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Alligator Army Aug 22, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida’s Luke Del Rio excited to be named the Gators’ starting quarterback

Jim McElwain “felt it was time” to give Del Rio the nod. 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. Luke Del Rio excited for opportunity to start: After two stints at other schools, Del Rio will finally take the field as a starting college quarterback on September 3rd when the Gators open their season against UMass. Del Rio points to his...
Alligator Army Aug 21, 2016

Florida ranked No. 25 in preseason AP poll

The Gators begin this season where they ended the last. The first edition of the AP Top 25 Poll for the 2016 season was released today and the Gators just made it onto the list at No. 25. The last two teams standing after the 2015 season enter 2016 as they ended it, with Alabama ranked No. 1 and Clemson ranked No. 2. Florida starts the 2016 season ranked where they ended the 2015 season as well, at No. 25. The Gators are also at No. 25 in the preseason coaches’ poll. Last season Florida was unranked in the AP’s preseason poll. If the Gators had slotted in one place lower, and entered...
Alligator Army Aug 19, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Gator great Kerron Clement wins Olympic gold in 400-meter hurdles

A former Gator earned his much desired first individual Olympic gold medal. 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. Gator great hurdler Kerron Clement wins gold: Clement won gold in the 400-meter hurdles yesterday. It was his first individual Olympic gold. (Pat Graham, Gainesville Sun; Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators) At long last, Kerron...
Alligator Army Aug 18, 2016

Luke Del Rio named Florida’s starting quarterback

The two-time transfer was the front-runner for months. Luke Del Rio will operate as Florida’s starting quarterback for the rest of fall camp and is expected to start in the Gators’ season opener against Massachusetts, Florida coach Jim McElwain announced in a statement Thursday. "Luke is going to work as the starter the rest of camp and start in the season opener barring any unforeseen development,'' McElwain said. "Our other quarterbacks remain in the plans and are ready to move forward and help the Gators any way they can." Del Rio was expected by most to beat out Purdue transfer...
Alligator Army Aug 16, 2016

Gators greats Christian Taylor, Will Claye win gold and silver medals in triple jump

On Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, Florida Gators greats Christian Taylor and Will Claye won gold and silver in the men’s triple jump in the Olympics. Again. Taylor and Claye renewed a rivalry that has come to define the triple jump this decade in Rio, with Taylor once again edging his former teammate to win gold with a leap of 17.86 meters. Claye’s 17.76-meter jump was good for his second consecutive silver medal in the event, giving the Gators a second straight Olympic gold-silver sweep in the event — the first 1-2 repeat by two men in the event’s Olympic history. The result wasn’t a...
Alligator Army Aug 15, 2016

Florida’s Matt Rolin no longer with Gators

Florida linebacker Matt Rolin is no longer with the Gators, as reported by Inside the Gators and Zach Abolverdi of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution among others, and confirmed by the team itself. Matt Rolin is no longer with our team. Coach McElwain will address it at his press conference later today.— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) August 15, 2016 Rolin, a redshirt junior from Virginia, could transfer to a different school or take a medical hardship waiver and complete his academic career at Florida, with the latter outcome standing as far more likely. Rolin flipped from South Carolina...
Alligator Army Aug 15, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Jim McElwain hopes to name Florida’s starting quarterback after this week

McElwain would like a starter named after Friday’s scrimmage. 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 race should be decided by the end of this week: Hey, remember last week when it was too early to be presuming that the quarterback competition might be over soon? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Jim McElwain would like the starter to be named...
Alligator Army Aug 12, 2016

Antonio Callaway found not responsible in sexual assault investigation

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway was found not responsible as the result of an August 5 student conduct code hearing into an allegation of sexual assault brought against him by a fellow Florida student, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Baker obtained the decision written by Jacksonville attorney Jake Schickel, the presiding officer in the hearing whose status as a Florida booster was cited by the woman alleging against Callaway as the reason she boycotted last Friday’s meeting. Schickel writes that he declined to recuse himself over the wishes of the woman’s lawyer,...
Alligator Army Aug 12, 2016

Florida will probably survive its rash of fall practice injuries

An unwelcome change to the status quo of “Wide Receiver X is poised for a breakout season!” and “Freshman Y is going to contribute substantially this fall!” stories from Florida’s fall practices happened this week, in the form of news that will matter throughout the season. Three Gators suffered serious injuries, with redshirt junior offensive lineman Antonio Riles tearing his ACL, freshman corner C.J. McWilliams following suit, and freshman safety Quincy Lenton breaking his foot. Riles and McWilliams will be out for the season, Jim McElwain said Friday, while Lenton will...
Alligator Army Aug 12, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida has depth and talent at running back position

