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Just how much better?

All summer, wherever I’ve gone, I’ve been getting asked the same question: Will the Gators be any better this season under Jim McElwain? I have a pat answer: I don’t know if they’ll be better, but they’ll certainly be more entertaining under an offensive-minded coach. That’s perhaps the most important thing coming off four years of watching an insufferable, almost inept, offense for the past four years under a defensive-minded coach who left all offensive creativity back in the locker… Read More »

QB battle looming

The last time the Gators had a quarterback competition this close (in 2012), it seemed to create a divide within the team. All-America cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III said it won’t happen this fall because of the way he expects Treon Harris and Will Grier to handle the situation in preseason camp. “They are good friends, but they both understand what’s at stake and they’re both up to compete,” Hargreaves said at SEC Media Days. “I think that’s what I like… Read More »

Fearless SEC forecast

It’s never too early to make football predictions in the SEC. Now that all the preseason magazines are out with theirs, it’s time to go ahead and get started. So, here you go, my predictions for 2015: East Georgia — I know, I know, Mark Richt can be counted on to lose at least one game that he shouldn’t each year. But this team is loaded with talent and has one of the best offensive players in the nation in… Read More »

Big, big early game

There are many big and important games on Florida’s 2015 schedule. One of the biggest — maybe even the biggest — is one that many will naturally skip over when scanning the schedule. Sept. 19, at Kentucky A victory over the Wildcats is usually considered a given. It’s only natural given the fact the Gators haven’t lost to UK since way back in 1986. That adds up to a 28-game winning streak in the series. So, to say a September… Read More »

Facilities, facilities, facilities

DESTIN – Until Jim McElwain came along, football facilities never seemed to be an issue at Florida. If they were, no one wanted to talk about them. Now that McElwain has brought up the topic so often in the short time he’s been in Gainesville, everyone seems to be questioning just how far behind the Gators are in the SEC in terms of facilities. Some of the first questions McElwain was asked at the SEC spring meetings Tuesday had to… Read More »

Gloomy forecast for Gators

Those preseason magazines that help bridge the gap between the summer and the start of the college football season probably are not going to be very kind to Jim McElwain and the Gators. The magazines will be coming out soon and the predictions for Florida likely are going to be bad, maybe even dire. There will be some glowing comments about Vernon Hargreaves III and the defense, of course. But the previews of the Florida offense are going to be… Read More »

Fowler feeling at home

Even though he’s been a Jacksonville Jaguar for only. … well, hours, Dante Fowler Jr. said he already feels a strong connection to the city and team. He has family in Jacksonville, he has a good friend on the team in former Florida safety Josh Evans and one of his mentors is former Gator and Jaguar great Fred Taylor. So, this fit seems even more comfortable now that it did when the Jags made Fowler the overall No. 3 pick… Read More »

Ranking the Gators

Before the days grow too much longer and hotter, it seems like a good time to have a little fun and rank the Gators — players and by position — coming out of spring football practice. So, here we go: Position rankings Secondary — this is a no-brainer, isn’t it. This group is loaded with talent and depth, led by All-America corner Vernon Hargreaves III. Even with J.C. Jackson out of the mix, this secondary has a chance to be… Read More »

QB battle far from over

Now that spring football is in the rearview mirror, here are some final observations: The consensus among the sports writers in the press box Saturday was that redshirt freshman Will Grier was the better of the two quarterbacks in the spring game and likely will be the starter for the Gators this fall. I don’t agree. Not yet. To me, there was very little difference in the play of Grier and Treon Harris. They looked about the same and put… Read More »

Scary situation on O-line

It’s only spring, so it’s way too early to get nervous or panic with the start of the season still five months away. Right? Or is it already time to go ahead and let the anxiety settle in? Take a look at this picture, then you decide: If the season started today, the Gators’ starting offensive line would consist of Cameron Dillard at center, Travaris Dorsey and Antonio Riles at guard and Kavaris Harkless and David Sharpe at tackle. Those… Read More »