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Florida Gators could benefit from SEC rule change

The head coach of the Florida Gators football team is under a microscope. Jim McElwain knew that to be the case when he accepted the head-coaching job, he probably didn’t know, however, how deficient his roster of players would be in terms of depth.

In their first spring camp McElwain and his staff had to piece together an offensive line with barely enough scholarship offensive linemen to even have one full unit. McElwain turned then to the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule to help fill a need. The Gators also brought in Austin Appleby during McElwain’s second season, another graduate...

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Jim Mcelwain addresses potential SEC graduate transfer rule change

On Monday Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey met with reporters in Birmingham Alabama. On the agenda was discussing the SEC’s graduate transfer rule, one that could greatly impact the Florida Gators this fall.

The SEC holds itself to a different standard than NCAA regulations. The league mandates that any graduate transfer hit certain benchmarks once they arrive at a new school that show the student-athlete is working towards the graduate degree that allowed them another immediate year of eligibility at another school. If a school has a player that fails to meet those...

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Previewing the NFL Draft for Florida Gators’ players: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we preview the NFL for the Florida Gators prospect this coming week.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about all the Gators prospects and who could be the first off the board for Florida this year.

Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest in recruiting, plus the latest with Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:         What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, a little bit of a break for us, but we’re back and it’s officially draft week. About...

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Caleb Brantley charged with battery after altercation in Gainesville

Former Florida Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley has been charged with a misdemeanor battery charge after an altercation that occurred on April 13.

Alachua County Court records originally show that Brantley and the alleged victim were in a verbal altercation due to “crude comments” Brantley allegedly made. The report states that the alleged victim shoved Brantley and he responded by “striking the victim in the face knocking her unconscious.”

Brantley’s initial claim was that he was struck in the face first and responded in self-defense. The report has two eyewitnesses...

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Florida Gators announce post-spring injury report

The Florida Gators wrapped up spring practice last Friday with the Orange and Blue Debut. The Gators, who suffered a rash of injuries throughout the 2016 season, released a full injury report on Wednesday following spring camp. The list was headed by redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Trask, who tore his meniscus during the latter part of spring camp and played through the injury during the Orange and Blue Debut, had surgery to repair the injury on Wednesday. Trask finished the spring game 4-of-13 for 31 yards playing mainly with the second team offense against the first team defense. Trask's...

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Florida Gators quarterback to have surgery

Florida Gators redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Trask will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus, sources told Gator Country.

Trask is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks after surgery, but should be back in time for the start of fall camp. Trask injured the knee late in spring camp, approximately two weeks ago, and played the Orange and Blue Debut last Friday with the injured knee.

Trask has been battling fellow redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks for the starting quarterback job. The two split reps throughout spring camp before Franks started to receive more of the first team...

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Miller report: Hope springs eternal for Florida Gators

Spring practice is over and the long summer wait for football begins. As great as it is to get a glimpse of the future in the spring game, it also heralds the end of football for months. The Gator Nation anxiously awaited this year’s Orange and Blue Debut mostly to see how the young quarterbacks have developed. We last saw Felipe Franks and Kyle Trask in action a year ago in the 2016 spring game.

I think it was clear that Felipe Franks is in the lead at this point in the quarterback battle. That was obvious when Franks got the luxury of playing with the number one offense. He made the...

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Orange and Blue Debut Answers Few Questions

I will be honest I was at a country music concert (Drake White and Dave Kennedy) during the Florida Gators Orange and Blue Debut game on April 7th.

However, I did see the tweets and hot takes flying all over the Internet when I checked sparingly. Between the commentary on quarterback play, the fairness of the teams, the lack of much tempo and chemistry, and whether the offensive play actually improved at all – I was curious how the game actually went.

Thanks to advancements in television technology, I was able to watch the game the next day – and the game, well, it didn’t show much...

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Recapping the Florida Gators spring game: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators spring game that took place on Friday night in the Swamp.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what they liked in the game, plus what they were able learn about the position battles during the games.

Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest recruiting news as the Gators picked up four commits over the weekend, plus talk about the diamond sports.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, the...

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Florida Gators defense continues to reload

After losing eight defensive starters from the 2016 team, the Florida Gators defense was expected to take a step back this year. The spring game gave a reason for optimism that it won’t be too big of a step.

