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2014 CCC Preview

November 4th, 2014

 

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In the good old days, heading to Athens, GA in the late fall meant celebrating yet another victory in the rivalry, while focusing on the prospects of a National Title. Those good old days have finally returned, to Florida Ultimate if not fully to Florida Football. Also returning is the majority of the 2014 team that re-claimed the Southeast Regional title for the 6th time in 9 seasons, sealed with a 6th Series win against Georgia in the last 8 games. No longer a team full of youth and hope, this is a team built for now, eager to once again be a player in late May in Milwaukee.

This weekend, Florida heads to Classic City Classic, its only Fall tournament, with a pre-season ranking of #10, but much higher expectations for the Spring. 17 players return from 2014, including 6 Offensive Starters and its two best Defensive Players.The promising recruiting class of 2012, with Bobby Ley, Jacob Dummeldinger, Brian Benge and Andrew Ranon are now seniors. James Dahl is in his 5th and final season. While the team added valuable young talent again this fall, it is very clear that the time is now.
The offense is steeped in the vertical stack tradition, content to chip away with break throws, and race past defenders for up-line gains. With most of the team playing for Vicious Cycle, except for Captains Dahl and Ley, others were put in positions to expand the field vertically. Sophomore Billy O’Bryan was a standout in the Club Season, and has the two-way explosiveness to keep the defense always worried about the deep strike.

Sophomore Billy O Bryan

Sophomore Billy O’Bryan at SE Club Regionals 2014

The defense has versatility. Adding several veteran players this season, the team is big, strong and mature. Anchored by Patrick Gettino and Bradley Seuntjens, who challenged each other for the lead in takeaways in 2014, lock-down defense is the forte, but the team can use effective switching and occasional zone looks to keep the opposition off balance. While offensive players are expected to play plenty of defensive points, the depth this season will allow a couple breaks for the team’s stars. 2014 Team USA member, freshman Ryan Hiser joins the team as one of the players who will be counted on to take tough match-ups and make plays, and spell Dahl, Ley and Dummeldinger from doing all of the heavy-lifting.

This weekend, Michigan, Virginia, Alabama, Ohio and Kennessaw State make up the pool. National Runner-Up UNC, recent back-to-back Champion Pittsburgh, and Regional Rivals Florida State, UCF, and Georgia make up a deep field. The weather is expected to be very cool. The Fall has been marked by a number of key injuires, but most players are getting healthy just in time to take the field.
CCC results have hardly been an indicator of Spring success for the Program, with Quarterfinal exits in all three seasons where the team would advance to the Title Game on Memorial Day. Still the team is anxious to take the fields and get the season underway. They are even more anxious to restore the good old days in Gainesville; the days of competing for another Title.

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