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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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Sweet 16 preview and more for the Florida Gators: Podcast

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.

TRANSCRIPT:

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

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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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Josh Hammond ready to make a name for himself

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...

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Faedo, Langworthy lead Florida Gators past Columbia

Austin Langworthy watched the first two offerings from Ethan Abrams sail out of the zone. Sitting on a 2-0 count he was looking for one pitch and Abrams was willing to oblige.

Langworthy turned on a fastball, launching a no-doubter into the night sky over the netting that is in place to protect the street behind right field and into the parking lot of Keys Complex — the first run of a 7-0 win for the Florida Gators (8-2) over Columbia (0-1).

“That one was far,” starting pitcher Alex Faedo (2-0) said after the game. “I’ve seen Deacon (Liput) hit them like that. I don’t know if...

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McElwain boasts that Gators have “Florida speed”

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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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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Florida Gators spring practice notes from McElwain: Podcast

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.

TRANSCRIPT:

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

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What McElwain wants from Florida Gators starting quarterback

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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Florida Gators add Ian Scott as graduate assistant

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...

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Brad Davis injects new energy into Florida Gators OL

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...

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McElwain found “right fit” for Florida Gators assistant coaches

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...

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Florida Gators baseball: Rubio’s four-year plan comes to fruition

Trying to manage a college baseball team is hard. Kevin O’Sullivan, who is entering his tenth season as the head coach of the Florida Gators baseball team, knows this all to well.

Division I baseball teams are allowed to have 27 scholarship players on the roster. Unlike football, where schools are afforded 25 scholarships or women’s sports, where every student-athlete is afforded a full scholarship, baseball coaches have to divide up 11.7 scholarships among their roster.

"It's a huge juggling act. It's not easy,” O’Sullivan said of the task. “You obviously have to over recruit...

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Coaching news and Florida Gators diamond previews: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk about the latest Florida Gators coaching news, plus preview the Gators junior day this weekend.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also preview the Florida Gators baseball and softball teams as Tim Walton and softball gets underway this Friday.

Andrew and Nick break down how they think the Gators diamond teams will do this year, plus how big this weekend's junior day is for Florida.

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Recapping NSD for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2017: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators recruiting class after national signing day on Wednesday.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down how the Gators finished so strong on signing day and who they finished the class with.

Andrew and Nick also talk about Jim McElwain's press conference and what he said about the Gators class on Wednesday.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, my oh my, what it means in a couple of days for Gator...

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Jim McElwain gets last laugh with strong finish on signing day

Coaches may not frequent recruiting sites to see how many stars they’ve accumulated during the recruiting cycle but their fanbases sure do. Those stars create rankings and the Florida Gators were ranked outside of the top-30 schools — 31st to be precise — in terms of the 2017 recruiting class with less than two weeks until national signing day.

Jim McElwain and his entire coaching staff, which still has two vacancies, were getting drug over coals for a perceived lack of recruiting prowess.

“I have people in the office that say, Mac, you're taking shots from all over the place,”...

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Florida Gators weekend rotation strong again

The Florida Gators made its tenth appearance in the College World Series last year on the back of their starting rotation. The Gators leaned on Logan Shore and A.J. Puk, both of whom were selected by the Oakland Athletics in the first two rounds of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Kevin O’Sullivan is tasked with replacing those two. That’s 46 career wins, more than 207 innings pitched and 499 strikeouts. Shore was as steady as any pitcher O’Sullivan has ever had. He won more consecutive decisions (16) in a row than any other pitcher at the University of Florida. Puk’s career went up and down but...

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NSD preview for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2017: podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we preview National Signing Day for the Florida Gators recruiting class.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down how the official visits went last weekend, plus recap the three commits the Gators got.

Andrew and Nick also preview how they think the class will end up on Wednesday, plus they address the recent stuff from Miami that they were telling Florida commits.

TRANSCRIPT:

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

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Alex Anzalone finishes college career in Senior Bowl

Alex Anzalone squeezed into his shoulder pads, strapped on an orange helmet in Tampa Florida. It was business as normal for the senior linebacker, except now; he was doing so with a surgically repaired forearm that needed to have a plate inserted. He also had an extra pad on his left forearm secured in place by athletic tape.

Anzalone was having a great season. Eight games in he was second on the team with 45 tackles. Then, making his eight tackle of the afternoon in a blowout loss to Arkansas it happened. Anzalone’s arm snapped and he was immediately taken off the field. AT the time he...

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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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January 20th Florida Gators visitors preview and football news: Podcast

Gator Country brings you a new podcast as we preview the Florida Gators official visitors for the January 20th weekend, plus talk the latest football and coaching news.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down each visitor this weekend and what the Gators chances are with those prospects.

Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest football news, plus talk about the Florida Gators basketball team.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, it is never a dull moment....

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Coaching and Florida Gators recruiting updates: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we discuss the latest on the Florida Gators recruiting visits that took place last weekend when seven players took official visits.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also discuss Mike Summers' leaving and when Jim McElwain is looking to add two coaches to the staff.

Andrew and Nick also discuss the basketball team and their latest win over the Georgia Bulldogs at home last Saturday.

TRANSCRIPT:

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

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Podcast previewing the Florida Gators official visit weekend

Gator Country brings you a new podcast as we focus on the first official visit weekend for the Florida Gators that starts on Friday.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down which prospects are visiting Florida, plus what the Gators chances are with these guys.

Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest news surrounding the Gators coaching search, plus discuss the basketball team.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, recruiting’s back, as of midnight on...

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Jeremy Foley set the standard for modern Athletic Directors

A 23-year old kid from Vermont, still looking for an internship to complete his Master’s degree at Ohio University, arrived in Gainesville in the summer of 1976. He had driven down with his father and had no idea what to expect. Little did a young Jeremy Foley know that double-checking paper tickets against a master list for the upcoming football season would lead to 40 years in Gainesville and a legacy that would include National Championships in 13 different sports.

“In all sincerity, when I came down here, and I laughed about the heat, usually when you're raised in New England you...

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Antonio Callaway takes step towards return

Antonio Callaway took a step towards rejoining the Florida Gators football team on Tuesday, according to his attorney Huntley Johnson.

“Antonio Callaway’s interim suspension has been modified so that he can attend class on campus at The University of Florida,” Johnson said in a statement.

Callaway has not been with the team since January due to an alleged student conduct code violation that stems from a violation that allegedly occurred in December. Jim McElwain said just last week at the SEC spring meetings that Callaway was not enrolled in classes for Florida’s first summer...

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Jonathan India home run keeps Florida in control of region

Jonathan India may be a freshman on paper, but after playing 61 games this season, Kevin O’Sullivan doesn’t consider him a rookie anymore.

India stepped up to the plate in the top of the eighth inning of a 5-5 game. He worked the count in his favor, 2-1, and sat dead red, waiting for a fastball. India got what he was looking for, lofting a ball high into the night towards the left field wall. Off the bat it looked like a no-doubt dinger, but the winds tried its best to keep the ball in play before it landed just over the blue padding, giving Florida a 6-5 lead, one that would hold on to...

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White speaks on Keith Stone and Florida Gators basketball

DESTIN — A lot of times in college basketball when a freshman redshirts it can be an indication of talent. Maybe the coaching staff missed on a projection or an evaluation. In every case, the redshirt process is hard on the student-athlete, who is coming in highly recruited and prized as a high school recruit.

Keith, as most freshmen are, was a little bit resistant to it at first,” Florida Gators head coach Mike White said of redshirt freshman forward Keith Stone.

Stone was a four-star prospect according to ESPN as a senior at Zion Lutheran High School in Deerfield Beach. ESPN called...

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Florida Gators football notebook, Callaway status

DESTIN — Florida Gators star receiver Antonio Callaway is not enrolled in Summer A classes at the University of Florida, according to Jim McElwain. Speaking at the SEC spring meetings McElwain initially answered a question regarding the status of Treon Harris and Antonio Callaway saying, “same deal.” When asked directly if Callaway was taking classes in the first Summer session, — Summer A — McElwain responded, “no, not right now.”

Neither player has been around the team since January. Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson

Earned not given: Lamical Perine’s ride to Gainesville

It’s well after midnight, pitch-black somewhere on Interstate 10 in the Florida panhandle. A Greyhound bus that left Mobile, Alabama late the night before takes up most of the right lane on an expanse of highway that runs 2,460 miles from Jacksonville all the way to Santa Monica, California.

The seemingly never-ending stretch of pavement lined with trees on either side, which may be nice to look at, but not for the seven hours that it takes for a Greyhound to rumble from Mobile to Gainesville. So Lamical Perine did what any 16-year old would do when they’re trapped in a seat, next to...

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Recruiting mailbag and Florida Gators diamond podcast

This GatorCountry podcast has a lot different things to offer Florida Gators fans as we take you recruiting questions, plus talk Florida diamond sports on this edition.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the Gators recruiting class, while answering your questions about certain positions and when the next commit will happen.

Andrew and Nick also talk about how the Gators softball team did in the Gainesville Regional, plus how the baseball team finished last weekend heading into the SEC tournament.

TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey,...

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