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Florida head coach Jim McElwain has granted redshirt sophomore DT Jay-nard Bostwick his release from scholarship.

Bostwick played in five games last season after redshirting his first year in Gainesville. "Personal issues" have kept Bostwick away from the team since the conclusion of the 2014 season. He was suspended for the Gators' first contest last year.
Source: 247 Sports
Jul 25 - 9:50 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III is an early favorite to earn All-American honors in 2015.

"Having already earned All-America recognition in his first two seasons, intercepting six passes and breaking up 24 others, it's a no-brainer to include Hargreaves on this list. He does not back down against larger receivers (he's listed at 5-foot-11, 192 pounds), winning hand play downfield, going up high on jump balls, and dislodging the ball whenever possible," Reuter wrote. The Gators prospect led the SEC with 13 pass breakups in 2014 and has recorded six interceptions and 24 pass breakups in just 24 career games.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 3:45 PM

Florida head coach Jim McElwain told reporters up to four freshmen could play along the OL this season.

Four might not start, but four could be in the two deep rotation. The most likely freshman to start is T Martez Ivey, who could play on the right or left side, replacing the departed D.J. Humphries. McElwain is an excellent offensive coach, but the talent of his players might be a step below his opponents.
Jul 21 - 12:08 PM

Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison (knee) "has the demeanor, body type and athleticism to be an NFL starter, but the knee injury he suffered at the end of last season is a big concern," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

We don't even know when Morrison will return to the field, as he's currently shut down while rehabbing; he won't be with the team when it opens practices in three weeks. "Morrison loves to tackle and is pretty good at it, as well," Zierlein wrote. "Morrison finished with 101 tackles last season, but what really stands out is his form and ability to finish as a tackler." The analyst ranked Morrison as the No. 6 linebacker currently generating interest from NFL scouts. "Morrison had just five missed and broken tackles combined, which is an incredible number considering his tackle rate of one tackle every 6.5 snaps," Zierlein wrote. "He is willing to hit any lineman or fullback who dares to challenge him in the hole and his bouncy feet help him follow running backs from gap to gap."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 8:47 PM

Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison (knee) will not be ready for contact when the school opens preseason practices.

Morrison has had trouble with his knees and suffered another knee injury in the Birmingham Bowl. Jim McElwain, Florida’s new coach, refused to discuss the severity of the injury but told the media that his All-SEC LB will be non-contact when camp opens early next month. That's the bad news. The good news is that offensive lineman Trip Thurman (shoulder), tight end Jake McGee (leg) and defensive end Bryan Cox (hip surgery) will all be on the field after missing spring practice.
Jul 16 - 9:37 PM

Florida coach Jim McElwain said Florida sophomore RB Kelvin Taylor is improving as a pass blocker.

This is really good news, as Taylor was maligned for his pass pro in 2014. "Kelvin, he ended up taking a ton of reps because (of) the lack of numbers at the position, and has done an outstanding job, especially in the pass protection part of it, which is something that we're going to need out of him moving forward," said McElwain. While playing behind starter Matt Jones, Taylor rushed for 565 yards on 116 carries (4.7 yards per carry) last year. We expect Jones to be the Gators' full-time starter this fall.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 16 - 7:23 PM

Florida star junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III hyped up sophomore CB Quincy Wilson.

"He reminds me of a Brandon Browner-type of corner or an Antonio Cromartie-type of corner -- one of those big, lanky cornerbacks," Hargreaves said of his teammate. Wilson is listed at 6'1/200 lbs, so he's not quite as tall as Browner (6'3") and Cromartie (6'2"). The word that keeps coming up with Wilson is "physical." He will compete with Jalen Tabor for playing time.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 15 - 11:12 AM

Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III firmly stated that he often thinks about jumping to the NFL.

