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Alligator Army 18 hours ago

Florida Gators projected depth chart: The return of Jeff Driskel and restoration of health

Florida's projected depth chart for 2014 looks better than its last ones in 2013, that's for sure. The last time the Florida Gators put out a depth chart (PDF), it included Skyler Mornhinweg OR Tyler Murphy, Marcus Roberson, and Ian Silberman as starters. It's been a while, in other words. Fortunately, Florida should be releasing a depth chart for the 2014 season soon (I'd guess Monday), and the depth chart is going to look much, much better, both because the Gators have more talent to throw on it, and because the players who rolled off last year's version with injuries are restored to...
Alligator Army 23 hours ago

Chomping at Bits: Linebackers in sync, while backup quarterback role is still up in the air

Chomping at Bits looks at the linebacker and backup quarterback positions while attempting to rank the new Lays potato chip flavors for 2014. 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. Linebackers are in sync: Antonio Morrison and Michael Taylor are ready to form a great duo. Morrison is down twenty pounds and feeling more comfortable while Taylor is playing with speed....
Alligator Army Aug 19, 2014

Videos: Kurt Roper praises Jeff Driskel, Gators talk to media

Florida's offensive coordinator and several lesser-known players spoke to the media on Tuesday. Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and a handful of players spoke to the media on Tuesday. Here are the videos: Kurt Roper Three worthwhile quotes to pull out: "There's one guy in the world that can take Jeff Driskel's confidence from him, and it's Jeff Driskel." "We'll use two (quarterbacks) if they earn the right, but it really comes down to 'How does it help us win?'" "Sometimes production isn't making a play, but not making a bad play worse." Roper says plenty more, and talks...
Alligator Army Aug 18, 2014

48 for 2014, No. 28: The great escape

It is okay to hide from the world inside a game, at least from time to time. If you're like me, much of the last week of your life has been spent alternately avoiding and ravenously searching out every dispatch from the human storm that has descended on Fergson, Missouri. Without getting too political: A young man is dead, and things are broken, and the fallout from Michael Brown being shot and killed on a residential street in full view of the world promises to be almost as painful as the incident itself. The story has forced me, and many others, to again grapple with the scabrous history...
Alligator Army Aug 17, 2014
Florida basketball recruiting: 2015 big Noah Dickerson commits to Gators

Florida basketball recruiting: 2015 big Noah Dickerson commits to Gators

Great news: Florida secured another big for its class of 2015 on Sunday. Less great news: Someone's gonna be leaving the program — someone beyond Chris Walker. 2015 forward Noah Dickerson, a top-50 player who attends Montverde Academy near Orlando, has committed to Florida. After CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello reported Dickerson's commitment, Dickerson himself shared it on Twitter. Excited to say I have committed to the University of Florida #GatorNation — Noah Dickerson (@NDickerson41) August 17, 2014 Dickerson is a skilled 6'8" forward who profiles as a big-time presence in the low...
Alligator Army Aug 16, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 29: Saturdays in The Swamp

Call me a sap. I dare you. I took the above picture this morning at Florida's open practice. It's admittedly kind of a crappy picture: No one's in the stands, as per usual for an open practice held on a Saturday morning, and the only camera I had on me was my iPhone 4, which was last cutting-edge technology back in 2011. I didn't zoom in on anything, and my angle wasn't great. I don't care. It's still a picture of the Florida Gators in The Swamp on a Saturday. One of the things that I hated most about the 2013 season is being made to feel guilty for enjoying Florida's season despite how...
Alligator Army Aug 16, 2014

Florida Gators fall practice report: Will Grier, Treon Harris still dueling for backup QB job

Florida's two talented freshmen quarterbacks played well on Saturday. For maybe the first time this fall, Jeff Driskel didn't stand out at quarterback during Florida's open practices. But Will Grier did. And so did Treon Harris, to a lesser extent. And that backup quarterback battle may be back on in a way that it wasn't even 48 hours ago. Standout Performers Grier didn't just have his best day as a Gator that I've seen — he had the best day of any player on the field. Caveats about a no-pads practice (and the diminution of pass rush that comes with it) apply, but Grier fired several...
Alligator Army Aug 15, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 30: The #EverywhereSchool

No, Florida won't be everywhere this fall. But it will feel like it. The best thing about the SEC Network for Florida fans is going to be the ability to see something about Florida on national television on a daily basis. The best thing about the SEC Network for Florida fans who aren't just Florida football fans will almost certainly be the significant increase in the number of Gators games — in all sports — that will show up on the channel. These things go hand in hand. I've watched (and listened to) all sorts of weird streams over the last three years while trying to cover those...
Alligator Army Aug 15, 2014
Florida Gators fall practice takeaways: Storylines shaking out through 15 practices

Florida Gators fall practice takeaways: Storylines shaking out through 15 practices

Florida seems to have better depth of talent everywhere than it used to, except for its offensive line, which stands out as the major trouble spot for the 2014 edition of the Gators. Here are some thoughts on where Florida stands after 15 fall practices... Depth is a "huge issue" on the offensive line Perhaps the takeaway of the two practices I attended last week was how badly Florida's second-string defensive line outplayed the second-string offensive line. Will Grier and Treon Harris looked harried in those practices, but the seive that let 275-pounders chase them with little resistance...
Alligator Army Aug 15, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 31: 31 and oh

