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More motivation for Gators

If the Florida Gators were not already motivated by last season’s 4-8 debacle, they should be now after what happened at SEC Media Days on Thursday. The Gators were shown almost no respect from the media when they were picked third in the Eastern Division and had just four players on the preseason All-SEC team, only two on the first team and none on the first two offensive teams. Florida and its fans may be anticipating a big bounce-back season… Read More »

Playing for a punt?

HOOVER, Ala. — Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel revealed at SEC Media Days on Monday just how conservative the Gators’ offense became during the course of the injury-riddled 2013 season. Driskel, speaking with a handful of reporters before he and the rest of the UF party appeared on the big stage, said there were times when the main offensive goal was to punt. “At times, you can only do what the coaching staff asked you to do,” Driskel said. “At times… Read More »

McGee and Super Bowl QB

Before he became a pass-catching tight end in college, Virginia transfer Jake McGee was a very good high school quarterback at the Collegiate School in Richmond, Va. The guy McGee succeeded at QB in high school? Russell Wilson, who quarterbacked the Seattle Seahawks to a victory in the Super Bowl just a few months ago. “He was a senior when I was a freshman,” McGee said. “And I played football, basketball and baseball with him. Basketball being the sport I… Read More »

Not much preseason respect

After being around other members of the media way too much last week at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, I walked away with the distinct feeling that those who cover SEC football think the Gators are basically going to be no factor in the conference race this season. I’m not really sure why preseason opinions of Florida seem so low. Maybe the other hacks can’t get that Georgia Southern stain off their minds, or maybe they’ve forgotten all those… Read More »

Divided team in 2013?

All those injuries apparently were not the only debilitating issue the 4-8 Florida Gators were coping with in 2013. Based on some comments made by former center Jon Harrison to an NFL beat writer in Wisconsin, the Gators were a team divided last fall. In an interview with Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Harrison reveals some inside stuff that paints a pretty ugly picture of what went on at times last season, including a shoving match between a… Read More »

Davis a real tiger for Gators

Had Jarrad Davis stuck with his original commitment during the 2013 recruiting season, he would have gone on a wonderful joy ride with the Auburn Tigers last season instead of breaking down with the Gators during a clunker of a 4-8 season. But the rising star at linebacker says he has zero regrets about backing out of a long-standing oral commitment to Auburn and signing with Florida a little more than a year ago. “I’m human, so of course that… Read More »

Driskel clearly the guy

I’m curious to see just how deep into the spring Will Muschamp will continue to tell us that the competition for the starting role at quarterback is wide open. Maybe it’s only fair to say that sophomore Skyler Mornhinweg and true freshman Will Grier have a chance to start, but the reality is the Gators already know who their quarterback is. It’s Jeff Driskel. Anyone who has watched spring practice can see that. Driskel is clearly UF’s best quarterback (and… Read More »

Driskel eager to compete

I had a chance to sit down with Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel for about 15 minutes earlier in the week and wrote a story on how he’s doing physically, how much he’s looking forward to playing in Kurt Roper’s spread offense and how motivated the Gators are coming off the disappointing 4-8 season. Driskel addressed some other topics as well, but I did not have a chance to fit those quotes into the story. So, here you go, more stuff… Read More »

Gators rank high (in value)

Florida’s disappointing 4-8 season plunged the Gators out of the top 25 (after starting the season at No. 10) and all the way to fourth in their own state behind FSU, Miami and UCF. But Florida’s program remains among the elite in college football (and No. 1 in the SEC and in the state) in terms of value. In terms of valuation based on revenue, growth and and other factors, UF’s football program is No. 5 in the nation with… Read More »

The new OC might be …

There are a lot of names and unknowns surrounding Florida coach Will Muschamp’s coaching search for a new offensive coordinator. But there are some things we do know (some of the information based on sources), and we’re going to use those knowns as the basis for deducing who the new guy might be. Here’s what we know: * We can eliminate these coaches as potential candidates — JU coach Kerwin Bell, the former UF quarterback, former Southern Cal coach Lane… Read More »