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When asked about the status of sophomore WR Antonio Callaway and junior WR/QB Treon Harris, head coach Jim McElwain said the pair is still suspended.

"Still status-quo," McElwain told reporters. "They are not with the football program right now." Callaway was the team's leading receiver last year, totaling 678 yards and four touchdowns on 35 receptions in just his first season of collegiate football. Many view Callaway as one of the bright young receivers in college football, and we know McElwain can feed his top target. However, Callaway and Harris were suspended for spring practice with very little information disclosed.
May 25 - 9:39 AM

College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread believes that "[i]t's tough to forecast what [Florida redshirt junior QB Luke Del Rio] will be able to do for the Gators."

Goodbread just hasn't seen enough of Del Rio to forward any concrete kind of projection. "But we know he found a golden opportunity at UF," the analyst wrote, "where his former coach at Alabama, Jim McElwain, has overseen scrambled quarterback play. If he starts, he'll have an impact on the SEC East race one way or another." The 6-foot-2, 203-pound gunslinger completed 10-of-11 passes for 176 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Gators' April spring game.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 6:02 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain called graduate QB Austin Appleby "very intelligent."

McElwain was being asked about Luke Del Rio (the likely frontrunner to win the QB gig with the Gators for 2016) and took the opportunity to swing the conversation over to Appleby, who transferred from Purdue this offseason. "Austin Appleby was a starter in the Big Ten and is very intelligent," the coach said. "He knows how to study and install, knows how to implement situational game plans and process and go about that piece." While it is nice of McElwain to talk up the 6-foot-5, 229-pounder, there is little in his statistical profile that would indicate that he is ready to explode as a passer. In his best campaign with the Boilermakers in 2014, Appleby passed for 1,449 yards with an ugly 10/11 TD/INT ratio. In five games last season, his 8/8 TD/INT ratio was no more impressive.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 3:29 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff noted that Florida redshirt senior S Marcus Maye "worked at safety, corner and the nickel spot this spring."

"Maye is at his best at safety, but he has the speed and athleticism to make plays in the slot at outside for the Gators," Aschoff wrote. "He isn't an every-down corner, and will need to continue working on his coverage skills, but using him there in some situations will add some versatility to this defense." The 6-foot, 200-pounder notched a sound 82 tackles last season. He kicked around the idea of declaring for the draft before deciding to return for his senior season. Both Vernon Hargreaves and Keanu Neal jumped for the draft, making Maye all the more crucial for HC Jim McElwain's continued renovation of Florida in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 12:05 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Florida senior OLB Jarrad Davis No. 21 on his Big Board.

"Not an edge outside linebacker, Davis is a guy who can make plays all over the field, dropping into coverage and attacking the backfield," Kiper wrote. "He's probably not much more than 230 pounds, but the range makes up for any size concerns." Davis briefly considered declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft but opted to return to campus. He logged a career-high 98 tackles last season with 11 TFL.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 9:35 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Florida junior CB Jalen Tabor No. 8 on his Big Board.

"You can make the case that it was Tabor who was the most consistently effective Florida cornerback last season -- and Vernon Hargreaves III went No. 11 overall," Kiper wrote. "Tabor has good size and soft hands for the position, and he has been a playmaker on defense." The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Tabor posted 40 tackles (4.0 for loss), a sack and four interceptions last season, returning two of those interceptions for touchdowns.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 5:43 PM

Florida junior CB Quincy Wilson will replace CB Vernon Hargreaves III.

The Gators will chug right along after losing Vernon Hargreaves and Brian Poole to the NFL. Wilson and first-round talent Jalen Tabor guarentee that Florida's secondary won't suffer a big decline. Wilson has posted a +15.4 PFF grade in coverage on 935 snaps at Florida, allowing a passer rating of only 55.1.
May 16 - 5:22 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noted that Florida junior CB Jalen Tabor is "not a natural burner, but his instincts are off the charts."

"[Tabor]’s become a good tackler near the line of scrimmage," Farrell wrote, adding that "[h]e’s a longer Tyrann Mathieu, and that’s impressive company." Last season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder recorded 40 tackles (4.0 for loss), a sack and four interceptions. He returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns. ESPN's Edward Aschoff predicted in January that Tabor will win the Jim Thorpe Award -- given to the nation's best defensive back -- this coming season.
Source: Rivals
May 15 - 8:02 PM

Falcons signed Florida CB Brian Poole.

