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Amidst QB battle, Gators see “a whole different” Feleipe Franks

Feleipe Franks used a redshirt season to grow both on and off the field and it's a change his teammates have noticed.

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Florida Gators assistant coach contract details

Contract Details for the Florida Gators assistant coaches.

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Florida Gators offense confident it will make a jump this season

The Florida Gators offense is confident it will make a jump this season.

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Malik Zaire bought all in with McElwain, Gators

Malik Zaire has bought all in on Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators

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Bailey building a strong relationship with the Florida Gators

QB Harrison Bailey is building a strong relationship with the Florida Gators.

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Burney recruiting others to join the Florida Gators

Athlete Amari Burney is recruiting others to join the Florida Gators with him in 2018.

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Where to Improve the Florida Gators Offense

The Florida Gators’ offense over the last seven years has been offensive.

We know that and we don’t need to rehash it.

Florida is now in their third year of Jim McElwain’s and Doug Nussmeier’s offense and while it has shown flashes of what could be, it has never been consistent. Whether injuries (or drug usage), player personnel, or overall uncreative play-calling have hindered their ability to put up points and yardage, Florida fans (and coaches, players, and recruits) are clamoring for this year to be the year for offensive improvement.

While a lot folks look at total...

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Corral planning to visit the Florida Gators this summer

The Florida Gators recruiting class is solid but the one thing lacking so far is a quarterback commit for 2018.

For most of the spring the focus has been squarely on quarterback Justin Fields but there’s a new name floating around now.

Quarterback Matt Corral (6-2, 196, Long Beach, CA. Long Beach Poly) decommitted from USC in June and now says he talks to Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier a lot.

“I talk to Florida every day,” Corral said of his talks with Florida. “I talk to Coach Nussmeier either on the phone or texting every day. He talks to me about my day and...

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Biggest question marks for Florida Gators football in 2017: Quarterback

As summer drags on, college football season slowly inches closer and closer. In mid-late June, there are a lot more questions than answers about how any team’s season will shake out. In this series, Gator Country will highlight the biggest questions for every Florida Gators position group and the affects the answers will have on this season.

The first segments of this series will take a look at Florida’s offense, starting with a few of the many questions at the quarterback position.

The Gators have been searching for answers on offense since the departure of Tim Tebow in 2009,...

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The family feel led Burney to the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators started their summer off on a high note when they picked up a big commitment on Thursday morning.

Athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) announced his commitment to Florida on Thursday at his school when he picked the Gators over Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

Burney spoke to GatorCountry.com about why he picked the Gators over the Buckeyes and Hokies.

“The family feeling, my parents have a great relationship with Coach [Doug] Nussmeier and Coach Mac,” Burney said on why he committed to Florida. “I have a great relationship with them...

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Fields intrigued by the Florida Gators need for a QB

The quarterback position is the most important player on the field and most of the time is the alpha male in the recruiting class and the Florida Gators are looking for their guy in 2018.

The coaching staff has several options on the board including Penn State quarterback commit Justin Fields (6-3, 221, Kennesaw, GA. Harrison) who has picked up several big offers lately including ones from Florida and Florida State.

“It’s definitely humbling getting offers from both of those prestigious schools,” Field said of his latest offers from Florida and FSU. “They’ve been pretty big...

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Recruiting territories for the Florida Gators coaching staff

The evaluation period is officially open for schools so they can now send coaches out to evaluate prospects at their schools. Coaches are able to visit each school twice during the evaluation period that runs through May 31st.

This is a big time for all coaches including the Florida Gators who have three new coaches on staff that will get on the road for the first as Gators.

With three new coaches, head coach Jim McElwain and director of player personnel Drew Hughes had to redesign the recruiting areas for each coach.

GatorCountry.com takes a look at the areas that each coach will...

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Williams likes the Florida Gators coaching staff

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA.- The Florida Gators are looking for that alpha male to lead the 2018 class and that person is often the quarterback, which the Gators are still looking for in this year’s class.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and head coach Jim McElwain have offered several quarterbacks so far but most of them are committed to other schools which means the Gators are going for the flip and they have a chance with a few of those guys.

One of those guys that Florida is after is Kentucky quarterback commit Jarren Williams (6-3, 205, Lawrenceville, GA. Central Gwinnett) who took a...

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Florida Gators: What we learned from the spring game

The Florida Gators concluded spring practice with the Orange and Blue Debut Friday night under the lights at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Orange team (first string) beat the Blue team (second/third string) 31-0.

