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Coach Greg Knox said Florida sophomore RB Malik Davis' rehab is "coming along well."

Davis (5'11/194) suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2017 during Florida's loss to Georgia. While Knox seemed confident in Davis' rehab, he didn't have much to say about a timeline for return. Prior to his injury, Davis was one of the most dynamic pieces of the Florida offense. He rushed for over 90 yards in 5-of-7 games, averaging 6.7 yards-per-carry.
Feb 22 - 7:25 PM

Florida QB coach Brian Johnson said that the team will hold an open quarterback competition this spring.

That sounds about right. Not only did Florida receive little from incumbent starter Feleipe Franks last year, but HC Dan Mullen will want to keep his options open as he evaluates his new outfit. Said Johnson, "The beauty of us all coming in, and I talked to the guys about this [Wednesday], is that everybody is kind of starting from the same spot in terms of learning our offense." As for the combatants in this competition, the strong-armed Franks threw for 1,438 yards (54.6-percent completions) with a 9/8 TD/INT ratio over the course of 11 games in 2017 and will be trying to hold off redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask and four-star true freshman Emory Jones. We've always been fans of Franks' athletic talent -- he has a cannon -- but his output on the field for the past campaign was very, very discouraging.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 22 - 6:37 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that Florida S Marcell Harris (Achilles) will not be healthy enough to take part in athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine.

It's unfortunate for Harris, who certainly could have used a testing stage to make his case for a late Day 3 selection. As is, looks like that show in Indy won't come to pass. The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder tore his right Achilles in July and subsequently missed the 2017 campaign while on the recovery trail. He's been training in Pensacola this winter.
Feb 22 - 4:47 PM

Florida HC Dan Mullen and AD Scott Stricklin have been added as defendants in a lawsuit by clothing store Rebel Rags.

This relates not to Florida, but rather Mississippi State (the former stomping grounds for both Mullen and Stricklin). The NCAA accused Rebel Rags of giving free clothing to current Mississippi State players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones when they were being recruited by Ole Miss. This came out as part of the NCAA's notice of allegations for the program in Oxford. Rebel Rags denied the charge and proceeded to sue the two players, as well as Laremy Tunsil's stepfather, in June, alleging defamation, civil conspiracy and commercial disparagement. While it's not the cleanest of situations for Mullen and Stricklin, there's no indication that this civil suit will have any impact on Florida's preparation for spring practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 5:22 PM

Multiple players have reported that workouts under new Florida HC Dan Mullen and the strength and conditioning coaches have been more difficult than in the past.

It's Mullen's first year at the school, so that could lead to the extra intensity, but it was commonly understood that workouts for the coach at Mississippi State were also difficult. That's not to say that workouts under former coach Jim McElwain were "easy," but Mullen appears to be pushing players harder as they try and get back to relevance in the Southeastern Conference. We'll find out if that pays off for the Gators in a little over six months.
Feb 18 - 4:40 PM

NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted that in studying Florida WR Antonio Callaway, he reminded him of former Gator Percy Harvin.

Callaway oozed talent in his time at Florida, but his off-the-field issues are rampant, as he's been cited for marijuana possession on multiple occassions and also was kicked off the team due to his role in a credit card fraud case. Still, his ability as a receiver and punt-returner is readily apparent, even while playing with some of the worst quarterbacks in the conference. Someone might take a chance on him, but you have to wonder if the risk is worth the reward.
Feb 18 - 2:49 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared Florida freshman DE Andrew Chatfield to former Tennessee DE Corey Vereen.

Haubert notes that the 6-foot-3, 221-pound Chatfield, like Vereen, is somewhat undersized while observing in the same breath that the two players also share (more positively) similar quickness and power quotients. The analyst believes that Chatfield will likely see most of his early work as a situational pass-rusher, with potential to develop into a three-down defender once he adds a bit more bulk.
Feb 15 - 4:10 PM

Florida HC Dan Mullen said that he would "love" for former Gators star Tim Tebow to join the program in some capacity.

