Come back, Shane

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I find it quite amusing listening to a former Florida quarterback talk about the Gators offense on his local radio show. The latest from Shane Matthews is this: the Gators don't have very good timing in their passing...

Meet Kedric Johnson

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Well, you finally have it Gator fans: the second verbal commitment for Florida since the regular season started.Meet Kedric Johnson. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Palmetto is the 11th pledge for the Gators so far (safety Dee Finley...

Is it 2007 all over?

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Everyone is ragging and complaining about the Florida offense after another sporadic performance in the loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. But to me, the biggest concern right now isn't the offense, it's the defense. Let's...

News and notes

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Going conservative makes sense

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The more I think about Urban Meyer's no-risk approach on offense, the more brilliant it seems. Heading into the season, there were still some serious questions about the defense - at the tackle positions and in the secondary....

Class of ’09 targets

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Florida has been relatively quiet with recruiting since the regular season began. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because of the relatively small class UF is expected to have in 2009. Here some news and notes concerning some of...

Little big man on D

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At his weekly press conference Monday, Urban Meyer was talking about strong safety Ahmad Black and how strength and conditioning coordinator Mickey Marotti has to stay on top of him. "He's 188 pounds, but he's one of those guys that...

Early jump on class of 2010

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An early take on Gators

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With this being the bye week, it seems like a good time reflect on what's happened so far and what might lie ahead for the Gators. The offense: The Gators finally started clicking in the fourth...

Gators, fans make strong impression on recruits

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The Miami game set up perfectly for Florida to make a huge impression on a plethora of in-state talent. Despite the Gators 26-3 win over the 'Canes, style points were hard to come by. While there were no verbal...

Time to open it up

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The Florida offense we saw last Saturday in the big win over Hawaii is not the offense we will see Saturday night against Miami. I know, I know, I'm not taking much of a gamble by saying...

Weekend notes and more

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The Gators didn't bring in many big names for the Hawaii game except for a few a guys already in the bag, but here's a look at the notable names seen in the South End Zone stands.Gary Brown (Committed...

Pumped-up head coach

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Urban Meyer is even excited about the prospect of watching the tailbacks play Saturday. And his defensive tackles. And his cornerbacks. This is an indication of just how jacked up Meyer is about his fourth Florida football...

Welcome to Recruiting Central

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A vote in the AP poll

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The Associated Press preseason poll came out Saturday, and one of those first-place votes next to Ohio State belongs to me. For the second time in my 15-plus years at this newspaper, I've been asked to...

Gators a little lethargic

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Urban Meyer was not a happy head coach after the Gators stumbled and sputtered through a rather lifeless practice in Wednesday's afternoon heat. "We didn't have a good day," Meyer said. "We've got to get a...

Some early observations of UF practice

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The Florida coaches say it's too soon in preseason football practice to judge the Gators, but we are offering up some early opinions based on what we've seen: True sophomore cornerback Joe Haden is a...

Momentum killer for 'Dogs?

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Maybe for the first time since trouncing Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl last January, the Georgia Bulldogs' express has slowed down and lost some momentum. In a little bit of a stunning vote, the Florida Gators,...

The real Richt emerges

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Through his first six seasons at Georgia, Mark Richt's image was well-defined: calm, quiet, stoic, a real gentleman football coach. He tossed that image aside midway through last season in favor of a more fiery, more...

And so it begins

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The first day of SEC Media Days in Hoover went off pretty much as expected Wednesday. Tim Tebow drew a big crowd. First, he was surrounded by UF fans (yes, there apparently are plenty in Alabama)...