The Florida Gators had their big recruiting event on Friday night in the Swamp where a lot of players gathered to take part in Friday Night Lights.
Several current Gators commits were in town including running back commit Iverson Clement (5-11, 199, Mount Holly, NJ Rancocas Valley) who enjoyed the atmosphere in Gainesville.
“It feels amazing,” Clement said of being back at Florida. “Everybody is down here. We got Justin Fields, Matt Corral, Jacob Copeland; we had a lot of people. We all get together just chill, just talk and the biggest part of it all is just the relationship. A...
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The Florida Gators welcomed several top recruits to Gainesville this weekend for Friday Night Lights. Among those players was the No. 9 ranked wide receiver in the 2018 class, Jacob Copeland (6-0, 192, Pensacola, FL. Escambia).
Copeland did not compete on Friday, but he got a chance to watch and experience the new atmosphere that Jim McElwain and his staff have brought to the event over the last two years. He was happy to be able to relax on a visit instead of work out.
“Feels good just to come back here and enjoy the time,” said Copeland. “Just chill, relax and not really have to...
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Before Friday Night Lights takes place in the Swamp the Florida Gators hosted a “Sensational Sophomore night Thursday in the indoor practice facility. One of the big targets, literally and figuratively Thursday night was 2019 tight end recruit Keon Zipperer, who came in at 6-1, 235 pounds.
The Gators picked up a 2018 tight end commitment earlier on in the day Thursday, but the position is one that Florida knows it needs to continue loading up on and the Gators are very interested in Zipperer. The feeling is mutual.
“It’s my dream school,” he said of UF. “I gotta come to...
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Junior defensive back Chris Williamson is no longer with the Florida Gators football team and will transfer, multiple sources told Gator Country.
Williamson played in 14 games, making one start in 2017 (UMass), throughout his first two seasons in Gainesville. Most of Williamson’s time was spent playing on special teams. He had five tackles in two seasons.
Entering his third season, the Gainesville, Georgia native was facing stiff competition from a deep class of cornerbacks from the 2017 signing class. The Gators signed five defensive backs in 2017 and have three redshirt freshman,...
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Over the past five years (oh yeah, I celebrated my five year Gator Country anniversary on July 12), I have tried to explore every statistical avenue when it came to the Florida Gators football team. I have looked at positives and negatives, individual and team, and team and opponent – all to varying angles.
However, rarely have we explored the “obscure”. Now, what is considered obscure? I’ve classified them as things that you may overlook when looking up statistics online and in reality play a much bigger role than you may imagine. Or, in one case, just a really, really weird case...
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Every evaluation period presents the opportunity for recruits to have their breakout moments and to make noise on the recruiting front. 2019 6’6 guard Josiah James(Porter Gaud, SC) took advantage of that opportunity at the UAA Finals this past weekend. GatorCountry.com caught up with James to talk about his game and his recent offer from Florida.
James is a big guard who has elite court vision and a steady mid-range game. He is a pass first guard, but is more than capable to change the dynamic of a game with his ability to efficiently score the ball.
“I love playing fast and getting...
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The UAA Finals this past weekend in Georgia showcased many talented athletes, and 2018 Aaron Nesmith of Team TMP and Porter Gaud School(SC) defiantly left his mark. Nesmith had several coaches from high majors following his games all weekend and a few of those coaches offered him. Among those coaches to offer him this weekend were Coach White and the Florida Gators. GatorCountry.com caught up with Nesmith to talk about his Florida offer.
Nesmith is a tough minded 6’5 guard who is an efficient shooter and has proven that he can finish at the rim.
“I am a big wing who can play at both...
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The Florida Gators basketball program has released its 2017-2018 non-conference schedule that features some exciting matchups. Something that catches the eye is the plethora of home games. After having to play non-conference home games at different venues last season due to renovations to the O’Connell Center, The Gators will get to enjoy playing in front of the Florida faithful.
Florida will open up the season at home against Big South opponent Gardner-Webb on
Nov 13th. The Gators then host North Florida on Nov 16th and New Hampshire on Nov 19th before heading to the PK80 invitational...
Read the rest here: Home Sweet Home: Florida releases non-conference schedule
For the third year in a row, the Florida Gators find themselves in the same situation, sitting behind a division rival as the SEC preseason predictions are set to come out. The official results will not be released until SEC Media Days concludes on Friday, but most can take a pretty good guess at how things are going to shake out.
