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McElwain success story

Whether Malik Zaire starts, comes off the bench or doesn’t play at all, he’s going to go down as a Jim McElwain success story at Florida. He hasn’t taken a snap in a game yet, but Zaire has already turned out to be an invaluable addition for the Gators. His presence — in the quarterback room and on the practice field — has elevated the play of the other quarterbacks. Several players stressed that to members of the media earlier… Read More »

Should have been Gators

There’s not doubt Will Muschamp had great success as a recruiter when he was at Florida, especially on the defensive side of the ball. But he also had some great misses. Some from prospects who grew up as Gator fans and played right down the road from The Swamp. Two come to mind, and they were from the same outstanding Gainesville High team. Linebacker Keith Kelsey, a  UF legacy who went on to become an All-ACC player at Louisville (and… Read More »

The new roster

After poring over the new Florida roster that was released  Monday, some observations: The true freshmen who were not early enrollees have been assigned numbers: Brad Stewart (2), Marco Wilson (3), C.J. Henderson (5), Brian Edwards (6), Jake Allen (12), Donovan Stiner (13), Daquon Green (18), Shawn Davis (20), Malik Davis (31), Adarius Lemons (32), Lacedrick Brunson (34), Nick Smith (40), Ventrell Miller (51), Tedarrell Slaton (56), Elijah Conliffe (57), T.J. Moore (75), James Robinson (85), Zachary Carter (94). Even… Read More »

Workout wild man

I recently interviewed two Florida football players on separate occasions and ended the question-and-answer sessions asking each player who the biggest workout warrior has been in the weight room this offseason. Neither hesitated. “Taven Bryan,” wide receiver Josh Hammond said. “Taven, that’s a dog,” linebacker Kylan Johnson said.  So, obviously, the defensive tackle who is known as the Wyoming Wild Man on the football field is also somewhat of a maniac when it comes to pumping iron. The big defensive… Read More »

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 »