The Gators are having an intense competition for carries. 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. Gators have talent and depth at running back: Florida's running back competition is heating up. And as Jordan Scarlett notes, there is only one ball, and so many carries, to go around. So far the running backs have been sharing reps with the No....
Alligator Army Aug 11, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida offensive lineman Antonio Riles reportedly suffers season-ending injury

Riles reportedly tore his ACL on Monday. 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. Antonio Riles reportedly suffers season-ending knee injury: It was reported that Riles tore his ACL during Monday's practice. He had been repping at starting left guard while Martez Ivey is being held out of contact drills as a precautionary measure. The Gators...
Alligator Army Aug 10, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida's starting quarterback job not settled yet

Luke Del Rio has been the favorite since spring. 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. Is it too soon to assume that Luke Del Rio will be the starter?: Jim McElwain thinks it might be too early on in camp to be surmising that Del Rio has won the job. McElwain also indicated that he would be fine with the season opening without a starter...
Alligator Army Aug 9, 2016

Tuesday Thoughts: On further developments in the Antonio Callaway story

Making sense of a mess. Since I published a 3,400-word piece on the case against Antonio Callaway that was set to culminate in a student conduct code hearing on Friday, nothing has actually happened in that case. Callaway’s hearing was reportedly held as I was writing it, or just after I published it, and — as is just the case in hearings like these — a judgment is not expected for some time, likely weeks. But we did see several developments in the story that now includes the case as a constituent part, and I wanted to discuss them at length today. Two of those developments came from...
Alligator Army Aug 8, 2016

The Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread, Vol. XXIV

25 days until Florida football! Hello Alligator Army commenters! Welcome to another edition of Alligator Army’s Weekly Open Thread. Feel free to discuss whatever you would like to in the comments below, with the informal rules of commenting decorum still applying. There are 25 days until Florida plays their first football game of the 2016 season. 25! Fall camp is underway! (The Gators were also ranked No. 25 in the coaches’ preseason poll.) Here are 25 facts from Florida’s 2015 season, to get you ready for 2016: In last season’s opener, after punting on their first possession, the...
Alligator Army Aug 8, 2016

Chomping at Bits: 2017 Alabama tight end Zech Byrd commits to Florida

The Gators picked up a commitment from a tall tight end. 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 lands commitment of Alabama tight end Zech Byrd: The three-star 6-foot-6 Byrd becomes the Gators' 14th commitment, and second tight end, for the 2017 class. He picked Florida over Alabama, Michigan, Ole Miss, and others.  (Luke Stampini,...
Alligator Army Aug 5, 2016

Woman alleging sexual assault by Antonio Callaway boycotts Friday hearing, per reports

A quiet story got very loud this Friday. A woman alleging that she was sexually assaulted by Antonio Callaway in December 2015 boycotted a Friday hearing to determine whether Callaway violated Florida’s student conduct code over the appointment of a Florida booster to adjudicate the case, according to letters from her lawyer obtained by ESPN. The woman’s lawyer, Title IX attorney John Clune, told ESPN’s Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach that Florida’s hiring of Jacksonville lawyer and Florida booster Jake Schickel to oversee the hearing "is beyond unacceptable," and wrote in a letter...
Alligator Army Aug 4, 2016

Florida ranked No. 25 in preseason coaches’ poll

The Gators have their first preseason ranking in three years. Florida is ranked No. 25 in the first USA TODAY coaches poll of the 2016 season, released Thursday. The Gators return to the coaches’ poll’s preseason rankings for the first time since 2013, when they held the No. 10 ranking in both the USA TODAY and Associated Press polls coming off an 11-2 season and a Sugar Bowl berth. Of course, that 2013 season didn’t go how Florida wanted — but it was also a year in which the coaches’ poll still mattered at season’s end, helping factor into the Bowl Championship Series formula...
Alligator Army Aug 4, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida football opens 2016 fall camp

The Gators begin preseason practice today. 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 football begins fall camp: The Gators participated in media day yesterday and will begin practice today. Jim McElwain is excited about the depth at running back and the options at quarterback. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators) Florida has more depth...
Alligator Army Aug 3, 2016

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway expected to be eligible, per report

This doesn't change much, but it's something. Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway is expected to be eligible to practice and play with the Gators this fall, according to a report from The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu. UF wide receiver Antonio Callaway will be eligible to practice and play in games, according to a source close to his situation.— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) August 3, 2016 Source says there's a good chance Callaway's student conduct code case will not be resolved before the Sept. 3 opener.— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) August 3, 2016 I've been hearing...
Alligator Army Aug 2, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida basketball may adjust opener due to scheduling issues

The Gators are having difficulty securing an opponent for one of their November dates. 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 basketball possibly adjusting games on November schedule: UF might have to adjust some of their early season games. The Gators are having difficulty finding a team to play on a contracted date in Tampa on...