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Alligator Army 2 hours ago

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 39: On Chris Hetland and Austin Hardin

There is a lesson to be learned from Chris Hetland and applies to Austin Hardin. We're doing a preseason countdown a little differently this year, with Florida's 48 for 2014. Yes, the numbering is a nod to 2013, but the entries in the countdown will mostly be reasons to be excited about the 2014 season, or ways to look at it, or ... well, whatever I want. And I'm going to have a lot more fun with it than anyone did with Florida's 2013 season — trust me. And, yes, we're behind, but we should be caught up by Saturday. Austin Hardin made just four of his 12 field goals in 2013. That's a...
Alligator Army 4 hours ago

Chomping at Bits: Billy Donovan talks DeVon Walker's torn ACL

Florida will have to play without DeVon Walker in 2014-15. That's just the first bit of inevitable adversity for this team. 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. How Florida will deal with DeVon Walker's injury: It's just more adversity. (Chris Harry, GatorZone) Single-game tickets on sale: Or: Nothing's sold out yet. (GatorZone) Muschamp, Spurrier share a plane: Nice...
Alligator Army 23 hours ago

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 40: Pouring on 40 will happen

You can expect blowouts early in 2014. We're doing a preseason countdown a little differently this year, with Florida's 48 for 2014. Yes, the numbering is a nod to 2013, but the entries in the countdown will mostly be reasons to be excited about the 2014 season, or ways to look at it, or ... well, whatever I want. And I'm going to have a lot more fun with it than anyone did with Florida's 2013 season — trust me. And, yes, I'm aware we're behind. Two entries a day 'til we're up to speed. As mentioned yesterday, Florida needs a better offense in 2014, or it will have a new one in...
Alligator Army Jul 22, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 41: 41 points, and the Gators' last three and out

This one is simple. We're doing a preseason countdown a little differently this year, with Florida's 48 for 2014. Yes, the numbering is a nod to 2013, but the entries in the countdown will mostly be reasons to be excited about the 2014 season, or ways to look at it, or ... well, whatever I want. And I'm going to have a lot more fun with it than anyone did with Florida's 2013 season — trust me. And, yes, I'm aware we're behind. Two entries a day for the next four days should get us up to speed. In the first game of Will Muschamp's tenure as Florida head coach, the Gators scored 41 points...
Alligator Army Jul 22, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 42: Questions, answers, and the ride

Don't panic. We're doing a preseason countdown a little differently this year, with Florida's 48 for 2014. Yes, the numbering is a nod to 2013, but the entries in the countdown will mostly be reasons to be excited about the 2014 season, or ways to look at it, or ... well, whatever I want. And I'm going to have a lot more fun with it than anyone did with Florida's 2013 season — trust me. And, yes, I'm aware we're behind. Two entries a day for the next four days should get us up to speed. This has been an offseason of questions for Florida. Is Will Muschamp the right man as Florida's head...
Alligator Army Jul 22, 2014

Chomping at Bits: Will Muschamp going through another ESPN "car wash"

Florida's head coach is making his fifth trek to Bristol. 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. Will Muschamp does ESPN "car wash": If he says anything particularly relevant, I'll be stunned. (GatorZone | Full schedule: Adam Silverstein, Only Gators) Driskel ready for second shot at Alabama: Can't go worse than his first. (Scott Carter, GatorZone) Five questions......
Alligator Army Jul 21, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 43: Football is something to talk about

The great thing about football is that it is football. We're doing a preseason countdown a little differently this year, with Florida's 48 for 2014. Yes, the numbering is a nod to 2013, but the entries in the countdown will mostly be reasons to be excited about the 2014 season, or ways to look at it, or ... well, whatever I want. And I'm going to have a lot more fun with it than anyone did with Florida's 2013 season — trust me. And, yes, I'm aware we're behind. Two entries a day for the next four days should get us up to speed. Inarguably, this has been the worst offseason of many Florida...
Alligator Army Jul 21, 2014

Florida football recruiting: Tristan Payton becomes third 2015 WR to decommit from Gators

Florida lost a second commitment in a three-day span on Monday. There may be less doom and gloom here than you think. Wide receiver Tristan Payton picked his spot well on Monday, decommitting from Florida during the part of the afternoon I spent getting my car's oil changed: I've decided to decommit from the university of Florida thanks for all the love— Tristan Payton (@tristanpayton6) July 21, 2014 Payton, who attends Jacksonville's First Coast High, originally committed to Florida in February. He was Florida's fourth commitment for the class of 2015 when he made his pledge, but was...
Alligator Army Jul 21, 2014
Chomping at Bits: Comcast to carry SEC Network

Chomping at Bits: Comcast to carry SEC Network

One of the nation's largest cable providers will now provide the SEC Network. 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. Comcast will carry SEC Network: Another domino falls. (GatorZone) Savannah Jordan named to U20 Women's National Team: The future for Gators in women's soccer is very bright. Heck, so is the present. (GatorZone) : (Ken Belson, The New York Times) ...
Alligator Army Jul 19, 2014

Florida commit Deontai Williams flips to Georgia

The ol' Reverse Muschamp. Usually, on the recruiting trail, it's Florida doing the flipping. On Saturday, Georgia played the Gators' game, as former Florida commitment Deontai Williams flipped to the Dawgs, according to 247Sports reporter Rusty Mansell. Williams, who attends Trinity Christian School in Jacksonville and is rated a three-star safety by 247Sports, was at one point Florida's only commitment for the 2015 cycle, having popped for the Gators in January. (He wasn't the first: Wide receiver Da'Vante Phillips of Miami Central followed Dalvin Cook's lead in committing to Florida last...
Alligator Army Jul 19, 2014

