Home Back Nine

Back Nine

The Back Nine: Franks still most ready at QB

The Back Nine comes at you after the first weekend that required a second layer. I think that was our winter. Spring will start tomorrow. 10. Dan Mullen wouldn’t say who will start at quarterback Saturday, but here’s what I...

The Back Nine: Gators may have to grind it out

The Back Nine comes at you after a bye week that included watching a lot of football with my Dad, hitting a perfect dive bar in St. Augustine and mainly just decompressing. Let’s go, it’s Florida-Georgia week. 10. If you...

The Back Nine: 3 ‘Villes no problem for Mullen, Gators

The Back Nine comes at you after 12 hours of sleep again. I can’t think these sleep patterns are good for me, but it’s good to have an off week to take care of things around the house. Tell...

The Back Nine: Impressive bounce back for Gators

The Back Nine comes at you after an exhaustive week that required a low-key Sunday just to get the sweat out of your clothes and your voices back. At least that’s the way it was at my house. 10. So...

The Back Nine: Ring of Honor ‘means a lot,’ Tebow says

The Back Nine comes at you after back-to-back road trips, so pardon the grouchiness. I stepped in a hole on the sidewalk in Mississippi (can I sue?), wore headphones at the game because the P.A. was so loud and...

The Back Nine: UF offense climbing stat chart

The Back Nine comes at you refreshed from a 12-hour sleep after one hour the night before. We’ll see how that works out. 10. The obvious storyline this week is going to be about Dan Mullen’s return to Starkville. (One...

The Back Nine: Mullen wants players to be like Hulk

The Back Nine comes at you with another busy week ahead and the first road trip of the year looming. By my count, this will be my 17th trip to Knoxville to cover a Florida-UT sporting event. I should...

The Back Nine: Mullen still working on culture

The Back Nine comes at you after one streak-busting performance and one great birthday party for a special woman (Robbie’s wife, Jill) so that it wasn’t a completely lost weekend. 10. So all of us who drank the Kool-Aid smoothies...

The Back Nine: Signs of a special unit at UF

The Back Nine comes at you after a ton of real football and even though it was less than drama-filled we now have plenty of stuff to over-analyze and, boy, does my AP poll look a lot different from...

The Back Nine: Proving time for Gators’ starting QB

The Back Nine comes at you and it’s Game Week which already feels different. The food tastes better, the drinks are colder and the clubs go into storage. Time to focus. 10. If you had stopped just about any Gator...

The Back Nine: UF QBs impress at scrimmage

The Back Nine comes at you after one last visit to St. Augustine to see my dad before the start of football season. Be sure to wish him a Happy 91st next Thursday. 10. It was hardly surprising UF coach...

The Back Nine: Are Gators hungry enough?

The Back Nine comes at you after a lot of driving, a lot of watching golf and a lot closer to the start of football season. It’s coming and hell’s coming with it. 10. Which is, of course, a line...

The Back Nine: Meyer’s judgment clouded by loyalty

The Back Nine comes at you with the knowledge that we are inside three weeks before the first actual college football games are played, which should make you smile. 10. Like many of you, I keep digesting the news coming...

The Back Nine: Mullen rebuilding a damaged program

The Back Nine comes at you after an amazing vacation that included swim-up blackjack at the Tropicana, the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, a trail hike in Sedona and it may take a few weeks to get the sound...

The Back Nine: Gonzales holds one key to UF’s season

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend of pool time, golf, grilling and generally laziness. I’ve had my down time. Let’s start football season. 10. We talked about this on one of our Daily Football Fixes (when we...

The Back Nine: Tebow will get call up to majors

The Back Nine comes at you before taking a little break for the Fourth of July with the realization that we are inside two weeks until SEC Media Days. What happened? 10. So Tim Tebow can add another notch on...

The Back Nine: 12 UF programs in Top 5

The Back Nine comes at you after spending some time in St. Augustine and if you think it’s crowded now they may be getting spillover into Putnam Hall after the next expansion to the east. 10. Sigh. Do you feel...

The Back Nine: Every new coach faces change in culture

The one thing about having the golf tournament a little earlier than normal (and it was a perfect day) is that you feel like you have a full summer for once.

The Back Nine: UF football team taking shape

The Back Nine comes at you after a wild, crazy and sweaty weekend.

The Back Nine: Everything school on a big roll

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend where Florida is probably trying to figure out where all of these trophies go. And I hope all the mothers had a special day. I miss mine every minute. 10. As...