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Florida HC Will Muschamp praised sophomore RB Kelvin Taylor's third down ability.

Muschamp specifically pointed out Taylor's improved receiving skills and pass protection ability. Taylor, the son of Jaguar great Fred, starting earning a large number of touches in the second half of last season, producing 508 yards and four touchdowns on 111 carries. He should be a large part of the Gators' offense this year.
Aug 27 - 11:41 AM

According to one anonymous college football assistant that does not have an affiliation to the Gators, Miami "started a war" after allegedly turning in former Florida assistant coach Joker Phillips for a recruiting violation, per SI's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.

The specific infraction, known as the "bump rule," prohibits coaches from talking to recruits during a dead recruiting period. "It’s bull----," one assistant said to Thamel and Evans. "Miami bumps and talks to kids more than anybody. They’ve started a war. They better watch out. You started messing with livelihoods and s--- is going to get dirty." Miami has previously been hit with major infractions and penalties form the NCAA.
Aug 27 - 10:39 AM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman believes Florida senior QB Jeff Driskel will be the most improved player in the nation.

"He will get Will Muschamp off the hot seat and propel new OC Kurt Roper to a head coaching job of his own," Feldman wrote. Gators' safety Jabari Gorman said last week that Driskel had not thrown an interception during training camp. We wish we could buy into the optimism, but we're going to have to see it on the field. Talent isn't the issue, here; Driskel is a former top recruit with a big-time arm. Those types tend to impress in shorts. We have never liked Driskel's (lack of) poise when bodies are flying around him. If he's cured that, he could be a legitimate high draft pick, but it's an illness that is exceedingly difficult to treat. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has thrown for 2,271 yards and 14 touchdowns against 10 interceptions over 15 career starts.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 26 - 5:55 PM

Freshman Treon Harris has been named Florida's backup QB.

Harris, regarded as a four-star recruit by many services, beat out fellow freshman four-star Will Grier for backup duties. Both are firmly behind senior Jeff Driskel, but the veteran has not been the beacon of health or consistency.
Aug 26 - 12:24 PM

Florida senior S Jabari Gorman said senior QB Jeff Driskel has not thrown an interception during training camp.

This might be the shock of the summer. Driskel was a highly touted recruit and continues to earn buzz because of his frame and arm, but we believe he consistently makes poor decisions while pressured. Poised pocket movement is just not there, but hopefully Driskel has taken a step forward as this news indicates.
Aug 21 - 1:56 PM

Florida true freshman DT Thomas Holley will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip and miss the 2014 season.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Holley, the country's No. 3-rated defensive tackle prospect, needs four months to recover. The Gators will redshirt him this season. "I'm disappointed for Thomas," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "Certainly a guy that athletically we were very excited about. Originally when he came in for the pre-physical, he'd had the sports hernia repaired and that's where he thought his pain was coming from. And then on the pre-physical we saw this. We wanted to see how far we could take it, but we knew eventually there was probably going to be a surgery involved. He just had a lot of discomfort involved, so we just decided to go ahead and do it."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 5:14 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang likes the knee bend and flexibility displayed by versatile Florida senior OL Max Garcia.

Garcia, a former Maryland Terrapin, has made starts at left tackle and left guard during his career. Florida coaches shifted him to center during the spring, and the Rimington Award committee recognized his potential by placing him on their preseason watch list. "Florida may be implementing an up-tempo offense but that won't limit the size of their linemen," Rang wrote. "Garcia's broad, powerful frame gives him the appearance of a traditional guard than center but he plays with proper knee bend, has long arms and is almost small in comparison to fellow senior Trenton Brown (6-8, 350), who is expected to emerge at guard after starting the final five games last year at right tackle. Neither Garcia nor Brown are light enough on their feet to handle outside duties, but each shows above-average balance for their size."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 9:25 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang says "scouts will want to investigate" Florida redshirt senior OT Chaz Green's "troubling struggles with durability."

Green has made 18 starts over the past three seasons with the Gators, but, as the analyst notes, he has trouble staying on the field. Green shredded his labrum around this time last year and missed the entire campaign -- he also missed games due to injury in each of the two previous seasons. "While scouts will want to investigate Green's troubling struggles with durability, he sports an athletic frame with long arms and light feet and could re-emerge as a legitimate draftable commodity with a return to health," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 8:43 PM

Florida redshirt senior DT Leon Orr "has a tendency to raise his pads to high and allow opponents to drive him off the ball but can hold the point when he stays low," observes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Like many Gators, Orr signed on as a highly regarded prep prospect. He has shown flashes of the form that led to his hype but has struggled with various ailments throughout his career and hasn't yet put it all together," Rang wrote. Orr replaced Dominique Easley in the lineup when the latter succumbed to a torn ACL last year. "Orr looks the part of an NFL defensive tackle, sporting a broad-shouldered frame, long arms and good overall musculature," Rang wrote. "Orr isn't nearly as explosive off the snap as his lighter, quicker linemates but complements their burst with his size and strength, serving as a block-eater in this scheme."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 7:48 PM

Florida freshman T David Sharpe will miss some time after suffering a high ankle sprain.

