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Alligator Army Apr 28, 2016

2016 NFL Draft profile: Small or not, Vernon Hargreaves III's home is in the NFL

No Gator is more pro-ready than VH3. And he's finally headed home. Ah, yes, draft week. The week where all the mock drafts, the rumors, the opinion pieces, the rankings and the speculation come together in beautiful chaos to form the three-day event that is the NFL Draft. For draft nerds like me, the progress of a player from true freshman to NFL rookie is a fun one to follow. There are little annoyances along the way, sure, but a the end of the collegiate journey it is something that should be celebrated. For a handful of Florida players, this weekend will be the culmination of their hard...
Alligator Army Apr 27, 2016

2016 NFL Draft profile: Florida pass-rusher Alex McCalister has the makings of a monster

Florida's spindly pass-rusher was all potential and no production. Now, he's an intriguing late-round prospect. Ah, yes, draft week. The week where all the mock drafts, the rumors, the opinion pieces, the rankings and the speculation come together in beautiful chaos to form the three-day event that is the NFL Draft. For draft nerds like me, the progress of a player from true freshman to NFL rookie is a fun one to follow. There are little annoyances along the way, sure, but a the end of the collegiate journey it is something that should be celebrated. For a handful of Florida players, this...
Alligator Army Apr 27, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida forward Devin Robinson returning for junior season

Robinson previously declared for the NBA Draft, but has decided to return to UF after undergoing foot surgery. 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. Devin Robinson returning for junior season: Robinson had declared for the NBA Draft earlier this month, but, as mentioned in yesterday's CAB, he underwent foot surgery last week to repair a...
Alligator Army Apr 26, 2016

Florida, Miami will kick off 2019 season in neutral-site game in Orlando

The Gators and Hurricanes will meet for the first time since 2013. After years of negotiations, Florida and Miami made it official on Tuesday: The Gators and Hurricanes will meet in Orlando in the 2019 Camping World Kickoff, Florida announced in conjunction with ESPN Events and Camping World Tuesday afternoon. "We are pleased to have partnered with Florida Citrus Sports and ESPN Events to kick off the 2019 season against Miami," Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said. "Orlando is a great Gator city and we look forward to playing in front of our fans from all over the state of Florida...
Alligator Army Apr 25, 2016

2016 NFL Draft profile: Can Florida enforcer Keanu Neal be a free safety?

With KeKe in the backfield, the pain train came often. But does he have the chops to turn and run, and make himself a more valuable and versatile free safety? Ah, yes, draft week. The week where all the mock drafts, the rumors, the opinion pieces, the rankings and the speculation come together in beautiful chaos to form the three-day event that is the NFL Draft. For draft nerds like me, the progress of a player from true freshman to NFL rookie is a fun one to follow. There are little annoyances along the way, sure, but a the end of the collegiate journey it is something that should be...
Alligator Army Apr 25, 2016

Florida basketball recruiting: 2016 big man Gorjok Gak commits to Gators

Mike White and Co. add another big man in the 2016 class. The Florida Gators' 2016 recruiting class got a late addition on Sunday night, as big man Gorjok Gak of Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton tweeted that he had committed to the Gators. Thankyou Jesus! pic.twitter.com/veD7JQPxNH — Gorjok Gak (@Gorjok12) April 25, 2016 Gak, a center, is rated as a three-star player and the nation's No. 190 prospect by the 247Sports Composite, and is a four-star player at Scout and a three-star player per 247Sports and ESPN. At 6'10" or 6'11", but only around 210 pounds, Gak is the sort of rangy,...
Alligator Army Apr 21, 2016

Why the Jim McElwain era is poised to end Florida's QB drought

Luke Del Rio is only part of it. One of the interesting things I've been thinking about since writing on Florida's extraordinary run of misfortune at quarterback since Tim Tebow — other than AlligatorAirForce's rhetorical strategies now being in the comments section of a SB Nation front page article that doesn't just live here — is how it's a past that begs for adjectives like "sad" (which I didn't put in the headline, for what it's worth), or "puzzling," and gets adjectives like "embarrassing" or "pathetic" from less charitable fans. But it's also good to remember that it is, largely,...
Alligator Army Apr 20, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball edges Jacksonville, 3-1

The Gators are 12-0 in mid-week games. 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 baseball wins 3-1 at home over Jacksonville: The Gators improved to 23-1 in non-conference games and 12-0 in mid-week games. The win was the Gators' 14th come-from-behind win of the campaign. Florida faces Georgia this weekend in a series beginning...
Alligator Army Apr 18, 2016

The Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread, Vol. XII

Did we just witness the end of the best Florida career ever? Sorry for the really late start today, all. I thought I was over the sickness I've been dealing with for the last couple weeks, but then my body decided sleeping through every alarm I set was not just a good idea, but a great one. Whoops. I'll probably push a Weekend Review out tomorrow, along with at least one other gymnastics post. Housekeeping out of the way: Is Bridget Sloan the greatest Gators athlete ever? I know that football's outsized importance makes it really difficult to pick against Tim Tebow in that category, but...
Alligator Army Apr 17, 2016

