The Florida Gators' last truly successful quarterback is currently hitting baseballs in the New York Met’s organization and the search for the next one still continues.
Jim McElwain was brought to Florida, in large part, to fix a woeful offense that had had more success driving fans off than driving down the field. Entering year three McElwain has two quarterbacks he recruited competing for the starting job. Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks came out ahead of Kyle Trask in the spring, but McElwain kept looking for more options.
“I’ve said it doesn’t matter the position you’re...
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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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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.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, the...
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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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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."
Read the rest here: Florida Gators quarterback race starting to sort itself out
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
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....
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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...
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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...
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Kadarius ToneySchool: Blount Hometown: Eight Mile, Alabama Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 Position: Athlete Rivals Ranking: 3-star Recruited by: Tim Skipper Notable: Toney is an athlete. He played quarterback for his high school team, completing 162-of-264 passes for 2749 yards, 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Toney wants a chance to play quarterback at Florida and he’ll get that this spring. He enrolled early and Luke Del Rio’s shoulder...
This Gator Country podcast brings you the latest on what happened during the Florida Gators football camp last week, as the Gators hosted several commits on campus for camp.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down how each of the Gators commits during the camp, plus what other visitors impressed us while on campus.
Andrew and Nick also talk the latest trash talk from Jalen Tabor, plus recap how the Gators baseball team during the Gainesville regional last weekend.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey here. My...
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The Florida Gators recruiting efforts for this summer will get underway this weekend when the Gators host several big name prospects on campus.
Some of those prospects will be taking part in camp or the 7-on-7 tournament being held on Friday, but some prospects will simply just be visiting Gainesville.
These summer visits are big ones as a lot of out of state prospects visit Gainesville for the first time.
Gator Country brings you a complete Florida Gators recruiting visitors list for this weekend.
Oddly enough two of the Florida Gators’...
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The Florida Gators recruiting buzz got a good pick me up last week when defensive tackle Jordon Scott committed to the Gators over Florida State and others. It was Florida's sixth commitment in the class of 2017, but the coaching staff has done a good job of creating their own buzz while out on the road recruiting this month.
Gator Country brings you this Florida Gators recruiting notebook to get you caught up on all the latest buzz and news surrounding the Gators recruiting efforts. Several big name prospects released top groups this week and the Gators made the cut for those...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators recruiting notebook for May 30th
News around the Florida Gators recruiting efforts continues to buzz, as the Gators coaching staff is on the road for the evaluation period. The coaching staff has two more weeks on the road and they will be using a lot of those days to watch spring games.
Gator Country brings you a recruiting notebook to get you caught up on all things Florida Gators recruiting, as we bring you the latest offers and buzz from the road.
First things first, the Gators assistant coaches are spending a lot of this week in the state of Florida watching spring games. Running backs coach Tim Skipper will see...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators recruiting notebook for May 18th
This GatorCountry podcast focuses on talking about the new rule of satellite camps and what exactly that means for college football teams like the Florida Gators football team.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down where the Florida Gators may camp at for satellite camps and where would be a good fit for those camps, plus how does the Gators benefit from it.
Andrew and Nick also preview the SEC softball tournament for the Florida Gators that starts on Thursday, plus they preview the baseball team's upcoming schedule.
Andrew:Your man, Andrew Spivey here. My man,...
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It’s no secret that the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2017 must have several defensive tackle prospects in it to help feel a void on the roster that gets worse after this year.
Last Wednesday running backs coach Tim Skipper took a step in trying to fill that void when he visited defensive tackle Neil Farrell (6-4, 285, Mobile, AL Murphy) at his school.
“Coach Skipper came by my school on Wednesday,” Farrell said. “He couldn’t talk to me but he just wanted to see me in-person and then I called him that night. He’s a good coach and I liked him.”
Farrell is one of the...
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The Gators have added another prospect to their 2017 recruiting class.
Blount (Ala.) athlete Kadarius Toney verbally committed to Florida on Wednesday night, becoming the fifth recruit to join the Gators’ 2017 class. But the 6-foot, 177-pound Toney is the first recruit from outside the state of Florida to join the group.
Toney is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. He’s listed as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback and the state of Alabama’s No. 33 prospect, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Toney also holds offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and USF among others.
Although Toney reportedly committed to Florida as an athlete, he plays quarterback for Blount High School. Blount coach Lev Holly told AL.com that the Gators “told (Toney) they will give him a shot to play quarterback, and they will go from there.”
As a junior last season, Toney threw for 3,604 yards and 37 touchdowns, and ran for 896 yards and 16 touchdowns. His highlight tape shows a shifty and speedy athlete who can make plays with his legs and and his arm.
Toney is the first recruit from Alabama to commit to Florida’s 2017 class, but he probably won’t be the last. The Gators signed three recruits from Alabama in 2016.
After Toney’s commitment, the Gators’ 2017 class is ranked 40th nationally by 247Sports. The group includes two four-star prospects and three three-star prospects.
The Florida Gators picked up commitment number five on Wednesday when athlete Kadarius Toney (6-0, 175, Prichard, AL Blount) made the call to the Gators after speaking with running backs coach Tim Skipper on Wednesday night.
“I decided to commit to Florida because Coach Skipper made me feel like a priority,” Toney said. “I had seen some stuff on the internet about other teams, so I finally got to really know where I was on other team’s boards. Florida has always been my No. 1 school and my head coach recommended Florida to me, so I decided to go ahead and commit.”
Read the rest here: Kadarius Toney commits to Florida Gators
The Florida Gators recruiting efforts took a giant step forward during spring football, as campus was filled with prospects day in and day out for practices.
This is one of the biggest times to get prospects on campus to see the coaching staff in action during practice, plus give them a campus tour and meet with the coaches after practice is done. Coaches are also able to eye some out of state targets for the first time, which could lead to an offer or further evaluation.
Florida was able to not only host 2017 prospects but also they were able to host prospects as far ahead as the class...
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The Florida Gators continue to look to improve the offensive side of the ball with more speed and athleticism, as head coach Jim McElwain his second year in Gainesville.
On Tuesday the Gators extended an offer to a player that fits that bill when they offered athlete Kadarius Toney (5-11, 185, Prichard, AL Blount) over the phone.
“Coach [Tim] Skipper was the one that told me about the offer,” Toney said. “He said a lot of things really. He said that they were offering me as an athlete because they were going to put in a wildcat package so I could play some quarterback there. He...
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