Sharpe was ranked as a four-star recruit out of Jacksonville, Florida. The massive offensive lineman and former basketball player was not expected to contribute early.
Aug 15 - 11:29 AM

Florida senior Jeff Driskel has "undeniable tools," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Driskel has thrown for 2,271 yards and 14 touchdowns against 10 interceptions over 15 career starts. He snapped his ankle last season and missed all but two games, sending Florida's offense into a tailspin. "Though he's struggled with consistency and durability to this point, Driskel possess many of the attributes that fit in with the NFL -- including courage in the pocket, a snappy release, good velocity and the athleticism to avoid pressure," Rang wrote. "Further, with a little better protection up front and more reliable hands from his receivers, Driskel could be on the verge of a breakout campaign in 2014, as the up-tempo spread offense being implemented by new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper should force him to throw from the pocket -- where he's proven to be much more accurate than when on the run. Driskel has been hit a lot at Florida and has developed happy feet as a result."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 5:29 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes that Florida redshirt senior TE Jake McGee "has good hand-eye coordination and can make the tough, contested grab."

McGee transferred to Florida as a graduate student after playing the past three seasons at Virginia. In fact, he was recruited to the Cavs as a QB by Virginia head coach Mike London. "McGee emerged as Virginia's most reliable receiver over the past two seasons, hauling in a combined 71 grabs for 769 yards and seven scores," Rang wrote. "McGee possesses a long, athletic frame and enough speed to challenge down the seam. He has good hand-eye coordination and can make the tough, contested grab but needs to add strength and experience as a blocker after much of his success at Virginia came while split out in the slot."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 5:16 PM

Florida senior T D.J. Humphries "should develop into an all-conference tackle and quite possibly a high NFL draft pick," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Though he has only played in 19 collegiate games (and started just nine of those), Humphries is already generating buzz in the scouting community as a blindside tackle with exciting upside," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Humphries, a top-20 recruit in 2012, was shut down after six games last year due to MCL sprains in both knees. "Highly athletic, Humphries is quick off the snap and shows impressive balance and lateral agility in pass protection," Rang wrote. "He plays with his knees bent and on the balls of his feet, easily shuffling to mirror rushers as well as anchoring well against the bull rush. Humphries boasts long arms and good overall upper body strength to knock defenders off the ball and is quick to the second level. He can get a little lazy with his fundamentals on occasion, getting a bit off-balance when too aggressive with his initial punch and leaving himself vulnerable to counters."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 4:34 PM

Florida junior DE Dante Fowler "must continue to get stronger at the point of attack and show improved recognition," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Fowler earned second-team all-conference honors by collecting 50 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last year. Rang believes Fowler benefited greatly from the attention paid to future first round pick Dominique Easley. "The value Fowler provides lies with his versatility," Rang wrote. "Depending on the situation the Gators line him up at RDE, LDE, DT, and OLB, ask him to rush from the two-point and three-point stance and occasionally drop him into coverage -- including after he has started the play with his hand in the dirt. Fowler's light feet and fluid athleticism belie his powerful, compact frame and make him a tough matchup. ... To take the next step, Fowler must continue to get stronger at the point of attack and show improved recognition, as too often he'd charge into the backfield only to allow the ball-carrier to slip past him."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 3:57 PM

Florida sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III was ranked by NFL.com as the No. 17 overall player in college football.

"He was the most impressive cornerback in college football last season. He reminds me of former Gator Joe Haden," analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. Hargreaves III walked onto campus last summer with two NFL prospects at cornerback ahead of him -- Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson -- on the depth chart. No matter. Hargreaves earned a starting job anyway, leading the Gators in interceptions (three) and pass breakups (11), and ranking seventh with 38 tackles. "Florida has put a lot of good defensive backs in the NFL of late, but this guy could end up in a class by himself. As he becomes stronger, he is going to be able to shut down one side of the field by himself," Mike Huguenin said. Hargreaves III suffered a bone bruise to his ankle or left knee in practice last week (HC Will Muschamp was vague), but the injury isn't considered serious.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 7:11 PM


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