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Florida Gators Friday Night Lights recap: Five commitments, tons of talent highlight weekend

This was a success. Florida's Friday Night Lights has come and gone, and five commitments from the weekend show that this year's event was more publicly successful than both recent ones in the program's history and than most expectations suggested it would be. Let's evaluate it based on the same questions we asked in our preview of the event. 1. Who showed up? You want stars? Okay. Two 247Sports Composite five-star recruits showed up at Florida last weekend: WR Nate Craig-Myers, who came instead of going to Auburn, and made the trip with brother and fellow Florida target Jayvaughn Myers;...
Alligator Army Jul 27, 2015

Chomping at Bits: Shots fired on University of Florida campus, armed suspect in custody

Frightening things happened in the dead of 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. Shots fired on UF campus, suspects in custody: (1 of 2) UF Alert Shots fired at Murphree Hall lot poss suspects 2 white males in a blue Mazda truck last seen heading north away from — Univ of Florida (@UF) July 27, 2015 (2 of 2) campus. Report info to 352-392-1111 — Univ of...
Alligator Army Jul 26, 2015

Florida football recruiting: Texas quarterback Kyle Trask commits to Gators

Is the Texas two-star enough at QB on his own? Florida finally has its quarterback for the 2016 recruiting cycle — or at least one of them. Texas quarterback Kyle Trask committed to the Gators on Sunday, as first reported by Blake Alderman of Rivals and later confirmed by Trask himself. I am proud to announce that I have officially committed to the University of Florida!!! #ChompChomp #GoGators pic.twitter.com/HuhYVhwGDR — Kyle Trask (@ktrask9) July 26, 2015 Trask camped at Florida for Friday Night Lights, and was offered because of it. He hails from Manvel High in Texas, near...
Alligator Army Jul 26, 2015

Florida wide receiver Alvin Bailey arrested in Tampa for failure to appear

Pay your traffic citations and meet your court dates. Florida wide receiver Alvin Bailey was arrested Saturday in Tampa for failure to appear at a court date related to a traffic infraction, as first reported by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. Bailey, 20, was arrested at 3:38 p.m., booked at 5:07 p.m. and remained in jail on $5,000 bond four hours later. He had been cited May 12, his second time for driving with a suspended license, and a warrant was issued for his arrest June 9 when he missed his scheduled arraignment in court. Bailey later posted that bond and was released: Update:...
Alligator Army Jul 25, 2015

Florida football recruiting: Alabama linebacker Jeremiah Moon makes four FNL commits

After a night spent waiting for him to pop, a talented linebacker makes the call. Florida's fourth commitment from its 2015 iteration of Friday Night Lights is now out in the open: Alabama linebacker Jeremiah Moon has committed to the Gators, as first reported by 247Sports' Luke Stampini. God is awesome! I am officially committed to the University of Florida! #ChompChomp pic.twitter.com/wsalUQiTuV — Jeremiah Moon (@jmoon50) July 25, 2015 Moon visited Florida for Friday Night Lights and was widely predicted to leave Gainesville as a Gator — especially given that Florida coach...
Alligator Army Jul 24, 2015

Florida football recruiting: 2016 center Brett Heggie commits, adds depth on line

Florida's offensive line continues to get more depth under Jim McElwain. Florida has reeled in a third commitment at its Friday Night Lights camp: Orlando Mount Dora offensive lineman Brett Heggie has committed to the Gators, as first reported by the Orlando Sentinel. Mount Dora offensive lineman Brett Heggie commits to #Gators The third of the day… Story soon — Sentinel Recruiting (@OS_Recruiting) July 25, 2015 Heggie is a three-star prospect, and just outside the top 100 prospects in Florida for the 2016 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. But he's 6'4" and change and...
Alligator Army Jul 24, 2015

Gators DT Jay-nard Bostwick granted transfer release by Florida

Florida loses a little depth on the defensive line. Florida defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick has sought and received a release to transfer from Florida, according to Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports. Update, 1:40 p.m.: Florida has confirmed Goldkamp's report. Bostwick had been away from the team since the end of the 2014 season while dealing with what Jim McElwain termed "personal issues," so his decision to transfer is no shock. And he wasn't expected to do much in 2015 after a relatively quiet beginning to his career as a Gator: Bostwick redshirted in 2013, and played sparingly in 2014,...
Alligator Army Jul 23, 2015

