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Gators beware of this guy

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway being cited for possession of marijuana this past weekend has raised a huge red flag over the football program. A dire warning flag, in this case. And it has little to do with the measly seven grams of weed police found in Callaway’s front pants pocket. What it has everything to do with is this troubling question: what in the world were Callaway and junior tight end C’yontai Lewis doing hanging out with 40-year-old Kendrick… Read More »

Lessons in leadership

I attended the football team’s scooter safety awareness seminar earlier this week and found it enlightening on two fronts. One, I did not realize how many players ride scooters and how few actually wear helmets. Almost all of them ride scooters and almost none wear helmets, which is a little alarming. But that should change now that the players have been given pretty cool helmets and have gone through an informative (and common sense) seminar. Two, I found out you… Read More »

QB still a big ?

Here’s my take on why there remains mutual interest between the Florida coaches and Notre Dame graduate transfer quarterback Malik Zaire: Both parties can clearly see that the quarterback situation is no more settled now than it was before the start of spring drills last month. Those 14 practices and a spring game established only one thing — one inexperienced redshirt freshmen is slightly ahead of another heading into the summer. That’s it. The spring did not reveal who the… Read More »

Some spring stuff

With only a few more practices between now and next Friday’s Orange & Blue Game, I offer these spring observations: If the season started today, Feleipe Franks would be the starting quarterback. He’s got the size, the arm and the intangibles to be the starter. And he’s started to take on a leadership role, something that’s a must at the position. Kyle Trask has also been impressive with his accurate arm, although he seems somewhat hesitant to lead at times.… Read More »

Three first-round Gators

ESPN draft analyst has the two Florida cornerbacks rated so evenly that without realizing it at the time, he projected Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson to go back-to-back in the middle of the first round. He did not notice he’d placed them back-to-back until after he went back over his mock draft earlier this week. He is projecting Tabor to go to the Arizona Cardinals with the 13th pick and Wilson to the Philadelphia Eagles with the 14th pick. “Ironically,… Read More »

A positive finish

TAMPA — Throughout the season, Florida’s defense has had to carry the offense. Those roles likely will be reversed in the Outback Bowl, which, of course, is probably a frightening prospect for many among Gator Nation. The defense is so depleted by injuries, especially at linebacker, that the matchup against Iowa’s powerful downhill running game very well could turn into a mismatch Monday. That means the defense will be on the field for long periods of time and wearing down… Read More »

Another potential meltdown?

In their last big road test against a balanced offense, the Florida defense mysteriously disintegrated in the second half against Tennessee. Was that an anomaly? Or could it happen again. We may find out Saturday. Arkansas will clearly be the defense’s biggest test since Tennessee because the Razorbacks are so balanced. Austin Allen is a very good quarterback who will be throwing to probably the best set of receivers the Gators have faced this season, and the Hogs have an… Read More »

Expect the unexpected

With the great party atmosphere outside the stadium and the split crowd inside, the Florida-Georgia game always has the look and feel of a championship game. And in championship games, strange and unexpected things have a way of happening. That’s the way it’s going to play out Saturday. Expect the unexpected: Luke Del Rio is going to have a very efficient game and the offense is going to go up and down the field with a near-perfect balance between the… Read More »

The story behind the story

With information obtained from WikiLeaks and Russian hackers, The Sun has been able to piece together the true story about what happened last week with the postponement of the Florida-LSU game. It’s unbelievable (it actually is). You know that $100 million that Florida was planning to spend on facility upgrades in the near future? Well, Jeremy Foley and the UF administration decided, because the Gators had a couple of banged up defensive linemen who might not be ready by Saturday,… Read More »

Gators will rebound

While many Florida fans have remained in a funk all week over the crushing loss to the Vols last Saturday, the Gator players and coaches seem to have done a good job of letting it go and focusing on getting ready for Vanderbilt. I don’t anticipate a Gator letdown or hangover Saturday in Nashville. The players seem too excited about the opportunity to get back on the field for that too happen. I do see this being a tough game… Read More »