Report: Patric Young signs two-year contract with New Orleans Pelicans

Florida has its first Summer League success story. On a day with one terrible bit of Florida basketball news, it's nice to also have a good thing to report: Only Gators' Adam Silverstein reports that Patric Young has officially signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. I just learned that Florida #Gators C Patric Young has officially signed a two-year deal with the New Orleans #Pelicans.— OnlyGators.com (@onlygators) July 19, 2014 Young, who signed with the Pelicans for NBA Summer League play after going undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, has impressed over the last two...
Alligator Army Jul 19, 2014

Report: Florida wing DeVon Walker has torn ACL, will miss 2014-15 season

The Gators' likely best perimeter defender has suffered a serious injury. Florida's DeVon Walker suffered a torn ACL and will miss the 2014-15 season, according to a report by CBS Sports's Jeff Borzello: Florida wing DeVon Walker tore his ACL and is expected to miss the 2014-15 season, sources told @CBSSports. — Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 19, 2014 Walker played in 35 games for Florida in 2013-14, making seven starts. Despite averaging just 12.1 minutes per contest, he was fourth on the team in blocks, with 13, and in three-pointers, with 19. And though he missed his last...
Alligator Army Jul 17, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 44: Batesy should make you feel like wearing 44

Cherish James Bates. We're doing a preseason countdown a little differently this year, with Florida's 48 for 2014. Yes, the numbering is intentional, but these will mostly be reasons to be excited about the 2014 season, or ways to look at it. And I'm going to have a lot more fun with it than anyone did with Florida's 2013 season — trust me. I think James Bates is among the greatest Gators ever. He was around for the best of Steve Spurrier's years in Gainesville, contributing to the Gators' winning time and again and endearing himself to the Head Ball Coach to the point that he can tell...
Alligator Army Jul 17, 2014

Florida picked to finish third in SEC East by Media Days writers

More writers think Arkansas will win the SEC than think Florida will, too. Florida was picked to finish third in the SEC East by the same pool of 293 writers that selected four Gators to preseason All-SEC teams. The Gators were picked to finish third in the East behind South Carolina and Georgia, and received no votes as projected SEC champion. South Carolina (32) and Georgia (19) were the only SEC East teams to be receive votes as SEC champion. Meanwhile, even the dregs of the SEC West earned similar support. Ole Miss got two of those champion votes, Mississippi State got one, and...
Alligator Army Jul 17, 2014
Dante Fowler, Vernon Hargreaves III lead Gators on preseason All-SEC teams

Dante Fowler, Vernon Hargreaves III lead Gators on preseason All-SEC teams

The two highly-regarded defenders are Florida's only first-team selections. Dante Fowler, Jr. and Vernon Hargreaves III lead four Florida Gators selected to preseason All-SEC teams by "a record 293 media members" at SEC Media Days. Fowler and Hargreaves were each named to the first-team defense — Fowler at defensive end, Hargreaves at cornerback. Offensive lineman Chaz Green made the third-team offense. And returner extraordinaire Andre Debose was named the second-team return specialist. Hargreaves racked up 243 points from voters to rank third among defensive players, behind Alabama...
Alligator Army Jul 17, 2014

Kelvin Taylor named to 2014 Doak Walker Award preseason watch list

Fred Taylor's son could win an award his father never did. Kelvin Taylor has been named to the 2014 Doak Walker Award watch list, released Thursday. The award is given to the nation's best running back. Taylor is one of 53 running backs named to the award's preseason watch list this year, and is joined by eight other SEC running backs — including, amusingly, Alex Collins of Arkansas, Mike Davis of South Carolina, and Derrick Henry of Alabama, all of whom considered (or, in Davis's case, committed to) Florida during their respective recruiting processes. Not only has Florida never had a...
Alligator Army Jul 16, 2014

Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 45: Nobody wants an encore

It ain't to play games with you. We're doing things a little differently this year, with Florida's 48 for 2014. Yes, the numbering is intentional, but these will mostly be reasons to be excited about the 2014 season, or ways to look at it. And I'm going to have a lot more fun with it than anyone did with Florida's 2013 season — trust me. When I come back like Jordan, wearin' the fo'-five?It ain't to play games with youIt's to aim at you, prolly maim youIf I owe you, I'm blowin' you to smithereens — Jay Z, "Encore" Andre Debose has been a Gator for five seasons. He is 2-3 against Florida...
Alligator Army Jul 16, 2014

Jeff Driskel named to 2014 Davey O'Brien Award preseason watch list

Florida's quarterback is one of 39 signal-callers so honored. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel appears on the preseason watch list for the 2014 Davey O'Brien Award, released Wednesday. The award is given to whomever the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee wants to give it to (and intended to be awarded to the nation's best quarterback). 39 quarterbacks are on the preseason watch list for 2013, which "was selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2014 college football season," with the only requirement being "at least one"...
Alligator Army Jul 16, 2014

Watch the trailer for ESPN's new Steve Spurrier documentary

The SEC Network will air a new documentary from ESPN's SEC Storied series on August 27, 2014. This one will be called The Believer. It will be about Steve Spurrier. And it will be awesome. (If not, blame Kenny Chesney.)

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