"We're predators," Elam said. "We're looking to knock heads off or making people scared to run across the middle or do a post or run down a sideline and see us coming. That's what we're supposed to do: put fear in people's hearts. That's what me and Josh do."
Last season, Elam led the Florida secondary with 78 tackles and his two interceptions tied De'Ante Saunders for the team-best mark. Evans ranked second among UF defensive backs with 51 tackles and one pick in 2011.
The duo's combined three interceptions accounted for nearly half of the Gators' Southeastern Conference-low eight picks. Florida forced just 14 turnovers overall last season.
"That's very frustrating," Elam said. "You've got to take the ball and give your offense more opportunities. That's very important. We have to make repetitions in practice, so it will be easier in the games. We've got to practice hard and take the ball from the offense."
The Gators defensive backs will enter the 2012 campaign with an aggressive mentality. Elam wants opposing players to know that when they visit Ben Hill Griffin Stadium this year, they are not welcome.
"We'd like to be the 'rude nation,'" he said. "When they know they're coming in The Swamp, they think 'Oh gosh, we might have a long night in The Swamp.' Just being rude and making people afraid of us."