Florida Football: Five takeaways from New Year's Day Bowls for the Gators

No, Florida didn't have a bowl game this year. But Gator fans learned a few things watching others play in their bowl games.

Tennessee quarterback Nico Iamaleava (8) looks for an open receiver during the Citrus Bowl NCAA
Tennessee quarterback Nico Iamaleava (8) looks for an open receiver during the Citrus Bowl NCAA / Saul Young/News Sentinel / USA TODAY
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Change can come quickly

Washington was 4-8 in 2021 and fired their coach mid season after allegations emerged that Jimmy Lake struck a player.

Their recruiting class of 2022 was ranked 95th in the country.

Yet in just two years on the job, Kalen DeBoer is about to play for the national championship.

So we can advocate for patience with Billy Napier and expand upon the differences between Washington and Florida, but there is reason to be skeptical if Florida can't turn it around in 2024 when watching the immediate 180 Washington has done.