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Departed stars leave teams scrambling to find replacements

Originally Published: August 7, 2007
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Florida and Ohio State played for the national championship at the end of last season, but each enters the 2007 campaign with more question marks than the Riddler.

The Gators, who beat the Buckeyes 41-14 to win their second national title in football, must replace nine starters on defense, including All-American safety Reggie Nelson and the entire linebacker corps.

The Buckeyes lost nearly as much talent on offense, including Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, receivers Ted Ginn ...

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