Brian Johnson, Preston Tucker take turns starring in Red Sox-Astros series

A day after the latest MLB debut by a Florida Gator, another one swatted two big flies. Brian Johnson could've opened his MLB career by facing a former Florida Gator in Cole Figueroa, but the New York Yankees sending Figueroa back to the minors just before the end of a weekend series between the two teams earlier this month helped scuttle that. Instead, he made that debut on Tuesday — but it wasn't exactly a great one. Your browser does not support iframes. Johnson allowed just four earned runs in the contest, but that was enough — especially with three of them coming in the fifth...
Alligator Army Jul 22, 2015

Maybe Jim McElwain didn't actually look like a sunburned raccoon on ESPN

The Internet: Not always true. Last week, prior to Florida's arrival in Hoover for SEC Media Days on Monday, the SEC Network aired a special entitled Florida Summer Football Tour. This occasioned one of my favorite1 things: People taking pictures of their television sets to document something that is strange! In this case, it was Florida coach Jim McElwain apparently having a "purple" sunburn. Jim McElwain looking like he needs to invest in some sunblock #ouch pic.twitter.com/tFCCcSCC2V — Geist (@s_geist7) July 13, 2015 @edsbs did you see this? pic.twitter.com/kYf5NitxNj — JR...
Alligator Army Jul 21, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts: Jim McElwain's same old sounds and dull fury

Jim McElwain has mastered a boring method of dealing with the media. For me, the only interesting part of Jim McElwain's trip through the ESPN "car wash" on Tuesday — part of an ongoing effort by the network to steal the shine from the Media Days being put on by the ACC and Big 12 continue highlighting the SEC — was his stop on Colin Cowherd's radio program. And Cowherd, a friend of McElwain's who shared a floor with the coach at Eastern Washington University in the early 1980s, wasn't even there! Instead, professional SEC antagonist Danny Kanell and South Florida radio host Jon...
Alligator Army Jul 21, 2015

Jim McElwain's mortal enemy: Socks (with dress shoes)

Florida's new head coach really doesn't ever wear socks. (With dress shoes, anyway, it seems.) Here is Jim McElwain flying up to his ESPN "car wash" with Steve Spurrier this Tuesday. In news that will surprise you only if you have been living under a rock, he's not wearing socks. #Gators HC Jim McElwain and HBC on way up to ESPN this morning...McElwain/Spurrier making "Car Wash" rounds today pic.twitter.com/sVeMgRlnWB — Scott Carter (@GatorZoneScott) July 21, 2015 Here is McElwain wearing no socks with his dress shoes last week at SEC Media Days. Florida coach Jim McElwain...
Alligator Army Jul 18, 2015

Scottie Wilbekin signs with Philadelphia 76ers after stellar Summer League stint

Florida's former leader is going to get his NBA shot. Scottie Wilbekin has signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers after starring for the team in the Las Vegas Summer League, according to a report from Shams Charania of RealGM. Philadelphia has agreed to a four-year deal with summer guard Scottie Wilbekin, league sources tell RealGM. Wilbekin opts out in Australia. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 18, 2015 Adam Silverstein of Only Gators later confirmed the report. Wilbekin spent the 2014-15 season with the Cairns Taipans of Australia's National Basketball...
Alligator Army Jul 17, 2015

Florida baseball signee Brady Singer doesn't sign with Blue Jays, will play for Gators

The rich get richer. Florida's 2016 pitching staff was already set up to be potentially legendary: The incredibly talented A.J. Puk is in line to be one of the first picks in the 2016 MLB Draft, but might not even be Florida's Friday starter if the more consistent Logan Shore retains his spot, and Dane Dunning and Alex Faedo would seem set to scrap for the No. 3 starter role. And then there's Brett Morales, a freshman who threw six perfect innings in a midweek start in February. And now it's adding another second-round pick: Florida signee Brady Singer, taken with the No. 56 pick in June's...
Alligator Army Jul 17, 2015

