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Florida redshirt freshman QB Feleipe Franks said that the addition of Notre Dame grad transfer Malik Zaire has helped him to focus.

"It’s fall camp. Bringing Malik (Zaire) in and Luke (Del Rio) being the good quarterback he is and making me compete against them, I think that’s really made me step my game up to another level," Franks said. It also helped immensely that he was The Guy during spring practice, as he has been approaching the offseason with a starter's mentality. Franks and Zaire remain locked in a battle to start for the coming season, with Del Rio trailing behind that pair.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 18 - 3:55 PM

Florida redshirt senior QB Luke Del Rio said that he "didn’t come back to be a strict mentor or a coach."

"I wouldn’t have come back if I didn’t want to play, so I’m focusing on competing," Del Rio said. There's no knocking the competitive drive, but realistically, he is incredibly unlikely to play this season barring injury. Feleipe' Franks and Malik Zaire are the heavy swingers in the quarterbacks room down in Gainesville.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 18 - 2:55 PM

Florida is considering utilizing redshirt junior WR Dre Massey (knee) in the return game.

Massey (5'9/180) was set to work on kick-returns last year, but on his very first return of the season against UMass, he tore his ACL and was sidelined for the remainder. He was able to practice in the spring (albeit without contact) and is expected to be a full go for the coming campaign. Said HC Jim McElwain, "Obviously, getting Dre Massey back, he was our returner and he’s a guy that I’m excited about being back." McElwain checked off Brandon Powell and Tyrie Cleveland as other potential return options.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 18 - 1:51 PM

Florida freshman WR Daquon Green was working with the first-team offense on Thursday.

"He’s looked very smooth in individual drills this month," writes SEC Country's Ryan Young, "but getting a chance to rep with the first-team offense with reporters present was a strong statement from the coaches about how he is progressing through his first camp with the Gators." Green (6'1/192) was working as an outside receiver during his time with the first team. He ranked as Rivals' No. 41 wideout coming out of high school as part of the 2017 class.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 17 - 5:14 PM

Florida freshman WR Kadarius Toney has been one of the surprise performers through the first two weeks of preseason camp.

"This guy is something. He needs to touch it. It’s pretty cool to see him out there," said HC Jim McElwain. That he is already making an impression is remarkable -- not only because he is a true freshman, but also because the 6-foot, 180-pounder enrolled at Florida as a quarterback and worked at that position through spring practice. The Gators will be using him in the slot now that he has transitioned over to wideout.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 16 - 6:00 PM

Florida senior WR Brandon Powell said that redshirt freshman QB Feleipe Franks has been noticeably more vocal in preseason camp.

"Oh it’s a different Feleipe from last year. He comes to practice with energy," Powell said, later adding that "[h]e’s hard working now, more than he’s ever been since the competition came in with Malik Zaire." Zaire and Franks remain locked in a battle to start for the coming season, with SEC Country's Ryan Young referring to the competition as "a legitimately tight contest."
Source: SEC Country
Aug 15 - 5:48 PM

When asked if junior WR Antonio Callaway was running out of chances with the program, HC Jim McElwain responded, "Absolutely."

"The one thing I will do is I’ll continue to help. I’ll continue to be there. I’ll continue to support. But obviously the consequences, you make your own bed, man," McElwain said. Callaway has been suspended for the season-opener against Michigan due to accusations of misused school-issued funds. He was also previously cited for marijuana possession earlier in the offseason.
Aug 15 - 12:38 PM

Florida redshirt senior RB Mark Thompson injured his shoulder on Sunday.

Thompson (6'2/242) will not practice on Monday. Unless word surfaces to the contrary, this should just be considered a minor injury. Thompson is not expected to see extensive carries behind starter Jordan Scarlett or backup Lamical Perine during the coming season.
Aug 14 - 12:55 PM

247Sports' Thomas Goldkamp reports that the seven Florida players suspended for the season-opener were involved in a form of credit card fraud.

Troubled wideout Antonio Callaway was the biggest name of the seven suspended. While Florida HC Jim McElwain did not divulge the specific reason for the suspensions, Goldkamp writes that "a misuse of school-issued funds intended for specific use" was the culprit, adding that "[s]ome of the players involved used the funds from part of their scholarship agreement to buy electronics equipment, then later reported the cards stolen" and that "[s]ome players sold the electronics equipment purchased with the school-issued funds." Callaway has already run into trouble multiple times in Gainesville and is not putting his best foot forward for NFL Draft purposes.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 14 - 12:41 PM

Florida suspended junior WR Antonio Callaway and six other players have been suspended for the season-opener against Michigan.

Florida offered only that the seven players in question have been suspended due to a violation of team rules. In addition to Callaway, junior DE Keivonnis Davis, freshman OL Kadeem Telfort, redshirt freshman DL Jordan Smith, sophomore DL Richerd Desir-Jones, freshman LB Ventrell Miller and freshman LB James Houston will all sit against the Wolverines on September 2. Callaway is the big name, here. An NFL-caliber wideout, the junior has run into trouble several times with the Gators, most recently having been cited for marijuana possession in mid-May. This is a developing story and more details should surface over the coming days.
Aug 13 - 4:53 PM

Florida OC Doug Nussmeier has been awarded a two-year extension and a raise.

Nussmeier will receive a raise from $525,000 to a base salary of $842,725 over the remainder of his contract. He has been with the Gators since December of 2014, when he came over from Michigan to join HC Jim McElwain's initial staff at Florida.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 11 - 7:43 PM

Florida junior RB Jordan Scarlett said that freshman RB Adarius Lemons "runs really hard."

"He runs behind his pads," Scarlett said, adding that the 6-foot, 195-pound Lemons "just goes wild." Whether Lemons manages to see the field as a true freshman remains an open question, though, as Scarlett, Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson are the three backs in line to receive the bulk of carries this season. Scarlett will be leading that charge.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 11 - 5:32 PM

Florida sophomore LB David Reese played three games with two broken wrists last season.

Those games included LSU, FSU and Alabama. Jeez. Reese will be asked to step up in a big way this season, with Jarrad Davis landing in the first round last spring. Reese's emergence was very impressive as a true freshman. Florida is a dark horse team to watch this year.
Aug 10 - 9:45 AM

Florida redshirt senior QB Luke Del Rio (shoulder) said that he considered retiring in the offseason.

Del Rio was plagued by shoulder injuries last season and required two surgeries -- one on each wing. Said the 6-foot-1, 213-pounder of his decision to tough it out for one more go-round with the Gators, "I felt myself getting better and I never really officially quit because I wanted to see, is this the injury talking or am I really done?." Del Rio threw for 1,358 yards with an 8/8 TD/INT ratio last season. He's unlikely to see starting action this season with Feleipe Franks and Malik Zaire looking like the two lead contenders to take over his old gig.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 3 - 6:21 PM

Florida redshirt freshman WR Rick Wells (undisclosed) hasn't been medically cleared to participate.

No word on what malady Wells is dealing with. Wells redshirted last year.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 2 - 6:15 PM


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