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Florida football recruiting: 2015 DB Marcus Lewis commits to the Gators

Florida's just gonna keep restocking the No-Fly Zone. Florida has landed a commitment from 2015 defensive back Marcus Lewis from the confusingly-named Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., Rivals' Adam Friedman reports ($). Why? Well, you can never have too many defensive backs. Lewis is a four-star player in the 247Sports Composite rankings, and rated by the 247Composite as the nation's No. 12 athlete. Rivals has Lewis rated as the No. 8 cornerback in the country. And at 6'1" and 180ish pounds, Lewis certainly has the rangy frame that is en vogue for cornerbacks. He uses it...
Alligator Army Apr 16, 2014

Chomping at Bits: Spring practice now becomes summer workouts

Chomping at Bits takes a look at spring practice, recruiting, the official Alligator Army tailgate and discusses the best fast food burgers in the country. 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. Critical offseason for Gators: We're nearing the time when coaches are only allowed limited contact with their players before the start of camp in August. The players are saying...
Alligator Army Apr 14, 2014
Florida Gators 2014 spring practice: The four most important takeaways

Florida Gators 2014 spring practice: The four most important takeaways

What's worth remembering from Florida's first practices after a forgettable 2013 season? Florida's spring practices didn't show all that much. But they showed enough for me to be sure — and by sure, I mean certain — of a few things. Jeff Driskel is Florida's quarterback I know, I know: You're worried about Driskel. You think he's too fragile/dumb/quiet/turnover-prone/erratic. You don't think he's very good, and don't think Florida can be very good with him. I think you'll be wrong about most — if not all — of that. But it's also not the point. The point: For better or worse,...
Alligator Army Apr 14, 2014

Chomping at Bits: Corey Brewer drops 51, baseball and lacrosse get big wins

Florida's weekend featured strong performances from the Gators of today, but one of yesteryear had the biggest night. 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. Corey Brewer scores 51 points: I only watched from midway through the fourth quarter on, but it's one of the most incredible things I've seen in sports this season. (Drew Garrison, SB Nation | Key Dae, Canis Hoopus...
Alligator Army Apr 12, 2014
Florida Gators 2014 spring game: Offense beats defense in 23-23 tie

Florida Gators 2014 spring game: Offense beats defense in 23-23 tie

It's easy to laugh at how Florida's spring game ended. But the Gators' offense looks well on its way to not being a laughingstock. First, we must begin at the end: Yes, Florida finished its spring game at a 23-23 tie between the Blue (the offense's No. 1s, more or less) and Orange (the defense's No. 1s, more or less) teams, and yes, Florida opted to kick an extra point after a touchdown from Skyler Mornhinweg to Bair Diamond with just seconds left gave the Orange team a chance to tie or win. And, thus, "Florida didn't win its spring game!?" is the easiest joke in the college football world...
Alligator Army Apr 12, 2014

Florida Gators 2014 spring game, Open Thread: The Orange & Blue Debut is here

Surely, this will be the day that puts every Florida fan's deep-seated grievances with the program as currently consistuted to rest. There's very little good that comes out of spring games. In 2006, Tim Tebow was slightly more impressive than Chris Leak ... which only touched off the quarterback "controversy" — one in which fans fanned almost all of the flames — that helped result in Leak getting booed at home that season. In 2009, John Brantley looked good enough that I sincerely thought he was faster than Tebow; by 2011, he was having an awful spring game that led into an alternately...
Alligator Army Apr 11, 2014
Chomping at Bits: Kurt Roper, Jeff Driskel feel good about Jeff Driskel

Chomping at Bits: Kurt Roper, Jeff Driskel feel good about Jeff Driskel

Florida's starting quarterback will probably need to be a star for the Gators to be great this fall. He (and his offensive coordinator) thinks he can be. 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. Jeff Driskel back in the swing of things: This is backed up by every practice I've been to. (Scott Carter, GatorZone) Kurt Roper is also confident: Watch. Vernon Hargreaves...
Alligator Army Apr 10, 2014

Florida Gators 2014 spring game: Let's watch the Orange & Blue Debut Selection Show

Florida's new draft show for its spring game is up next. Let's see what the Gators do with it.
Alligator Army Apr 10, 2014
Florida Gators 2014 spring game: Orange & Blue Debut will feature drafted teams

Florida Gators 2014 spring game: Orange & Blue Debut will feature drafted teams

Florida's going to have team captains picking players for its spring game. Is this a good idea? Eagle-eyed Twitter user Charles Woodbury made a great catch yesterday, when the YouTube account run by Florida's athletic department uploaded a live stream titled "2014 Orange & Blue Debut Selection Show" that was set to air at 7 p.m. on Thursday. It looked like the sort of thing one puts up in advance of a fantasy draft of a spring game. That's because it was: That stream will broadcast the 2014 Orange & Blue Debut Selection Show at 7 p.m. tonight, and we're going to have the first Florida...
Alligator Army Apr 9, 2014
Chris Walker to return to Florida in 2014-15 for sophomore season

Chris Walker to return to Florida in 2014-15 for sophomore season

Florida's immensely talented big man will be a Gator again in 2014-15. Chris Walker will return to Florida for his sophomore season. Florida's towering and talented forward made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday after a handful of reports indicated he was leaning toward remaining in Gainesville. This year has been a great one, and I'm happy to say I will be joining the gatornation again for one more year!— Chris Walker (@cwalkertime23) April 9, 2014 That announcement was immediately followed by a Chris Harry write-up announcing Walker's decision on GatorZone. Walker did little...
Alligator Army Apr 6, 2014
UConn 63, Florida 53: The Forever Gators died for each other, and will live on

