If the Florida Gators want to have a season as successful as their 2012 campaign, they will have to improve in a variety of areas.
Jeff Driskel's performance at quarterback, a lack of depth at wide receiver, a brutal SEC schedule and key losses on defense are all being looked at as possible trouble spots. The Gators will have to overcome these obstacles in order to remain competitive.
However, there is another obvious problem that has been getting worse and needs to finally be addressed.
I am, of course, talking about Florida's tendency to be penalized. A lot.
You can certainly pin some of the blame on Will Muschamp and his staff for the Gators' offensive woes throughout the season and poor performance in the Sugar Bowl. However, they have repeatedly been forced to deal with an avalanche of costly penalties on both sides of the ball.
That needs to stop.
Since the 2009 season, the Gators' average of penalty yards per game has risen every calendar year. Last season's average of 68.8 yards marked a 9.3-yard jump from that of 2011.
Such behavior has turned Florida into the most penalized team in the SEC in recent years.