and tinker with personnel.
• Stay healthy on the offensive line. The starting five —T D.J. Humphries, T Chaz Green, G Tyler Moore, G Trenton Brown and C Max Garcia — is expected to be strong. But questions abound if any of them misses time due to injury.
• Improve the kicking game. Projected K Austin Hardin was 4-of-12 on FGs last season. P Kyle Christy will battle sophomore Johnny Townsend for the starting job.
Three important facts
• We need a touchdown: The Gators scored 27 TDs in 2013, the fewest since 1988. Meanwhile, Duke scored a school-record 60 TDs in Kurt Roper's offense.
• Oh, brother: Gators' freshman QB Will Grier was the centerpiece of UF's 2014 recruiting class. But Grier's brothers, Nash and Hayes, are both more popular than he is. Nash has more than 6 million Instagram followers, while Hayes has 2.3 million.
• Losing it: The Gators' 4-8 finish marked their first losing seasons since 1979. During the 34-season span, Georgia's four losing seasons is the next fewest among SEC schools. Alabama has had five losing seasons, Tennessee eight, LSU 10 and Vanderbilt 30.
Three crucial games
• UF at Tennessee, Oct. 4: Why is this game so crucial? UF will be coming off a bye week and likely will be in search of a bounce-back win after a visit to Alabama.
• UF vs. Georgia in Jacksonville, Nov. 1: Will Muschamp has never won a game in this series — either as a player or as a coach. He is 0-3 against the Dawgs as Gators coach and 0-4 against UF as a Georgia safety in the 1990s.
• UF vs. South Carolina, Nov. 15: By the time Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks visit the Swamp, Muschamp could be coaching for his job or for the SEC East title, depending on how things go.
"There will be a lot of chatter about hot-seat business. That's part of it. The way you combat that is having a winning football team and winning football games, which is what we're going to do.
"I got a lot of confidence in this team and staff. This is probably the most complete team we've had since I've been at the University of Florida. I feel like the things that went wrong certainly were fixable in our organization.
"Probably what excites me the most is this is probably the most talent we've had on offense in my four years. Starts with our quarterback Jeff Driskel. I think this offense fits him better as opposed to what we may have been doing before. . ...
"Excited about what (new offensive coordinator) Kurt (Roper) brought to the table offensively and what we were able to do and accomplish there and have been very pleased with the summer workouts."
— Will Muschamp
Florida Gators expressing themselves
• Driskel on the prowl
During the offseason, UF quarterback Driskel tries to get away from the grind of film study, conditioning and fine-tuning his skills.
His favorite off-the-field pursuits are hunting and fishing, hobbies he picked up in Oviedo, where a bass-stocked lake is close to his family's home.
"I like to be outdoors," he said.
Earlier this summer, Driskel barred a male wild hog and released him back into the wild.
• Cummings tees off
Long before UF senior Darious Cummings knew football would be his future, he was fascinated by golf. He took up the game up as a seventh-grader, playing on the course next to his family's home in Titusville.
These days, Cummings said he watches a lot of golf on TV, plays when he can and tries to his driving range at least once a week "just to keep my rhythm."
•Orr drops beats
Football is Leon Orr's passion these days, but music will be in his blood forever.
UF's senior defensive tackle grew up in musically inclined family in New Port Richey, but chose to focus his primary energies on sports.
"It's never been if I was going to do music" Orr said, "but more of when I would concentrate on music more than anything."
When he is not involved with football or his studies, Orr said he "makes beats" on his iPad.