UConn 63, Florida 53: The Forever Gators died for each other, and will live on

Florida's unbelievable 2014 season ended on Saturday. Its legacy has only just begun. It has become easier and easier, with modern science, to determine a cause of death. Yesterday, for the Florida Gators, it was a blend of the causes that led to their only two defeats of the 2013-14 season. Just as at Wisconsin, Florida built an early 16-4 lead, then watched it vanish thanks to a hail of threes; just as in their first loss to UConn, the Gators could not effectively deal with the Huskies' ball pressure on defense, which again all but erased Michael Frazier II, and could not stop Shabazz...
Alligator Army Apr 5, 2014
2014 Final Four, Florida vs. UConn, Game Thread: Ls up for our Gators

2014 Final Four, Florida vs. UConn, Game Thread: Ls up for our Gators

Florida didn't come this far in the 2014 NCAA Tournament to lose. But the Gators won't be leaving unhappy if they do lose. Such is the nature of a team as tight as this one. Ls up for them hittas— Lil Durk, "L's Anthem" Florida's been here before. It's the school's fifth Final Four in the last 19 years. It's Billy Donovan's fourth since 2000 — only Roy Williams and Tom Izzo have more. Donovan assistants and Florida athletic department personnel remember the 2006 and 2007 Final Fours well. These Gators haven't. Casey Prather, Will Yeguete, and Patric Young were high-schoolers in 2007,...
Alligator Army Apr 4, 2014
Chomping at Bits: The super-sized Final Four edition

Chomping at Bits: The super-sized Final Four edition

So many links, so little time. 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 tops two power rankings: You probably knew that the Gators would be No. 1 in mine. But they're No. 1 in Luke Winn's, too, and he cites their defense (with an awesome graphic) as the reason why. (Andy Hutchins, SB Nation / Luke Winn, One And One | SI.com) KenPom history favors Florida: The best...
Alligator Army Apr 4, 2014

Videos: Two phenomenal Final Four hype pieces do the Gators justice

They're just incredible. Gators Always from Florida Gators on Vimeo.
Alligator Army Apr 4, 2014

Florida Gators track and field gears up for 2014 Pepsi Florida Relays

The Florida Gators track and field teams host the 75th Pepsi Florida Relays this weekend as they look to build upon their strong start so far in the outdoor season. The Florida Gators track and field teams will be off and running this weekend at the 2014 Pepsi Florida Relays at Percy Beard Track, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET today and tomorrow. The relays actually began yesterday, but most participants on the event's first day were high school athletes. The Florida Relays are the first of two home meets for the Gators this season. Though the action begins at 10:00 a.m., the Gators are...
Alligator Army Apr 3, 2014

Thursday Takeaways: What Florida football should learn from basketball, Kurt Roper's value

It's like Tuesday Musings, except not on Tuesday, and not really musings! As Tuesday Musings is a column for me to just sort of expound on things, so will Thursday Takeaways be a column that will distill opinions about news involving Florida to its essence. Florida football could learn a lot from Florida basketball One reason — of many — I am optimistic about Florida's 2014 football team and season? Those Gators have lived through this Florida basketball run just like we have. Some of those Gators mix and mingle and call each other friends; others don't. Some of the football Gators have...
Alligator Army Apr 3, 2014

The Gators Glossary: Explaining the terms of endearment for Florida basketball in 2013-14

We have many names and terms for the Gators we love dearly. For reference purposes. Big Pat Nickname for Patric Young. Derived from Young's lack of smallness and Twitter handle. Big Shot Scottie / Scottie Big Shot Nicknames for Scottie Wilbekin. Derived from Wilbekin's penchant for hitting big shots. Originator and origins unclear. Doe-Doe Nickname for Dorian Finney-Smith. Derived from likeness to grandmother Doral, and combination of Dorian and Doral. Do3-Do3, Scotti3, Y3gu3te Shorthand for three-pointers made by Finney-Smith, Wilbekin, and Will Yeguete. Often stylized in all caps, e.g....
Alligator Army Apr 3, 2014
Chomping at Bits: Billy Donovan has Gators back on top, many moments of zen

Chomping at Bits: Billy Donovan has Gators back on top, many moments of zen

Billy Donovan has the Gators back in the promised land. 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. Billy Donovan, back on top: Nice to read these pieces. (Eamonn Brennan, ESPN) How Shabazz beat Florida: Scottie Wilbekin only heard that shot in the locker room. (Chris Harry, GatorZone) But don't talk about Scottie missing the UConn game: Right. (John F. Silver, SNY...
Alligator Army Apr 2, 2014
Chomping at Bits: Final Four edition, television shows and ESPN reporters

Chomping at Bits: Final Four edition, television shows and ESPN reporters

In this edition of Chomping at Bits, we discuss the Gators' long overdue trip to the Final Four, a couple of television shows and the best ESPN reporters ever. 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. Best Billy Donovan coaching job?: Aside from winning the fifth most games in the last ten years and winning back-to-back national championships, this might just be the best...
Alligator Army Apr 1, 2014
Bernie Machen, University of Florida looking into compensation for student-athletes

Bernie Machen, University of Florida looking into compensation for student-athletes

Florida's been among the nation's leaders in student-athlete welfare, so this is no surprise. This isn't really "new" news, just a reminder: As The Independent Florida Alligator's Sean Stewart-Muniz reports, University of Florida president Bernie Machen has been involved in discussions with the NCAA about increasing student-athlete compensation, and is amenable to the idea. During last week’s Board of Trustees meeting, Machen discussed what the decision means for UF. Machen said that he’s been involved in negotiations with the National Collegiate Athletic Association about the...

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