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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 »

Divided team in 2013?

All those injuries apparently were not the only debilitating issue the 4-8 Florida Gators were coping with in 2013. Based on some comments made by former center Jon Harrison to an NFL beat writer in Wisconsin, the Gators were a team divided last fall. In an interview with Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Harrison reveals some inside stuff that paints a pretty ugly picture of what went on at times last season, including a shoving match between a… Read More »

Davis a real tiger for Gators

Had Jarrad Davis stuck with his original commitment during the 2013 recruiting season, he would have gone on a wonderful joy ride with the Auburn Tigers last season instead of breaking down with the Gators during a clunker of a 4-8 season. But the rising star at linebacker says he has zero regrets about backing out of a long-standing oral commitment to Auburn and signing with Florida a little more than a year ago. “I’m human, so of course that… Read More »

Driskel clearly the guy

I’m curious to see just how deep into the spring Will Muschamp will continue to tell us that the competition for the starting role at quarterback is wide open. Maybe it’s only fair to say that sophomore Skyler Mornhinweg and true freshman Will Grier have a chance to start, but the reality is the Gators already know who their quarterback is. It’s Jeff Driskel. Anyone who has watched spring practice can see that. Driskel is clearly UF’s best quarterback (and… Read More »

Driskel eager to compete

I had a chance to sit down with Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel for about 15 minutes earlier in the week and wrote a story on how he’s doing physically, how much he’s looking forward to playing in Kurt Roper’s spread offense and how motivated the Gators are coming off the disappointing 4-8 season. Driskel addressed some other topics as well, but I did not have a chance to fit those quotes into the story. So, here you go, more stuff… Read More »

Gators rank high (in value)

Florida’s disappointing 4-8 season plunged the Gators out of the top 25 (after starting the season at No. 10) and all the way to fourth in their own state behind FSU, Miami and UCF. But Florida’s program remains among the elite in college football (and No. 1 in the SEC and in the state) in terms of value. In terms of valuation based on revenue, growth and and other factors, UF’s football program is No. 5 in the nation with… Read More »

The new OC might be …

There are a lot of names and unknowns surrounding Florida coach Will Muschamp’s coaching search for a new offensive coordinator. But there are some things we do know (some of the information based on sources), and we’re going to use those knowns as the basis for deducing who the new guy might be. Here’s what we know: * We can eliminate these coaches as potential candidates — JU coach Kerwin Bell, the former UF quarterback, former Southern Cal coach Lane… Read More »

Sad season comes to an end

Back in August, when the Gators were still healthy and hopeful, no one could have foreseen what would happen to this Florida team. Had anyone projected the Gators to be 4-7 heading into the Florida State game, they would have been laughed at — kind of like Jon Harrison and Quinton Dunbar have been for their teammate dance on video from the Georgia Southern loss. No one saw this coming. But this is where the Gators are, 4-7 and given… Read More »

Streak will finally end

All this complaining about Brent Pease and the Florida offense has gotten old. So, why don’t we complain about D.J. Durkin and the defense for a change? The defense is why the Gators lost to South Carolina last Saturday. The conservative offense did what it had to do to win the game, putting together two nice touchdown drives and scoring 14 points. That would have been enough if the defense had not given up the biggest play of the game… Read More »

SOS won’t run it up

I’ve been asked several times this week if I thought Steve Spurrier would try to run up the score on his former school, or would he take it easy on the severely wounded Gators. Here’s my response to that: Spurrier is no longer the “run-it-up thug” that he was back in the day, when he was throwing the ball all over the park in The Swamp and letting his backups continue to run the Fun ‘n Gun late in games.… Read More »