Men's countdown: No. 26 Florida

Florida sophomore Eric Banks

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26. Florida

2012-13 Golfweek rank: 14

Go-to guy: Junior Eric Banks

Season outlook: The departures of Tyler McCumber and T.J. Vogel will leave a huge void at the top of head coach Buddy Alexander’s lineup. McCumber and Vogel combined for 67 rounds and 10 top-10 finishes last season, and both were first-team All-Southeastern Conference selections.

Stepping into lead roles now will be juniors Eric Banks and J.D. Tomlinson. Banks had a 73.43 scoring average as a sophomore, playing 23 rounds after missing the fall season recovering from open-heart surgery. Tomlinson logged a team-high 35 rounds last season. Both struggled in the postseason, though, so they must become more consistent in big events.

A.J. Crouch made an impact as a freshman a year ago, finishing with a 74.77 scoring average in 26 rounds. Junior Santiago Gavino also figures to play a more prominent role this season. The Gators also will add freshmen Ryan Orr of Belleair, Fla., and Victor Tarnstrom of Sweden to the mix. Tarnstrom has been a member of the Swedish national and European Junior Ryder Cup teams.

Florida still has the talent to return to the NCAA Championship for a 14th consecutive year. But after losing two of the program's more decorated players, it won’t be an easy task.

– Brentley Romine

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