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With the start of spring football practice now less than three weeks away, some random thoughts on the Gators: Much is going to be made of the quarterback competition between true sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier, but the battle for the starting tailback role could be just as intense. Some seem to think that Kelvin Taylor clearly will be No. 1, but Adam Lane, coming off his 100-yard performance in the Birmingham Bowl and now with a… Read More »

Forgotten freshmen will re-emerge for Gators

The true freshmen who redshirt in the fall are usually forgotten by the middle of the season. But now that the start of spring football is only about a month away, they are back on the radar and back ready to start competing for playing time. Here’s a look at some redshirt freshmen who have a chance to make a big impact in the spring and next season for the Gators: Taven Bryan, DE — I’d pretty much forgotten about… Read More »

Muschamp left some holes

As he showed again Wednesday, Will Muschamp is a great recruiter when it comes to landing elite prospects. But recruiting isn’t just about landing stars, it’s also about filling needs. In that regard, Muschamp fell short in some areas in his four years at Florida. As a result, new coach Jim McElwain has some serious holes to fill, which he started doing on National Signing Day. In what amounted to his exit news conference a day after he was fired,… Read More »

Time to panic?

With National Signing Day less that two weeks away, Florida fans are on the verge of shifting into full panic mode. The Gators are ranked 99th in the nation in recruiting by Rivals, have only eight commitments (all from three-star prospects) and their biggest targets seem to be leaning toward another school whose colors are orange and blue. So, yes, the potential is certainly there for panic to set in. But what UF fans really need to do at this… Read More »

Remember these names

While we wait — and wait and wait and wait — for Jim McElwain to complete his staff by hiring a wide receivers coach, here are two viable candidates who seem to have been overlooked by all those out there guessing who the guy might be: South Carolina wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. and Indianapolis Colts wide receivers coach Charlie Williams. Both have ties to Florida. Both make sense. Spurrier, of course, worked for his… Read More »

Gators are focused

The last time the Gators were in this situation, heading into a bowl game with an interim head coach, it turned out to be a disaster. And everyone could see it coming. The assistant coaches seemed indifferent and more concerned about their next job than their current one. The players didn’t seem to care, either. Even the fans seemed disinterested. The result was predictable: Charlie Strong and the Gators were spanked by the Miami Hurricanes 27-10 in the 2004 Chick-fil-A… Read More »

McElwain: A leadoff home run

When it became apparent that Jim McElwain had emerged as Jeremy Foley’s No. 1 target in his coaching search, a writer who covered McElwain when McElwain was the offensive coordinator at Alabama called to tell me that I would be very impressed. He said fans and players also would quickly be won over. The writer guaranteed that McElwain would win his opening news conference. And that’s just what he did Saturday. He knocked it out of the park. He was… Read More »

Gators have a chance

Florida State fans may not fully understand this, but the Florida Gators do NOT fear the spear. Why should they? They won in Tallahassee two years ago and think they can repeat that feat Saturday. And Florida has had great success at Doak Campbell Stadium in recent years, winning four of the last five games there, starting with Ron Zook’s upset in his last UF game in 2004. Well, Will Muschamp is in the same position Zook was in 10… Read More »

Just play and have fun

One thing I picked up on at the big news conference Monday was that there seemed to be a sense of relief from everybody, including Will Muschamp, that the inevitable decision had finally been made. Everyone saw it this coming weeks ago. There was hope for Muschamp following those back-to-back wins over Georgia and Vanderbilt. But the way the South Carolina game deteriorated like it did in the final minutes, everyone knew Muschamp’s fate had been sealed. Now that everyone… Read More »

Huge game for ’Champ, Gators

The last time Will Muschamp walked off the field in The Swamp, many were wondering if he’d ever have the chance to coach here again. After the humiliating homecoming loss to Missouri, there was a great deal of speculation that UF Athletics Director Jeremy Foley might go ahead and pull the plug on the Muschamp era the following day. But Foley stuck with Muschamp, giving him the chance to try and turn things around in the second half of the… Read More »