Which incoming recruits will impact Florida as first-year players?

Jim McElwain and his staff signed a quality 2016 recruiting class for the Florida Gators. From a depth standpoint, certain position groups truly were addressed. It's a class chock-full of guys with the potential to impact right away -- and those likely in need of a redshirt year. There are four players in particular with the ability to help Florida next year as first-year players...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida signs heavy at skill positions to revamp offense

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida added some much-needed talent to its anemic offense on national signing day. After scoring just two offensive touchdowns - one on a Hail Mary and the other on a trick play - in their final three games last season and finishing 112th in the country in total offense, the Gators went heavy at the skill positions. Florida signed two quarterbacks, two...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Talented 2016 DE/OLB Clayton makes final decision on recruitment 5-star prospect Antonneous Clayton is a fantastic athlete. A hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end, the Georgia native has a lightning-quick first step off of the edge. Possessing offers from virtually every major program across the country, there's no question Clayton is one of the best defensive prospects within the 2016 class. Although committed to Florida, there...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Part 2: Which commitments can help Florida in 2016

When looking at the current recruiting class for the Florida Gators, there's an embarrassment of top defensive talent within the group. With multiple players ready (and likely) to perform right away, two stand out in terms of potential depth needs heading into 2016. LB David ReeseDepth at linebacker for the Gators is precariously thin -- especially at middle linebacker. Both Antonio...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida receives commitment from highly-coveted 2016 DL prospect

On Tuesday, Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators received some excellent news -- as elite 2016 defensive line prospect Shavar Manuel committed to the program. Ranked as a 4-star prospect by, the 6'3", 310-pound athlete out of IMG Academy opted for the Gators over finalists LSU, Florida State, USF, and Alabama. This is a tremendous pickup for McElwain's staff. With Jonathan...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bullard, McGee speak about their careers in Gainesville

Seniors Jonathan Bullard and Jake McGee have been two of Florida's staples within the 2015 squad. Not only have both performed exceptionally well, but each have demonstrated quality leadership for the very young roster. Bullard was an all-conference performer in '15 -- accruing 63 tackles and and an eye-popping 17.5 tackles for loss. During a press conference ahead of this weekend...
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December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida's defense well represented in All-SEC teams

The announcement of the All-SEC first and second-teams came out Tuesday afternoon. Without question, Jim McElwain's team was well represented -- particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Corners Jalen Tabor and Vernon Hargreaves III, and defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard were all named as first-team selections. Punter Johnny Townsend and linebacker Antonio Morrison garnered...
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December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Stars align on defenses in SEC championship game

The defensive stars will be all over the field, and even on the sidelines , during the Southeastern Conference championship game. No. 2 Alabama's Jonathan Allen, Reggie Ragland and others will be in the NFL next season. By then, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart could be head coach at his alma mater, Georgia. The 18th-ranked Gators have NFL-caliber talent on defense, too, entering...
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December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida gives updated injury report for FSU game

With the injury situation looking extremely grim at the beginning of this week, things lightened up considerably for Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators ahead of their massive in-state rivalry game with Florida State. There's no question Florida will have to slow Florida State star running back Dalvin Cook if its to have any shot at beating the Seminoles on Saturday. Cook is essentially...
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November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

How worried should Florida Football be about their performance against FAU?

Jim McElwain was billed as an offensive coach and the savior of a team that former head coach Will Muschamp had at the bottom of nearly every offensive category. For the first half of the season this seemed to be true, and Gator nation bought in. However, in the second half of the season, Florida has looked like the Gators of the Muschamp era. While some called the games against...
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

SEC Notebook: Will Florida shake the 'dead' fish moniker against FSU?

If you were to listen to Jim McElwain's press conference, one would figure Florida was far from a 10-win team. The Gators narrowly beat FAU in overtime this past weekend by a score of 20-14. Although Florida did win, the feeling emanating resembled that of a loss. The offense struggled against a 2-9 opponent hailing from Conference USA. While the defense did what it needed, the...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

A battered Florida team limps into FSU matchup with injury concerns

Looking more like a MASH unit than a football team, Florida will be dealing with a considerable amount of injuries this weekend against Florida State -- as described by head coach Jim McElwain on Monday. The defensive line has been absolutely decimated by injury in recent weeks. Alex McCalister and Jordan Sherit are officially ruled out, and it appears as if Jonathan Bullard and...
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November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

CeCe Jefferson ready to help beat-up Florida defensive line

With injuries to defensive linemen Joey Ivie and Jonathan Bullard, true freshman CeCe Jefferson may be thrust into an integral role as the Florida Gators finish up the remaining portion of its regular season schedule. Ivie will be sidelined for a few weeks with what was deemed as a surgical procedure on one of his legs. Bullard -- who's arguably been Florida's best player throughout...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Gators may be without three key defenders vs. Gamecocks