"All the time ... all the time," Hargreaves said. Of course, VGIII has never had the opportunity. He will after this season for the first time as a third-year junior. Hargreaves envisions a long tenure at the next level. "To play in the league for 10-plus years, that's probably my main goal," Hargreaves said. "And then hopefully try to get to a Super Bowl." The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Hargreaves led the SEC with 13 pass breakups last year and has logged six interceptions and 24 pass breakups in just 24 career games. "I think I'm completely different than most corners, but my favorite corner is Brent Grimes, just because of how he plays," Hargreaves said. "His tenacity, and he can do anything. He can press, he can play off, he's fast, and he makes plays and gets the ball out."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 8:37 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III as the best underclassmen draft prospect in the nation.

Well, kind of. "Hargreaves and Jalen Ramsey are really tied here," Kiper wrote. "Hargreaves has the better raw cover man credentials, and his gifts just jump off the screen." The 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect has logged six interceptions and 24 pass breakups in just 24 career games. "He defended 16 passes last year and broke up another 13, and it's not like QBs were eager to test him," Kiper wrote. "A special talent."
Jul 12 - 4:43 PM

Florida redshirt freshman QB Will Grier ended spring activities ahead of sophomore QB Treon Harris, according to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson.

The beat writer expects the competition to last through August. Harris started the final six games of 2014 with very mixed results. He missed part of offseason activities due to a family situation, and new head coach Jim McElwain pointed to this absence as a reason of Grier's No. 1 QB standing. We think it might be related to McElwain's offensive mentality. The former CSU head coach bases his offense around simple progressions, and Grier seems to fit that mold more than Harris.
Jul 12 - 12:45 PM

Returning Florida offensive linemen makeup only 188 snaps played in 2014, with the Gators losing 4,173 snaps from departing OL, according to Steve Palazzolo of PFF.

Here are a few of the players Florida lost: D.J. Humphries, Tyler Moore, Max Garcia, Rod Johnson and Trenton Brown. Jim McElwain has openly discussed the school's lack of depth along the front five. McElwain understands simplicity in coaching and is all for "quarterback friendly," but the offensive line could be Florida's biggest hurdle in 2015.
Jul 8 - 11:27 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III as the No. 1 defensive back to watch in College Football.

"He plays with advanced ball skills and will look to bait and rob throws in the deep middle (three interceptions last season). Hargreaves can keep up with speed receivers and has the explosiveness to leap and disrupt 50/50 balls," Zierlein wrote. The Florida prospect posted 50 total tackles, leading the Gators and the SEC, with 13 pass breakups last season. Hargreaves III could solidify his potential first-round draft stock with another impressive season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 6 - 2:23 PM

Florida junior WR Demarcus Robinson's "talent just jumped off the tape at me and it is easy to understand why the junior receiver improved from five catches his freshman year to 53 last season," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Robinson is a blazing vertical threat who gives the Gators a homerun hitter on any given snap," Zierlein wrote. "Robinson has shake at the line of scrimmage to free himself against press coverage and tracks the deep ball with ease. Robinson could benefit from new head coach Jim McElwain's pro-style offense, but if the quarterback play doesn't show improvement, Robinson's statistical output might not match up with his immense talent." He ranks Robinson as the No. 5 receiver in the country. Robinson had 53 receptions for 810 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 1:02 AM

Former Georgia Tech graduate LB Anthony Harrell transferred to Florida.

As is often the case, there's a bit of intrigue surrounding his departure from GT. Georgia Tech HC Paul Johnson said Harrell was suspended for a violation of team rules, while Harrell said he wasn't suspended at all and elected to transfer on his own volition. "It is with a sad heart that I announce that I am leaving Georgia Tech and my Yellow Jacket football team," Harrell wrote on Twitter. "I have been accepted to the University of Florida’s Masters Degree Program. My family and I have decided that it would be better for my future and where I want to go in life and that I will be attending and playing my 5th year of football at the University of Florida." Harrell is eligible to play right away as a graduate.
Jun 28 - 7:02 PM

Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III is "not huge, but he's the total package otherwise, a quick, instinctive cornerback who plays well in run support and is a lockdown cover man," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect has posted six interceptions and 24 pass breakups in just 24 career games. He earned All-SEC honors as a true freshman and then became an All-American as a sophomore. Brown ranks him as the country's No. 2 corner, behind Jalen Ramsey of Florida State.
Jun 25 - 4:26 PM


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