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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 »

He could be the Guy at QB

Spring surprises often times have a way of disappearing in the fall. So what will be the fate of Florida’s 2015 spring surprise? Will walk-on quarterback Jacob Guy retreat to the obscurity of the scout team in September? Or will he emerge as, gulp, the Gators’ starting quarterback in what would one of those feel-good, didn’t-see-that-one-coming stories? Either could happen. What’s more likely, though, is Guy will fall somewhere in between the two extremes. Based on what he’s done this… Read More »

QBs airing it out

Learning an entirely new offense and getting under center for the first time in years have created some predictable problems for Florida’s young quarterbacks — true sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier. But one they do seem to be excelling in is their accuracy in passing drills against the air (throwing to wide receivers without defenders being present). In a recent drill, both were close to perfect, UF coach Jim McElwain said Tuesday. “Just in routes on air,… Read More »

The thin blue line

Senior defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard admitted earlier this week that he actually feels sorry for the outmanned offensive line, which has only seven scholarship players available this spring. “Definitely, definitely,” he said. He may have sympathy for the offensive linemen, but he says he’s not going to take it easy on them. In fact, he plans on doing the opposite. “It is (brutal that they have only seven linemen). But we’ve got to get better,” Bullard said. “I tell my… Read More »

A fine Muschamp mess

Even though Will Muschamp is long gone, Florida continues to feel his sting. He hurt the Gators in recruiting. Now, he’s going to hurt them this spring. He did his damage in recruiting by swaying kids to Auburn he’d been recruiting to Florida, including five-star defensive end Byron Cowart. He’ll be negatively impacting spring practice because of how few offensive linemen and linebackers he’s left Jim McElwain and the new staff to work with. The Gators will have only seven… Read More »

This, that and the other

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 »