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Alligator Army 12 hours ago
Florida announces enrollment of 2017 LB James Houston

Florida announces enrollment of 2017 LB James Houston

Houston rounds out the Gators’ mid-year enrollees. The Florida Gators announced the enrollment of their fifth early enrollee today. Linebacker James Houston’s addition to the 2017 class was proclaimed in a tweet by Jim McElwain this afternoon. Excited to officially welcome @Jthouston_4 to the @GatorsFB family!! #GoGators #Swamp17 pic.twitter.com/m5rQYxtsDO— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) January 17, 2017 The three-star committed to the Gators back in July, during Friday Night Lights, just days after suffering an ACL injury. Houston was not able to play during his senior season...
Alligator Army 15 hours ago
Recruiting Roundup: Florida official visit weekend highlighted by defensive backs

Recruiting Roundup: Florida official visit weekend highlighted by defensive backs

Florida is looking to bulk up at a position of need, indeed. Since the introduction of the College Football Playoff, the college football recruiting calendar in January has been even more crammed to the gills than it already was. The Florida Gators’ first official visit weekend was representative of that: Several big-name targets and a pair of Florida commits came to Gainesville to kick off the sprint to February’s National Signing Day. The visitor list Twitter user Alfredo Rodriguez helpfully (“helpfully,” maybe?) put together cool, sun-kissed graphics for all seven prospects in...
Alligator Army 16 hours ago
The Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread, Vol. XXXVII

The Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread, Vol. XXXVII

Florida got an emphatic bowl win, but still seems likely to close without a bang on the recruiting trail. Remember when I posed the choice of bowl success or a recruiting revival for the Florida Gators to you all, way back in December? This was Option A: Option A begins with a bowl blowout. Austin Appleby comes out against the Hawkeyes and has his best game in his fourth meeting with Iowa, throwing for over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns with no picks. The tandem of Jordan Scarlett and Lamical Perine combines for over 100 yards. Tyrie Cleveland continues his late-season emergence with a...
Alligator Army 19 hours ago
Chomping at Bits: Florida men’s basketball moves up to No. 19 in AP poll

Chomping at Bits: Florida men’s basketball moves up to No. 19 in AP poll

The Gators rose four places. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Florida men’s basketball moves up four spots to No. 19 in AP poll: The Gators entered the top 20 for the first time since the team was ranked No. 1 to close the 2013-14 regular season. Florida also announced two more home game sellouts. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun;...
Alligator Army Jan 16, 2017
Florida’s 5-0 SEC start puts Gators in elite company

Florida’s 5-0 SEC start puts Gators in elite company

This isn’t a great team, necessarily, but it’s off to a great start. The Florida Gators men’s basketball team’s win on Saturday over the Georgia Bulldogs pushed Florida’s record to 5-0 in conference play after two full weeks of intraconference competition. And that gives the Gators a shot at going 6-0 in SEC play, something that has happened only very, very rarely — and recently — in program history, as sports information director Denver Parler noted on Twitter on Sunday. .@MikeWhiteUF will try to lead @GatorsMBK to a 6-0 SEC start, something only 1 other coach in team...
Alligator Army Jan 16, 2017
Chomping at Bits: Canyon Barry and Keith Stone star in Florida’s OT win over Georgia

Chomping at Bits: Canyon Barry and Keith Stone star in Florida’s OT win over Georgia

The two hit season-high point totals against the Bulldogs. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Canyon Barry and Keith Stone help lead Gators over Bulldogs: Both hit season-high point totals against Georgia, with 27 for Barry and 17 for Stone. (Ian Cohen, Orlando Sentinel; Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun; Ryan Young, SEC Country) There are...
Alligator Army Jan 15, 2017
Watch: Florida lacrosse’s Caroline Fitzgerald scores Hail Mary goal on U.S. National Team

Watch: Florida lacrosse’s Caroline Fitzgerald scores Hail Mary goal on U.S. National Team

