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Florida sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III singled out sophomore WR Demarcus Robinson as a breakout candidate.

"You've heard here first. He is THAT good," Hargreaves said. The second year cornerback knows from experience, as Hargreaves was easily the Gators top defensive back during his first season of college football. Robinson has already created buzz during spring practices.
Jul 15 - 10:52 AM

Redshirt senior Quinton Dunbar will likely enter the season as Florida's No. 1 WR.

That does not mean Dunbar has No. 1 receiver talent, however. In fact, sophomores Ahmad Fulwood and Demarcus Robinson have been impressive during preseason work. The Gators passing offense needs to take a big step forward, including quarterback Jeff Driskel.
Jul 9 - 1:45 PM

Florida head coach Will Muschamp "unquestionably sits on the hottest seat in the nation," according to NFL.com.

"Florida suffered numerous injuries and was 4-8 last season, its first losing record since 1979," noted staff writer Mike Huguenin. "Florida was 11-2 in 2012, and there is some talent on hand, especially on defense. New offensive coordinator Kurt Roper was hired away from Duke, and his work with what has been a pitiful unit the past four years is the key to whether Muschamp returns in 2015." While he must win to survive, there's hope for Muschamp: Phil Steele ranks his outfit No. 24 overall in his preseason rankings. Steele wrote: "The Gators are an easy pick for my Most Improved List. They are +5.0 in the Stock Market Indicator, and had four net close losses and -4 net upsets last year. They also have 14 returning starters and can only remain healthier. UF does draw both LSU and Bama out of the West but it should be a bounce back year."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 2 - 3:14 PM

NFL.com named former Florida QB and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow as the best college football player of the 2000s.

It's hard to argue with this assertion. Tebow was a key backup as a true freshman on a title winner in 2006, then started in his final three years, winning the Heisman in 2007, the first sophomore to come home with the hardware. "In his final two seasons, Tebow guided Florida to a 26-2 record, including the national title in 2008," wrote staff writer Mike Huguenin. "He was a Heisman finalist as a junior and senior, and finished his career with 9,285 passing yards, 2,947 rushing yards, 88 passing TDs and 57 rushing TDs. He is second in NCAA history in career passing efficiency and is one of only two players in NCAA history to run and pass for at least 50 TDs each and to account for at least 300 points as a runner and 500 as a passer." It's interesting to note that the top five players on NFL.com's list were all draft busts: Tebow was followed, in order, by QB Vince Young, RB Darren McFadden, RB Reggie Bush and QB Matt Leinart.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 2 - 2:57 PM

Florida redshirt sophomore TE Colin Thompson has decided to transfer.

The 6-foot-4, 256-pounder was a top tight end recruit in 2012, but he suffered through a pair of injury-plagued years and precious little playing time in Gainseville. Florida sports information director Steve McClain said "we granted permission for schools to contact Colin. The SEC approved a medical exemption for him in May, and we will share that information with the other institutions." Thompson visited Penn State on Thursday.
Jun 21 - 7:39 PM

A person with ties to the Miami athletics program clued the NCAA in on a possible recruiting violation with former Florida WR coach Joker Phillips, which led to his resignation, according to Yahoo Sports.

Charles Robinson and Pat Forde combined for the report. "Three sources told Yahoo Sports the photo was turned over to the NCAA by an individual with ties to the Miami Hurricanes athletics program. Should the NCAA determine Phillips improperly recruited during a mandated dead period, it could be considered a major NCAA violation," the two wrote. The NCAA received a photo of Phillips witting in a restaurant with a recruit during the "dead period" of recruiting.
Jun 13 - 11:24 AM

Florida has named Chris Leak as their new WR coach.

This comes on the heels of Joker Phillips resignation, which reportedly was a result of recruiting violations. Leak helped the Gators win the National Championship as the school's starting QB during the 2006-2007 season.
Source: Gator Zone
Jun 12 - 10:29 AM

ESPN reports that Florida WR coach Joker Phillips was forced to resign over possible recruiting violations.

