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Florida awarded HC Jim McElwain a one-year contract extension.

McElwain's contract is now set to last through the 2022 season. He will also be receiving a slight raise, with his salary bumped from $4.27 million to $4.48 million. His first two seasons at Florida have seen the Gators rack up a 19-8 record. They have twice won the SEC East only to be wiped off the field by Alabama in each of those conference championship games -- by a combined 52 points.
Jun 16 - 4:14 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff passes along that he has heard from scouts that Florida junior RB Jordan Scarlett possesses "NFL vision and quickness."

Aschoff believes that Scarlett could step up for 1,000 yards rushing during the coming campaign as he tries to put his best foot forward for the NFL. The analyst cites an improved offensive line as one reason the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder should find success in 2017. This past season, Scarlett rushed for 889 yards (5.0 YPC) and six touchdowns. Should he declare for next spring's draft upon the close of the coming campaign, he could see interest on Day 3 or potentially Day 2.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 3:45 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah writes that "expectations are high" for Florida freshman CB Marco Wilson.

Florida has been a veritable machine in their ability to churn out high-profile defensive backs, with Marcus Maye, Teez Tabor, Vernon Hargreaves, Keanu Neal all excelling in recent years. Wilson has the bloodlines, if nothing else -- he is the younger brother of Quincy Wilson, who was just drafted by the Colts. The 6-foot, 175-pounder ranked as Rivals' No. 128 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. He will be jostling with C.J. Henderson, Joseph Putu, Chauncey Gardner and Duke Johnson for depth-chart position come the start of August camp.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 9 - 8:37 PM

The father of Florida redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire said his son never considered returning to South Bend this fall because the trust between he and HC Brian Kelly had been broken.

"You know, shame on you the first time, shame on me the second time," Imani Zaire said. "… I don’t think Malik wanted to chance it because the relationship, I think, kind of soured a little bit." DeShone Kizer took over as the Irish’s starting quarterback after Zaire broke his ankle early on during the 2015 season. Though Kizer left this winter, becoming a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, Zaire never seriously considered returning to the Irish. His father indicated that his son felt misled about his odds of starting twice, both during Zaire’s redshirt freshman year, when Everett Golson reclaimed his old job after an academic suspension, and following Zaire's return from injury last fall. Zaire worked with QB coach Dennis Gile to improve his footwork and mechanics this winter. The 6-foot, 225-pound southpaw had 816 passing yards and a 6/0 TD/INT ratio along with 324 rushing yards and two scores over his career at Notre Dame.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 9 - 3:59 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff writes that Florida senior QB Malik Zaire "could really make this offense go."

Aschoff acknowledges that if Zaire earns the starting nod in August camp, it could potentially damage the development of redshirt freshman QB Feleipe Franks, who made strides in spring practice thanks to a slew of first-team reps afforded to him by the absence of Luke Del Rio (shoulder). However, the analyst writes in counter that Zaire's transfer "is about winning in 2017." We cannot wait to see this competition play out in August camp -- Zaire and Franks bring completely different skill-sets to the table and the offense essentially will have a sliding doors moment depending on which young gentleman is handed the starting keys.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 6 - 8:00 PM

Florida junior WR Antonio Callaway was offered a plea deal on his marijuana charges.

If Callaway pleads guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, his possession charges will be dropped. Last month, Callaway was charged with two counts of possession of marijuana. "Callaway will be treated as any other first-time cannabis offender, which he legally is despite admissions made in other contexts, and allowed to plead to possession of paraphernalia if he chooses," State’s attorney Bill Cervone said. "Doing so would allow him to avoid a driver’s license suspension that would be required if he were found guilty of actual cannabis possession." Callaway likely will face a fine and/or community service if he takes the deal. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Callway as the No. 11 NFL prospect in the nation in his first 2018 Big Board.
Jun 6 - 2:18 PM

247Sports' Barton Simmons argues that Florida senior QB Malik Zaire is "a talented quarterback but he's no program-changer."

After waiting for the SEC to tweak its graduate transfer rules, Zaire is now all set to transfer to the Gators. Whether he is set to start is another question entirely, one which Simmons does not view as cut-and-dried. "This is much ado about nothing," he writes. "Florida has a starting quarterback on its roster. His name is Feleipe Franks." The two players offer significantly different skill-sets, with Zaire far more of a dual-threat option while Franks is a pure pro-style gunslinger. And that latter skill-set might actually be more desirable in HC Jim McElwain's attack given what Florida is working with on the roster in terms of receiving talent. Antonio Callaway, Tyrie Cleveland, Brandon Powell, Freddie Swain, Dre Massey and Josh Hammond make up one of the deepest receiving groups in the SEC. Franks also had the benefit of having already been entrenched in McElwain's system for the past year-and-a-half, whereas Zaire will be cramming to learn the playbook.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 4 - 1:36 PM

Notre Dame senior QB Malik Zaire transferred to Florida as a graduate.

