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Florida redshirt junior DT Taven Bryan announced on Twitter that he'll enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

"Coach (Dan) Mullen coming back to Gainesville made this decision very difficult because I have the highest regard for him and I believe he is going to bring greatness to #GatorNation," Bryan wrote. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder broke out in 2017 after previously being used as part of a rotation. He finished with 40 tackles, six TFL, four sacks and three quarterback hurries. If Bryan tests well at the combine as expected, he'll have a decent chance to go on Day 2. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell, who reported in late November that Bryan would declare, has heard Bryan compared by scouts to the Chiefs' Chris Jones and the Broncos' Derek Wolfe.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 11 - 4:17 PM

Florida freshman WR James Robinson (heart) tweeted Friday that it "[h]urts knowing I can’t play football again," an indication that his career is over.

Ex-Florida HC Jim McElwain announced Sept. 6 that Robinson "had something show up" during an echocardiogram test. Robinson sat out while waiting to see specialists in order to get genetic testing results. It sure seems like he was given heart-breaking news with regards to the heart condition. Robinson (6'4/205) was a four-star recruit in the 2017 cycle.
Source: SEC Country
Dec 8 - 5:44 PM

Inside the League's Neil Stratton reports that Florida junior WR Antonio Callaway has signed with an agent, thus foregoing his final year of eligibility to enter the draft.

Per Stratton, Callaway has signed with agent Mel Bratton. As for his draft stock, well, that's going to be an adventure. The 5-foot-11, 198-pounder had been ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect on the Big Board of ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. when he initially released that in the spring, but did not play this season after he was suspended along with six others due to his alleged role in a credit card fraud case this summer. Callaway is a first-round talent taking away his off-field issues, but those will be heavily factored into his eventual draft slot. He's also been cited for marijuana possession on multiple occasions.
Dec 7 - 5:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Florida redshirt junior DT Taven Bryan has not yet made a final decision about entering the draft.

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reported at the end of November that Bryan would be making the draft jump, but Pauline writes that "[w]hile Bryan has met with agents, I’m told he’s made no final decision on entering the draft." The analyst hears that the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder is expected to meet with new Florida HC Dan Mullen before he makes a decision and that it's currently a "50/50" proposition as to whether Bryan makes the jump. He could see some Day 2 interest with a strong evaluating process, though inconsistencies in his play could end up dropping him to Day 3 should he declare.
Dec 6 - 2:17 PM

UCLA three-star 2018 verbal T commit Chris Bleich flipped his pledge to Florida.

Bleich (6'5/308) hopped from one program with a new coach to another one in joining Dan Mullen's fledgling class with the Gators. The Plymouth, Pennsylvania, native had been in UCLA's clutches since June. Rivals slots him in as their No. 35 tackle prospect for the 2018 cycle. He still has work to do on the levels of technique and functional strength before he's ready to contribute at the collegiate level.
Nov 29 - 10:57 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff reports that Mississippi State DC Todd Grantham will join Florida HC Dan Mullen's staff at the same post.

Gators DC Randy Shannon -- who served as interim head coach after the team fired Jim McElwain -- was not retained after Mullen was hired as head coach over the weekend. Grantham will follow Mullen to Gainesville. He was initially hired by Mississippi State away from Louisville to serve as defensive coordinator last winter. Under his watch during the current season, the Bulldogs made noticeable strides defensively, moving from 110th in total yards allowed in 2016 all the way up to 10th. Per Aschoff, Grantham has been inked to an initial three-year contract with Florida.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 29 - 6:47 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that Florida redshirt junior DT Taven Bryan will declare for the NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Bryan posted 40 tackles, six TFL and four sacks this fall in a breakout campaign. Previously, he'd been a rotational linemen. Per Campbell, Bryan "is known to be an excellent athlete" and he's "expected to post impressive numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine and in pre-draft workouts." Campbell has heard comparisons to the Chiefs' Chris Jones and the Broncos' Derek Wolfe in the scouting community. Both were second-rounders. We'd previously heard late-Day 2 or early-Day 3 grades on Bryan. An impressive pre-draft process could improve his standing, but he's inconsistent and remains raw, despite the physical tools.
Nov 29 - 1:00 PM

College football insider Brett McMurphy reports that Florida has hired Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen to serve in the same capacity.