Florida's been great when scoring 35 or more points. But it's pretty good when scoring at least 31, too. Earlier this week, I wrote about Florida's stellar record when scoring 35 or more points, which I thought was mostly a feel-good stat meant to illustrate that Florida doesn't tend to get into shootouts and lose. GatorJustin pointed out in the comments that that stat actually made him reconsider keeping Will Muschamp as Florida's head coach — the point being that getting the Gators to 35 points in any given game is a prerequisite for winning games when scoring 35 points. He obviously...
Alligator Army Aug 14, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 32: Hope, fear, and the SEC Network

The SEC Network is going to be a good thing for Florida. But it could be a really good thing and a good thing, or a good thing and a bad thing. The SEC Network is good for Florida because it's good for the SEC, and as tautological as that sounds, it's really all you need to know if you don't care about details. The slightly more detailed explanation is that the SEC will make more money and distribute more of it to its member schools with the SEC Network, and ESPN's bright lights will give SEC schools more exposure than they previously had. And if money is the grease in the gears of the...
Alligator Army Aug 14, 2014

Florida football recruiting: Gators get bigger (again) with monstrous Brandon Sandifer

Florida will not be lacking for size on the offensive line if the 2015 class it is building pans out. Florida's 2015 recruiting class hasn't congealed quite as quickly as it might have if the Gators were in a state of reduced flux. But one thing Florida has done well is load up on the offensive line — and in massive Georgia lineman Brandon Sandifer, who committed to Florida late Wednesday, the Gators are getting another load of a lineman. Sandifer is listed at 6'4" and 335 pounds by 247Sports, 6'3" and 332 pounds by Rivals, and 6'4" and 348 pounds by ESPN; all three services, and the...
Alligator Army Aug 13, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 33: Back to backs

Florida's got horses in its running back stable. Two years ago, Mike Gillislee became the first Florida running back to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in a season since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. In 2014, the Gators will probably go a second straight season without having such a back. But Florida might be better for it. Kurt Roper wasn't far from the average in running the ball while at Duke — the Blue Devils were 37th nationally in rushing attempts in 2013, and averaged just under 39 attempts per game (Florida was 68th in rushing attempts, but did average just over 40 attempts per game) —...
Alligator Army Aug 13, 2014

Chomping at Bits: Gators name starters at linebacker and safety

Chomping at Bits takes a look at the new starters, the backup quarterback race and the best of Robin Williams. 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. Gators name starters: Michael Taylor and Keanu Neal are your starters at linebacker and safety respectively. Neal has been by far the best safety in camp according to multiple reports and Taylor, who has lost weight, has...
Alligator Army Aug 12, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 34: 34-22-2

Florida's been on the wrong end of the stick of late in its rivalry with Florida State. But the Gators have always held the upper hand in the rivalry. Florida's all-time record against Florida State in football is 34-22-2. I'm not going to pretend that I knew that before this offseason — it's a statistic of convenience used by Gators to remind FSU fans that their stretch of success in the rivalry and in the state has been relatively brief. I'm not going to pretend I care all that much about it, considering that we don't live in one of the 34 years after a Florida win since the beginning...
Alligator Army Aug 12, 2014

Updated: The Kurt Roper Challenge

An updated look at the Kurt Roper Challenge spreadsheet. The Kurt Roper Challenge has been open for just over a week now and we've got plenty of great guesses on the record. If you happened to miss what we're doing with this, feel free to check it out. I'm sure there are a few of you out there who still haven't officially entered a number yet. Here's what I've got so far: Username Dollars Per Yard thelitagator $121.36 ECFIVESTER $109.89 Neil Shulman $147.06 The Commentator Formerly Known as Not...
Alligator Army Aug 10, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 35: 35 and whoa

When Florida can score, Florida is usually close to unbeatable. Kurt Roper's arrival in Gainesville brings with it the promise of more production on offense — and more points. Those points will obviously do all the things that points are supposed to do in football games — keeping the Gators in contests early, allowing them to come back from deficits, perhaps allowing backups to enter games late in blowouts — but they will, most importantly, help the Gators win. And when Florida has scored 35 points in its history, Florida has almost always won. Florida last lost when scoring 35 points...
Alligator Army Aug 9, 2014
Florida Gators fall practice report: Defense holds edge on offense, but backs shine

Florida Gators fall practice report: Defense holds edge on offense, but backs shine

The Gators look like they'll have another excellent defense this fall. But they also seem to have several strong running backs. Even without Vernon Hargreaves III, nowhere to be seen after an injury that produced paranoia on Thursday, Florida's defense ruled Friday night's practice at Dizney Stadium. And, yes, the Gators' offense still looks better than it ever has before under Will Muschamp. Standout Performers I feel like I should just begin this section with "Demarcus Robinson" and figure out what to say every time I see a Florida practice. He's the most consistent Gators receiver, the...
Alligator Army Aug 8, 2014

Video: Will Muschamp talks after Florida's first open practice

Florida's coach says he's "very pleased to this point" with how the Gators have practiced this month.

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