Zaire told FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman that he will be visiting Florida on Wednesday before he officially locks this transfer in. He explained to 247Sports that "[c]oming from Notre Dame, you're playing top games every week, and I wanted to continue that trend. I didn't want to run from the challenge, I wanted to embrace the challenge." Zaire started two games in 2015 before breaking his ankle. DeShone Kizer then took over as starter and held the job in 2016. In backup duty last season, Zaire completed 11-of-23 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 34 yards on 20 carries in eight games. He offers a dynamic athletic component on the ground that Feleipe Franks -- a four-star pro-style quarterback in the 2016 class and Zaire's biggest competition come August camp -- does not. Incumbent starter Luke Del Rio will also be in this mix, but is currently recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 4 - 12:07 PM

Florida received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Maurice Goolsby.

"They have the best interest at heart for me. It was my dream school growing up, too," Goolsby explained. Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy writes that the 6-foot-5, 193-pounder "will likely spend the year ahead battling for five-star status." Florida is already up to six commitments for 2019.
Jun 3 - 12:58 PM

Florida sophomore RB Lamical Perine said that "it's all about technique" with RB coach Ja'Juan Seider.

Florida swiped Seider from West Virginia earlier this offseason. Said Perine, "Even when you make a big run it’s the little details that he teaches and I feel like as a group we’re good and we build off that everyday." Perine will probably be backing up Jordan Scarlett once more this season, but even in a backup capacity, he received 91 carries last season. He rushed for 429 yards (4.6 YPC) and a touchdown in that space. For reference's sake, Scarlett saw 179 carries in 2016.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 2 - 6:46 PM

247Sports' Thomas Goldkamp writes that Florida sophomore WR Josh Hammond "emerged this spring."

For his part, Hammond passed along that the game has slowed down by degrees for him since he first enrolled at Florida as a four-star recruit in February of 2016. "The game speed's a lot different and a lot of the people are a lot smarter, so just thinking on the fly and stuff like that," he said of what has changed over the last year-plus. The 6-foot-1, 179-pounder caught 14 passes for 177 yards as a true freshman in 2016. For all of Florida's issues developing a true passing game under HC Jim McElwain, the team is out-and-out stocked with receiving talent just waiting to be unlocked -- Antonio Callaway, Tyrie Cleveland, Brandon Powell, Freddie Swain, Dre Massey and Hammond are all part of this stable. It might be the deepest group of receivers in the SEC.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 2 - 6:31 PM

The SEC announced on Friday that it has amended to its rules to graduate transfers.

The old rule barred teams from adding new graduate transfers if previous grad transfers failed to meet academic requirements at their new school over the previous three years. That rule has been changed to only ban teams from adding a grad transfer over a one-year period if academic benchmarks weren't achieved. This is major news for Florida, reportedly the transfer destination preference of Notre Dame grad QB Malik Zaire. The Gators wouldn't have been able to add Zaire under the old rules because two recent grad transfers failed to make grades. The new timeline paves the way for Zaire to sign with Florida, if that's indeed what he'd decided to do. Stay tuned.
Jun 2 - 2:27 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill writes that Florida four-star 2018 verbal ATH commit Amari Burney is "a big player who moves like a small player."

Luginbill offers up one of his typically thorough scouting reports for the baby Gator, but one thing in particular stands out from it: According to Rivals, Florida views Burney as a safety, while Luginbill sees his highest upside at wide receiver. "Florida is talented right now at receiver," he writes, "but does not have a player like Burney in terms of physical attributes and measurable standards." The 6-foot-1, 201-pounder ranks as ESPN's No. 40 overall player for the 2018 cycle. His eventual position might be something to keep an eye on once he joins the Gators next year.
Jun 1 - 7:34 PM

Florida sophomore WR Tyrie Cleveland indicated that he feels comfortable with the offense after an up-and-down 2016 season.

"Got better at running routes, the little details on the routes and the plays. Lining up fast. So overall I think I did pretty good," Cleveland said. He was limited by a hamstring injury at times last season, managing a 14-298-2 line in eight games. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder averaged 21.3 yards per reception. Cleveland believes that Florida's offense has the potential to pump out a 1,000-yard receiver this season, be it himself or Antonio Callaway. The Gators have not had a wideout pass 1,000 yards since Taylor Jacobs did so in 2002.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 1 - 6:26 PM

Florida received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 ATH Amari Burney.

Burney chose Florida over Ohio State and Virginia Tech. "Mainly I am good with all the coaches and from an academic standpoint they fit me," he explained. "If you start as a DB for them, you are all but guaranteed to go to the league." The 6-foot-1, 201-pounder has the chops to play at corner or even on offense, but Florida recruited him as a safety. Rivals ranks Burney as their No. 165 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. "My expectation is to contribute right away. I don't want to redshirt, I want to play right away," he said.
Source: Rivals
Jun 1 - 4:27 PM


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