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Alligator Army 8 hours ago

Florida basketball recruiting: 2017 PG Shai Alexander commits to Mike White's Gators

Mike White is still working under the radar on the recruiting trail. 2017 point guard Shai Alexander has committed to Florida, as originally reported by Evan Daniels of Scout and confirmed by The Gainesville Sun's Kevin Brockway. Alexander (6-3, 175) visited UF over Thanksgiving and attended Vermont game. Has decent upside as athletic playmaker. — Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) November 27, 2015 Alexander, a Canadian from Hamilton, Ontario currently attending high school in Chattanooga, was offered by Florida just two weeks ago. In this highlight mix from December 2014 compiled by...
Alligator Army 13 hours ago

Week 13 college football Friday TV schedule and open thread: The leftovers

Thanksgiving weekend means college football spread across Thursday, Friday AND Saturday. Here’s what to watch today. Hope you all had a pleasant Turkey Day! Thanksgiving weekend brings us rivalry games spread across multiple days. Enjoy your food coma and online shopping with some college football. Here are our picks for Friday's viewing windows: Early (12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern) Navy at Houston (12:00 p.m., ABC): This is yet another game thought to be a big one that has lost some luster now that it no longer features an undefeated team. Houston lost its first game of the season...
Alligator Army Nov 25, 2015

Florida vs. FSU: Updated injury report lists Jonathan Bullard, Alex McCalister as doubtful

A bit more hope? Florida's injury report before its crucial clash with Florida State on Saturday got slightly better in a release from Jim McElwain through GatorZone on Wednesday. Most notable among the updates: Jonathan Bullard and Alex McCalister, both described by McElwain as "probably out" in a Monday press conference, are listed as doubtful. Probable DT Caleb Brantley LB Antonio Morrison OL David Sharpe WR Brandon Powell Questionable OL Cam Dillard DT Joey Ivie DT Thomas Holley OL Martez Ivey DL Jordan Sherit Doubtful DL Jon Bullard DL Taven Bryan DL Alex McCalister It's also...
Alligator Army Nov 25, 2015

Florida vs. Vermont, Game Thread: Gators hope to feast on Catamounts

Florida's final pre-Thanksgiving game could be a feast for Mike White's press. What is this mysterious thing: Midweek, midafternoon basketball? Yeah, somehow, it is: Florida takes on Vermont at 3 p.m. in the O'Connell Center on Wednesday, with the game being broadcast on the SEC Network andWatchESPN. And I could tell you about the Catamounts being prolific at the line and putrid at ball security, and that that translates to a projected 11-point win by the Gators this afternoon. Or I could turn to an expert. When that expert isA.J. Kanell, the play-by-play voice of the Catamounts and a radio...
Alligator Army Nov 25, 2015

Fair and square: Please stop treating female sports fans like lesser fans

Being a woman doesn't make me any less of a Florida fan. And it doesn't mean that I should be subject to informal testing. It's crazy to think Florida's game against Florida State this Saturday is basically the end of my first Gators football season as a student. So much gets crammed into any one season. I've collected more orange and blue apparel than I can fit in my closet, learned the shortcuts on campus when it comes to making the trek from Lake Alice tailgates to The Swamp, and continued to chant "move back, you suck" with the rest of the student body, because I'm rebellious like...
Alligator Army Nov 24, 2015

Florida's Vernon Hargreaves III named finalist for 2015 Jim Thorpe Award

The Gators' No. 1 could be named the best defensive back in the country. Florida junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III has been named a finalist for the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's best defensive back, according to an ESPN press release. Hargreaves, Duke safety Jeremy Cash, and Iowa cornerback Desmond King are the three finalists for the award, which will be presented on December 10 in ESPN's Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards show. Florida has had just one player win the Thorpe Award: Safety Lawrence Wright did so in 1996. But five other Gators — Louis...
Alligator Army Nov 23, 2015