The Gators came so, so close to pulling an upset, too. On Saturday, the Florida Gators lacrosse team took on the U.S. National Team in a preseason warm-up match at IMG Academy in Bradenton. And while pitting a team of collegiate laxers against the actual national team sounds a lot like a mismatch, Florida put up a fight and a half. Oh, and Florida, not Team USA, made the day’s highlight play, as Caroline Fitzgerald scored from well beyond midfield. Wow! @gatorlacrosse Caroline Fitzgerald @FitzyCentt_ scores a 60-yard goal at the 1st half buzzer vs #USAWLAX #SCtop10 #USLSpringPremiere...
Alligator Army Jan 14, 2017
Florida 80, Georgia 76: Gators survive a dogfight in overtime

Florida 80, Georgia 76: Gators survive a dogfight in overtime

The Gators had to play 45 minutes to get to 5-0. The Florida Gators men’s basketball team needed a late rally to send their meeting with the Georgia Bulldogs to overtime. When that extra period began, it felt like it might be five more minutes of misery for a team that struggled against Georgia’s defense and some exceptionally whistle-happy refs. Instead, the Gators buckled up, buckled down, and held on for an 80-76 win that moved them to 5-0 in SEC play. Florida got a Gators-high 27 points from Canyon Barry and a career-high 17 from Keith Stone, both of whom came off the bench to buoy...
Alligator Army Jan 14, 2017
Report: Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers leaving for Louisville

Report: Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers leaving for Louisville

The Gators are in the market for a new offensive line coach. Florida Gators offensive line coach Mike Summers will leave the Gators to become the next offensive line coach at Louisville, reports ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Florida OL coach Mike Summers is new OL coach at Louisville, sources told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 14, 2017 Summers had reportedly interviewed for the same position at South Carolina, and was considered a candidate to leave Florida’s staff, with reports suggesting that Florida had pursued Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal and...
Alligator Army Jan 14, 2017
Florida vs. Georgia, Game Thread: Gators look to tame Dawgs

Florida vs. Georgia, Game Thread: Gators look to tame Dawgs

Florida is looking for a 5-0 start in SEC play. The Florida Gators men’s basketball team has a chance to move to 5-0 in SEC play on this Saturday (noon, ESPN2 or WatchESPN) against Georgia. To do that, the Gators will probably need to contain Yante Maten. The Bulldogs’ junior forward is not only Mark Fox’s best player, but arguably one of the most improved players in America — even though his scoring average has only ticked up from 16.5 to 19.9 points per game from last year to this one. That’s because his improvements are hard to see from raw numbers: Maten’s shooting...
Alligator Army Jan 13, 2017
Florida football recruiting: 2018 WR Jalynn Williams commits to Gators

Florida football recruiting: 2018 WR Jalynn Williams commits to Gators

Florida’s first 2018 commitment comes a month before 2017’s National Signing Day. Class of 2018 wide receiver Jalynn Williams became the Florida Gators’ first commitment of the 2018 class on Friday, announcing his commitment on Twitter shortly before noon. Ryan Bartow of 247Sports was first to report Williams’s commitment, which the St. Petersburg High junior confirmed with retweets of other outlets announcing his commitment. Williams also tweeted and then swiftly deleted an original tweet announcing his commitment, before later sending a similar one: I am BLESSED to say that I...
Alligator Army Jan 13, 2017
Florida punter Johnny Townsend to return for senior season

Florida punter Johnny Townsend to return for senior season

The Gators’ preeminent punter will be back. Florida Gators redshirt junior punter Johnny Townsend announced in a tweet last night that he plans to return to UF for his senior season. Excited to be returning for my senior season in the Swamp!! One more go around in the orange and blue! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/rbZpe2Sutj— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) January 13, 2017 Townsend is a terrific punter and did have a decent shot at being drafted, had be decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. Some mock drafts had Townsend listed in the later...
Alligator Army Jan 8, 2017
Florida’s Marcell Harris to return for senior season

Florida’s Marcell Harris to return for senior season

Another piece of Florida’s secondary will remain in Gainesville. Florida Gators redshirt junior Marcell Harris will return to the program for his senior season, the school announced by tweeting a message written by Harris late Sunday. Marcell Harris has a message for Gator Nation. pic.twitter.com/tofbnjLCTL— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) January 9, 2017 Harris could possibly have been a late-round pick if he had declared for the 2017 NFL Draft and wowed scouts in the pre-draft process, but his on-field production — until November or so, anyway — likely would not have won many...
Alligator Army Jan 7, 2017
Florida 83, Tennessee 70: Gators rev up late, roar past Vols