Georgia should take home the preseason SEC East title on Friday, but Florida plans on having something to say about that during the actual season, again.
“What do we think about it? We hear that every year,” said senior defensive back Marcell Harris....
Read the rest here: Preseason disrespect continues to drive the Florida Gators
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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HOOVER, Ala.- Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain took to the podium on Tuesday to address the media at the annual SEC Media Days. McElwain addressed several topics while in Hoover and GatorCountry.com was live to bring you the news and notes from his press conferences.
The quarterback position was the main topic of conversation but McElwain wasn’t ready to appoint one guy the starter at this time.
GatorCountry will break down what McElwain had to say at his multiple media stops in this notebook.
The quarterback room is really good and where McElwain and his staff...
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According to USA Today’s annual database, the Florida Gators athletic program made $141 million dollars, eighth best in the country. Florida trailed Texas A&M, Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma and LSU.
The Gators made, according to the database, $141,441,109 in the 2015-16 year, while spending just $121,307,116. The $20.1 million dollar surplus was second best in the SEC, trailing only Texas A&M ($57.2 million). The $20.1 million dollar surplus ranked third national.
The UAA recently approved a $128.2 million...
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In 2016 the Southeastern Conference and commissioner Greg Sankey announced a new initiative. Sankey created the Southeastern Conference Student-Athlete Leadership Councils and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The idea is to allow student-athletes to have a bigger say in programming on their respective campuses. The meetings will be held in Birmingham, Alabama beginning Friday.
A total of 69 student-athletes, including 28 SAAC representatives from all 14 SEC institutions will participate, including five Florida Gators. Martez Ivey (football), Kevarrius Hayes (basketball),...
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If you have spent any time on Twitter, Florida Gators message boards, or just living anywhere near a sports fan – then you will know that about six football programs are living on the edge of their seats hoping for a commitment from 5-star quarterback Justin Fields. Fields, Mr. All-Everything on the camp circuit, is considering Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Penn State after backing off a seven-month commitment to Penn State.
After Fields de-committed from Penn State, he quickly visited Auburn, Georgia, Florida State, and Florida and fans expected a quick...
Read the rest here: Opinion: Why Justin Fields Should Take His Time
Traditions and superstitions in the game of baseball are some of the most unique in all of sports. From players avoiding stepping on the foul line, post-season hairstyles and colors, to rally caps, nearly every team relies on something to bring it good luck. But the Rally Cup? That’s a new one.
Winning a championship in any sport requires talent and good coaching, but it also takes a little bit of luck. For the Florida Gators, freshman pitcher Garrett Milchin’s used paper PowerAde cup became the source of good fortune in the College World Series Finals.
The unlikely story of this...
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The Florida Gators baseball won its first national championship on Tuesday night after defeating the LSU Tigers in two straight games to clinch the series. Florida is now one of only four programs to win national championships in baseball, football and basketball.
Winning the baseball national title is something that Florida has been on the verge of doing since Kevin O’Sullivan arrived in Gainesville but it has escaped them year after year.
As you can imagine Gator fans were very excited on Tuesday night after the Gators clinched the title and that showed on social...
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GatorCountry brings you a photo gallery from Omaha as the Florida Gators prepare to take on LSU in game two of the College World Series Finals.
Check out all of our photos here.
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OMAHA, Neb — A baseball will always find a player once they come into the middle of a game. That was the case for Florida Gators outfielder/pitcher Nick Horvath on Monday night.
Horvath, luckily, didn’t have to enter the game completely cold. As Brady Singer started to run into trouble in this sixth inning Horvath was sent to the bullpen to get loose. Kevin O’Sullivan considered bringing Horvath in to throw to Greg Deichmann, but O’Sullivan went with Singer despite the sophomore giving up two runs in the sixth.
Horvath watched from the bullpen as Singer came back...
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Nick de la Torre brings you a photo gallery from Omaha as the Florida Gators take on the LSU Tigers.
Read the rest here: 2017 CWS Final: Florida Gators VS LSU tigers
OMAHA, Neb. — Paul Mainieri wasn’t afraid to admit he had a rooting interest in the late game on Saturday.