There may not be as many established names on defense going into the season, but the Gators are looking to change that. Several guys made their names known on Friday night.

While Florida is known for hanging its hat on defensive backs, the linebackers and defensive linemen were the ones who stood out.

Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone have moved on and sophomore standout David...

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators Orange and Blue Debut

The Florida Gators took the field for the Orange and Blue Debut under the lights of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday night. The atmosphere was buzzing as the Gators walked on to the field for their 15th and final practice of spring camp.

The spring game showcased redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks, Florida stout running game and a defense that looks to reload rather than rebuild.

Gator Country was on the scene in Gainesville and presents our photo gallery with more than 90 images from the 2017 Orange and Blue Debut.

To view a photo, click a thumbnail. Once it opens up, you can click...

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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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2017 Orange and Blue Debut photo gallery

The Florida Gators finished 2017-spring camp with the Orange and Blue Debut. Before the Gators took the field the players greeted fans outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Gator Country was outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to take in the action. Here is our photo gallery with 41 images from Gator Walk.

To view a photo, click a thumbnail. Once it opens up, you can click right or left of the photo to go to the next one. Enjoy!

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Heggie making strides after redshirt season for the Florida Gators

After sitting out his first season on campus, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Brett Heggie is ready to make major contributions for the Florida Gators this season.

Heggie came in last year still rehabbing a broken bone in his wrist suffered in high school. With the injury slowing his progress, the former Under Armour All-American found himself taking mostly third and fourth string reps at center and would take a redshirt year to ensure enough time for his wrist to heal completely.

“I broke my scaphoid my first game of my senior year in high school,” said Heggie. “I played nine...

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Florida Gators Orange and Blue Debut preview

The Florida Gators will finish spring camp with the annual Orange and Blue Debut under the lights on Friday night at Ben Hill Griffin stadium.

When/Where
Friday, April 8, 7:30 pm
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
SEC Network (also streaming online at WatchESPN)
Clay Matvick, Kevin Carter and former Florida wide receiver Chris Doering are on the call.

What will the format be?
On Monday Jim McElwain affirmed that, despite some injuries, the Gators would have a full spring game consisting of four 12-minute...

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Florida Gators Orange and Blue Debut preview

The Florida Gators will finish spring camp with the annual Orange and Blue Debut under the lights on Friday night at Ben Hill Griffin stadium.

When/Where
Friday, April 8, 7:30 pm
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
SEC Network (also streaming online at WatchESPN)
Clay Matvick, Kevin Carter and former Florida wide receiver Chris Doering are on the call.

What will the format be?
On Monday Jim McElwain affirmed that, despite some injuries, the Gators would have a full spring game consisting of four 12-minute...

Read the rest here: Florida Gators Orange and Blue Debut preview

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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Jordan Scarlett taking on “alpha” role for Gators

Jordan Scarlett’s hair was shorter, his biceps didn’t bulge under his jersey but JaJuan Seider liked what he saw.

Scarlett was an eighth grader and Seider, a South Florida native, was back close to home recruiting for Marshall, where he served as the Herd’s running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

Seider moved on to West Virginia, but he continued recruiting Scarlett, who bounced his commitment from FAU to Miami and ultimately Florida. Seider never gave up, because, well, shooters shoot and Seider isn’t afraid to get a “no” as long as he went down trying.

“It's...

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Previewing the 2017 Florida Gators spring game: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we preview the Florida Gators Orange and Blue game on Friday night in the Swamp.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what they're looking to see at each position, plus what the biggest things to look for.

Andrew and Nick also talk about the prospects expected in attendance on Friday, plus talk Masters for this weekend.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, had a little bit of a hiatus, but we’re back. We’re...

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Florida Gators seeking more production from tight ends

When Jim McElwain took over the Florida Gators football program in 2015, tight ends were expected to become a key piece of the offense. A position that hadn’t been much of a factor in recent years would finally step out of the shadows.

McElwain’s previous offenses at Alabama and Colorado State were known for effectively using tight ends as mismatches. His ideas to create a more dynamic offense were certainly welcome at Florida.

Two seasons have now passed and Florida’s tight ends still haven’t made a huge impact. Despite a great deal of talent, the underachieving position group...

