Some pleasant surprises

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Some freshmen are ready

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Like the former head ball coach used to say every August, they all look good in shorts. That certainly is the case with Florida's top-ranked recruiting class. But these guys don't just look good as a group, they look...

Oh, mercy, no Percy?

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One thing that was overlooked at SEC Media Days two weeks ago was the fact that Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin was left off the preseason All-SEC team voted by the media. Big mistake, media. ...

Miles on the spot with LSU

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LSU, again, is loaded with talent. Lots of speed, lots of skill all over the field. And, again, the media is enamored by all this talent in Baton Rouge, naming LSU an overwhelming favorite to win the SEC title...

SEC ballot, Phase One

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HOOVER, Ala. " The other SEC coaches probably liked Steve Spurrier a lot more when he was sort of bad-mouthing his South Carolina team the past two years at SEC Media Days. They probably...

Commodores on the rise?

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This is July, so everybody's undefeated, everybody's happy, everybody's pumped up about the upcoming SEC season. Even Vanderbilt. Despite losing seven of eight league games last season, despite not having a winning record or playing in a bowl...

George W. overlooked one Gator

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Derek Baldry may hold the distinction of being the only Florida football player in history to be snubbed by the president of the United States. It happened earlier this year, when the national champion Gators were being honored...

Gators need some leaders

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I'm not going to condone the behavior (or habits) of Brandon James and basketball player Brandon Powell. I'm not going to overreact and judge them, either, like so many are doing out there in Cyberspace. Yes, marijuana (selling...

Most improved players

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Here are my most improved players:1. David Nelson - The lanky wide receiver started making plays in the second half of the spring and it looks like he'll find his way into the playing rotation this season. He still...

Offense gets rolling

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The offense, led by a handful of young skill position players, hung a pretty good one on the defense Saturday morning with hundreds of high school coaches from the state looking on. The stars of the...