Here are five things we learned/five observations from the spring game.

1. Get Kadarius Toney the Ball

Spring football camp is a time for optimism. Everyone is happy with their team, everybody is playing well and, for the most part, coaches toss compliments around in excess.

Both Doug Nussmeier and Jim McElwain would light up when asked about Kadarius...

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Feleipe Franks takes the lead in Gators QB race

The Monday before the Orange and Blue Debut Jim McElwain told reporters there had been some separation in the Florida Gators quarterback race. With Luke Del Rio sidelined this spring due to injury the battle came down to Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask.

The separation that McElwain eluded two was quickly apparent when Franks trotted out with the first team offense for the first series. Franks did this again three more times before McElwain and offensive Doug Nussmeier pulled their presumed starter, leaving the rest of the game in the hands of Trask and freshman Kadarius Toney.

“He’s...

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Tyrie Cleveland more comfortable, poised to breakout

Tyrie Cleveland enrolled at Florida with a buzz and hype surrounding him typically reserved for a quarterback. The four-star receiver shined at Westfield High School in Houston, Texas and torched the nation’s best cornerbacks at the Under Armour All-American game. His combination of size and speed had Florida Gators fans, starving for offense, drooling at the potential.

Then he hit a speed bump. First, a hamstring injury limited his participation in practice and then an off the field incident put his name in headlines in the wrong way.

“Coming in I was expected to do a lot more,”...

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Jackson looking for answers from the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators only signed one tight end in the 2017 class after Zech Byrd didn’t sign with the Gators on signing day.

That means the Gators are looking to add at least one in this year’s class and on Saturday tight end Jarrett Jackson (6-4, 257, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. High) visited Florida.

“The visit went well, just a couple of things that I’m waiting to find out about,” Jackson said of his Florida visit. “It went great overall but there’s still some question about where I’m going to play at in college. I got to learn a little bit about the school,...

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Massey’s road to a speedy ACL recovery for Florida Gators

Nothing in life has ever come easy for Florida Gators wide receiver Dre Massey.

From moving around a lot as a child, to losing his father in a car accident at a young age, to paving his way out of Holmes Community College and finally landing at the University of Florida, all the obstacles Massey has faced in his life have given him the strength to endure whatever new challenges are thrown his way.

The most recent hurdle to add to his list came last fall, in the very first game of his Division I football career. His mother traveled all the way from Greenville, South Carolina, to see her...

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Feleipe Franks has “come along way” since last O&B game

He’d be one of the first to admit it. When it was his time to get in and play during the 2016 Orange and Blue Debut his head was still spinning. The playbook, the new faces, everything about playing quarterback at this level was still overwhelming to Feleipe Franks.

It showed.

Franks, a highly sought after recruit, threw three interceptions before fining C’yontai Lewis for the game’s final touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It was a disastrous introduction to a fan base that was eagerly anticipating its first glimpse at their freshman quarterback.

“I think it was a case of...

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What is the Florida Gators quarterback battle like?

Steve Spurrier is in the Florida Gators football offices. He has his own office at the end of the hall in the communications wing and occasionally meets with the football coaches to talk ball, watch film and stay around the team. He isn’t, however, making decisions about personnel; so don’t expect to see Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier playing on the quarterback carousel that Spurrier set up with Noah Brindise and Doug Johnson in 1997.

For the first time since they’ve been together in Gainesville Nussmeier and McElwain will have a quarterback under center that they recruited to run...

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Florida Gators early enrollees earning early praise

Enrolling at college early is a sacrifice but it’s a move that is already paying dividends for several new Florida Gators.

They should be enjoying the last few months of high school, getting ready for prom and hanging out with their friends but instead graduated high school early and are cramming in the film room, studying a new playbook and sweating next to a new group of friend out on the practice field in Gainesville.

On Monday Jim McElwain singled out Kemore Gamble and Kadeem Telfort as two freshmen that are taking advantage of the head start they earned themselves over the rest of...

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Florida Gators offer “means a lot” to Milton

The Florida Gators are looking for a quarterback in the class of 2018 and on Tuesday they handed out an offer at the position.

Quarterback Joe Milton (6-5, 222, Orlando, FL. Olympia) was the guy who got that offer from Gators head coach Jim McElwain on Tuesday.

“They offered me during the visit,” Milton said. “Coach McElwain was the coach who gave me the offer. He first told me to think about how I would look in the Orange and Blue and then after that he offered me a scholarship.”

