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Alligator Army Aug 26, 2015

Videos: Jim McElwain, Florida players address possibility of two-QB rotation in opener

Florida might go with both Will Grier and Treon Harris early on this season. Florida's quarterback competition hasn't really produced a clear-cut winner so far this fall. Despite Will Grier being the presumptive favorite heading into camp and impressing early, there hasn't been so much separation from Treon Harris that anyone — least of all Florida coach Jim McElwain — has called the race for the former North Carolina prep star. So it's somewhat notable that McElwain at least addressed the possibility in a meeting with reporters on Tuesday night — maybe not to the level of putting...
Alligator Army Aug 25, 2015

The annotated version of Spencer Hall's preview of every 2015 Florida game

In case you want a little sunshine to go with your rain. As part of the gorgeous and expansive SB Nation preview of the year in college football, overlord/editorial director Spencer Hall also previewed every SEC game. You know Spencer from EDSBS, of course, but many would also note that he is one of the most publicly pessimistic Florida fans on the Internet, a status that probably has something to do with being in attendance for Florida-Missouri last fall. His preview is funny. It is not always factual. So I'm annotating it, because the best part of any joke is the facts that undergird...
Alligator Army Aug 24, 2015

Colorado State receivers' stats reveal explosiveness of Jim McElwain's offense

Florida's new coach had a lot of success in 2014. Friend of all Bill Connelly has been working up some interesting looks at various positions in advance of the 2015 season, and Monday's piece takes a look at receivers who are both consistent and explosive in search of breakout candidates for 2015 and beyond. The centerpiece of the Football Study Hall post is a table compiling all of the pass-catchers in the country who combined a catch rate of better than 60 percent, an average gain of better than 15 yards per catch, and at least 25 targets in 2014. There are a lot of the usual suspects on...
Alligator Army Aug 23, 2015

Florida unranked in preseason AP Poll

To the surprise of approximately no one. Florida is unranked in the preseason AP Poll for the 2015 season, which means just one thing: Jim McElwain has some work to do before his Gators appear in the college football ranking Florida is one of a handful of teams also receiving votes from AP Poll voters — as it was in the preseason coaches' poll — but the AP has not released a full table showing those numbers, so we're left to extrapolate from this Ralph D. Russo tweet: More others receiving: Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, K-St. 5, Florida 4, NC St 4, Texas 3, BYU 2, Michigan 2, N Illinois...
Alligator Army Aug 22, 2015

Florida breaks in indoor practice facility with Saturday session

It's here. It's shiny. It's open for business. The long-awaited day has come: The Florida Gators are practicing in their brand new indoor practice facility. We are now officially ready for some football. #GoGators #IPF #nolightening pic.twitter.com/WDd5JM5baN — Chip Howard (@Chip_Howard) August 22, 2015 #Gators now practicing in the indoor facility. Follow them on Snapchat (username: chompchat) - pic.twitter.com/IjUQm8PjyE — Thomas Goldkamp (@ThomasGoldkamp) August 22, 2015 And, right on cue, it started raining in Gainesville... pic.twitter.com/qQysc9Z6HL — Thomas Goldkamp...
Alligator Army Aug 21, 2015

Florida vs. New Mexico State: Gators' Alex McCalister, Marcus Maye, Latroy Pittman suspended

Three Gators being suspended for Florida's season opener for violation of team rules? I know what this smells like. It must be almost time for football season, because Florida's using Friday afternoon for news dumps. The latest: Alex McCalister, Marcus Maye, and Latroy Pittman will all miss the Gators' 2015 season opener against New Mexico State on September 5 "due to University Athletic Association policy." Due to University Athletic Association policy, defensive lineman Alex McCalister, defensive back Marcus Maye and receiver Latroy Pittman will not play Sept. 5 against New Mexico...
Alligator Army Aug 20, 2015

Yes, Florida mascot Alberta is on Tinder — but is it more silly or stupid?

