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Three Florida Gators named Athlon Sports preseason All-Americans

With the college football season just over two months away Athlon Sports released its annual list of preseason All-Americans.

Three Florida Gators were named to the second and third teams. Duke Dawson was named a second team All-American at cornerback and Eddy Pineiro was named the second team kicker. Punter Johnny Townsend was selected on the third team.

Dawson returns in 2017 for his senior season. He has played in 37 games during his career at Florida with 48 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss,...

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Camrin Knight to transfer away from Florida Gators

The Florida Gators are welcoming in the 2017 recruiting class this week and saying goodbye to one as well.

Former tight end turned linebacker Camrin Knight will transfer away from the Florida Gators after two seasons of little action in Orange and Blue, Gator Country has confirmed a report from Thomas Goldkamp.

Knight appeared in eight games as a freshman in 2015 and four games as a sophomore in 2016. He did not record any statistics and was normally deployed as a blocking tight end on the line of scrimmage. Knight was asked to move from tight end to linebacker this past spring...

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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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Jim McElwain, Mike White given contract extensions

Coming off back-to-back SEC East Championships Jim McElwain was given a contract extension through January 2023. The one-year extension brings his average annual salary over the six-year contract up to $4.486 million (from $4.1645) annually. McElwain is 19-8 (13-3 SEC) in two seasons at Florida.

Head basketball coach Mike White was also given a one-year contract extension through 2023. White, who is 48-24 (23-13 SEC) and just led the Gators to the Elite Eight, had his total contract reach $16,275,000 over six years, giving him an average annual salary of $2,712,500.

“Both Coach Mac and...

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It's likely that you and your father have many great memories of the Orange and Blue over the years, whether it's winning National Championships or simply enjoying a tailgate barbecue. What...

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Three Unexpected Florida Gators That Must Make an Impact

We are only 81 days from the start of the Florida Gators football season and there are still a plethora of unknowns – a season that starts against an opponent where you need to have answers rather than questions.

The Gators still have questions at quarterback, tight end, defensive tackle, linebacker, defensive back, and kick/punt returner. While some of those positions have favorites and expected starters, there are still filler names in many of those spots and there are a few unexpected players that need step up and help fill those holes.

Jeremiah Moon – LB: Fans,...

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UAA approved record budget for Florida Gators athletics

The University of Florida’s Athletic Association approved a $128.2 million dollar budget for the 2017-18. The approval came after the Board of Director’s met on Monday morning.

The $128 million dollar budget is a record-high for the Florida Gators. Most of that budget, $82.5 million (64 percent) will be allocated for football and “football related expenses,” $13.48 million for basketball and $3.19 million for the other 17 sports across the school.

Florida will receive a one-time payment of $6 million dollars for playing Michigan in the AdvoCare Classic on September 2. All of that...

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Zaire, Florida Gators recruiting and more: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk about the newest Florida Gators quarterback, Malik Zaire who's planning to transfer to Florida this summer.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the move for Zaire, plus talk about the big weekend for the Gators recruiting classes last week, plus talk Justin Fields decommitment from Penn State.

Andrew and Nick also break down the diamond sports and what the baseball team has to face this weekend in the Super Regionals this weekend.

TRANSCRIPT:

Zaire Talk

Andrew:                ...

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REPORT: Zaire to transfer to the Florida Gators

Malik Zaire is trading in his Fighting Irish gold for Florida Gators Orange and Blue, according to Bruce Feldman.

Spoke to Malik Zaire. He told me he expects to head to #UF on Wednesday & said he's very excited about the opportunity to play in the SEC.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 4, 2017
Zaire is currently serving as a counselor at the Elite 11 but will head to Gainesville this week. The University of Florida officially begins their...

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SEC changes graduate transfer policy

The Florida Gators received good news on Friday  when the SEC President’s voted to change the league’s policy on graduate transfers.

The league met this week in Destin to discuss many topics during its annual spring meetings, with head football coaches meeting with Commissioner Greg Sankey on Tuesday and the Presidents of the Universities meeting with him Friday.

Previously the league penalized schools that accept graduate transfers and then had those graduate students fail to meet academic requirements during their time on campus. The previous rule was a three-year ban on accepting...

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SEC spring meetings and Florida Gators diamond sports: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we discuss the Florida Gators diamond sports as the baseball team was selected as a national seed on Monday.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also break down the SEC spring meetings that are taking place in Destin this week and the big topic is the graduation transfer rule. Andrew and Nick discuss that and Malik Zaire possibly choosing Florida if the rule is changed.