Mullen said that he texted with Tebow in recent days just to see what the former Heisman winner was up to. The answer to that would be baseball, as Tebow is currently a minor-leaguer in the Mets' system. He's also an analyst for SEC Network. If Tebow is to return to his old stomping grounds at the university in one role or another, it logically won't be until after he hangs up his baseball spikes at the earliest.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 10 - 3:38 PM

Florida signed uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Jacob Copeland.

Copeland (6'0/192) opted for the Gators over fellow finalists Alabama and Tennessee. He had previously been committed to the program in Gainesville prior to opening matters back up to reassess his options in November. Early in his development, the wideout has already shown a plus-route-running skill-set. He offers stellar body control, to boot. On the 247Sports composite board, Copeland lands at No. 69 overall for the cycle.
Feb 7 - 2:42 PM

Florida signed uncommitted four-star 2018 DE Andrew Chatfield.

Chatfield (6'3/221) was also considering Florida State and Miami. He ranks as the No. 213 overall prospect for the cycle on the 247Sports composite board. As tends to be the case with the vast bulk of high school recruits, Chatfield still has work to do on the technical front, but he's flashed nice raw strength and shown the ability to bull-rush the passer in his development to date.
Feb 7 - 12:57 PM

Florida DT Traven Bryan "doesn't have enough feel for the game yet," according to one NFC scout who spoke with Lance Zierlein.

Per this evaluator, Bryan currently wins with athleticism and the necessary progression does not happen overnight, meaning he likely ends up as a rotational player early on. If that is the case and the foundation of Bryan's current game is athleticism, then that needs to show itself during workouts. His initial steps off the line are ridiculous.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 10:33 AM

Rivals writer Chad Simmons lists Florida four-star 2018 verbal commit T Richard Gouraige is a player who could flip his commitment to Auburn.

Auburn hosted Gouraige this weekend, and there have been murmurs that the tackle has been wavering on his commitment to Florida over the past month. "There was even talk at the time that he would not even visit the Gators officially, but he ended up taking that trip and looked to have all but closed the door on his recruitment," Simmons writes. "Auburn did not give up and the Tigers hosted him on campus this weekend. If there is a school Florida should be concerned about, it is Auburn." This is certainly one to keep an eye on for Wednesday's signing day.
Source: Rivals
Feb 5 - 2:49 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon believes that Florida signing Emory Jones could be a starter for the Gators in 2018.

It's well-documented how much Florida has struggled offensively over the past few seasons, and really haven't had a long-term answer since Tim Tebow left the school. That's why getting Jones to flip his commitment from Ohio State -- although there are rumors the Buckeyes withdrew their offer -- was so big for Dan Mullen and company. As Kenyon writes: "Jones must add bulk to handle the physicality of both the college game and Dan Mullen's preferred offense, but Jones' skill set is the best match for that system."
Feb 3 - 7:06 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Jacob Copeland will join one of Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M, Tennessee or Alabama on National Signing Day.

Copeland (6'0/192) was committed to the Gators from August-November before he reopened his recruitment. Florida is still very much in his thoughts, though, as he's taking an official visit to Gainesville this weekend. He took January officials to both Alabama and Texas A&M while paying visit to Tennessee in December. Florida State would at least outwardly appear to be odd man out, here. We like the Pensacola native to reunite with the Gators when all is said and done. The No. 69 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite board for the 2018 cycle, Copeland is an above-average route runner who has shown the ability to make tough catches thanks to plus-body control when going for the ball. He'll be making his final choice live on ESPN2 come Wednesday, with that announcement scheduled for 2:00 PM EST.
Feb 3 - 4:26 PM

Florida hired Houston OC Brian Johnson to serve as quarterbacks coach.

Johnson earlier served as quarterbacks coach under Dan Mullen at Mississippi State from 2014-16. His departure from Houston was impetus for the Cougars to bring FAU OC Kendal Briles into the fold.
Feb 3 - 3:48 PM


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