Florida 83, Tennessee 70: Gators rev up late, roar past Vols

The Gators played comatose basketball for most of Saturday evening. Then they blacked out — in the right way. The Florida Gators men’s basketball team trailed by one at halftime against Tennessee on Saturday. To that point, the Gators had played as if they were sleepwalking, with their offensive brownout making the much-advertised “blackout” game look like a move in danger of backfiring. Florida rallied to take a four-point lead by the under-12 timeout, but with both John Egbunu and Kevarrius Hayes in foul trouble, it looked unlikely that the Gators would be able to match up well...
Alligator Army Jan 7, 2017
Florida vs. Tennessee, Game Thread: Gators look to vanquish Vols in black out

Florida vs. Tennessee, Game Thread: Gators look to vanquish Vols in black out

Black is the new orange (and blue). The Gators have sold out the renovated O’Connell Center for the third time in as many games since the opening of the new facility. But this evening the arena will be covered not in orange and blue, but in black, as Florida holds a “black out” while hosting Tennessee, at 5:15 p.m., on ESPN2. For the uniform color superstitious, the Gators’ current record in black is 8-10, with Florida losing eight of their last nine in that color- that lone win was in 2009 against Auburn. (For the record, I subscribe to no such superstitions myself.) The first...
Alligator Army Jan 6, 2017
Florida great Matt Bonner retires from NBA with “mildly humorous” video

Florida great Matt Bonner retires from NBA with “mildly humorous” video

We’ll miss you, Red Mamba. Former Florida forward Matt Bonner announced his retirement from the NBA after more than a decade in the league on Friday — but the way he did it, with a public access television-spoofing YouTube video that is equal parts sweet and self-deprecating, is so authentically Bonner that it hurts. SB Nation’s Charlotte Wilder called the video “the most New England thing ever,” and I — son of a New Englander and grandson of a longtime resident of “the Hampshire” — would tend to agree. (Note, also, that Bonner a) still has his old Florida jersey and b)...
Alligator Army Jan 6, 2017
Florida’s Caleb Brantley to enter 2017 NFL Draft

Florida’s Caleb Brantley to enter 2017 NFL Draft

The Gators’ last major early entry has finally announced his departure. Florida redshirt junior Caleb Brantley will enter the 2017 NFL Draft, he announced on Friday through a letter posted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s SEC Country. For the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of playing for the University of Florida and Gator Nation. Now, I’m fortunate enough to start the next chapter of my life and career. I will be forgoing my senior season and entering the NFL Draft. The letter is a remarkable bit of candor from Brantley, who admits that “When I first got to...
Alligator Army Jan 6, 2017
Randy Shannon promoted to Florida defensive coordinator

Randy Shannon promoted to Florida defensive coordinator

The move comes as no surprise. Florida has promoted Randy Shannon to full-time defensive coordinator, the program announced in a Friday release. The release includes quotes from head coach Jim McElwain and Shannon. McElwain: "Coach Shannon has been a big part of our success over the last two years. It's been really cool to watch him handle his business. He really connects with our players and they have a lot of respect for him. More than being a great coach, he is a great mentor and teacher to these young men and that is one of our greatest measuring sticks as coaches." Shannon: "I...
Alligator Army Jan 6, 2017
Chomping at Bits: Chauncey Gardner is part of the future in Florida’s secondary

Chomping at Bits: Chauncey Gardner is part of the future in Florida’s secondary

Gardner is one of the promising players in the Gators’ young 2017 defensive backfield. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Chauncey Gardner, the future of DBU: Gardner’s high school coach discusses his impressive Outback Bowl performance in the Florida Gators piece. Florida’s 2017 secondary appears to be in a better spot than...
Alligator Army Jan 5, 2017
Chomping at Bits: Florida’s quarterback competition to again be an offseason storyline

Chomping at Bits: Florida’s quarterback competition to again be an offseason storyline

Maybe one of these years it eventually won’t be. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Quarterback competition to again be focus of offseason: The Gators will be looking for their tenth new starting QB since Tim Tebow left in 2009. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel) Gators causing havoc on defense: Florida’s men’s basketball team is...

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