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Florida coach Jim McElwain announced that Treon Harris has officially won the starting quarterback job, while redshirt freshman QB Will Grier will also play.

The Gators host New Mexico State on Saturday. "This is still a painting in progress," McElwain said. "This is two guys pulling in the same direction to help this football team." Grier, a former four-star dual-threat quarterback, figures to push Harris all season unless the latter greatly improves his accuracy.
Sep 2 - 7:16 PM

Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III is "ultra-competitive and explosive," according to NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

In NFL.com's countdown of the Top-20 players in college football, Hargreaves checked in at No. 7. The NFL.com team noted that not only does the 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior offer the necessary athleticism and tenaciousness to play corner at the next level, he's also, in the words of draft expert Chase Goodbread, "a high-character leader as well. Quarterbacks throw away from him, the ultimate compliment for a cornerback." There are questions about Hargreave's size, but he's never shown that to be an issue at the college level and has six interceptions and 24 pass breakups through 24 games.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 3:59 PM

On Florida's depth chart, the quarterback position is listed as "[sophomore] Treon Harris OR [redshirt freshman] Will Grier."

On a depth chart, "or" usually indicates that there is no definitive starter. This just backs up HC Jim McElwain's comments from last week, as he indicated that both Harris and Grier would see playing time in the team's season-opener against New Mexico State. Redshirt freshman Grier missed the 2014 season with a back injury, while Harris completed 55-of-111 passes (49.6% completions) for 1,019 yards and a 9/4 TD/INT ratio. The reality is that Jim McElwain's ideal quarterback for the future likely does not exist on this roster.
Aug 31 - 4:14 PM

Florida senior LB Antonio Morrison has been listed as the starting middle linebacker on the team's depth chart.

While Morrison led the Gators with 101 tackles last season, he suffered a catastrophic knee injury during the Belk Bowl which required a pair of surgeries. The team limited him to non-contact drills in preseason camp. HC Jim McElwain elaborated on the 6-foot-1, 218-pound senior's progress, saying that "it obviously won’t be one of those deals where he’s playing 80 or 90 plays, but at the same time, he’s prepared himself and he’s ready to play and we’ll have a plan for that." When healthy, Morrison's ability to stick and commit stands out. Last season, he tallied just five missed/broken tackles.
Aug 31 - 4:01 PM

According to Florida HC Jim McElwain, sophomore QB Treon Harris and redshirt freshman QB Will Grier will both play in the team's season-opening tilt with New Mexico State.

"Like I've said, and I mean this, you guys keep pushing for this, but there isn't a timetable," said McElwain, channeling his inner Nick Saban by referring to the media as "you guys." The head coach is moving from one of the most productive offenses in the country at Colorado State to whatever it is that Florida currently has in its bag. Harris completed a shade under 50% of his passes a season ago, while Grier missed the season completely after suffering a back injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 9:44 PM

Florida true freshman T Martez Ivey will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday.

Ivey was a likely starter on the offensive line, but the Gators will have to change course quickly. Head coach Jim McElwain declined to discuss specifics, but said that the 6-foot-5, 271-pound true freshman's injury was "a pre-existing thing that was kind of bothering him." A silver lining--McElwain indicated that we could see Ivey again this season. He just doesn't know when. Coming out of high school, the tackle was ranked as the No. 4 overall recruit in the country by Rivals.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 8:20 PM

Per the National Football Post's Eric Saltzman, Florida redshirt senior TE Jake McGee is a "solid possession type tight end."

"His blocking is considered to be below average, but he has good size and is a savvy route runner," he wrote. "McGee has great hands, and combined with good size and good vertical, give him a large catch radius." Of course, he must prove his health. McGee broke his tibia and fibula in the opener against Eastern Michigan last September. The Virginia transfer had 43 catches for 395 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 for the Cavs.
Aug 24 - 12:02 AM

Florida suspended redshirt junior S Marcus Maye and two others for the season opener.

Redshirt junior defensive lineman Alex McCalister and senior receiver Latroy Pittman Jr. were also suspended for the Sept. 5 game against New Mexico State. Specifics, as always, were not offered. Of the three, Maye is easily the most valuable. The starting safety made 78 tackles and had two interceptions last year.
Aug 22 - 7:49 PM

Three Florida players, senior WR Latroy Pittman, redshirt junior DB Marcus Maye and redshirt junior edge rusher Alex McCalister have been suspended for the season opener against new Mexico State for a violation of school policy.

The season opener is obviously new head coach Jim McElwain's debut, and there are plenty of questions heading into the contest. Namely, McElwain will need to answer who will start at quarterback and who will start along the offensive line.
Aug 22 - 10:17 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes the "most compelling aspect" of Florida junior WR Demarcus Robinson's game "is his ability after the catch."

"Robinson isn't satisfied with just making the reception, showing the strength to break free from arm tackles and impressive stop-start quickness and agility to hamper defenders' pursuit angles. Further, though occasionally his feet will slip out from under him, Robinson shows intriguing balance to run through swipes at his legs," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Robinson led Florida with 10 receptions of 20 plus yards last season. Robinson hauled in 53 receptions for 810 yards and seven touchdowns, earning Offensive MVP honors from teammates.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 3:19 PM

Teams will appreciate Florida junior DL Jonathan Bullard's "no-nonsense game and positional and schematic versatility," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"The broad-shouldered defender was asked to line up at virtually every spot along Florida's defensive line in 2015 but projects best as a base defensive end in the NFL, exhibiting the length, strength and toughness to intrigue scouts from 4-3 and 3-4 schemes, alike," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-3, 271-pound Bullard finished the year with 52 tackles, 8.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks for the Gators. The Florida prospect posted 13 stops on third down, which prevented opponents from gaining a first down in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 2:43 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III "combines quickness, balance and route-recognition to excel in coverage."

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Hargreaves III has recorded six interceptions and 24 pass breakups in just 24 career games with the Gators. Rang adds that the Florida prospect has "rare physicality and open-field tackling ability to be just as effective in run support and when blitzing off the corner." Hargreaves III could earn top 10 consideration in the draft, with another solid season under his belt.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 2:10 PM

Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III "does not back down against larger receivers, winning hand play downfield, going up high on jump balls, and dislodging the ball whenever possible," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Just put him on an island and watch him go to work," Reuter wrote. Reuter pegs Hargreaves as the No. 5 junior draft prospect. Hargreaves (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) has recorded six interceptions and 24 pass breakups in just 24 career games. Many call him a first-rounder waiting to happen, but it's worth noting that TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently reported that "most scouts feel" Hargreaves III is "significantly overrated."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 17 - 1:03 AM

Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves will serve as the school's punt returner this season.

Hargreaves is adding to his NFL evaluation. The top corner in the country could show off enough return skills for an NFL team to feel more comfortable swapping depth at the end of their active roster rather than always choosing a designated returner. Brandon Powell will return kickoffs.
Aug 16 - 8:37 AM

Florida junior S Keanu Neal "does not receive the credit he’s due," believes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline says the Gators' CB duo of Brian Poole and Vernon Hargreaves are overrated, but thinks one level behind them a safety is being overshadowed. "The productive safety stands out defending the run as well as covering the pass and rarely has breakdowns on the field," he wrote. "I’m a fan of his game though his next level grade will largely depend on works out prior to the draft. He reminds me of former Gators safety Major Wright."
Aug 11 - 10:59 PM


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