With Lou Groza finalist Caleb Sturgis back as kicker, Florida will look to continue its recent tradition of strong special teams.
While Matt Elam is holding down the strong safety spot, one of the best battles this spring should be between Josh Evans and De'Ante Saunders at free safety.
Forcing turnovers will be emphasized in Florida's spring practice, especially among the cornerbacks, who intercepted just one pass last season.
Florida's linebackers were the strength of the defense in 2011, and there will be little change in the starting lineup in 2012.
Spring practice likely will be the last chance for some of UF's returning defensive linemen to prove they belong on the field or risk getting passed by newcomers.
Florida has the bodies along its offensive line. Now, with a new strength plan and a new coach, these Gators must reinvent themselves in spring practice.
Florida is painfully thin at the tight end position heading into this spring, with on- and off-the-field issues leaving junior Jordan Reed the only real option.
With inconsistent Andre Debose the Gators' lone play-making wide receiver, this spring will be an open audition for several players to step up and fill a desperate need.
The Florida Gators go into spring practice with a wide-open competition at tailback. Mike Gillislee, however, will get the first crack at the starting job.
GatorNation breaks down one position a day heading into spring practice. At quarterback, the battle lines are clearly drawn between sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel.