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Florida and USF have agreed to a three-game series.

The Gators will play host in two of the three matchups, on Sept. 17, 2022, and Sept. 6, 2025. The other game in the newly-minted series will be played in Tampa, at Raymond James Stadium. That contest is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2023. In the lone previous showdown between these two squads back in 2010, Urban Meyer's Gators rolled the Bulls to the tune of a 38-14 victory in Gainesville.
Source: FOX Sports
May 22 - 3:12 PM

An anonymous scout told Charlie Campbell of Walter Football that Florida junior T Jawaan Taylor's stock can improve if he shows more consistency.

The full quote: "Taylor at Florida is very talented with size, movement skills, and strength," said another scout. "His stock could boom with a strong season. He needs to be more consistent though." Campbell mentions that fellow tackle Martez Ivy is the more famous prospect because he plays left tackle and was the higher recruit, but it's Taylor that has scouts excited. Even if he stays on the right side, he could be one of the first tackles to get drafted in 2019.
May 21 - 1:51 PM

Florida freshman QB Emory Jones completed 3-of-7 passes for 93 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during the team's April spring game.

Jones (6'3/179) has had a low buzz about him since signing with the Gators in February. We view the dual-threat signal-caller as a strong fit for HC Dan Mullen's still-coalescing offense. At this juncture, though, it's a question of readiness. He may well need a year of seasoning before he's ready to take the keys to the car. One of Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask will likely start for the upcoming campaign in Gainesville unless Jones has a huge push in store for August camp. That's not completely out of the realm of possibility. It happened at Alabama with Jalen Hurts and at USC with Sam Darnold two years ago, with Hurts taking over as starter from Week 2 onward and Darnold doing likewise a short time later.
Source: SEC Country
May 18 - 4:22 PM

Florida junior DE Antonneous Clayton recorded six tackles and a pair of sacks during the team's spring game.

This, after Clayton notched just seven total tackles for the 2017 campaign. He's been steadily developing since enrolling in Gainesville as a five-star recruit in the winter of 2016. Nowhere has this development been more clear than in terms of the defensive end's physical development. Coming out of high school, he was listed at just 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. He's up to a far more sturdy 254 pounds, now, and the extra bulk was obvious in the physical domination that Clayton wrecked over the course of spring ball. He should have an opportunity for a true breakout season during the upcoming campaign.
May 17 - 1:46 PM

Florida freshman WR Justin Watkins was arrested for trespassing on Wednesday afternoon.

The story is an odd one. According to the probable cause affidavit, Watkins -- who signed with Florida as a four-star athlete over the winter -- had gotten into an argument with an unnamed female student who attends Vanguard High School in Ocala, Florida, this past Friday. That argument occurred off-campus. Matters devolved after Watkins allegedly proceeded to drive away with her phone, at which point she followed him to a gas station. At which point he spiked the phone on the ground, shattering the screen. She then drove to Vanguard High, with him trailing her in his SUV. After arriving on campus, Watkins was believed to be caught on camera kicking her vehicle and attempting to let the air out of a tire. His was arrested on suspicion of trespassing this week. Florida has declined to offer comment beyond the fact that they are in the process of gathering information. Expect further updates in the coming days and weeks. For now, Watkins remains in good standing with the program.
Source: SEC Country
May 10 - 2:01 PM

Florida DC Todd Grantham's initial contract with the program will be for three years, $4.47 million.

The financials on Grantham's deal were released on Tuesday. He'll be seeing escalating yearly raises over the life of the contract, which starts at $1.39 million in 2018 and will eventually hit $1.59 million for the 2020 season assuming Grantham stays on for the duration. He landed in Gainesville along with HC Dan Mullen this winter, with both gentleman coming over from Mississippi State.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 1:48 PM

Florida junior S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson transitioned to nickelback this spring.

"I’ve been making plays since I’ve been here. So, making plays ain’t no big deal. It’s just another position I’ve got to learn and get down pat," Gardner-Johnson said earlier this month. The 6-foot, 194-pounder is a top-flight athlete, registering 58 tackles (6.0 for loss), a sack and a pair of interceptions last season. He's picked off five passes for his career at Florida. Despite his fine efforts a year ago, the Gators finished just 69th in total defense for the campaign.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 30 - 3:16 PM

Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit assigned the Jacksonville Jaguars a "B-" for their work in the draft.

