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He is the Trey Burton of the Florida defense. Jaylen Watkins may not be the most notable name in the Gator secondary, but he may very well be the most valuable. Watkins enters the season a starter at safety, a position that lost both starters to the NFL. He will also spend multiple games lining up at all three of safety, cornerback, and nickel and knows what he is supposed to do on the field.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. The Gators officially reported for fall camp Thursday and they start practice Friday. Prior to Floridas media day Thursday afternoon, coach Will Muschamp gathered his team for the first time in its new meeting room at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
In the new surroundings Muschamp relied on an old message, pulling his "man down, man up" mantra out of his preseason...
The Florida Gators spent the 2012 season working their way up the college football rankings. However, this season the team will start near the top after being slotted at No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll released Thursday.
Florida entered the 2012 season as the No. 23 ranked-team following a 7-6 season in 2011. But after an 11-2 finish in Will Muschamp’s second year as head...
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel underwent an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday we learned in a statement by Head Coach Will Muschamp:
“Jeff had acute appendicitis and fortunately the medical staff caught it very quickly,” said Muschamp in the release. “His surgery went well and how long he is out will be determined by how his body responds, which could be two weeks.”
Today is Will Muschamp’s 42nd birthday — the Florida head coach is starting to get up there in years. To celebrate his birthday, the Gators got him a birthday cake — here is a photo tweeted out by Drew Ferris, the team’s longsnapper:
Take a closer look:
I really hope that somebody puts 42 candles on this. Seeing Muschamp with one of those party hats, making a wish, and...
To prepare for the upcoming college football season, the Florida Gators are adding some fresh paint to the Swamp. The official Twitter account of the Gators tweeted out a photo of a new sign that says “It’s Great To Be A Florida Gator.” Check it out:
Yes it is … 31 more days #ItsGreatUF pic.twitter.com/T6QXvUtYy4
— Florida Gators (@GatorZoneNews) July 31, 2013
Florida opened at No. 10 and Florida State at No. 12 in the USA Today Sports preseason football coaches poll, which was released on Thursday.
The poll, which is made up of 62 current coaches, placed Florida at No. 10 -- right where the Gators left off in the final poll last season after a Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville. Florida State finished eighth after an Orange Bowl win over Northern...
Thursday was different for Tyler Murphy than past media days. He’s usually tucked away in the corner, talking to a reporter or two, but he’s rarely the focus. Jeff Driskel’s appendectomy on Tuesday changed that. While Driskel’s timeline for a return to practice is uncertain, Murphy opens camp on Friday as the starting quarterback of the Florida Gators.
Junior defensive tackle Leon Orr has one thing on his mind in 2013. He wants to be a productive part on one of the best defenses in all of college football. The Gators’ 6-6, 305 pound interior lineman will have to work hard as usual for playing time, but can see the light in terms of being a team player that makes some noise this year.
Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp teaches us about the human anatomy, concussions and how that relates to woodpeckers.
And here you have it, the NFL offseason summed up in one simple Florida Gators photo: Tim Tebow, Aaron Hernandez and Riley Cooper.
The Gators will start the 2013 season at a familiar spot in the preseason coaches’ poll. Florida ended the 2012 season with a disappointing loss in the Sugar Bowl and fell to No. 10 in the final poll. They will open the 2013 season against Toledo on August 31 still ranked at No. 10.
If Florida Gators big man Patric Young were to strap on the pads and storm The Swamp, this is what he'd look like.
South Carolina has always produced a high quality of high school football players over the years and the Florida Gators have taken notice. The Gators have set their sights on a 2015 defensive end prospect from Orangeburg (SC) Orangeburg Wilkinson Senior High School and his name is Albert Huggins.
The first day of fall practice is always hectic, especially the way Florida set it up on Friday. The Gators usually split up the early practices into two sessions -- one for the true freshmen and the other for the more experienced players. The numbers on the roster didn’t allow it this year, and the entire Florida roster hit the field at Donald R. Dizney Stadium, home of the Florida...
Florida head coach Will Muschamp was happy with the state of his roster at SEC Media Days on July 16. The team was healthy and there were only two players that were expected to miss time at the start of fall camp with injuries. The last week changed that. The Gators now head into Friday’s opening practice of fall camp with a banged up roster, especially on the offensive side.