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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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Florida Gators avoid sweep, take series finale vs Tennessee

After taking losses on Friday and Saturday, Florida Gators reliever Michael Byrne got another chance on Sunday. Byrne recorded the final six out of Florida’s 5-4 win on Sunday, avoiding what would have been a devastating sweep at home to Tennessee.

Florida jumped out to a quick lead in the second inning when Nelson Maldonado walked and moved to second when Christian Hicks hit a one-out single to right. Nick Horvath drew his first of two walks on the afternoon to load the bases and Deacon Liput beat out what would have been an inning-ending 5-3 double play to allow Maldonado to...

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Baserunning blunders sink Florida Gators

Benito Santiago line a ball into the left center gap and Justin Ammons rounded third. Ryan Larson got a good jump and was able to cut the ball off before it reached the outfield wall. In one fluid motion, Larson scooped the ball, turned his body around and fired a strike to Dalton Guthrie, who was six steps onto the outfield grass. Guthrie mishandled the transition and Ammons scored to give Tennessee a 3-2 lead in the tenth.

That may have been the nail in the coffin for the game and series, but it wasn’t the Gators shot themselves in the foot before the tenth inning with base running and...

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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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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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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 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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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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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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