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Behold the letdown

Jim McElwain and the Florida players have been talking all week about staying focused and avoiding a letdown against 37-point underdog North Texas.   I can relate to letdowns, because I’ve already had two of them when it comes to picking Florida’s games this season. I don’t know if it’s a lack of focus and energy or not paying attention to detail, but I’ve been clearly off.   In the opener, I picked a rout, with the Gators emptying the… Read More »

Drinking the Kool-Aid?

They say one should not read too much into an opening-game performance. But I feel compelled to do so after watching the Gators stagger and stumble to an unimpressive 24-7 win over what was supposed to be an outmanned UMass team. My first take is that this Florida team is nowhere as good as I thought it was going to be. I guess some of the readers are right: I drank the Kool-Aid during the preseason when they were so… Read More »

Fresh start, big win coming

Not to brag or anything, but I was looking back on last season the other day and noticed that I was perfect with my picks in Florida games in 2015. I went 13-0 in the regular season, correctly predicting the upset of Ole Miss and the three losses to LSU, Florida State and Alabama.   But, of course, I went and lost some of my credibility with my bold bowl prediction. I actually believed the offense-less Gators were going to… Read More »

Grind under way for Gators

With Florida’s preseason camp now in full swing with the pads coming on and scrimmages on the upcoming agenda, here are some early observations of the Gators: Forget what you’re hearing about the quarterback battle being over and Luke Del Rio being the starter. The competition between Del Rio and Austin Appleby is just getting underway, and Jim McElwain appears nowhere close to naming a starter. From what I’ve heard, Appleby had a great summer and is a serious threat… Read More »

Gators have a chance

A month from today (Friday), we head to Hoover, Ala., for SEC Media Days, so it’s already time to start gearing up for football season. I’m sure that in Hoover the media will be predicting Tennessee to win the Eastern Division, and the vote for the Vols likely will be a landslide. Tennessee certainly looks like the best team in the division on paper, but games aren’t won on paper. Florida and Georgia also are good enough to win the… Read More »

How they’ll line up in August

This is the time of year when you see everyone’s way-too-early top 25 for the upcoming season. I’m not going to go there. But what I have done is come up with a way-too-early depth chart for the Florida Gators, who likely won’t put their own out until the week before the opener.   In my way-too-early depth chart, I’ve included the incoming freshmen who were not here in the spring with the 12 early enrollees and the two suspended… Read More »

DBU starting to roll

With Vernon Hargreaves III and Keanu Neal being taken in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, DBU is just getting started. There will be more nights like that in the future — maybe the near future, as in next year. It is rare to have two defensive backs from the same school selected in the first round. It has been done only once by another SEC school, so it’s something special. But the Gators have a chance… Read More »

Players on the rise

Spring football is primarily about teaching fundamentals and developing talent, and the Gators appeared to make progress in both areas, especially in terms of player development. Here are five players who appear to be on the rise heading into the summer: Duke Dawson, CB/S: This talented player from Cross City made a significant move this spring and likely will be the starting nickel defensive back. Being around all that hard-working talent in the UF secondary apparently has influenced him in… Read More »

Some spring observations

As the Gators head into an important offseason, here are some final thoughts on spring practice and the Orange & Blue Debut: Based on the spring game alone, you’d think the quarterback competition is not that close and, in fact, appears to be over. But that is not the case. Luke Del Rio certainly was the best quarterback on the field Friday night, but he had the benefit of playing with the No. 1 offense (against the No. 2 defense)… Read More »

Don’t count out Appleby

The consensus among fans, reporters, writers, bloggers and others seems to be that Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio is a lock to become the Gators’ starting quarterback in the fall, if not sooner. But, trust me, that deal is far from done. I’ve been saying since even before the start of the spring that Purdue graduate transfer Austin Appleby is going to make a strong bid for the starting role and has a good chance to win it because… Read More »