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...

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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)...

Preseason love for Gators

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The preseason college football magazines have started to hit the newsstands and they're giving the Gators lots of love. Maybe too much. Seeing Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow on all these regional covers is expected. But having Florida...

Serenity now in the SEC

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SANDESTIN " They call this panhandle resort Serenity Now. That's appropriate, because how else can you explain 12 rival football coaches, 12 rival athletic directors and 24 rival basketball coaches (men and women) sharing three or four days together...

Okine bulking up

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Enrolling early at Florida looks like it's been a good thing for former Gainesville High star defensive end Earl Okine. He had a solid spring and has really started to add bulk and muscle to his...

Robey hops on board early

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Buford (Ga.) teammates Omar Hunter and T.J. Pridemore aren't the only two true freshmen who are enrolled in the Summer A semester at Florida. Also starting classes on Monday was offensive lineman Sam Robey from Trinity High...

Spring football awards

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The Florida coaches did not announce any spring awards this year for some reason. But that isn't going to stop us. After watching 14 practices and Saturday's Orange and Blue Debut, we have come up with out...

Brantley's luck is bad

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Redshirt freshman quarterback John Brantley can't catch a break this spring. Just when it appeared his injured left shoulder was fine and he was making a strong late run at the No. 2 quarterback role, the former...

The mentoring Gators

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I did a story in Thursday's paper about the Florida football team partnering with the African American Accountability Alliance of Alachua County to form a mentoring program for at-risk black male middle school students. Due to space limitations, I...

First practice with pads

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The Gators put on the pads for the first time this spring, and there was plenty of big-time hitting going on Saturday morning and early afternoon on the practice field. The best moments came late in the session, when...

Early spring observations

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Some early observations from spring football practice:Carl Moore, the highly touted junior college wide receiver, does not appear as fast and as strong as I thought he was going to be, but he's obviously a very good athlete and...

Spring predictions

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With the start of practice fast approaching, we offer up these spring football predictions: Redshirt freshman quarterback John Brantley's left shoulder injury will not be a major hindrance and he will make a strong run at...