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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gators will rebound

While many Florida fans have remained in a funk all week over the crushing loss to the Vols last Saturday, the Gator players and coaches seem to have done a good job of letting it go and focusing on...

A duck will pull this truck

Before Quincy Wilson presented us with the question about whether we’d ever seen a duck pull a truck and then guaranteed a Florida victory over Tennessee, I was convinced the Gators were going to win in Knoxville on Saturday....

Behold the letdown

Jim McElwain and the Florida players have been talking all week about staying focused and avoiding a letdown against 37-point underdog North Texas.   I can relate to letdowns, because I’ve already had two of them when it comes to picking...

Drinking the Kool-Aid?

They say one should not read too much into an opening-game performance. But I feel compelled to do so after watching the Gators stagger and stumble to an unimpressive 24-7 win over what was supposed to be an outmanned...

Fresh start, big win coming

Not to brag or anything, but I was looking back on last season the other day and noticed that I was perfect with my picks in Florida games in 2015. I went 13-0 in the regular season, correctly predicting...

Grind under way for Gators

With Florida’s preseason camp now in full swing with the pads coming on and scrimmages on the upcoming agenda, here are some early observations of the Gators: Forget what you’re hearing about the quarterback battle being over and...

Gators have a chance

A month from today (Friday), we head to Hoover, Ala., for SEC Media Days, so it’s already time to start gearing up for football season. I’m sure that in Hoover the media will be predicting Tennessee to win the Eastern...

How they’ll line up in August

This is the time of year when you see everyone’s way-too-early top 25 for the upcoming season. I’m not going to go there. But what I have done is come up with a way-too-early depth chart for the Florida...

DBU starting to roll

With Vernon Hargreaves III and Keanu Neal being taken in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, DBU is just getting started. There will be more nights like that in the future — maybe the near future,...

Players on the rise

Spring football is primarily about teaching fundamentals and developing talent, and the Gators appeared to make progress in both areas, especially in terms of player development. Here are five players who appear to be on the rise heading into the...

Some spring observations

As the Gators head into an important offseason, here are some final thoughts on spring practice and the Orange & Blue Debut: Based on the spring game alone, you’d think the quarterback competition is not that close and, in fact,...

Don’t count out Appleby

The consensus among fans, reporters, writers, bloggers and others seems to be that Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio is a lock to become the Gators’ starting quarterback in the fall, if not sooner. But, trust me, that deal...

Growth on the O-line

It has been a much more enjoyable — and a lot less physical — spring for Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers now that he’s got plenty of big, healthy linemen to work with. He had so few a year...

Some early spring stuff

More than a year into the new system under a new coaching regime, the Gators seem much more comfortable this spring than a year ago. "More so even just the whole flow of practice, you know, and the terminology part,”...

Don’t be surprised if …

There are always a few spring surprises on the football field for the Gators, but here are a few things that will not be considered surprising — at least to me. So, don’t be surprised if: Austin Appleby emerges as the...

Coach Mac a champion for kids

As we’ve seen in his short time at Florida, Jim McElwain is a high-energy guy who embraces change and has a way of putting his personal stamp on things, whether it’s upgrading facilities, creating more positions on his support...

Gators by the numbers

In Jim McElwain’s first year, the Gators had so few offensive linemen that it made it difficult to practice in the spring and forced Florida to have a spring scrimmage instead of a traditional spring game. That won’t be a...

Gators losing Florida?

There is one disconcerting flaw about Florida’s 2016 recruiting class, and I’m not talking about the absence of a defensive tackle or tight end, or the lack of numbers at linebacker and on the offensive line. I’m talking about how...

What a disaster (only kidding)

After spending all of 10 minutes on the recruiting message boards earlier in the week, I came to the conclusion that Florida must be having the worst recruiting year in the history of the school. Has to be, man, with...

What could have been

Even with the three-game losing streak to end the season, it’s clear that Jim McElwain has generated momentum in his first year in Gainesville with a 10-win season, an SEC East title, and now what appears to be an...