Mainieri’s LSU Tigers had just eliminated Oregon State from the College World Series 6-1 and back in the team hotel he tuned in to watch the Florida Gators take on TCU.
“Truth be told, I was rooting for Kevin and the Gators last night. I just think it's an awesome thing that these two SEC schools get to play for a national championship.”
This is LSU’s seventh trip to the CWS Championship. The previous six times the Tigers have played for a National...
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OMAHA, Neb — The stage is set for the College World Series Championship but the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers’ pitching rotations are far from it.
“I'm going to let Kevin pick our starter tomorrow,” LSU manager Paul Mainieri joked on Sunday.
LSU lost its second game of the tournament, and had to play its way out of the loser’s bracket. Florida’s pitching staff was set up perfectly before they stumbled against TCU on Friday, forcing the “if necessary” game on Saturday where they burned Alex Faedo.
The two teams will take different approached. Brady...
Read the rest here: The CWS final is set the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers’ pitching is not
OMAHA, Neb — In an attempt to wake up the bats Florida Gators manager Kevin O’Sullivan decided to shake up the starting lineup for Florida’s elimination game against TCU on Saturday night.
Ryan Larson will bat ninth tonight vs. TCU. He’s been the Gators’ leadoff hitter for the entire NCAA Tournament. Deacon Liput will now fill that leadoff role for Florida. He had been batting sixth in the lineup previously. Austin Langworthy and
O’Sullivan alluded to a change in the lineup after Florida’s 9-2 loss to TCU on Friday night.
“Probably need to look at the...
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OMAHA, Neb — Gator Country’s photo gallery for the Florida Gators second matchup with TCU in the 2017 College World Series.
Read the rest here: 2017 CWS photo gallery: Florida Gators vs TCU Horned Frogs
It has been a busy past week for members of the 2019 recruiting class as college coaches could start contacting them on June 15th. 6’5 guard Charles Smith IV from LaLumiere(IN) has been very busy as college coaches from all over the country are contacting him. Smith caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his recruiting process and his recent offer from the Florida Gators.
Smith prides himself in being an effective scorer on the offensive end and being a solid on ball defender on the defensive end.
“I feel like I’m a very good scorer and on ball defender,” Smith said....
Read the rest here: Florida Gators basketball offers Charles Smith IV
Last week the Florida Gators picked up another 2019 commitment after one of Jim McElwain’s football camps.
2019 athlete Marcus Tillman (6-0, 195, Orlando, FL. Jones) decided to commit to Florida after a meeting with the head man himself.
“Coach McElwain was telling me what I wanted to hear and Florida is my dream school,” Tillman said on why he committed. “I’ve always wanted to go there so I just decide to commit.”
Tillman was in McElwain’s office when he told the Gators about his decision to commit and the news was well received.
“He was real happy and he give me a...
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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,...
Read the rest here: Three Florida Gators named Athlon Sports preseason All-Americans
OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida Gators arrive at TD Ameritrade park and prepare for their second game of the 2017 College World Series against the Louisville Cardinals.
The Gators and Cardinals are both 1-0 in the 2017 CWS and the winner of this game advances to the bracket championship.
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Read the rest here: Photo Gallery: Florida Gators vs Louisville Cardinals CWS game 2
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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The Florida Gators have had several big name prospects on campus this summer and that has included several of their current commitments.
One of those commitments that visited Florida was 2019 receiver Frank Ladson (6-4, 170, Miami, FL. South Dade) who had a laid back visit to Gainesville.
“It was great, I felt good being back,” Ladson said of his Florida visit. “I just talk to the coaches and chilled out and watched the camp.”
While on campus Ladson got to talk to his area recruiter, defensive backs Corey Bell and that have developed a solid relationship with each...
Read the rest here: Ladson still high on his Florida Gators commitment
OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida Gators players didn’t know it, but a loss to TCU on Sunday night would have been their fourth in a row at the College World Series.
That would have tied a record that you don’t want your name associated with.
“Last year was close, those two teams just grinded out victories,” Sunday night starter Alex Faedo said. “It just feels a lot better starting off 1-0.”
Getting to Omaha is great. Freshman Austin Langworthy called it “a dream” and admitted that he had nerves heading into his first game under the bright lights of Omaha....
Read the rest here: Florida Gators end three-game CWS skid with win over TCU