Florida was one of Chip Kelly's two considerations along with UCLA. They reportedly backed away from the quest for Kelly several days ago, to focus on UCF's Scott Frost, but per a report from USA Today's Dan Wolken, Frost himself decided not to entertain the Gators' overtures. Third time's a charm, as they say, with Mullen. He posted a 69-46 record (33-39 in conference) during his eight seasons with Mississippi State. We love the hire, here, as Mullen has already forged a working relationship with Gators AD Scott Stricklin based on Stricklin's time at Mississippi State and is going to have all the resources in the world to make a dent in one of the richest recruiting states in the country.
Nov 26 - 5:21 PM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that Florida is finalizing a contract with Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen to serve in the same capacity.

Assuming this deal gets done, Mullen will be reunited with AD Scott Stricklin, who worked with the coach from 2010-2016 when he was serving in that capacity at Mississippi State. Since being hired by the Bulldogs in 2009, Mullen has worked out to a 69-46 record (33-39 in conference). While Chip Kelly or UCF's Scott Frost might be sexier names, we like this move for the Gators. Mullen has already found success with Mississippi State and will now have a far, far more stocked recruiting pool to fish from in the talent-rich state of Florida.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 26 - 2:40 PM

Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reports that Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen is now Florida's No. 1 target for their open head-coaching vacancy.

Florida's had to shift down the line in terms of their coaching targets over the last week. They were reportedly one of the finalists for Chip Kelly before they backed off to focus on UCF's Scott Frost. Frost, however, has since reportedly decided to pass on the Gators gig. That brings us to Mullen, a name which has been bubbling under the surface in terms of the Florida position over the last few days. Gators AD Scott Stricklin is intimately familiar with Mullen's work, having served as athletic director with the Bulldogs from 2010-2016. According to Thamel, a decision one way or another from Mullen is expected by the end of Sunday.
Nov 26 - 2:09 PM

Florida redshirt sophomore WR Kalif Jackson will transfer as a graduate.

Jackson was recognized for Senior Day festivities prior to Saturday's game against Florida State. He is set to graduate on December 16, after which he will be eligible to play with his new program immediately in 2018. The 6-foot-4, 184-pounder, a former three-star recruit, did not record a catch during his time at Florida.
Source: 247Sports
Nov 26 - 1:19 PM

Florida junior WR Brandon Powell caught nine passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 38-22 loss to Florida.

The Gators' football season is over, but the coaching season is just beginning. Both of Powell's touchdowns were converted out of the slot. One displayed an inside move to outside fade, and the second was a delayed slant. He's a fun, explosive football player.
Nov 25 - 4:21 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that Mississippi State is looking to lock up HC Dan Mullen with a contract extension.

Per Feldman, the Bulldogs are "all in" on keeping Mullen with the program and would be willing to offer him an annual salary in the vicinity of $6 million (he's currently making $4.5 million). While Mullen has been floated as a potential candidate for the open jobs at both Florida and Tennessee, he reiterated his commitment to Mississippi State following Thursday's Egg Bowl, saying, "I’m happy with what we’ve built. I think it’s pretty special" and later adding, "What we’re going to continue to do is build the program in the right direction."
Nov 24 - 12:55 PM

Florida redshirt senior QB Luke Del Rio is opting not to use his sixth available year of eligibility.

Del Rio had one year eligibility left, but will leave that on the table. His career with the Gators has been a health-challenged one, especially of late. The 6-foot-1, 213-pounder has undergone two shoulder surgeries -- both on the same shoulder -- over the last calendar year. Most recently, he went under the knife after sustaining a hard hit against Vanderbilt at the end of September. He finishes his career with the Gators having thrown for 1,637 yards (56.6% completions) with a 9/9 TD/INT ratio. Those numbers accurately reflect what we saw on the field from the quarterback, who played competently -- but never spectacularly -- when given the opportunity.
Nov 22 - 5:44 PM

Florida freshman RB/WR Kadarius Toney (undisclosed) is day-to-day for Saturday's game against Florida State.

Toney (5'11/180) dealt with a shoulder injury earlier this month, but he's appeared in each of the last two games. We don't yet know if he aggravated the old injury, or if he's dealing with something new. That figures to be clarified later this week.
Nov 20 - 4:08 PM


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