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.
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...
Read the rest here: Feleipe Franks has “come along way” since last O&B game
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...
Read the rest here: What is the Florida Gators quarterback battle like?
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we're joined by Zach Hughes who helps us recap the Florida Gators basketball team's Sweet 16 berth, plus preview the game against Wisconsin.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre ask Hughes what it's going to take for the Gators to beat Wisconsin and also how the Gators big men are playing lately.
Andrew and Nick also recap the Florida Gators football team's latest practices, plus how the diamond sports did this past weekend on the road.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew...
Read the rest here: Sweet 16 preview and more for the Florida Gators: Podcast
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...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators early enrollees earning early praise
Jim McElwain is a basketball nut, something he’s never tried to hide, so you can imagine his excitement during March Madness.
In his first press conference in a week, McElwain opened up talking about how excited he was for Mike White and the Florida Gators basketball team, as well as how well the SEC has done in the tournament.
Mac is a fan, he’s going to watch as much college hoops as he can, but he is also using what White and the men’s basketball team is doing as a teaching tool for his team.
“My hat's off to how our guys are playing. Mike's got those guys playing...
Read the rest here: Jim McElwain using Florida basketball as example for football
The Florida Gators kicked off spring practice before the University of Florida broke for spring break. When the players returned to campus on Sunday Jim McElwain and the coaching staff had a surprise waiting for the players. During the team meal on Sunday McElwain surprised the players with championship rings.
“Well-deserved,” McElwain said. “Back-to-back SEC champs in the East. That’s something that is no small feat.”
Always thanking God for the opportunities that he has put in my life Back to back SEC East champions i love this team 🐊🏈
Luke Del Rio will undergo his second shoulder surgery of the offseason on Wednesday, according to Jim McElwain.
"He'll be fine,” McElwain said. “It's not major, you what I mean. Going in and fixing the other one that's broken.”
Del Rio had shoulder surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder on January 18th. That surgery kept Del Rio out for spring camp.
Del Rio missed Florida’s last five games in 2016 with multiple shoulder injuries. In fact, McElwain commented that after reviewing tape of the loss at Arkansas that he wished he had pulled Del Rio from that game as he was...
Read the rest here: Luke Del Rio having second shoulder surgery
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we look at the Florida Gators basketball team's draw in the NCAA tournament and how they match-up.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what the Gators need to do, plus they look at week two of the Gators spring football practices.
Andrew and Nick also talk about what's going wrong for the Gators baseball team, plus what is going right for the softball team this year.
NCAA bb Preview
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators basketball tourny preview and more: Podcast
Josh Hammond is fresh off the field following Florida’s first spring practice. It’s the first time he’s done media since arriving at Florida because Jim McElwain doesn’t make freshmen available to the media but Hammond already knows there will be a certain line of questioning.
His brother, who was in attendance for both of Florida’s first two spring practices, Frankie Hammond appeared in 48 games (19 starts) during his career in Gainesville. He had 63 career receptions for 809 yards and six touchdowns. Josh chose Florida over a number of schools and has been answering questions...
Read the rest here: Josh Hammond ready to make a name for himself
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the first week of spring practice for the Florida Gators as they practiced twice before spring break.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down how practice went, who looked good and how the new coaches were doing around the team.
Andrew and Nick also break down the Florida Gators basketball team heading into the SEC tournament and recap the weekend for the diamond sports teams.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, back with Nicholas de la Torre....
Read the rest here: Recapping the Florida Gators first week of spring: Podcast
When Geoff Collins took the head-coaching job at Temple it was merely a matter of time, a formality really, that Randy Shannon would be tabbed as his successor to run the Florida Gators defense. Shannon was given the interim role for the Outback Bowl and the Gators’ defense didn’t miss a beat.
Florida held Iowa to just 55 passing yards — the lowest total yards the Hawkeyes threw for all season. They also surrendered just three points, the lowest points allowed by a Gator team in a bowl game since 1998 (Citrus Bowl).
The defense was a formidable unit all season. They allowed just...
Read the rest here: Randy Shannon putting his stamp on Gators defense
When asked about some of the changes along the offensive line and if he had made definitive decisions as to who will start Jim McElwain quipped, “Do I have to name the starting deal for Dallas right now?”
Florida won’t play a real game for another six months, so McElwain doesn’t have to name a starter at any position but that won’t stop people from taking a close watch at one position in particular — quarterback.