Florida is better at Snapchat than Tinder, it turns out. Typically, one would not imagine that Tinder would be a place to find leads for stories, but that's exactly what 247Sports' Thomas Goldkamp found on Thursday, when he came across Florida mascot Alberta's Tinder profile. Curious in my own right, I set out to swipe (spoiler alert: I'm single) until I found Ms. Gator — and I did, just a few swipes into Gainesville's pool of women. Hilariously, the person behind this — clearly someone with Florida's blessing, and likely someone in the UAA, given the verified check that...
Alligator Army Aug 19, 2015

Florida men's basketball's 2016 SEC schedule released: Senior Day vs. Kentucky again

The Gators will have another chance to close the O'Dome on Senior Day against a young batch of Wildcats. The 2016 SEC men's basketball schedules were released Wednesday night in conjunction with an SEC Network special, and so now we know the entirety of Florida's regular-season schedule for 2015-16. Florida will play home-and-home games with Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, and Vanderbilt. Over their remaining eight SEC games, Florida will host Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, and Mississippi State, and travel to Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. Four of those five...
Alligator Army Aug 19, 2015

Midweek Musings: What to expect from Florida's freshmen, and praise for ... Snapchat?

We project who will and won't see the field among Florida's freshman class, and praise the Gators for doing something new and interesting with Snapchat. It's star-or-sit time for Florida's freshmen The last two weeks of fall practice are typically the most important for every player in a college football program: For starters and prospective starters, this is the time to solidify or claim roles, and for role players, it's often a last chance to get into a rotation without injury or ineffectiveness by a starter opening up an opportunity later in the fall. But most of those role players at...
Alligator Army Aug 18, 2015

Videos: Jim McElwain, Will Grier address Gators' progress in fall practice

Sure seems like there's a frontrunner to be Florida's starting quarterback... After another day of fall practice on Monday — one abbreviated by lightning, which automatically means that Florida will lose a game this fall because of a lack of preparation, I'm told by the We Needed An Indoor Practice Facility In 2009 Super PAC — Jim McElwain and a few players met with media to give status updates on fall practice. I'll add some quotes from the interviews shortly, but the specific takeaway from the interviews as they existed is this: Since August 5, when fall camp formally began, McElwain...
Alligator Army Aug 17, 2015

Florida Gators in the NFL: Tim Tebow's cameo leads early preseason returns

But it came in the last game of the weekend, so scroll down, suckers! You care about former Florida Gators greats balling out in the NFL. So do we. So we'll run a weekly review of those players' exploits on the gridiron (and perhaps off of it) on Mondays, as each week of action concludes. Hall of Fame Game Weekend Minnesota Vikings 14, Pittsburgh Steelers 3 The Steelers only had two Gators at the time of the game — they signed David Nelson last week — and only one of them, Marcus Gilbert, participated in the game, with All-Pro selection Maurkice Pouncey sitting on the sidelines....
Alligator Army Aug 17, 2015

Transferring USC quarterback Ricky Town linked to Florida, Doug Nussmeier

Florida may be in position to pick up a top-flight transfer QB. But it's complicated. USC freshman quarterback Ricky Town will reportedly transfer, in a surprise that comes just months into Town's career as a Trojan. Town was a four-star prospect and the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, but failed to distance himself from fellow freshman Sam Darnold (a four-star player ranked the No. 5 dual-threat passer in the 2015 class) in the race to back up incumbent starter Cody Kessler in Steve Sarkisian's program. And rather than...
Alligator Army Aug 14, 2015

Florida basketball recruiting: 2016 PG Eric Hester commits, PF John Mooney decommits

Michael White's first 2016 commitment is a pesky point guard, but Billy Donovan's lone 2016 commitment is no longer tethered to the Gators. Florida's basketball recruiting under Michael White has been relatively quiet, with the Gators' new coach working to build relationships in the Sunshine State and the program that Billy Donovan had molded into a national power taking a back seat on the trail because of it. Friday brought good and bad news: White finally has his first commitment for the 2016 class: Point guard Eric Hester of Oldsmar Christian committed to the Gators on Friday night, as...
Alligator Army Aug 14, 2015

Florida Gators fall practice recap: First scrimmage leaves Jim McElwain "very pleased"

