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Coach Mac a champion for kids

As we’ve seen in his short time at Florida, Jim McElwain is a high-energy guy who embraces change and has a way of putting his personal stamp on things, whether it’s upgrading facilities, creating more positions on his support staff or changing the date and the time of the spring game. Well, he’s done it again. The latest McElwain stamp has been placed on the annual Scramble for Kids golf tournament that benefits three area charities — the Boys and… Read More »

Gators by the numbers

In Jim McElwain’s first year, the Gators had so few offensive linemen that it made it difficult to practice in the spring and forced Florida to have a spring scrimmage instead of a traditional spring game. That won’t be a problem in year two. Through recruiting, early enrollment and a transfer, the Gators’ numbers on the offensive line are back where they need to be. This spring, there will be 14 scholarship linemen on the roster. The number will rise… Read More »

Gators losing Florida?

There is one disconcerting flaw about Florida’s 2016 recruiting class, and I’m not talking about the absence of a defensive tackle or tight end, or the lack of numbers at linebacker and on the offensive line. I’m talking about how few homegrown prospects are in this class. The Gators managed to sign only 13 players from Florida, and missed out on many of the state’s elite prospects coming down the stretch. Florida got beat up in its own state, which… Read More »

What a disaster (only kidding)

After spending all of 10 minutes on the recruiting message boards earlier in the week, I came to the conclusion that Florida must be having the worst recruiting year in the history of the school. Has to be, man, with all that gloom and doom everywhere you look. Of course, a few minutes later I saw where the updated Rivals recruiting rankings had been released and the Gators were standing at No. 5. Not No. 5 in the state, mind… Read More »

What could have been

Even with the three-game losing streak to end the season, it’s clear that Jim McElwain has generated momentum in his first year in Gainesville with a 10-win season, an SEC East title, and now what appears to be an outstanding recruiting class in the making. But, one can’t help but wonder how much more momentum the Gators would have right now (and how much more buzz would be surrounding this program) if Will Grier had not screwed up by taking… Read More »

Gators will find a way

Is there any logical reason to think this game will be any different than the last two for the Florida Gators? Maybe not. You look at Michigan’s strong defense, you look at Florida’s inept offense — and it appears to add up to the same losing matchup the Gators found themselves in against Florida State and Alabama. Just like in those two losses, I really don’t know how the Gators are going to score many points, if any, on offense.… Read More »

Long day in Atlanta

There’s really no reason to spend a lot of time going in depth trying to break down the SEC Championship Game. I think everyone has a pretty good idea how this Florida-Alabama game is going to play out. Let’s see, for starters, the Florida offense will be abysmal again. There will be lots of sacks, lots of negative plays, few first downs, no sustained drives, and, maybe, no points — just like a week ago in the 27-2 embarrassment against… Read More »

One tough call

Everything seems to be pointing toward a Florida loss on Saturday. The Gators are banged up, especially on the defensive line, the offense is coming off a putrid performance against FAU, the line can’t protect, Treon Harris is stone cold and Dalvin Cook is running red hot. It’s such a positive Seminole slant that it makes me think going with the Gators might be the way to go on this pick. But, I just can’t do it. Florida’s defense will… Read More »

Gators could/should roll

The elements certainly are present this week for the Gators to have a letdown Saturday. It’s only human nature to relax a little bit coming home after sweeping the SEC’s Eastern Division at South Carolina and facing a non-conference opponent that’s 2-8 ( 2-5 in Conference-USA) and you’re favored to beat by more than 30 points. But it’s also human nature not to relax or have a letdown when so much is at stake. The Florida players have talked this… Read More »

Another survival test

After barely dodging a nightmare loss to Vanderbilt last Saturday, the Florida Gators may find themselves in a similar situation Saturday at South Carolina. All the elements are there: the Gamecocks have been playing well on offense, the Florida defensive line is depleted, USC has beaten UF four of the last five years, the Gator offense is regressing, UF might be in letdown mode after clinching the division, USC is fighting to get bowl eligible and playing at home. A… Read More »