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It’s 2012 all over again

With Treon Harris suspended, Jeff Driskel faltering at quarterback and the wide receivers contributing basically nothing, it looks like the Florida offense has reverted back to its 2012 form, where they run the ball, don’t take any chances and let the defense and punter Kyle Christy control the game and the field position. It may give the Gators a chance to win enough games to save Will Muschamp’s job (or maybe not), but how many fans are going to fall… Read More »

Getting rocked on Rocky Top

Through preseason camp and the first two games of the season, I have to admit that I drank the Kool-Aid and was convinced this Florida team was much, much better than last season and would make a serious run at an SEC championship in 2014. Well, after what I witnessed two weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, I’ve spit out the Kool-Aid and am now chugging a healthy drink of reality. And the reality is this team is not a whole lot… Read More »

Gators will hang tough

It’s quite amazing how a victory — a dramatic, pulsating, overtime victory — can turn into such a negative. But that’s exactly what’s happened with the Gators’ 36-30 win over Kentucky last Saturday. It’s become a huge negative. Going into the game, the consensus among Gator Nation was that the Gators were greatly improved and would have a big bounce-back season that would return UF to its rightly status of contender in the SEC. But, they almost lost the game,… Read More »

Must-win game for Muschamp

This may sound like a bit of an overstatement, but Saturday’s game against Kentucky is one of the most important in Will Muschamp’s head coaching career. Because if he doesn’t win this one — doesn’t dispose of a 17.5-point underdog at home — that hot seat that cooled a bit with the 65-0 opening-day win over Eastern Michigan is going to become raging hot like it’s never been before. Muschamp cannot lose this game. If he does, the Gators are… Read More »

Big, belated start for Gators

Last week’s prediction blog was suspended due to unsafe writing conditions (too many distractions in the newsroom) and is now filed under the category “no contest.” Like Idaho, I will be getting paid (I hope). So, after that false start last week, the real season starts now. Weather permitting (I do think we might have a lightning delay or two Saturday), we’re going to see a much different (and much better) Florida team than a year ago, especially on offense,… Read More »

Receivers bonding with Leak

Although he took over in a tough situation, with virtually no coaching experience, new Florida wide receivers coach Chris Leak has quickly earned the respect of the Gator wide receivers. “Chris Leak, he’s very passionate about the game, you can tell he loves the game,” senior Quinton Dunbar said. “ He goes that extra effort to make sure guys are OK and guys are in the perfect place to make plays. I feel like he’s going to be a good coach.”… Read More »

More motivation for Gators

If the Florida Gators were not already motivated by last season’s 4-8 debacle, they should be now after what happened at SEC Media Days on Thursday. The Gators were shown almost no respect from the media when they were picked third in the Eastern Division and had just four players on the preseason All-SEC team, only two on the first team and none on the first two offensive teams. Florida and its fans may be anticipating a big bounce-back season… Read More »

Playing for a punt?

HOOVER, Ala. — Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel revealed at SEC Media Days on Monday just how conservative the Gators’ offense became during the course of the injury-riddled 2013 season. Driskel, speaking with a handful of reporters before he and the rest of the UF party appeared on the big stage, said there were times when the main offensive goal was to punt. “At times, you can only do what the coaching staff asked you to do,” Driskel said. “At times… Read More »

McGee and Super Bowl QB

Before he became a pass-catching tight end in college, Virginia transfer Jake McGee was a very good high school quarterback at the Collegiate School in Richmond, Va. The guy McGee succeeded at QB in high school? Russell Wilson, who quarterbacked the Seattle Seahawks to a victory in the Super Bowl just a few months ago. “He was a senior when I was a freshman,” McGee said. “And I played football, basketball and baseball with him. Basketball being the sport I… Read More »

Not much preseason respect

After being around other members of the media way too much last week at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, I walked away with the distinct feeling that those who cover SEC football think the Gators are basically going to be no factor in the conference race this season. I’m not really sure why preseason opinions of Florida seem so low. Maybe the other hacks can’t get that Georgia Southern stain off their minds, or maybe they’ve forgotten all those… Read More »