Florida's first scrimmage kept Jim McElwain up at night. He might sleep well on Friday. Florida's first scrimmage of its 2015 fall camp happened on Friday, away from the watchful eyes of media, with many Gators getting their first chance to play in The Swamp. #Gators take the field for their first scrimmage of fall camp. #FootballIsBack pic.twitter.com/PYm71hQWcX — Gators Football (@GatorsFB) August 14, 2015 And, at least according to Florida coach Jim McElwain, it went better than anticipated. "I kind of didn't sleep last night thinking this could be a disaster," McElwain said,...
Alligator Army Aug 12, 2015

Videos: Florida Gators players talk fall practice, impact of Adam Lane's transfer

Florida's rotating its players through the interview room. Another day, another series of GatorVision interviews with various Florida Gators as the team rolls through its first month of fall practice under Jim McElwain. Today, we got center Cameron Dillard and running back Kelvin Taylor, two presumptive starters on offense, and defensive tackle Joey Ivie and cornerback Quincy Wilson, who would seem to be in battles for playing time on defense. Cameron Dillard and Kelvin Taylor Joey Ivie and Quincy Wilson One thing to note from both of these interviews: Jordan Scarlett's name being brought...
Alligator Army Aug 11, 2015

Nike's Free Trainer 5.0 "Week Zero" collection includes Florida edition; here's how to get it

The Gators are part of the Swoosh's specialty line of shoe releases this year. A year after being left out of a fine set of Nike Lunar cross-trainer shoes, the Florida Gators are one of the 13 college football teams with a specialty version of Nike Free Trainer 5.0 shoes. Florida's "Week Zero" shoe, pictured above, is largely blue, with orange accents. It boasts Flywire construction for comfort and stability, and it has the script "Gators" written on the tongue, with a Gator Head in black wrapped around the heel. It's likely there's also something on the interior sole of the shoe, but I...
Alligator Army Aug 9, 2015

Florida defensive end signee Keivonnis Davis cleared to enroll, join Gators for fall practice

In a mild surprise, the last signee from Florida's 2015 class to be accounted for will be part of the Gators' roster this fall. Florida signee Keivonnis Davis wasn't part of the Gators' first few fall practices late last week, sparking some speculation that the player whose enrollment was at least delayed from Summer B to a fall term wouldn't make it into the University of Florida at all. On Saturday, though, Davis arrived in Gainesville — and on Saturday night, Florida's official Twitter account welcomed him to the team. Good news! Keivonnis Davis has been cleared to play for the...
Alligator Army Aug 8, 2015

Florida Gators begin 2015 fall practice in search of identity, starting quarterback

Florida has some things to figure out in its first fall camp under Jim McElwain. Takeaways and Quotes Jim McElwain Tight end Jake McGee is "full go" for fall camp. Middle linebacker Antonio Morrison will participate in practices, but is being held out of "all contact." McElwain clarified that he had "two surgeries on the same knee" after his injury sustained in the Birmingham Bowl, and would not put a timetable on his return; instead, he reiterated he would not put a player on the field before he is ready. Florida's green and lean offensive line seems to be taking shape, sort of. Senior...
Alligator Army Aug 7, 2015

Chomping at Bits: Florida opens fall practice with split-squad sessions

But this really isn't anything new. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find. Got a link 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 begins fall practice with split-squad sessions: Lest you think this is completely new: There were at least some split-squad practices of older players and underclassmen under Will Muschamp, too, especially early in two-a-days. I wouldn't read too much into it. (Scott Carter,...
Alligator Army Aug 6, 2015

Hot Reads: D'Anfernee McGriff's prep route, Florida coaches' contracts and salaries

When, in the course of Internet events, a single post about Florida football stands in for what could've been several posts split up, that post shall be called Hot Reads. D'Anfernee McGriff going to prep school, calls Florida "my home" Florida signee D'Anfernee McGriff was always considered an academic risk, dating back to his commitment to the Gators on National Signing Day this February. When news broke in June that McGriff had not reported to Gainesville for the University of Florida's Summer B term, it wasn't exactly surprising — especially because he had previously signed with...

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