Florida fans will take this as heresy, but Tim Tebow wasn't the Gators' best--or most important--offensive player last year. The guy who really kept opposing defensive coordinators up at night was Percy Harvin.
Jump passes and stirring speeches are cool and all. But whether he was lined up behind center or split out wide, Harvin provided coach Urban Meyer with a unique multipurpose weapon who was a threat to take it the house whenever he got his hands on the ball. Think Reggie Bush, Rocket Ismail, Desmond Howard--Harvin was that kind of playmaker par excellence during his time in Gainesville. So, if you're looking for the biggest chink in the consensus number one's armor, I think this is it.
(Yes, Homerism realizes that Florida beat Alabama in the conference championship with Harvin on the sidelines, so it's not like he's irreplaceable. The flip side: in my opinion, Harvin was the difference in the national championship game.)
Heading into 2009, Meyer will look to a host of Gators young and old to give his offense that Harvinesque spark.
The diminutive James has made some electrifying plays on special teams for Florida, returning four punts for touchdowns in the past three seasons. He has yet to make much of an impact otherwise. In his entire college, James has just 357 total yards and four touchdowns.
Demps may be the fastest of the heralded speedsters Meyer brought in with his 2008 recruiting class. Listed on Florida's roster as a classic all-purpose "athlete," Demps made immediate contributions in a variety of ways during his freshman season. He averaged 7.8 yards per rushing attempt, scoring seven touchdowns. Five of those scoring scampers covered more than 35 yards. He also caught 14 passes for an average of 9 yards per reception and blocked two punts.