Florida vs. FSU: Gators' Jonathan Bullard "probably" out, Alex McCalister out

Jim McElwain provided an injury update from a M.A.S.H. unit on Monday. Star Florida defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard "is probably out" for the Gators' game with Florida State, and edge rusher Alex McCalister is also out, coach Jim McElwain said Monday. Bullard appeared to suffer a right knee injury against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, but was fitted with a knee sleeve and returned to the game. "He had every reason to stay in the locker room, after getting cut (blocked)," McElwain said, "and a lot of people would've probably understood, given all the things he has in front of...
Alligator Army Nov 23, 2015

Chomping at Bits: Jim McElwain wants more energy out of Florida's "dead fish" offense

Florida head coach Jim McElwain is looking for answers to the Gators' lack of energy, and execution, on offense. 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. Jim McElwain looking for answers for the poor energy on offense: McElwain singled out the offense, particularly the offensive line, remarking that they had the energy of "dead fish" with...
Alligator Army Nov 22, 2015

College football rankings: Florida drops to No. 9 in the Coaches Poll, No. 10 in AP Poll

The Gators fall down a spot after a near-loss to Floria Atlantic. The Florida Gators may have moved to 10-1 after their close-call win over Florida Atlantic in week 12, but it wasn't enough to help them improve their standing in the Coaches Poll or the AP Poll. In fact, the Gators actually dropped down in both polls to No. 9 (Coaches) and No. 10 in the country (AP). The Gators were jumped in the Coaches Poll by both No. 7 Baylor (defeated No. 10 Oklahoma State) and No. 6 Michigan State (defeated No. 2 Ohio State). The Gators are now the seventh rated one-loss team. In the AP Poll, No. 6...
Alligator Army Nov 22, 2015

Poll vaulting: Where will Florida be ranked in the Week 12 college football rankings?

This question becomes a little more interesting each week. It feels like we start this article with the same sentence every other week, but why mess with what's working? It was ugly, but the Florida Gators escaped Saturday's action with yet another victory, using overtime to eventually put the stamp on another win over the Florida Atlantic Owls, 20-14. Was it ugly and tough to watch? You betcha. Was it also yet another win to add to the résumé? You betcha. It was an unexpectedly wild day of college football on Saturday, and one that will have major playoff implications. Let's just run...
Alligator Army Nov 21, 2015

Florida 74, Saint Joseph's 63: Gators run away from Hawks late

This year's team did something last year's struggled mightily to do. Saint Joseph's guard DeAndre Bembry made a two with 4:16 to go in the second half against Florida on Saturday, in the second semifinal of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Clasic, and it put the Hawks up 61-60. At that moment, Florida fans could well have seen all the signs of a classic collapse, one last year's squad mastered. These Gators did almost the opposite. From that point, the Gators put on a 14-2 run spearheaded by Dorian Finney-Smith and some sound defense, and won this game, 74-63, to secure passage to a "championship"...
Alligator Army Nov 21, 2015

Florida 20, Florida Atlantic 14: Gators squeak past upset-minded Owls

Bet you didn't see that one coming, did you? Well.. that was interesting? Ugly? Excruciating? But, another thing that it was? A win. The Gators went to overtime with the Owls and managed to emerge victorious, 20 to 14. In a game in which Florida was favored by 31 (!) points, the Gators spent the afternoon in a dogfight with Florida Atlantic. A scoreless first half saw the Owls' defense living in the Gators' backfield, holding Florida to only 69 yards of offense, their lowest total in a half this season. The offensive line performance we all feared finally came to be on this day. Florida's...
Alligator Army Nov 21, 2015

Florida vs. Florida Atlantic, Game Thread: Last breather

Today's game against the Owls will be the last time this year for the Gators to breathe easy. Not all games are created equal. The so-called "cupcake" games, like the one Florida will play against Florida Atlantic this afternoon, are often not the most appealing match-ups and can cause some level of disinterest in Gator fans. Especially when these types of games are played towards the season's end, and not in a season opener, and also when they are played at noon. Because as Andy noted last week, noon games man. The Gators will host the Owls at noon today on SEC Network or Watch ESPN. For...
Alligator Army Nov 21, 2015