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Watching the Orange and Blue Debut

It is finally football time in Gainesville as we prepare to watch the Florida Gators take on the Florida Gators on Friday. The Orange and Blue Debut, the culmination of 15 spring practices, always allows for a quick glimpse of the what fans should expect in the fall, while allowing fans, who have been deprived of football for three months, to have a quick outlet.

Here are ten, quick, things that I am going to be looking for at this years Orange and Blue Debut.

Will a wide receiver core emerge? Will the Gators be able to showcase a core group of wide receivers along...

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JaJuan Seider hit the ground running with the Florida Gators

JaJuan Seider walked off of the Florida practice field. Despite the near 90 degree heat the Florida Gators running backs coach has long sleeves under a windbreaker, but not a bead of sweat.

It’s been a whirlwind month for Seider. He was inducted in the Palm Beach County Hall of Fame for his playing days at Glades Central High School. He also, finally, joined a university he had always dreamed of coaching at, yet, had turned down several times.

“Well I did get picked,” Seider said of the times Florida coaches Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain has come calling when they had coaching...

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Florida Gators quarterback race starting to sort itself out

If you would have asked any Florida Gators fan what they wanted to hear by the end of spring camp you would have probably been told they would like to see one of the two redshirt freshman quarterbacks step up and take ahold of the starting position.

Jim McElwain wouldn’t go as far as granting that wish on Monday, but he did offer a sliver of hope.

"We should know a lot,” McElwain said of the quarterbacks heading into Friday’s spring game. I think it's starting to sort itself out, and the natural question is, 'Well, what's sorting itself out?' You'll find out."

With returning...

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Florida Gators lucky to have versatile coach like Tim Skipper

Tim Skipper probably knew the conversation was coming even before Jim McElwain asked to speak to him. He’s in tuned with how volatile the coaching circuit is and he undoubtedly had read or heard the reports that the Florida Gators were interested in bringing JaJuan Seider on to its staff.

When the time finally came to meet with McElwain and discuss moving from coaching running backs to coaching linebackers, it wasn’t much of a conversation.

“I’m happy to be a Gator,” Skipper said after practice on Wednesday. “I said that when I first came here. It doesn’t matter what I’m...

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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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Jarrad Davis turns heads, solidifies draft status at pro day

Jarrad Davis knew that his ankle wasn’t ready to go but as a senior for the Florida Gators native of Kingsland Georgia, he couldn’t imagine not playing in his final Florida-Georgia game.

So he played.

Davis tallied seven tackles that Saturday but playing in that game, and the following week against Missouri took its toll.

“Playing that Georgia week, that was my week, I couldn’t miss that week,” he said following Florida’s pro day on Tuesday. “Then I felt like I set myself back a little bit doing that, coming back so fast.

Davis missed the next three games. He tried to...

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Gators think Antonneous Clayton is ready to “turn some heads”

Every morning that Antonneous Clayton wakes up he’s thinking about what has to be done that day. There are weights, class, film and practice and, of course, he has to eat.

Clayton arrived at Florida a heralded five-start prospect but at 215 pounds he wasn’t anywhere near where he needed to be to play defensive line in the Southeastern Conference.

“I wasn’t that SEC body that I wanted to have,” he said Monday. “I was highly ranked but when I got here those stars didn’t mean nothing. I still had a huge learning curve.”

Clayton was a star lineman for Dooley County High...

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Florida Gators Pro Day preview

The NFL will descend on Gainesville Tuesday for the Florida Gators Pro Day.

Florida, once again, is loaded with talent and representatives are expected to be in attendance from all 32 NFL organizations. The Gators had eight players invited to the NFL Combine last month, including five juniors that declared early for the draft.

“I’m really excited for our guys to go get in front of those scouts again for some of them and first time for others, and have an opportunity to put on a good show for that,” McElwain said. “There are going to be tons of people here, everything from NFL...

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Tyler Jordan answers the call from Jim McElwain

The Florida Gators offensive line has taken a lot of criticism the past several years. Two years ago the unit let up more sacks than any other offensive line in the SEC (45) but they bounced back in 2016 allowing just (28), cutting the average down by more than a full sack a game.

Part of the jump in production was the consistency created by returning offensive linemen and in 2016 the Gators will return every starting offensive lineman except left tackle David Sharpe.

Tyler Jordan has played in 25-of-27 games since he arrived on campus, including four starts as a freshman and 11 as a...

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