Andrew and Nick finish the podcast by talking recruiting and the Gators softball team in the Women's College World Series starting on Thursday...

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Florida Gators get two dates with CBS

The Florida Gators 2017 football schedule had some light shed on it as CBS announced it would be broadcasting two Gator games this coming fall.

Tuesday CBS announced that they would be broadcasting the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville for the 15th consecutive year in the 3:30 p.m. slot. The last time the game was not broadcast on CBS was in 2002 (ESPN). The Gators will also host Tennessee on September 16, 2017 with a national audience on CBS at 3:30 p.m. CBS. Florida and Tennessee have played 19 of their last 21 meetings on the network.

The Florida-Tennessee matchup will be the SEC...

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Will Florida Gators get good news from SEC this week?

The SEC Spring Meetings begin today in Destin, Florida. That means the most powerful conference in the land will descend upon the white sand beaches and postcard sunsets of Florida’s panhandle to talk big business.

The Florida Gators, in particular, have a lot of business to handle this year. Last year the talk was all about satellite camps, were they good, should the SEC keep them, how can they police them? Satellite camps won’t be on the docket this year but the Gators will be looking for a vote to change a rule that could very well help them this coming fall.

Will the SEC...

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Florida Gators vs. Michigan Wolverines kickoff time

The Florida Gators long awaited blockbuster 2017 season opener against the Michigan Wolverines on September 2 finally has an official kickoff time.

ESPN announced on Thursday that the AdvoCare Classic between the Gators and Wolverines will kickoff their seasons at 3:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and will air live nationally on ABC. The Florida-Michigan game will precede a matchup between Florida State and Alabama (in Atlanta) at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Florida and Michigan...

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Wanted: Florida Gators Kick and Punt Returner

The Florida Gators are in desperate need of a kick and punt returner – so much so, that it may be one of their biggest question marks heading into the summer.

Under Jim McElwain and special teams coordinator Greg Nord, the Gators have struggled in the punt and kick return game. They have only returned one kick for a touchdown in the past two seasons, after having seven in the previous six seasons, and besides two touchdowns by Antonio Callaway on punt return in 2015, the Gators have little reason to be proud of the return game.

The Gators ranked 39th in kick return, lead mostly by...

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Jim McElwain won’t discuss Antonio Callaway’s playing status

Speaking with reporters in St. Petersburg Jim McElwain addressed the recent misdemeanor possession of marijuana citation his star receiver Antonio Callaway received last weekend.

“Obviously there was some news that came out today about Antonio, that, guys, I’m just really disappointed. I’m aware of it and everything, and we’ll handle it accordingly,” McElwain told reporters prior to meeting with a Gator Club. “I’m just really...

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Antonio Callaway cited for marijuana possession

Florida Gators junior receiver Antonio Callaway was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana early Saturday morning.

Gainesville Police officers stopped a black Mercedes SUV for a seatbelt violation. Callaway was sitting in the back seat behind the driver. When the officer approached the vehicle he reported smelling the odor of marijuana. After asking Callaway to exit the vehicle officers found a bag of marijuana weighing approximately seven grams in Callaway’s front pocket. Another passenger, 40-year old Kendrick Lamount Williams was also found with marijuana on his person and both...

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Battery charges against Caleb Brantley dropped

A battery case against former Florida Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley has been dismissed.

On Wednesday the State Attorney’s office concluded that there was “insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction”, according to a media release.

“Having reviewed the matter, including interviewing the alleged victim and multiple other witnesses, it is apparent that there is no reliable evidence upon which an arrest or prosecution would be warranted or legally justified, and the sworn complaint is therefore being dismissed,” the State Attorney’s Office said in a press...

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Florida Gators fill vacancy on UAA staff, welcome Laird Veatch

The Florida Gators have filled its Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs role with former Kansas State Deputy Director of Athletics, Laird Veatch.

Veatch fills the role that was vacated by Chip Howard in April. Howard spent 28 years in Florida’s Athletic Department. Veatch will start on July 1.

“Needless to say the impact of Chip leaving the UAA will be significant,” said Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin. “Chip’s been invaluable in assisting with my transition to Florida, and I’ll miss him as both a colleague and a friend.”

Veatch has...