It was Feleipe Franks who took the first team snaps during the first spring practice on Tuesday, with Kyle Trask working mainly with the second team during the...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators should push the ball down the field with new quarterbacks
It may have just been the first day of spring practice and the players weren’t in pads but Jim McElwain noticed something present that had been missing in his first two seasons.
“We've got Florida speed out there,” McElwain noted.
Urban Meyer made his intentions clear when he arrived in Gainesville. He wanted the fastest team in the country and he set forth to achieve just that. During those years the Gators won two National Championships and boasted one of, if not the, fastest teams in the country.
In the six years since Meyer left the Gators they haven’t been able to...
Read the rest here: McElwain boasts that Gators have “Florida speed”
The Southeastern Conference announced its 2017 SEC Media Days schedule on Tuesday and for the first time since 2009 the Florida Gators won’t appear on the first day of the week.
The annual mid-summer media event will be held from July 10-13 with Jim McElwain and the Gators’ getting their day in front of the camera on Tuesday, the 11th.
The four-day event will be televised on ESPN and SEC Network with live shows on site from Hoover, Alabama.
The tentative schedule for schools is below. The players that will attend with the head coaches, as well as a more detailed television...
Read the rest here: SEC Media Days schedule announced
Duke Dawson takes a look around the locker room just minutes before his fourth and final spring football camp with the Florida Gators. He’s taking it all in because a few short months ago he didn’t think he’d be here.
Dawson was the first player to commit to the Gators in 2014 and he enrolled early that spring semester. He came in with Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson soon followed. The three of them helped continue the “DBU” tradition at Florida and, if they were all being honest, would say they all expected to play three years at UF before heading for the NFL. Tabor and Wilson made...
Read the rest here: Duke Dawson ready to be the face of the Gators defense
The No. 2 Florida Gators (6-1) took the series finale 6-2 over the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes (2-4) to sweep the series Sunday.
It was the same formula used to win the first two games of the year, stellar starting pitching, and some timely hitting.
Jackson Kowar(2-0, 1.59 ERA) went 5.2 innings scattering 4 hits, and 3 walks giving up only one run. He struck out 7 on 89 pitches.
“I started off pretty well, and I had a couple of rough innings there in the middle, but I was kinda able to bear down and limit the damage and keep us in the game,” said starter Jackson Kowar on his...
Read the rest here: Canes swept away by Florida Gators
The Florida Gators will kick off spring practice a little light on numbers. Seven players will miss spring camp entirely and three other will be limited to non-contact drills. That gives the Gators just 59 scholarship players this spring.
Offensive lineman Antonio Riles (ACL), quarterback Luke Del Rio (shoulder), receiver Freddie Swain (shoulder), defensive end Jordan Sherit (knee), safety Jeawon Taylor (shoulder), safety Quincy Lenton (foot) and linebacker David Reese (hand) will all miss spring practice entirely. Receiver Dre Massey (ACL), cornerback C.J. McWilliams (ACL) and early...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators low on scholarship numbers this spring
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...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators’ playbook grows with addition of Massey
Gator Country brings you a new podcast as we recap what Jim McElwain said about the Florida Gators heading into spring practice next Tuesday.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down exactly what McElwain said about the Gators newcomers, plus the quarterback position.
Andrew and Nick also preview the Florida Gators basketball game against Kentucky, plus baseball and softball previews for the weekend.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, Coach Mac speaks on...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators spring practice notes from McElwain: Podcast
When the Florida Gators open spring practice on Tuesday all eyes will be glued to who lines up behind starting center T.J. McCoy. The Florida Gators will enter spring football camp with a quarterback battle on their hands. What separates the two quarterbacks that will compete for the starting job?
"They're close. They're real close. There's probably about a half-inch difference between them, I think,” McElwain joked. “I don't know. Kadarius is smaller, though."
McElwain will give early enrollee Kadarius Toney a chance to play quarterback this spring. Toney was told during his...
Read the rest here: What McElwain wants from Florida Gators starting quarterback
On Wednesday the University Athletic Association selected HOK, a Kansas City based architectural firm, to design the Florida Gators new stand alone football facility.
"We are excited to partner with HOK to design our football operations facility and student-athlete dining hall," Chip Howard UF's executive associate athletics director for internal affairs said. "The overall knowledge that the team at HOK has of our facilities stood out during the presentation process and their firm is an industry leader in athletic facilities."