Four gone: Florida gymnastics finishes fourth at 2016 Super Six, four-peat dream derailed

The Gators just didn't have enough on a night when judges weren't blown away, Florida knew coming into Saturday's Super Six that it needed a nearly perfect night to dethrone No. 1 Oklahoma. The Gators simply didn't get it. That's the barest, most honest assessment of Florida's night, which was thoroughly solid but rarely spectacular, producing a 197.350 score that was both a tenth of a point worse than their semifinal-winning score on Friday and good only for fourth behind national champion Oklahoma (197.675), resilient and explosive LSU (197.450), and surprisingly potent Alabama...
Alligator Army Apr 15, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Percy Harvin will retire from NFL after seven seasons

The mercurial playmaker has suited up for the last time. 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. Percy Harvin retiring: While I'm sad that Harvin never ended up playing for the Packers — or, y'know, a team that could utilize him without antagonizing him — I think he's probably getting out of a sport he doesn't love, and doing so before...
Alligator Army Apr 14, 2016

Friday night sights: Three perspectives on Florida's 2016 spring game

There is more than one way to look at Florida's spring game. We're not done talking about Florida's spring game. Despite the nearly a week that has passed since Blue beat Orange, 44-6, we have plenty more thoughts to put together and publish on the only live Gators football we're going to see for almost five months. And we'll break it down in a number of ways, including a Rundown of sorts for this weekend and the return of our QB grades to measure what all four of Florida's quarterbacks did. But first, we have three perspectives on the game: From Ashley, who went to the game; from new...
Alligator Army Apr 14, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida softball game suspended due to rain in extra innings

The Gators and Seminoles were tied with no score before the rain delay. The game will resume May 4th in Tallahassee. 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. Rain delays no-score softball game: The Gators and Seminoles played close to nine innings last night but the game was delayed due to rain. The game will be delayed until the two teams...
Alligator Army Apr 12, 2016

The Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread, Vol. XI

The end of spring practice brings the beginning of a long summer of speculation. It was nice to see the Florida Gators out on the field again on Friday. I didn't get to go, via being sick and stuff, but watching the spring game, and especially Luke Del Rio's performance, was heartening. This is, I thought, a team that will be, at least, far more enjoyable to watch than last year's Treon Harris-led version of the Gators were by season's end. But if I'm being honest, I expected Del Rio to be a significant step up from Harris, even if he didn't look like a world-beater. I expected the...
Alligator Army Apr 11, 2016

Chomping at Bits: New Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro impresses in debut

Pineiro attempted and made his first in-game field goal, and showed off his leg strength, to the delight of Gator fans. 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. Pineiro shines in kicking debut: When is the last time you remember anyone being so excited about a kicker? Finishing next to last in the FBS in field goal completion rate (42%)...
Alligator Army Apr 7, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida softball gets back on track with 3-1 win over UCF

The Gators defeated the Knights with a strong performance from freshman pitcher Kelly Barnhill. 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. Freshman pitcher Kelly Barnhill helps lead Florida to win over UCF: Barnhill gave up just one run in five innings of work as the No. 2 Gators beat the Knights 3-1. She struck out six batters in the first...
Alligator Army Apr 5, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida sophomore forward Devin Robinson declares for NBA Draft

Robinson declared late last night but can remain eligible to return to school under a new NCAA rule. 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. Devin Robinson declaring for NBA Draft: After conferring with his family, Devin Robinson has declared his intentions for the NBA Draft. New NCAA rules allow players who declare for the draft,...
Alligator Army Apr 4, 2016

The Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread, Vol. X

Spring game week edition! Hi AA'ers! Welcome to the 10th installment of the Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread. (To get numbering confusion out of the way - I am counting the fanpost that Dr. Wheuss named and numbered as IX as such and the second open thread that was numbered volume VII as volume VIII.) As with the other open threads, feel free to discuss anything your heart desires, be it Gator related or not, with the informal rules of AA commenting decorum still applying. This Friday is the Orange and Blue Debut! It's the most important football game of spring. Are you planning on going? ...
Alligator Army Mar 30, 2016

Florida 3, FSU 2: Gators take season series from Seminoles with arms more than bats

The Gators rebounded after a short fall from No. 1 in national rankings, but that doesn't mean all is truly well. Last weekend, Florida's then-No. 1 baseball team — widely considered both the most talented roster in the country and the prohibitive favorite to win its first national title — dealt with its greatest adversity yet. The Gators had four multi-run innings in a 12-5 win in the first game of a three-game series in Kentucky, then scored just eight runs over their final 19 innings and blew 3-0 and 4-3 leads in a Sunday finale that condemned them to their fourth consecutive series...
Alligator Army Mar 29, 2016

DeVon Walker to transfer from Florida after spring graduation

A once-promising player says farewell after injuries derailed his career. Redshirt junior guard/forward DeVon Walker will graduate from Florida in the spring and pursue a transfer afterward, he announced via Florida's website on Monday. After meeting with the Florida coaches Friday, Walker decided he'll transfer to another school at the end of the spring semester. A three-time selection to the All-Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, Walker is on schedule to graduate in April with a degree in criminology and thus will be eligible to play immediately next season as a graduate-school...