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- No. 11 Florida could be without three key defensive players, including two starters, at South Carolina on Saturday.Coach Jim McElwain said Monday that standout defensive tackle Jon Bullard is doubtful to play because of an arm injury. Starting free safety Keanu Neal is questionable with a foot injury. Backup defensive lineman Joey Ivie is sidelined with...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 10 Florida could be down three key defenders vs. South Carolina

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 11 Florida could be without three key defensive players, including two starters, at South Carolina on Saturday.Coach Jim McElwain said Monday that standout defensive tackle Jon Bullard is doubtful to play because of an arm injury. Starting free safety Keanu Neal is questionable with a foot injury. Backup defensive lineman Joey Ivie is sidelined with an abdominal...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Florida DT Jonathan Bullard Owns Georgia OL Greg Pyke On Third And One Play

With the change at quarterback Saturday heading into the game against Florida the Georgia Bulldogs had to be hoping that their run game could keep them in the game. However, something like that is easier said than done when that means having to control someone like Florida's big defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard (90), and get him out of the way.Greg Pyke was certainly not able to...
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October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Photo: Program cover with Leonard Fournette was placed in every Florida players locker

Last Saturday night, the LSU Tigers knocked off the Florida Gators giving them their first loss of the season. The Gators found themselves on the long list of teams that failed to stop running back Leonard Fournette this season. Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard said that Fournette could be stopped, but I think his opinion has changed after their defense gave up 180 yards and...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida's front seven must control things up front

It will be a battle of wills during Saturday's clash between Florida and LSU. LSU will want to establish its vaunted rushing attack. The Tigers are averaging north of 345 yards per game on the ground. Leonard Fournette has been arguably the most dominating player in all of college football in 2015. On the other side of the coin, opponents are averaging only 99.2 yards a contest...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida DL Bullard added to Bednarik Award Watch list

Senior defensive end Jonathan Bullard has been added to the 2015 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch list for a stellar start to the 2015 campaign. The award recognizes the top defensive player in college football.Florida ranks No. 16 nationally in total defense, largely due to the efforts up front from the Shelby, North Carolina native. Bullard leads the Gators in both sacks (4.5) and tackles...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida Gators’ Player Makes Comment About Facing LSU, Leonard Fournette

It’s one of the top games this weekend, as the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers meet in a top ten match up that, quite frankly, many people didn’t see being such a high profile game when the season started. One of the main battles will be how the Gators’ defense, one of the tops in the nation, will do against maybe college football’s best player, LSU running back Leonard Fournette...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida DL Bullard on Fournette: 'He's nothing that we can't stop'

Apparently Jonathan Bullard isn't impressed by LSU's star running back Leonard Fournette. The Florida defensive lineman had some choice words for the Tigers' running back on Tuesday. Bullard believes his defense will have no problem in stopping Fournette on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.From a statistical standpoint it should be a good matchup. Florida ranks No. 16 in total defense...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida DL Jon Bullard Says Leonard Fournette “Is Nothing We Can’t Stop”

No. 8 Florida travels to No. 6 LSU this weekend to face the Tigers and their superhuman sophomore running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette has been an unstoppable force this season. Still, Florida defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard wasn’t quick to heap praise on Fournette when speaking about him today.  Gators DT Jon Bullard on LSU’s Fournette: “He’s nothing that we can’t...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida must make Drew Lock uncomfortable

Missouri true freshman signal-caller Drew Lock is completing passes at an impressive 67.9-percent clip. When he sets his feet and has time to survey the field, Lock's adept at picking out Mizzou receivers effectively. Florida's defensive gameplan in this game is simple: Get after Lock. Geoff Collins' defense has been very impressive this season. Ranking No. 22 overall in total...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Five Defenses You Don't Want Your Team To Face Right Now

Right now, the trend in college football seems to be high-scoring offenses. Whether it's Baylor averaging 745 yards per game or Ole Miss dropping over 70 points in two consecutive games, college football has become all about offense, leaving the defense to be often overlooked and underappreciated. Nowadays, gaudy offensive statistics are seemingly all that matter to fans and teams...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

What Missouri coaches are saying about Florida defense

Missouri will be in for a challenge this weekend as it hosts Florida.  The Gators are second in the conference in sacks (18), and possess one of the most athletic defenses in a conference full of athletic defenses. Simply put, the task of protecting true freshman signal-caller Drew Lock will be immense.  "Florida's defense is about as solid as I've seen in a long time. They've...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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