Benoit especially liked the Jaguars first-round pick and said "Taven Bryan is a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Todd Wash’s one-gap Cover 3 scheme with Marcell Dareus, Calais Campbell and (now, for probably just one more year) Malik Jackson ahead of him, he can learn the ropes from a comfortable ancillary role." Benoit was a fan of WR D.J. Chark, but he was an odd selection in our opinion as the Jaguars already have WR Dede Westbrook as their primary field-stretcher. Chark was a good value for where he should have been selected, but it will be interesting to see how he fits in the Jaguars offense.
Apr 29 - 4:40 PM

49ers selected Florida S Marcell Harris with the No. 184 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Harris (6’1/216) missed all of 2017 with a torn Achilles’ after shining as a 2016 starter for the Gators, leading Florida in tackles that season and catching two interceptions. He was also used extensively on special teams. A plus-sized safety the Gators’ coaching staff hoped would become another version of Marcus Maye, Harris’ resume is extremely limited with just nine career college starts. Harris figures to begin his career covering kicks and punts. He offers theoretical upside to eventually challenge for snaps at strong safety.
Apr 28 - 4:02 PM

Raiders selected Florida P Johnny Townsend with the No. 173 pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Townsend (6’1/210) led the nation in gross-punting average (47.5, 47.9) in each of his final two seasons but was a boomer and not a placement punter, struggling to pin opponents deep in their own territory with only 42% of his senior-year punts landing inside the opposing 20-yard line. He will have a good shot to earn Oakland's punting job after they moved on from Marquette King.
Apr 28 - 3:33 PM

Browns traded up with the Patriots to select Florida WR Antonio Callaway with the No. 105 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Browns gave up the No. 114 and No. 178 picks to move up nine spots. Callaway (5’11/200) exploded onto the scene with 89/1,399/15.7/7 receiving and three special teams return TDs as a true freshman and sophomore before sitting out the entire 2017 season for multiple suspensions stemming from marijuana possession, credit-card fraud, and multiple other drug issues. On tape, Callaway looks like a young Santonio Holmes, and he blazed a 4.41 forty in Indy. Unfortunately, he also failed a drug test at the Combine. Multiple scouts suggested before the draft Callaway was this year’s most-talented receiver.
Apr 28 - 12:30 PM

Patriots traded up with the Buccaneers to select Florida CB Duke Dawson with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Patriots gave up the No. 63 and No. 117 picks. Dawson (5’11/197) was a two-year starter in the Gators’ secondary, seeing early action at safety before developing into a dominant man-coverage slot corner. He logged six career INTs and three pick sixes. When targeted in the slot last season, PFF College charted Dawson with a 41.0 passer rating allowed, third-lowest among draft-eligible corners. His completion rate allowed was 43.8%. Dawson showed plus long speed in Indy (4.46) and is skilled enough to compete for sub-package playing time early on.
Apr 27 - 8:47 PM

Jaguars selected Florida DT Taven Bryan with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Already stacked on the defensive line, Jacksonville adds another guy who can get after the quarterback. Bryan (6’5/291) made only 14 starts in three years with the Gators, managing 10.5 career tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Despite lackluster production, Bryan flashed upside on tape with uncommon quickness and get-off burst for his build. He shredded the Combine, testing as a 97th-percentile SPARQ athlete with a freaky size-adjusted forty (4.98), vertical (35"), and three-cone drill (7.12). Bryan must improve as a finisher to turn his hurries into sacks, but he offers a Derek Wolfe-level ceiling if he puts it all together.
Apr 26 - 11:23 PM

Florida received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 OLB Tyron Hopper.

Hopper picks the Gators over offers from schools like Alabama, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Miami. He's rated the 22nd best outside linebacker by 247 Sports, and as the 32nd best player in the state of Georgia. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker will obviously need to put on some bulk, but reports indicate he can really rush the passer and move sideline-to-sideline. This is a potential impact player on the Florida defense.
Source: SEC country
Apr 26 - 5:31 PM

Florida WR Antonio Callaway said Steelers WR Antonio Brown has "taken him under his wing."

Callaway said Brown's message to him was "there's too much opportunity there for me to be messing up and I gotta change now that I'm a father. It ain't too much about athletics, just really about life and how you have to make good decisions." Along the same theme, Callaway also mentioned that the birth of his daughter "changed his point of view on life." Unfortunately for him, failing the drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine will be a huge problem for most teams when considering a player who already had plenty of off-field concerns. It's good news that one of the leagues best receivers in Brown is helping him, but Callaway will likely be a late Day 3 selection at this point.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 7:47 PM


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