Poole (5'9, 213) made an inspired decision in picking the Falcons upon entering this year's rendition of UDFA Roulette. The former five-star recruit is nothing more than a potential NFL slot, but that's exactly what Atlanta could use with Jalen Collins serving a four-game suspension to begin the year. Poole is short, comes with average speed and he can be high-pointed, but he's also an extremely clever slot corner who crowds receivers, reads quarterbacks and breaks up more than his fair share of throws.
May 12 - 9:09 PM

Florida redshirt sophomore WR Ryan Sousa will transfer.

Sousa announced his decision to bolt from the Gators via Twitter. Should he land with another FBS program, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder would have to sit out a year according to NCAA transfer regulations. In his two non-redshirt seasons with the Gators, he played sparingly and failed to log any statistical production.
May 12 - 2:57 PM

Florida redshirt junior Nick Washington "looks to be ahead slightly" in the S competition to replace the departed Keanu Neal, according to beat writer Nick De La Torre.

Redshirt senior Marcus Maye will absolutely lock down one of the starting spots, but Washington is competing with redshirt junior Marcell Harris, however early freshman enrollee freshman Chauncey Gardner is also in the hunt. Florida has produced a number of first round defensive backs in recent years.
May 11 - 10:47 AM

Florida redshirt junior RB Mark Thompson made a compelling argument to become Kelvin Taylor's heir in the spring game, converting five carries into 46 yards and a touchdown and catching three passes for 25 yards.

You best pack a lunch when you meet the 6-foot-2, 242-pound Thompson in the hole. "That's an SEC back, right there," UF coach Jim McElwain gushed. The heralded JUCO transfer is competing with Jordan Cronkrite and Jordan Scarlett for Taylor's vacated seat, a battle that will resume this summer. That the big fella can catch should ensure at least a portion of the workload. "Working on my hands and the catching game is something that I’m pretty good at and I work on every day," Thompson said. "Catching the ball, that’s a part of football just as blocking and running. The more you can do, the better you’ll be off at another level, or on this team making plays for the coaches."
Source: Scout
May 10 - 4:52 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco wrote that Florida DE Jonathan Bullard will "become the best player of the [Bears' draft class]."

"Third-round pick Jonathan Bullard is a player who will start for a long time in this league," Prisco wrote. "He plays hard, can play inside or outside, and was productive in college. The Bears got a good one." The analyst is not alone in his love for Bullard. Pro Football Focus tabbed the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder as the best pick of the draft, period, once slot (No. 72) and context were factored in.
Source: CBS Sports
May 7 - 4:59 PM

Pro Football Focus says the Falcons had the very worst value-per-pick draft of any organization in the NFL.

Ouch. "PFF didn’t have [Keanu] Neal anywhere near the first round, ranking him at No. 176 overall after he posted one of the lowest grades among safeties in this year’s draft class," Jeff Dooley wrote. "The Falcons then doubled down on physically talented players who graded poorly by selecting [Rd. 2 OLB Deion] Jones, who ranked No. 250 on our board." The site didn't chart Jones' speed as translating "to his being an effective player in pass defense, ranking 97th in coverage grade out of 108 linebackers in the class." Outside of the top two, Atlanta picked Stanford TE Austin Hooper and three projects.
May 6 - 6:01 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain believes redshirt junior QB Luke Del Rio can be as productive or more productive than former starter Will Grier.

Grier, still serving a year-long, NCAA-imposed PED suspension, transferred. "We expect [Del Rio] to take it farther than [Grier did]," McElwain said. "That’s kind of what it’s all about. But we’ll see how he leads the team, we’ll see how he takes what the defense gives him and time will tell there." Grier had 1,204 passing yards, a 66 percent completion rate, and a 10/3 TD/INT rate with the Gators. Some may see hyperbole in McElwain's quotes, but consider that multiple people in the program, including NFL-bound former TE Jake McGee, think Del Rio would have challenged Grier for the starting gig last year had he been eligible. Del Rio is well versed in Doug Nussmeier’s system and lit it up in the spring. He's a strong SEC Newcomer of the Year contender.
Source: SEC Country
May 6 - 5:31 PM


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