Milton has been very open about how much he wanted an offer from Florida and he explained why...

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Petit-Frere thinks highly of new Florida Gators OL coach

The first few weeks on the job for Florida Gators new offensive line coach Brad Davis has been successful on the recruiting trail as prospects visit campus to meet him.

Two weekends ago offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere (6-6, 260, Tampa, FL. Berkeley Prep) was on campus and had a great visit that included meeting the coaching staff.

“It was a good visit, Gainesville is a very special place,” Petit-Frere said of his latest visit to Florida. “The coaches were great and it was just a great visit. We had brunch, and then I got to meet some of the coaches. After that, we got to go...

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Florida Gators’ playbook grows with addition of Massey

The Florida Gators coaching staff could hardly contain their excitement when Dre Massey enrolled prior to the 2016 season. The junior college transfer has a wide range of skills and Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier were itching to give the Gators’ offense a new wrinkle.

Massey played quarterback in high school. He famously scored 11 touchdowns — eight rushing — in a 83-70 win in high school. Massey can run, throw and catch. He was going to play special teams and have packages tailored to him.

However, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

Massey tore his ACL on the...

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Jake Allen: Florida Gators Class of 2017 signee

Jake Allen

School: St. Thomas Aquinas Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL Height: 6’3 Weight: 204 Position: Quarterback Rivals Ranking: 3-star Recruited by: Tim Skipper, Doug Nussmeier Notable: Allen passed for 4,753 yards and 51 touchdowns in his high school career. As a senior, he passed for 2,311 yards, averaging 14.7 yards per completion and 165.1 yards per game. He had 27 touchdowns to 7 interceptions on the...

Burney enjoys his junior day visit to the Florida Gators

Last Saturday the Florida Gators had several top 2018 junior prospects on campus for a small junior day and it was a successful one.

One of those 2018 prospects on campus was athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 205, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) who got to see a lot of things during the visit.

“The visit went good, we got to go and see the basketball game,” Burney said. “I played Madden with one of the guys that was taking us around when I first got there. I got to talk with the coaches, Coach [Jim] McElwain and the receiver coach, Coach [Kerry] Dixon.”

One of the experiences that...

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Florida Gators quarterbacks can use Grayson as mentor

The Florida Gators quest to find a quarterback since Tim Tebow graduated is growing close to a decade. Head coach Jim McElwain, called a quarterback guru when he took the job at Florida, appeared to have his man in each of his first two seasons before suspension and injury derailed the progress.

Last week it was revealed that Luke Del Rio underwent shoulder surgery and would miss spring practice. With Austin Appleby’s graduation the Gators will be thin at quarterback when spring camp rolls around, but it may not be bad news.

Florida will turn the reigns over to a pair of redshirt...

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Florida Gators recruiting class will surprise fans according to Allen

Over the weekend when the Florida Gators recruiting staff hosted official visits six of the ten prospects on campus were committed but that was a good thing as they were able to work the uncommitted targets.

One of the guys leading the recruiting pitch was quarterback commit Jake Allen (6-3, 195, Fort Lauderdale, FL. St. Thomas Aquinas) who enjoyed getting to know his other classmates.

"Spending time with the guys was great,” Allen said on what he enjoyed the visit. “We've never really hung out with each other and learned about each other. We've only had a relationship over Twitter...

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Moore had an “amazing” visit to see the Florida Gators

Florida Gators offensive line commit T.J. Moore (6-5, 290, Charlotte, NC. Mallard Creek) has visited Florida several times in the past but this weekend he took his official visit to Gainesville.

This visit was his first time being on campus since he committed in December and it was a successful visit he says.

“The trip overall was amazing, it isn’t just about partying or hanging out with your teammates,” Moore said of the visit. “It’s about that I made a family in less than a week with Coach Mac, the offensive coordinator [Doug Nussmeier] and the rest of the coaching staff. I...

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Florida Gators coaches ease Moore’s mind about OL coach

Tuesday night wasn’t just any night for Florida Gators offensive line commits T.J. Moore (6-4, 270, Charlotte, NC., Mallard Creek) as he and his family played host to three Gators coaches.

Head coach Jim McElwain, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and director of player personnel Drew Hughes also visited Moore and the lineman said it was a successful meeting.

“It was good, we sat down and had a long conversation and got to know each other,” Moore said on how McElwain’s visit with him went. “He’s a very good coach and person. He’s very energetic and fun to be around and...

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