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ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Florida DL coach Chris Rumph will remain on staff.

While Clemson had reportedly been wooing Rumph (he was on their staff from 2006-2010), McMurphy hears from one of his little birdies that Rumph has no intention of leaving Florida. He has been coaching up the defensive line with the Gators each of the past two seasons. This is a nice retention for HC Jim McElwain, as Rumph is a respected weapon in the recruiting game.
Jan 19 - 6:36 PM

Florida redshirt freshman QB Feleipe' Franks will have an opportunity to work with the first-team offense in spring practice.

With starter Luke Del Rio expected to be sidelined for spring work as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery, Franks will be taking on a larger load than normally would have been the case in spring practice. In the past cycle, the 6-foot-6, 219-pounder ranked as a four-star recruit, No. 65 on the ESPN 300. He isn't a perfect quarterback on the technical level yet, but has the in-huddle traits you would hope to see from a future program leader. Florida briefly considered burning his redshirt this past season due to quarterbacking injuries, but he ultimately retained it. In addition to Franks, Kyle Trask will also get an extended look this spring.
Jan 19 - 4:32 PM

Florida redshirt senior QB Luke Del Rio will miss spring camp after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Wednesday's procedure was to his left, non-throwing shoulder. Del Rio's absence opens the door for an intriguing two-man spring quarterback race between Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. The winner of that will be a legitimate contender for Del Rio's job in the summer. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Del Rio, 5-1 as a starter this past season, completed 56.7 percent of his passes for 1,358 yards and an 8/8 TD/INT rate.
Jan 19 - 3:59 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell pointed to Florida as having one of the more disappointing 2017 recruiting classes.

Still three weeks for the Gators to bring a little more bite, but they currently rank 18th in the country by Rivals standards. That lags behind in-state recruiting foes Miami (13) and Florida State (6). Should matters remain static, the 2017 stable would represent a slight step down from the No. 14 2016 class Jim McElwain brought to the table. While Florida does hold commitments from nine four-star recruits, there are no current five-stars on their ledger and they have just 15 pledges total. One name that could help salvage this class -- Aubrey Solomon. The five-star defensive tackle will visit Florida before National Signing Day.
Source: Rivals
Jan 13 - 4:28 PM

Florida redshirt junior LB Alex Anzalone has been added to the Senior Bowl roster.

Anzalone is a fourth year junior who dealt with a number of injuries throughout his Gators career. He was one of Florida's top defensive players whenever on the field, but even in his final two seasons Anzalone saw action in just 10 games due to shoulder and arm injuries.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 11 - 10:38 AM

Florida redshirt junior DT Caleb Brantley will declare for the NFL Draft.

Brantley logged 31 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble this year. A frequent target of double-teams in college, Brantley is a late Rd. 1 or early Rd. 2 prospect because of his blend of size and athleticism.'s Todd McShay pegged Brantley No. 14 overall prospect and projected him to go No. 23 to the Denver Broncos. In addition to Brantley, the Gators have lost CBs Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson, T David Sharpe and LB Alex Anzalone to the pros. The other starting linebackers all graduated.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 6 - 12:43 PM

Florida junior CB Teez Tabor announced his intention to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Tabor signed with First Round Management, a group known for representing MMA athletes but added David Njoku and Speedy Noil, among others, to their group. The corner formerly known as Jalen Tabor is widely viewed as a likely first round pick, although we all know how long this process is and how often those early projections change. Tabor was suspended for the season opener after getting into a fight with a teammate. He also tweeted about college football being the modern form of slavery last January.
Jan 5 - 8:55 AM

Florida redshirt junior LB Alex Anzalone will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 241-pounder is essentially selling low on his own stock. A physically gifted prospect, Anzalone was limited to only two games last season and another six games this year due to separate shoulder and arm injuries. If he falls into Day 3 over durability concerns, the juice will be worth the squeeze. Anzalone's medicals will obviously be of the utmost importance to his Draft standing.
Source: USA Today
Jan 4 - 5:29 PM

Florida redshirt senior C Cam Dillard will transfer for his final season of eligibility.

Dillard started 11 games in 2015 and will likely find more playing time in his next spot. He was an important piece of the offensive line a season ago, with Jim McElwain and the school only having a handful of scholarship offensive linemen.
Jan 4 - 9:13 AM

Florida junior CB Duke Dawson will return for his final season of collegiate eligibility in 2017.

Dawson was a seven-game starter this past season and has appeared in all 28 of Florida's games over the past two seasons. He registered 24 tackles (3.5 for loss), an interception and seven passes defended in 2016. The 5-foot-10, 208-pound junior ranked as a four-star recruit out of high school during the 2014 cycle.
Jan 3 - 6:01 PM

Florida junior CB Quincy Wilson will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Wilson and Teez Tabor make for one of the more vaunted draft-eligible cornerback duos in the country. While Tabor has drawn more ink during his Florida career, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has forwarded that there are those in the scouting community who strongly believe that Wilson will be the better pro prospect. ESPN's Todd McShay slots the 6-foot-1, 213-pound Wilson into his top-32 at No. 25 and promptly admits (what do you know?) that while he has spent more time watching tape of Tabor, some scouts he has spoken to like Wilson more. McShay notes that he possesses a "good size/speed combination." The corner should be viewed as a potential Day 1 pick, with Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel writing that he could be the first corner selected this spring.
Jan 3 - 5:18 PM

Florida junior T David Sharpe will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Sharpe has been entrenched along the Florida offensive line over the past two seasons. The 6-foot-6, 363-pounder was a four-star recruit out of high school for the 2014 cycle. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has assigned him a sixth-round grade, meaning that his work through the draft process could well determine whether he is drafted at all. This is no sure thing.
Jan 3 - 5:01 PM

Florida senior QB Austin Appleby completed 14-of-25 passes for 222 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Monday's 30-3 win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

Appleby's first touchdown pass came on a little screen which RB Mark Thompson took for 85 yards just before halftime. He would come back out in the closing seconds of the third quarter to find DeAndre Goolsby from six yards out to boost Florida to a 17-3 advantage. Iowa would never seriously threaten that margin in the fourth quarter. Appleby ultimately made seven starts for Florida this season, filling in on multiple occasions for the oft-injured Luke Del Rio. In that starting space, he held a 10/7 TD/INT ratio. Despite barely fielding an offense, HC Jim McElwain has led the Gators to back-to-back appearances in the SEC Championship Game and is now 1-1 in bowl action since joining the program prior to the 2015 season.
Jan 2 - 4:54 PM

Florida redshirt junior RB Mark Thompson hauled in an 85-yard touchdown in Monday's 30-3 win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

Thompson wasn't utilized much in the running game -- he managed just two rushes for four yards -- but provided the biggest offensive jolt of the contest with his 85-yard touchdown catch. The score came in the closing minutes of the first half, with Thompson doing almost all the work. He seemingly picked his way through the entire Iowa defense down the right sideline after catching a short screen pass from QB Austin Appleby. His overall rushing totals this season have been underwhelming, as he failed to surpass 25 yards on the ground in all but three games.
Jan 2 - 4:41 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that many in the scouting community believe that Florida junior CB Quincy Wilson "may be the most underrated cornerback in the nation."

Pauline further passes along that Wilson is legitimately in the first-round conversation at this point. Just where the 6-foot-1, 213-pounder falls in the draft in comparison to CB teammate Teez Tabor will be something to monitor when the time comes. Pauline has written on multiple occasions this season that there are segments of the scouting community who prefer Wilson to Tabor due to the former's size advantage.
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