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Alligator Army Jul 29, 2016

Steve Spurrier returning to Florida as ambassador and consultant

Spurrier returning to Florida as ambassador, consultant It’s not just Steve Spurrier’s name that’s coming back to The Swamp. Florida announced Friday morning that Spurrier is rejoining the Gators program as an “ambassador and consultant” for Florida’s athletic department. When Gators head coach Jim McElwain and Foley talked with him informally recently about an ambassador role, the idea intrigued him. It became a reality when talks turned serious over the past week. "This was really something I wanted to do and I was really searching for the right time to do it and I think...
Alligator Army Jul 28, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida's 2006 national championship football team to be honored during homecoming

The '06 champs will be back in The Swamp. 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. 2006 national championship football team to be honored during homecoming: The 2006 Florida football team will be honored the weekend of this year's homecoming game against Missouri on October 15th. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators) Incoming Florida men's...
Alligator Army Jul 27, 2016

Florida's Jarrad Davis makes Bruce Feldman's list of college football's athletic freaks

The Gators' linebacker possesses an incredible blend of power and speed. For the last several years, venerated college football writer Bruce Feldman has produced a "freaks" list detailing the most outstanding athletes in the sport. This year's edition includes Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, who checks in at a tie for No. 20 with Arizona 'backer Freddie Tagaloa of Arizona. Here's why Davis is on the list, per Feldman: Gators LB coach Randy Shannon said Davis has the competitiveness of Jon Vilma, the athleticism of Jon Beason and the football knowledge of Ray Lewis. DC Geoff Collins told...
Alligator Army Jul 27, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Incoming Florida freshman center Gorjak Gak cleared to enroll, but not to play

Gak has been ruled ineligible for the 2016-17 season by the NCAA. 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. Incoming freshman center Gorjak Gak cleared to enroll, but not to play: The NCAA ruled that Gak will be able to enroll at UF but not be able to play during his 2016-17 freshman season. He can still practice and take part in non-game...
Alligator Army Jul 26, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida football assistant coaches receive raises

The Gators will pay their assistant coaches nearly $4.23 million in 2016. 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. Several Florida assistant coaches receive raises: Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins received a raise of nearly $300,000 to bring his salary to $890,000. He also received a retention bonus of $150,000, and can earn another...
Alligator Army Jul 25, 2016

Treon Harris to transfer from Florida

The Gators' much-discussed, much-maligned former QB is departing from the program. Former starting quarterback Treon Harris will transfer from Florida, the school confirmed in a release on Monday. The news was first reported by Ryan Bartow of 247Sports. Harris made 15 starts at quarterback for Florida as a freshman and sophomore, all but one of those starts coming after being elevated to the role by Jeff Driskel's ineffectiveness in 2014 and Will Grier's season-long suspension in 2015. Harris also started Florida's 2015 opener against New Mexico State, but was marginally outshined in that...
Alligator Army Jul 25, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Four-star 2017 running back Adarius Lemons flips to Florida Gators

Lemons flipped from UNC to the Gators yesterday. 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. Adarius Lemons flips commitment to Florida: The four-star Clearwater running back flipped his commitment from UNC to Florida on Sunday. Lemons attended Friday Night Lights this past weekend in Gainesville and expressed serious interest in the...
Alligator Army Jul 23, 2016

Talented recruits show off for Florida Gators in Friday Night Lights showcase

Plenty of prospects showed why they are coveted in The Swamp on Friday night. Florida held its annual Friday Night Lights event on, er, Friday, inviting waves of talented players to Gainesville, and into the Gators' new indoor practice facility and The Swamp. Recruits from all over — as far away as New Hampshire — came to participate in drills, meet with coaches, and check out Florida's facilities. Amazing night at THE Friday Night Lights! Nothing better than football in The Swamp under the lights. #FNL2016 pic.twitter.com/8KTwM2gTCt — Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) July 23, 2016 1....
Alligator Army Jul 22, 2016

Florida football recruiting: Linebacker James Houston commits at Friday Night Lights

Florida adds another linebacker to a class that could use a few. No position on Florida's roster is more bereft of proven depth entering the 2016 season than linebacker, with only cornerback coming even plausibly close. So it makes sense for the Gators to load up on LBs, something they continued to do on Friday night, with the commitment of American Heritage linebacker James Houston, a rising senior, at their Friday Night Lights camp. Houston's commitment was signaled by a Jim McElwain #ChompChomp and confirmed by half of the Florida recruiting beat writers with access to the Internet...
Alligator Army Jul 22, 2016

Florida walk-on Cristian Garcia helps break up a sexual assault

In darkness, a spot of light. Florida walk-on linebacker Cristian Garcia helped break up a sexual assault of an incapacitated woman outside a Gainesville bar early Thursday morning, according to a police report. Garcia, a walk-on linebacker who forced a fumble in Florida's spring game and works at 101 Cantina, popular bar in Gainesville's Midtown strip of bars and restaurants, came across 34-year-old Christopher Shaw assaulting an intoxicated woman behind a dumpster around 2:20 a.m. on Thursday. Garcia and another employee intervened, stopping the assault, and Shaw fled. First Coast...
Alligator Army Jul 22, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida holding annual Friday Night Lights recruiting event tonight

