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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 »

Forgotten freshmen will re-emerge for Gators

The true freshmen who redshirt in the fall are usually forgotten by the middle of the season. But now that the start of spring football is only about a month away, they are back on the radar and back ready to start competing for playing time. Here’s a look at some redshirt freshmen who have a chance to make a big impact in the spring and next season for the Gators: Taven Bryan, DE — I’d pretty much forgotten about… Read More »

Muschamp left some holes

As he showed again Wednesday, Will Muschamp is a great recruiter when it comes to landing elite prospects. But recruiting isn’t just about landing stars, it’s also about filling needs. In that regard, Muschamp fell short in some areas in his four years at Florida. As a result, new coach Jim McElwain has some serious holes to fill, which he started doing on National Signing Day. In what amounted to his exit news conference a day after he was fired,… Read More »

Time to panic?

With National Signing Day less that two weeks away, Florida fans are on the verge of shifting into full panic mode. The Gators are ranked 99th in the nation in recruiting by Rivals, have only eight commitments (all from three-star prospects) and their biggest targets seem to be leaning toward another school whose colors are orange and blue. So, yes, the potential is certainly there for panic to set in. But what UF fans really need to do at this… Read More »

Remember these names

While we wait — and wait and wait and wait — for Jim McElwain to complete his staff by hiring a wide receivers coach, here are two viable candidates who seem to have been overlooked by all those out there guessing who the guy might be: South Carolina wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. and Indianapolis Colts wide receivers coach Charlie Williams. Both have ties to Florida. Both make sense. Spurrier, of course, worked for his… Read More »

Gators are focused

The last time the Gators were in this situation, heading into a bowl game with an interim head coach, it turned out to be a disaster. And everyone could see it coming. The assistant coaches seemed indifferent and more concerned about their next job than their current one. The players didn’t seem to care, either. Even the fans seemed disinterested. The result was predictable: Charlie Strong and the Gators were spanked by the Miami Hurricanes 27-10 in the 2004 Chick-fil-A… Read More »

McElwain: A leadoff home run

When it became apparent that Jim McElwain had emerged as Jeremy Foley’s No. 1 target in his coaching search, a writer who covered McElwain when McElwain was the offensive coordinator at Alabama called to tell me that I would be very impressed. He said fans and players also would quickly be won over. The writer guaranteed that McElwain would win his opening news conference. And that’s just what he did Saturday. He knocked it out of the park. He was… Read More »