April 7, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Roberson (5) huddles up with his teammates before the start of the Florida spring game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
There are 10 days until Florida's September 1 opener with Bowling Green. There are 62 entries left in the 100 For 100 series. I think of this as a challenge.
You know how it felt like Florida players were getting arrested almost every week under Urban Meyer and in the first year of Will Muschamp's tenure? That wasn't actually what was happening then, but, more importantly, it's not true now. And that's a very good thing.
— Thomas Goldkamp (@Goldkamp247) August 2, 2012
#Gators officially made it through summer without having a player booked in Alachua County jail.
That was true when "summer" was just the summer semesters, but it's also still true on the first day of the fall semester. The last "arrest" was Leon Orr's citation in a traffic stop, and the most recent post with "arrested" in the headline here is about Erving Walker's taco theft.
Why has this been a quieter summer? Well, Janoris Jenkins wasn't around to get popped for pot, and A.C. Leonard, maybe the biggest character risk on the team, transferred, so there weren't a lot of players one would guess would get arrested. But Maryland transfer Max Garcia, who came to Muschamp's fold from the more restrictive land of Randy Edsall, may put it best.
There aren't many rules when you have a team that's accountable...— Max Garcia (@Macweez73) August 13, 2012
Accountability and self-motivated rule-abiding tend to be about as powerful as it gets when building a team. This Florida Gators squad seems much closer to Muschamp's blue-collar ideal than last year's team, and that's partly because the players on it seem to understand the importance of keeping their noses clean.