It is one of the biggest recruiting events of the year for the Gators. 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 holding Friday Night Lights tonight: Jim McElwain and staff will welcome recruits from the 2017, 2018, and 2019 classes tonight. Lists of notable recruits expected to attend are in the linked articles. (Graham Hall,...
Alligator Army Jul 21, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Treon Harris moving to wide receiver for Gators

Jim McElwain confirmed the position change when speaking to ESPN. 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. Treon Harris moving to wide receiver: It had previously been reported that Harris would move to wide receiver but Jim McElwain confirmed the position change when speaking to ESPN's Ivan Maisel. Harris, who missed all of spring...
Alligator Army Jul 20, 2016

Previewing Florida's positions: Reasons for hope on the offensive line

Proven players are in short supply, but talent is again abundant. Florida’s offensive line was close to a disaster in 2015. With just one returning starter and a mish-mash of players ranging from true freshmen to FCS transfers figuring prominently on the line, the Gators allowed 45 sacks, most in the nation, and mustered a pitiful 3.48 yards per carry, good for 119th nationally and worst by a Florida team since 19921. So it’s potentially terrifying to talk about Florida’s offensive line — but, hey, look! Come back here! It’s okay! Calm down, jeez. We can actually discuss this...
Alligator Army Jul 20, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Jim McElwain on arrested Gators Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells - " they will be dealt with"

McElwain noted that the duo have freedom of choice but not freedom of consequence. 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 on the arrest of freshmen wide receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells: McElwain told Sportscenter that Cleveland and Wells "will be dealt with" and emphasized that while they had freedom of choice...
Alligator Army Jul 19, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida's Jalen Tabor making media rounds in New York City

Tabor will visit NYC today while Jim McElwain is at ESPN's SEC Car Wash. 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. Jalen Tabor taking a bite out of the Big Apple: The junior cornerback is getting his own Media Day again. He will visit New York City during Jim McElwain's trip to ESPN for the annual SEC "Car Wash." Tabor will speak to...
Alligator Army Jul 18, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida's Antonio Callaway named to 2016 Paul Hornung Award watch list

The award recognizes a versatile, high-performing player, which Callaway certainly is. 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. Callaway named to 2016 Paul Hornung Award watch list: Callaway, who is back on campus participating in classes and workouts but has not rejoined the Gators, and who was left off the media's All-SEC selections,...
Alligator Army Jul 18, 2016

Florida's Tyrie Cleveland, Rick Wells arrested on felony charges after BB gun damage

Reportedly, they fired BB guns on campus and damaged a dormitory. Florida freshmen Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells were arrested on identical felony charges of firing a missile into a dwelling and criminal mischief resulting in property damage of $1,000 or more for allegedly firing BB guns and doing damage to the Keys Residential Complex on the University of Florida campus late last week. Cleveland — Florida's top-rated receiver recruit in the 2016 class — and Wells — whose ties to Cleveland were reportedly part of why the Jacksonville native turned Texas resident ultimately committed...
Alligator Army Jul 16, 2016

Florida places eight Gators on preseason All-SEC teams

The guys at the back lead the way, but there are surprising omissions. Eight Florida Gators were voted to preseason All-SEC teams by the voters at SEC Media Days, the league announced Friday. All-American cornerback Jalen Tabor was the only first-team selection. Tabor leads a defense that accounted for five of Florida's overall selections. He is joined by third-teamer Marcus Maye in the secondary, and has help up front from second-team defensive lineman Bryan Cox, Jr. and third-teamer Cece Jefferson and in the linebacking corps from second-teamer Jarrad Davis. Davis, a projected first-round...
Alligator Army Jul 15, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Gators optimistic about upcoming 2016 football season

The Gators believe that they can improve on last season's results. 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. Gators optimistic about future: The Gators, who were picked to finish second in the SEC East at SEC Media Days, are optimistic that this year's team can improve and replicate the success of the first half of last season, while...
Alligator Army Jul 14, 2016

Florida predicted to finish second behind Tennessee in East Division at SEC Media Days

Florida finds itself behind a familiar nail in preseason SEC East picks. Florida will finish second behind Tennessee in the SEC East in 2016, according to the predictions of media members at this year's SEC Media Days in Birmingham. Florida finished second to the Volunteers in both total points (2,167 to 1,891) and in first-place votes (225 to 57), and only slightly ahead of Georgia (1,860 points, 45 first-place votes) in the prognostication. Florida has not finished second to Tennessee in a game of FBS football since 2004, and has finished 18 and 24 points ahead of Georgia in its last two...