Life without Bubba

Andre Caldwell's sprained knee comes at such a bad time. Not only was he starting to emerge as one of the nation's elite wide receivers, but Tennessee is in The Swamp on Saturday and this was going to be...

Blame the offense

Florida's defense going to be under the microscope this week after gettingshredded in the second half of Saturday night's 59-31 romp over Troy. ButUrban Meyer was quick to come to the defense of his defense on his Sundayteleconference with...

Game 2 predictions

Despite some problems on defense a week ago, the Gators are a heavy favorite against Troy and should win going away this week. But of course, there will be some nervous moments, especially in the first half. This Troy...

What's up with the 'D'?

Florida made its national championship run last season on the strength of its defense. It's already apparent that the Gators will have to win with offense this season.The defense has some troubling holes. Perhaps the biggest is right in...

Andreu's Answers

Welcome to the first edition of Andreu's Answers. Before every game this season, we're going to come up with five key questions and then provide the answers following some reflection after the game. Without further adieu, let's do it: Can Tebow...

Prediction time

In what will be a weekly deal, I'll offer some predictions heading into every game, including the final score. So, let's get it started. Tebow time: Quarterback Tim Tebow is making his much-anticipated debut at...

Resistance disappears

Urban Meyer brought a lot of new things with him to Florida in 2005, including some buzz words and phrases that now are a big part of the UF football language. Words like "resistance". Phases like...

What is Moody's impact?

I have to admit I was a little surprised over the weekend when word started leaking out that Southern Cal tailback Emmanuel Moody was about to enroll in classes at Florida. After talking with Moody during his visit...

Playmakers everywhere

After Andre Caldwell broke his leg in the third game of season in 2005, the Gators were left with so few playmakers that Urban Meyer's spread offense was rendered ineffective in his first year at Florida. ...

Some pleasant surprises

Now that preseason camp is officially coming to a close with the start of classes on Thursday, we offer up these camp surprises: Jason Watkins -- He's gone from a designated blocker at tight end to the starting...

Gators show strength

Now that two-a-days are over (they officially ended with Monday's afternoon practice), it's time to name our MVP of the preseason camp. No, it's not Tim Tebow. Not Percy Harvin or Tony Joiner, either. It's Mickey Marotti,...

Prediction time

Florida coach Urban Meyer will wait until next week to make some key personnel decisions. We don't have to wait, so we're going to go ahead and offer up a few predictions. The battle for No. 2 at...

Break 'em down, build 'em up

I'm starting to get the feeling that Urban Meyer really, really likes this team. Yes, the Gators have been somewhat sporadic in practice, something young teams tend to be, especially in August. Yes, Meyer made comments earlier...

Come back, Tony

Boy, that Tony Joiner sure can run. We're not exactly sure how fast he is because we didn't have a stopwatch on him when he was running away from Sun staff writer Brandon Zimmerman after Wednesday's afternoon practice.But he...

Attack of the woo-woos

Wide receiver Percy Harvin isn't injured. He has a woo-woo. What's a woo-woo? Let wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales explain. "An injury is a blown knee or a broken leg, where you can't run," Gonzales...

Almost USF Bulls

Much has been written about tight end/wide receiver Cornelius Ingram's near-transfer after the 2005 season. He was talked out of leaving by family members and the former face of Florida football, cornerback Vernell Brown. What's forgotten...

Official start of camp

One thing that seemed to strike everybody at media day on Friday was the sheer number of great athletes parading around the Touchdown Terrace at Florida Field. They were everywhere, many of them true freshmen.Clearly, Urban Meyer has raised...

Week 1 observations

With the first week of preseason camp winding down, I offer these observations:Jason Watkins has really come on and would be the starter at right tackle if the season started today. His emergence has allowed former starting right tackle...

'Gatornaughts' impress

If you make it out to practice before the sessions go behind closed gates later this week, do yourself a favor and check out the seven true freshmen from Lakeland - the Gatornaughts.Watching these kids compete has been...

Sophomore CBs step up

Urban Meyer started feeling good about Florida's situation at cornerback toward the end of the spring. Now, two days into preseason practice, he's feeling even better. Much better. Two reasons. Markihe Anderson and Wondy Pierre-Louis. The...