Week 12 college football TV schedule and open thread: Back-loaded Big 12

Here's what to watch after the Gators play. After the Gators take care of business against FAU today (hopefully), all eyes will be turning toward next week's rivalry showdown in the swamp with Florida State. But before we get to that, there are other games of note, including a few with potential College Football Playoff implications, being played around the college football landscape this afternoon and evening. Here are our picks for what to watch after Florida plays: Afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern) LSU at Mississippi (3:30 p.m., CBS): There aren't many games of importance in the...
Alligator Army Nov 20, 2015

Chomping at Bits: Gators' defense hopes to be one of best in UF history

Florida's defense hopes to leave their mark as one of the best at UF. Cue the comparisons to the 2012 squad! 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's defense is striving to be the best in the nation, and one of the best in school history: While these Gators have some big shoes to fill to meet that goal, they are on their way and...
Alligator Army Nov 19, 2015

Florida football recruiting: Lightning-fast WR Grant Holloway commits — to Gators track

Here we have a special case. Grant Holloway is one of the nation's fastest wide receivers, having clocked a 4.32-second 40-yard dash. He's rated as a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite. And he was pursued by a bunch of schools, most notably Florida, Georgia, and Virginia Tech. But on Thursday, Holloway committed to the Gators — to run track. I am proud to announce that I will be taking my academic & my athletic career to University of Florida #GatorGang pic.twitter.com/OVdDD8tPmX— G.W.Holloway. (@Flaamingoo_) November 19, 2015 That's the story as reported by Adam...
Alligator Army Nov 19, 2015

Chomping at Bits: Jim McElwain on "swag": "It's not a disease, is it?"

Florida's head coach can deadpan with the best of them. 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. Jim McElwain asked about "swag": "I hope it's a good thing," he deadpanned, adding "It's not a disease, is it?" If you think McElwain, who has worked with college football players daily for more than two decades, doesn't know what "swag" is, you...
Alligator Army Nov 17, 2015

Florida rises to No. 8 in College Football Playoff rankings, their highest ranking ever

The Gators have achieved their highest College Football Playoff ranking ever. The Florida Gators are now ranked No. 8 in the newest edition of the College Football Playoff selection committee's rankings which were announced on Tuesday night. The No. 8 ranking is the Gators' highest ever placement in the College Football Playoff ranking system. The Gators moved up the ranks in the aftermath of their win over South Carolina, although the chaotic week that was in college football played a big part in Florida's rise, as well. Jim McElwain's squad was able to leapfrog No. 13 Utah, No.15 LSU...
Alligator Army Nov 16, 2015

Florida vs. Florida State: Rivalry showdown set for 7:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN

The Gators and Seminoles will play under the lights in The Swamp. Florida's regular season finale against Florida State will kick off at 7:30 p.m. in The Swamp and be televised by ESPN, the SEC announced Monday. This was the more likely of the two rational slots for the game, which was competing with the latest Alabama-Auburn Iron Bowl for the 3:30 p.m. slot on CBS. CBS opted to take that game once again, leaving the Gators' meeting with the Seminoles for ESPN to scarf up for its primetime slot. Florida and FSU last met in a night game in 2011, when the Seminoles snapped a three-game home...
Alligator Army Nov 15, 2015

Florida vs. South Carolina, Sunday Rundown: Gators sweep the East by prevailing late

Florida had to win Saturday to sweep the SEC East. With some late heroics, the Gators made it happen. As always, the Sunday Rundown is intentionally written with first-take thoughts on a Florida game, and without a second look at tape. For Florida's 24-14 win over South Carolina, I watched from my apartment, on a lagging stream, because WatchESPN is great for watching "live" sports but terrible for watching live sports. How Florida Won Taylor-made I know I already dedicated the lede of Saturday's recap to it, but Kelvin Taylor really did win that game for Florida. Yeah, he had to get a good...

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