Fast Food Fridays: Reviewing the Hardee's Most American Thickburger, a thing that exists

Is July over yet? Can I stop being patriotic? Last week in this space, I tackled Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza, which I termed "catnip for awful food connoisseurs." But if that monstrosity, with its pizza and its "hot dogs," was catnip for being awful, the Most American Thickburger I recently got from Hardee's (and also available at Carl's Jr.) just feels like a plot for patriotic paeans to picnic. It wouldn't have been out of place on a Fourth of July plate, really: It's a burger with a split beef frank on top of the bun and potato chips below it, the sort of thing your dad or...
Alligator Army Jul 17, 2015

Friday Forum: What would make Florida's 2015 season a success?

An exercise in expectations. I genuinely don't know what to expect from Florida in this 2015 season, the first of Jim McElwain's hopefully long and wildly successful career with the Gators. Transitional years are usually pretty difficult all over college football, and they've been up-and-down seasons at Florida even for the best coaches the school has had. Will Muschamp's first year ended with the Gators going 7-6, and also featured Muschamp calling his team "soft" after a loss to Florida State. Urban Meyer's first year was a 9-3 campaign with an unbeaten record at home — Florida wouldn't...
Alligator Army Jul 16, 2015

SEC Media Days 2015: Florida projected to finish fifth in SEC East

The assembled scribes in Hoover don't have too much faith in Florida this year. Florida has been projected to finish fifth in the SEC East in 2015 by the media members in attendance at SEC Media Days. Florida received 768 points from 225 voters, slotting the Gators in behind Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, and South Carolina in the East's pecking order, and ahead of Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Every East team other than Vanderbilt received at least one vote to win the division; Georgia received the majority of the first-place votes, with 166. But the one person who picked Florida to win the East...
Alligator Army Jul 14, 2015

SEC Storied documentary series to spotlight Danny Wuerffel with Wuerffel's Way

One of Florida's favorite sons is getting the documentary treatment. Former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel will be the subject of the first of the next slate of "SEC Storied" documentaries produced by ESPN and the SEC Network, the SEC announced Tuesday. The film, Wuerffel's Way, will focus on Wuerffel's post-football life as the leader of Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans — and especially on his efforts to rebuild and minister in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Wuerffel's Way, unlike the rest of the slate of films, will premiere on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on August 28, one day...
Alligator Army Jul 13, 2015

SEC Media Days 2015: Videos of Jim McElwain, Vernon Hargreaves speaking to media

Florida's finest smiled for the cameras on Monday in Hoover. GatorVision has videos of Florida's SEC Media Days contingent meeting with media on Monday in Hoover. Note: The McElwain video is not of his press conference. Jim McElwain Video Jonathan Bullard Video Vernon Hargreaves III Video Brandon Powell Video
Alligator Army Jul 11, 2015

Cole Figueroa, Brian Johnson could make Gators history in Red Sox-Yankees rivalry

A pair of call-ups have two Gators poised to make history. On Thursday, the New York Yankees called up Cole Figueroa to their active roster to fill in for injured third baseman Chase Headley. On Saturday, the Boston Red Sox called up Brian Johnson to their active roster to take the spot vacated by the injured Clay Bucholtz. And so the Gators could make history today or tomorrow, as the two teams continue their ancient rivalry: If they play in the same game, it will be the first time in Major League Baseball history that two Florida products have played in the same Red Sox-Yankees...
Alligator Army Jul 10, 2015

Fast Food Friday: Reviewing Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza, and more

Pizza Hut's latest creation delivers on convenience and novelty, but not on flavor. Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza was and is catnip for awful food connoisseurs. It's one of those Frankenfood creations that had existed in some shadowy form long before Pizza Hut announced it as a limited-time offering for the United States in June — Japan got a version of it from Pizza Hut in 2006, with full hot dogs in the crust, and both Pizza Hut and Domino's brought it to the United Kingdom earlier this decade — and it mashes up two things, pizza and hot dogs, that are both understood as...

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