Frankie goes wild at practice

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At the start of the spring, if you were asked to predict who would be the young breakout player of the spring, I doubt it would have been redshirt freshman wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr.. He certainly wasn't mine. ...

Spring show for recruits

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With Florida getting started earlier this year in gathering verbal commits, that means you should expect to see even more young guns patrolling the streets of Gainesville this spring. Last year, the Gators hosted just a few top prospects...

Put up time for Hunter, Okine

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Defensive linemen Earl Okine and Omar Hunter arrived on campus a year ago with big-time credentials and expectations that were off the charts. Okine, an early enrollee, was expected to push for immediate playing time at end. Hunter, whom Urban Meyer called...

Some early spring observations

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* The offense is definitely going to look a little different - and do some different things - with the influence of new quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler, who has an excellent track record developing quarterbacks. For one, Tim Tebow is going to...

Running backs report

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It's not a top priority for Florida this year, but getting a solid running back - or two - would be a plus for the Gators in the 2010 class. Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps are coming off solid...

Door still open for Davis?

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The word going around at UF's annual Pro Day on Wednesday was that troubled defensive tackle Torrey Davis could have a chance to be back in August. Although Davis officially left the football program last Friday, he remains in classes at UF....

Pro Day sights – Current Gators

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* Outside linebacker Lerentee McCray, who saw playing time on special teams as a true freshman last season, looks like he's added considerable muscle and weight since the fall. * Matt Patchan, who is making the move back to offensive tackle from...

Gators need defensive tackles

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The loss of Torrey Davis and John Brown poses a new issue for Florida in the 2010 recruiting class. With those two still on the roster, the Gators would have had nine defensive tackles on the roster entering spring...

Torrey on a tight rope

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Florida defensive tackle Torrey Davis is in limbo. Based on what we're hearing, he's not officially off the team at this point, and he's not officially on it, either. If he were one or the other, we'd be hearing...

Sizing up the signal-callers

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The commitment of Venice, Fla., quarterback Trey Burton seems to have solidified Florida's needs at quarterback for the 2010 class. But it's still a bit early to say that Burton will be the only quarterback recruited for this class....

Just one bad loss

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But don't try to make too much of that one miserable day on the diamond - or the fact Florida was swept in the three-game series. This team is better than that. Even in the Friday...

Recruiting Academy Awards

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Watching the Academy Awards on Sunday night, I felt it would be nice and cliché to have my own sort of Oscar fun with Florida's 2009 recruiting class. Hey, it's quiet in recruiting at the moment and watching Will...

Harvin a tailback in the NFL?

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Percy Harvin is one of the most intriguing athletes in the NFL draft this year. He's a strong, physical player who's got freaky speed and skills with the ball in his hands, which he showed so often in his...

UF extends nationwide reach

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Florida has presently given out 56 scholarship offers to 2010 prospects and 14 of them have been issued to prospects located in the West, Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States. This is not only a sign of...

Loeffler on Brantley

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Tim Tebow isn't the only high school All-America quarterback from Florida that Scot Loeffler tried to recruit to Michigan. He also made a strong run at Ocala Trinity Catholic star John Brantley three years ago. Brantley, of course, followed Tebow to Florida,...

Class of ’09 breakdown

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Florida's 2009 recruiting class is in hand (for the most part), which means it's time to grade UF's class. Will it live up to Urban Meyer's recent classes? Who was the biggest get? Who was the biggest loss? Overrated?...

What did Kiffin accomplish?

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Pahokee wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson is a very good prospect, a fast little guy who can do a lot of things with the ball in his hands. But he's not exactly Andre Debose or Jelani Jekins or Gary Brown,...

Signing Day predictions

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Two days remain until National Signing Day, so in honor of the end of the 2009 recruiting season, I've come up with my five predictions to look out for on Wednesday.Let's get started.1. Florida will not fill...

Change is good for Tebow

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Here's one of my early predictions for 2009: Tim Tebow is going to become a better quarterback, a more complete quarterback, a more NFL-ready quarterback under new quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler. This is not a knock on Dan...

Gator fans should stop worrying

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National Signing Day is just a little more than a week away, which means fans are scrambling.Who's going to sign? Why is he rethinking his decision? If he doesn't want to be a Gator, then get him out of...