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Florida redshirt junior WR Dre Massey (ACL) will be available for spring practices.

Massey, a JUCO transfer, tore his ACL against UMass in the opener and missed the remainder of the season. "Dre Massey, as you guys know, was a big blow to us offensively last year when we lost him on the opening kickoff. It’s exciting to have him back," McElwain said Thursday. Massey will be a non-contact participant in practices.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 23 - 1:24 PM

Florida head coach Jim McElwain indicated that junior T Martez Ivey will move to left tackle this spring.

Ivey was the starting left guard last season. He's kicking to left tackle to replace David Sharpe, who's off to the pros. Ivey is a former top-five overall recruit.
Feb 23 - 12:56 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Florida DT Caleb Brantley to Aaron Donald.

"Powerful, stout defensive tackle with the quickness to play the three-technique and the power to play the nose," Zierlein wrote. "Brantley has the talent and traits that should appeal to both two-gap and one-gap defenses. While we haven't seen Brantley play in even half of Florida's defensive snaps in a single year, the talent is there to become an early starter and a defensive force up front." Brantley was a second-team All-SEC pick in 2016 after posting 8.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks as a 10-game starter.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 12:26 PM

An NFC Personnel Director says Florida LB Alex Anzalone "just has to prove he can stay on the field."

"You saw at (Senior Bowl) practice how gifted he is athletically," the exec said. "He just has to prove he can stay on the field." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Anzalone to Vincent Ray. "Anzalone's size, speed and athleticism will be tempting for teams looking for a linebacker who can play all three spots," he wrote. "However, concerns about his durability could cause some teams to shy away from him on the first two days of the draft. If he can stay healthy, he has the talent to become a solid three-down starter in the league."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 14 - 1:40 PM

The Orlando Sentinel's Corey Long writes that Florida freshman TE Kemore Gamble "will draw comparisons to Jordan Reed."

Long notes that Gamble possesses "superior receiving and route-running skills." He refers to the 6-foot-4, 216-pounder as a "matchup nightmare in the red zone," adding that he figures to lineup wide from time to time. On the ESPN 300, Gamble checked in at No. 253. Florida has plenty of receiving talent at this point. If they can develop a quarterback, the seeds of an interesting offense have already been planted.
Feb 12 - 5:27 PM

Rivals recruiting analysts Rob Cassidy and Woody Wommack view Florida four-star 2018 verbal CB commit Divaad Wilson as one of the hottest prospects in the cycle.

Wilson pledged himself to Florida's 2018 cause just after National Signing Day for the 2017 cycle wrapped on February 1. On Saturday, he was one of the standout performers at the Adidas East Coast Invitational. The Rivals team notes that "few prospects have seen their stock rise more quickly." While the 5-foot-11, 172-pounder out of Miami is firmly in the Gators' corner at this juncture, he figures to take offseason visits to other programs.
Source: Rivals
Feb 12 - 5:14 PM

Florida freshman CB Shawn Davis did not enroll early due to an academic issue.

Davis had initially been expected to enroll at Florida in January. However, that did not come to pass. The 6-foot, 190-pounder did not meet the initial credit requirement and needed to make up a class. This is unfortunate for the Gators, as Davis was a four-star recruit in the 2017 cycle and ranked as ESPN 300's No. 256 overall player. He will miss spring practice due to the academic issue, but should be on campus come May.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 12 - 2:58 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that Florida freshman QB Jake Allen could outperform his ranking.

In this most recent recruiting cycle, Rivals assigned Allen a three-star grade and slotted him in as their No. 16 pro-style quarterback. Relatively unassuming marks, to be sure, but the 6-foot-3, 204-pounder isn't necessarily destined to immediately disappear off the radar. Wrote Farrell, "Allen has had his ups and downs but he has the smarts and vision to be a good one if Jim McElwain can work his quarterback magic as he’s done at other stops." Whether Allen is eventually developed into the man or not, Florida is going to have to find their quarterback of the future sooner rather than later. At least if said quarterback is going to be playing under McElwain.
Source: Rivals
Feb 10 - 6:46 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Florida S Marcus Maye could be the "hidden gem" from the Gators secondary.

There figures to be plenty of Gator CB Teez Tabor v. Gator CB Quincy Wilson talk over the coming months, but Maye is a talent in his own right. "Likely to be selected somewhere in the middle of the second day," Pauline writes, "Maye is a complete defender effective stopping the run or covering the pass." The analyst points to his "explosion, burst and wherewithal" as traits of endearment. Pauline sees the 6-foot, 200-pounder working his way into a starting NFL lineup relatively early in his career.
Feb 7 - 9:02 PM

Florida LB Jarrad Davis will sit out the on-field portion of the NFL Combine while dealing with an ankle injury suffered during the season.

From our records we can see that Davis suffered the injury in mid-October and it was described as a "badly sprained ankle." X-rays revealed no fracture, and Davis actually played through it for a few games before sitting out three. Davis will attend the Combine, but will save the athletic testing for Florida's pro day. He missed the Senior Bowl for the same reason.
Feb 7 - 9:43 AM

Florida received a verbal commitment from 2018 CB Divaad Wilson.

Wilson has yet to draw a star rating from either Rivals or Scout, but his stock as a recruit figures to clarify over the spring and summer camp circuit. That might already be starting, as Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy notes that the 5-foot-11, 172-pounder was "one of the most impressive prospects at South Florida Express tryouts a week ago." Wilson plays his high school ball at Northwestern High in Miami.
Source: Rivals
Feb 5 - 4:01 PM

Florida hired North Texas OL coach Brad Davis to an unspecified role on staff.

Florida has not yet stated Davis' position publicly, but he is expected to replace OL coach Mike Summers, who has joined Louisville's staff. Davis has been on a program-hopping streak over the last few seasons. In reverse chronological order, he has spent the last three seasons at North Texas, East Carolina and James Madison. "I can’t wait to meet the players, spend time with them and help them achieve their goals," said the newest Gator coach. "I’m also looking forward to bringing kids in who have values that fit the goals this championship-level program."
Source: SEC Country
Feb 4 - 4:59 PM

Florida signed three-star 2017 S Donovan Stiner.

Stiner took it down to the wire, but he finally committed to Florida following a visit the weekend before National Signing Day. Beyond his eventual signing with the Gators, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder had one other notable moment during his recruitment -- he was one of several Baylor pledges to reopen recruitment following the firing of Art Briles last May. Rivals ranks him as the No. 33 safety prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
Feb 4 - 4:47 PM

Florida hired USF DB coach Corey Bell to an unspecified role.

While Florida has yet to publicly assign Bell's specific role with the program, he could logically take over as a coach for the secondary. The Gators just lost DB coach Torrian Gray to the Washington Redskins. Bell spent the past two seasons at FAU before being hired to Charlie Strong's USF staff this offseason. Looks like his time with the Bulls is going to end almost immediately.
Feb 4 - 4:09 PM

Florida signed four-star G T.J. Moore.

"He needs to continue to get stronger and add weight," Scout.com notes, "but his ceiling is extremely high and if he continues to work hard, Moore will have a chance to play on Sundays." The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman initially committed to the Gators on Christmas Eve. Rivals ranks him as their No. 190 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 3 - 6:53 PM


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