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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Michigan wanted him. So did Michigan State.
One of the state's most high-profile recruits his senior season in 2010, Gators redshirt sophomore Valdez Showers was named Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year at Madison Heights High, located 15 minutes north of downtown Detroit.
He surprised some in his home state when he chose to sign with Florida as a defensive back. Showers was primarily a running back in high school until playing the secondary his senior season.
"It's a long way from Detroit, but I didn't really want to stay in-state, so that influenced my decision," Showers told the Detroit Free-Press at the time. "Even though Michigan and Michigan State came at me, I had to do what I had to do."
Showers did what he had to do this fall, too. He moved back to offense.
Showers didn't mind when coaches asked if he wanted to convert back to offense with sophomore running back Matt Jones, the projected starter at tailback, c...
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Chaz Green, who started 10 games last season at offensive tackle, is out for the year with a torn labrum.
As the Gators prepare to open the season Saturday at home against Toledo, head coach Will Muschamp released the team’s season-opening depth chart Monday.
Here are a few noteworthy observations:
Offensive tackle Chaz Green was not listed on the two-deep depth chart. It turns...
It was the little things that Ronald Powell missed the most.
Running out of the tunnel before games. Celebrating sacks with teammates. Seeing his name on the depth chart in the defensive meeting room.
He may have taken those minor details for granted his first two years at Florida. But after two operations on his left knee in a five-month span forced him to miss all of last season...
Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison apologized Wednesday for "getting in trouble the past few weeks," but declined to discuss details of his two arrests or what he had to do as punishment.
Morrison is suspended for Saturday's season opener against Toledo. Coach Will Muschamp initially suspended the starting middle linebacker for at least two games, but reduced it to...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison apologized for "getting in trouble," but declined to discuss details about his two arrests or his punishment.
Morrison is suspended for Saturday's season opener against Toledo. Coach Will Muschamp initially suspended the starting middle linebacker for at least two games, but reduced the discipline to one...
It’s the MOST. WONDERFUL. TIIIIIIIIMMME of the year! College football season is underway, and I’m pulling out the orange and blue as I chomp clap for my Florida Gators! Last season was a great yet unexpected ride, but will the Gators recapture the magic that they had in 2012 (minus that awful Sugar Bowl game, […]The post The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Florida Gators...
One of the main themes we are finding with this 2013 squad of Florida Gators is that quite a few of them are going to be asked to play more than one position. A player makes himself more valuable to the team when he can play multiple spots and if that is the case, defensive back Jaylen Watkins’ stock has to be soaring.
The hype around Demarcus Robinson has been building since he enrolled in January. The Gators desperately needed a weapon in the passing game, and judging from the comments of coaches and players, it could be Robinson. Even as the often even-keeled offensive coordinator Brent Pease spoke about the freshman on Monday, it was easy to see how anxious the Gators are to get him on the field.
If you have ever wondered why, in fact, it's great to be a Florida Gator, please, look no further. This video, titled The Essence of Florida Gators Football, is fantastic segway through the history of the Orange 'n Blue.
Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison said he was remorseful when meeting with reporters on Wednesday for the first time since he was arrested twice over the summer. Head coach Will Muschamp announced on Monday that his two-game suspension was reduced to one game, but Morrison refused to speak about any specifics that have happened in recent months.
With sophomore running back Matt Jones out for Saturday’s season opener against Toledo, the Gators will piece the game together with multiple backs carrying the ball. There’s no mystery around the starter -- redshirt junior Mack Brown will start his first career game after a career on the bench. Florida will also trust Mark Herndon, Valdez Showers and freshman duo Adam Lane and Kelvin Taylor.
The deadline to enroll for the fall semester at the University of Florida has come and gone. Florida’s top recruit Chris Walker didn’t enroll and will now be ineligible until at least December.
“But he’s close,” a source said. “He should enroll and be eligible in December.”
Fortunately for Billy Donovan’s squad, they still offer quality depth in the front court. Hopefully...