HOK was founded in 1955 and have vast experience in designing...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators select firm to design stand alone football facility
Two time All-SEC defensive tackle Ian Scott is returning home to join the Florida Gators staff as a graduate assistant, Jim McElwain announced on Tuesday afternoon.
"We are excited to have Ian back home in Gainesville,” McElwain said in a released statement. “His understanding of what it means to be a Gator and the plan needed to be successful will be invaluable to our players."
Scott had a standout career at Gainesville High School where he was named to the 5A First Team All-State following his junior (1998) and senior (1999) seasons. He accepted a scholarship to the University of...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators add Ian Scott as graduate assistant
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we look at the Florida Gators basketball team's tough week ahead as they compete for the SEC championship.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what the Gators must do this week, plus how they did against Mississippi State over the weekend.
Andrew and Nick also recap how the Gators did on the baseball and softball field this past weekend at home in Gainesville.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, good weekend on the diamond...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators basketball heading into tough week: Podcast
The Florida Gators football team is just a few days away returning to the practice fields to prepare for the April 7th Orange and Blue Debut and questions abound on offense. Is this the year the Gators finally figure it out on offense? Who will line-up behind the center and take the helm at the quarterback position? Can the Gators get their tight ends more involved? How will the Gators adapt to two new offensive coaches?
But while there are a lot of questions, there are also a lot of potential questions that are not even being broached, because the Gators return nearly every offensive...
Read the rest here: Returning Production: Florida Gators offense
With national signing day over North Texas offensive line coach Brad Davis thought he would be safe to take some time to himself.
“After signing day, that’s typically when coaches have a chance to actually take care of their personal hygiene, perhaps get a physical, check your cholesterol, look at the all the weight you’ve put on during recruiting and that kind of stuff,” he said on Thursday afternoon.
Davis, who asserted that he’s been cavity free since the fourth grade, was sitting in a dentist chair when his phone starting ringing. Luckily he didn’t let it go to voicemail...
Read the rest here: Brad Davis injects new energy into Florida Gators OL
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk about the first impression the Florida Gators new coaches gave off during their first press conference as Gators.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about why those three coaches gave us positive impressions, plus what we're hearing on those guys.
Andrew and Nick also preview the opening of baseball season this weekend, plus preview the softball weekend for the Gators.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas,...
Read the rest here: First impressions of the Florida Gators new coaches: podcast
In two seasons as the head coach of the Florida Gators Jim McElwain has had to hire 14 coaches. Five of those hires came after a coach was either let go or they left for a job elsewhere. It’s something he’ll have to get used to at Florida, a place where assistant coaches can quickly climb the coaching ladder, catapulting themselves into raises or even head coaching positions — like Geoff Collins.
When Collins accepted the head-coaching job at Temple McElwain didn’t panic. He promoted Randy Shannon to defensive coordinator for the bowl game and began looking for replacements. A month...
Read the rest here: McElwain found “right fit” for Florida Gators assistant coaches
Florida Gators legend Steve Spurrier spoke to a sold out crowd at the University Auditorium on Monday night for ACCENT Speakers. The National Champion head coach and Heisman winner told stories for more than an hour with an uncanny ability to recall events from more than three decades prior before the crowd was allowed to ask questions.
It didn’t take long for the night to turn from stories of yesteryear to Spurrier’s relationship with head football coach Jim McElwain and the current Florida Gators football team.
"We have an excellent relationship," Spurrier said of his relationship...
Read the rest here: Steve Spurrier speaks on Florida Gators quarterbacks
Gator Country brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators big recruiting weekend last weekend, plus talk about the basketball team.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also break down how the new coaches are doing in recruiting, plus update you on how this staff is different from years past.
Andrew and Nick also recap the Florida Gators softball season-opening tournament and talk about the upcoming baseball season for the Gators.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here again with Nicholas de...
Read the rest here: 2018 Florida Gators recruiting update and more: Podcast
Jim McElwain officially announced the positions that his three new assistant coaches will run, as well as new roles for two existing coaches.
Chris Rumph was promoted to Co-Defensive coordinator along with his role as defensive line coach. Former running backs coach Tim Skipper will move to the defensive side of the ball, coaching linebackers. JaJuan Seider will coach running backs, Corey Bell will coach defensive backs and Brad Davis will coach the offensive line.
Rumph held a similar title during his one year at Texas (Assistant head coach for defense / defensive line coach) and was...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators announce assistant coaching positions