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Talking Florida Gators recruiting in hoops and football: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk Florida Gators recruiting for both basketball and football as the staffs are out evaluating players this spring.

Andrew Spivey and Zach Hughes first break down the recent offers from Gators basketball coach Mike White and how the 2018 class is shaping up so far.

Andrew closes out the podcast by breaking down each position for football and who they main targets are at each position as the Gators start to get visits set up for this summer.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your...

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The Florida Gators Five-Headed Running Back

I might as well come out say it, Jim McElwain may have more top-to-bottom talent at running back than the Florida Gators have, potentially, had at the position in the last few decades.

Sure, the Gators have had first-team All-Americans and All-SEC selections and right now, they don’t have any of those accolades.

But, if you look at the skillsets of the running back quintet, you have a group that is strong, quick, agile, powerful, and different. Jordan Scarlett is your power back, Mark Thompson is your potential out of the backfield passing threat, Lamical Perine brings...

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Florida Gators athletics post high APR scores in academics

Special report on Florida Gators athletics
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida athletics once again posted high marks across the board in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, announced Wednesday by the NCAA. Every Gator team scored above a 970 out of 1,000.

Last week, four Florida teams were celebrated as their APR scores were in the top 10 percent of their sport. Women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis all scored a perfect 1,000, while men’s basketball was also recognized with a 990 that rated among the top 10 percent.

“In athletics, we keep score, not just on the playing field...

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2017 NFL Draft: Caleb Brantley drafted by Browns

University of Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley became the seventh Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the Cleveland Browns selected him 185th overall in the sixth round.

Brantley came to Florida as the ninth rated defensive tackle in the country out of Crescent City High School. He redshirted in 2013 before finally seeing action and playing in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman.

When Jim McElwain and the new coaching staff took over in 2015, Brantley assumed a starting role. With 29 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss, Pro Football Focus named him to Second Team...

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2017 NFL Draft: David Sharpe drafted by Raiders

University of Florida offensive lineman David Sharpe became the sixth Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the Oakland Raiders selected him 129th overall in the fourth round.

Sharpe came to Florida as a highly regarded offensive tackle out of Providence School in Jacksonville, Fla., and earned some playing time as a backup in the offensive line rotation as a freshman.

He earned a starting spot at left tackle as a sophomore in the 2015 season, starting 13 of 14 games. Sharpe was one of just two players to start every single game of the 2016 season for the...

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2017 NFL Draft: Alex Anzalone drafted by Saints

University of Florida linebacker Alex Anzalone became the fifth Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the New Orleans Saints selected him 76th overall in the third  round.

Anzalone was one of the biggest question marks of Florida’s draft eligible players this year. He had already graduated and while his talent was undeniable, his college career was plagued with injuries. So, would he stay one more year to try to increase his draft stock or was that too much of a risk?
In the end, he made the decision to forgo his final season of eligibility rather than risk his future...

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2017 NFL Draft: Quincy Wilson drafted by Colts

Quincy Wilson became the second former Florida Gators player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft when the Indianapolis Colts selected him with the 46th overall pick in the second round.

Wilson was a three-year starter for the Gators and was the only defensive player to start all 13 games for Florida in 2016. Wilson finished his career with 84 tackles; six interceptions and 14 pass breakups.

At 6-1, 211 pounds, Wilson represents the future of what cornerbacks look like in the NFL. He possesses a rare combination of size and speed and growing up the son of a coach has spent his entire life...

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2017 NFL Draft: Marcus Maye drafted by Jets

University of Florida safety Marcus Maye became the second Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the New York Jets selected him 39th overall in the second round.

The Melbourne, Fla., native had a lot of options coming out of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy as the fifth rated safety in the country, but he ended up at Florida in 2012. He redshirted in his first season with the Gators.

Maye was a key player on special teams throughout his career and he got in the action as a part of Florida’s strong secondary unit early, playing in all 12 games and getting two starts at...

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2017 NFL Draft: Jarrad Davis drafted by Detroit Lions

The Florida Gators had to wait more than 20 picks but they continued a streak of having a player selected in the first round in 10 of the last 11 seasons when the Detroit Lions selected Jarrad Davis 21st overall.

Davis tallied 205 tackles during his four seasons with Florida, including 98 during his junior campaign. He also had 20 tackles for a loss; nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and 5.5 sacks.

"He's got the physical traits" NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said following the selection. "He's today's NFL linebacker. He's tough, he's physical and has great sideline-to-sideline...

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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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