The former Kentucky coach was replaced by ex-UF QB great Chris Leak. "I'm thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons," Phillips said in a statement. Phillips spent one season on Florida's staff. "I appreciate Joker's contributions to our program and wish him and his wife, Leslie, nothing but the best in the future," Florida coach Will Muschamp said in a statement.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 8:56 PM

2015 four-star QB recruit Sheriron Jones committed to Florida.

Jones committed to the school only 24 hours after being on campus for Will Muschamp's annual football camp. "Good dual-threat guy should be a good fit in Roper's system," Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman tweeted. Heading into the 2014 season, Florida's quarterbacks include redshirt junior Jeff Driskel, sophomore Skyler Mornhinweg, early freshman Will Grier and freshman Treon Harris.
Jun 9 - 10:23 AM

NFL.com postulates that Florida's upcoming change from a pro-style offense to a spread attack best suits Florida senior Jeff Driskel's skill set.

Driskel has all sorts of tools, but he has a huge weakness in a lack of accuracy. Perhaps spreading out defenses will provide him more space to fit the ball in to a talented WR corps. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder is "a good runner with surprising speed for his size and a strong, albeit inaccurate, arm," observes NFL.com. We think he also panics under pressure far too often, but it's fair to point out that Florida's offensive line hasn't done him any favors. Driskel missed most of last year with a broken ankle.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 10:08 PM

Florida junior DE Dante Fowler is a "talented defender who plays with maximum effort and energy on every play," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Fowler produced only 3.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 2013, but most experts aren't concerned about that; SEC offensive lines were able to roll protection schemes to neutralize him after Dominique Easley went down. "Fowler has the potential to blossom into a disruptive defender at the next level, [but] he needs to put on more performances like his brilliant display against Tennessee (3 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles) to earn high marks in draft rooms across the league," Brooks wrote. "The buzz is already brewing based on his exceptional effort on tape, but he needs to add a little more production to build a strong case to be a top prospect by season's end." Fowler went No. 6 in CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang's 2015 mock draft.
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 5:09 PM

Florida head coach Will Muschamp said the school will not schedule any FCS opponents in the future.

"Muschamp says not scheduling FCS opponents is because of playoff and fan base wants to see better opponents," beat writer Mark Long tweeted. The Gators lost their game against Georgia Southern last season, so many will cite that contest as reasoning. As much as we like the rare occasions when FCS teams beat an FBS program, the playoff should be a step in the right direction in terms of eliminating "cupcake" contests.
May 27 - 12:52 PM

Florida junior DE Dante Fowler went No. 6 in CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang's 2015 mock draft.

"Fowler is a top-notch athlete who could explode in precisely this role for the Gators and ultimately warrant top 10 consideration," Rang wrote. The top five picks were 1.) Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon, 2.) Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford, 3.) Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska, 4.) Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M, and 5.) Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal.
Source: CBS Sports
May 21 - 8:08 PM

Florida senior Trenton Brown shifted from tackle to guard during the spring and will replace Jon Halapio at right guard.

In so doing, he'll become one of the NCAA's largest ever OGs. Brown goes 6-foot-8, 350 pounds, so he won't be intimidated by huge, mobile SEC DTs. He "should help maintain UF's push for the inside running attack," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. Brown, who made five starts at RT last year, is a former basketball player with lateral agility.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 8:33 PM

Buccaneers signed Florida WR/KR Solomon Patton.

Patton (5-foot-8 1/2, 179) made only eight career starts for the Gators, but set UF school records for single-season kick return average (29.2 yards) as a senior, and career average (27.7 yards). He had a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown in 2013. Patton finished his college career with 52 catches for 635 yards (12.2 YPR) and six TDs. With 4.38 wheels, Patton could be an impact return specialist even if he never develops an NFL receiving game.
May 14 - 9:47 PM


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