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10/25/2016 05:27 PM
Coaches Jim McElwain, Kirby Smart to reunite during Florida, Georgia game

GAINESVILLE — In February 2008, Jim McElwain arrived in Alabama to help coach Nick Saban get the Crimson Tide back on track.

The welcoming committee included Kirby Smart, age 31 at the time and a first-time Football Bowl Subdivision defensive coordinator.

During the next four years, Smart would...

10/25/2016 07:23 PM
Injured Gator Jarrad Davis returns to practice in limited capacity

GAINESVILLE — UF linebacker Jarrad Davis warmed up Tuesday with his injured left ankle taped, but was not with the Gators' starting defense during 11-on-11 drills.

Davis' status for Saturday's Georgia game will be determined as the week progresses. The team's leading tackler was injured during...

10/24/2016 05:46 PM
Gators' QB Luke Del Rio returns to Jacksonville for first Florida-Georgia game

GAINESVILLE — Eight-year-old Luke Del Rio could not hide the shiner from his father, Jack, then the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

During an innocent game of catch with rookie placekicker Josh Scobee at Alltel Field, Del Rio misjudged the football, caught it with his face and suffered...

10/24/2016 01:34 PM
Injured Gators' LB Jarrad Davis rehabbing 24/7 to get back for Georgia game

Injured Florida Gators' linebacker Jarrad Davis is doing everything he can to get back for Saturday's matchup with Georgia.

It still might not be enough.

Davis badly sprained his left ankle Oct. 15 against Missouri and has began rehabilitating the injury non-stop ever since.

"He’s been in the training...

10/24/2016 12:53 PM
Gators' CBs Jalen Tabor, Quincy Wilson not among Jim Thorpe Award semifinalists

The Jim Thorpe Award is given to the nation's top defensive back in December.

But two of the best DBs in college football - UF cornerback Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson - are not among the Thorpe Award's 16 semifinalists released Monday.

"I don't know who makes those lists," coach Jim McElwain said....

10/24/2016 11:30 AM
Gators' Nov. 5 visit to Arkansas set for 3:30 p.m. on CBS

The Florida Gators' Nov. 5 visit to Arkansas is set for 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

The Gators are 9-0 against the Razorbacks since they joined the SEC in 1992, including a 3-0 mark in Fayetteville. The three UF wins are by a combined score of 113-42, including a 38-7 win during the Gators' last visit there,...

10/22/2016 07:07 PM
Embattled Florida Gators point guard Kasey Hill chases redemption

GAINESVILLE —Florida Gators point guard Kasey Hill anticipated the question like a telegraphed pass leading to an uncontested layup the other way.

Did Hill ever think he'd still be at UF?

"I knew that was coming," Hill said with a laugh this summer.

"I am."

Hill arrived in Gainesville from Umatilla...

10/20/2016 07:16 PM
Gators defensive lineman Caleb Brantley makes an impact, strives to do more

GAINESVILLE — There was something bothering Caleb Brantley.

As he bounded out of the team's locker room minutes after Florida defeated Vanderbilt on Oct. 1, there was no hiding the displeasure he had for his stats: one solo tackle, no sacks, no tackles for loss.

Before the season began, there was...

10/16/2016 05:39 PM
UF QB Luke Del Rio looks to shake off miscues against Missouri

GAINESVILLE — UF coach Jim McElwain was at a loss for answers about quarterback Luke Del Rio's disappointing day.

Was it rust of a four-week layoff, a sore knee, wet and windy conditions or something else that turned Del Rio's highly anticipated return into a dud Saturday against Missouri?


10/15/2016 08:05 PM
Defense sparks Florida in rout of Missouri

UF juniors Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson are teammates, bookend cornerbacks and close friends, but at the same the fiercest of competitors. 

Wilson was not about to let Tabor steal the show during Saturday’s 40-14 homecoming win against Missouri in the Swamp.

A 39-yard pick-six by Tabor broke open...

10/15/2016 11:18 PM
UF linebacker Jarrad Davis' injury a costly blow for Gators

GAINESVILLE — Florida’s linebacking corps was already razor thin.

On Saturday, it was dealt a piercing blow.

After Jarrad Davis plunged head first into Missouri running back Damarea Crockett, combining with teammate Alex Anzalone for the tackle, Davis didn’t get up.

Trainers rushed out to the field...

10/15/2016 06:38 PM
Blog rewind: Florida 40, Missouri 14 - Final
The Gators return after an unplanned week off to host SEC East rival Tigers. Don't see the live feed? Click here.

10/14/2016 11:57 AM
Gators host Missouri looking to avenge 2014 homecoming debacle

GAINESVILLE — Oct. 18, 2014, was a good day for Jim McElwain and his coaching future.

Colorado State's 16-13 decision against Utah State was the breakthrough win the Rams needed during McElwain's third season in Fort Collins.

Meanwhile, two time zones away in Gainesville, the Gators' 42-13 homecoming...

10/12/2016 06:16 PM
UF QB Luke Del Rio returns looking to ignite struggling Gators offense

GAINESVILLE — UF center Cam Dillard said the Gators' offense is close — a mental lapse, a missed blocked or an unforced error from consistently reaching the end zone.

"We just need to focus more," he said. "More focus on attention to detail, on your assignment and things like that — because everything's...

10/11/2016 06:20 PM
UF CB Jalen Tabor said Gators didn't dodge LSU

Jalen Tabor and the Florida Gators believe they are one terrible half of football from being among the nation’s top teams.

UF’s loquacious cornerback also admits the outside perception of the program surely is not so flattering.

“Oh no, they don’t think like that,” he said.

Since being overrun...

10/10/2016 10:46 AM
UF coach Jim McElwain said criticism following LSU cancellation 'shocks me'

UF coach Jim McElwain said the Gators wanted to play LSU and any implication otherwise "shocks me."

Much of the blow-back following last Thursday's decision to cancel Saturday's game due to Hurricane Matthew focused on the Gators' role in postponing the game.

LSU athletics director Joe Alleva fanned...

10/08/2016 04:01 PM
SEC Commish Sankey said UF-LSU game 'needs to be played'

The Florida-LSU game will be played this season if SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has anything to do with it.

Late Thursday afternoon, the league office postponed Saturday's scheduled matchup in the Swamp due to Hurricane Matthew, raising the possibility the longstanding rivalry game would not be...

10/06/2016 06:40 PM
Florida-LSU game postponed due to Hurricane Matthew

GAINESVILLE - The last season Florida and LSU did not meet in football John Reeves and Carlos Alvarez were setting SEC passing records for the Gators.

Now for the first time since 1971, the Gators and Tigers might not play a football game after deciding to cancel Saturday’s noon visit from LSU...

10/04/2016 07:32 PM
Gators eager to get best of Leonard Fournette, formidable LSU run game

GAINESVILLE – UF linebacker Alex Anzalone remembers the 140 yards, the two touchdowns and the 20-yard burst to the right sideline.

Leonard Fournette was only a freshman, and Anzalone was just a sophomore. But two years later, Fournette's performance during Florida's Oct. 11, 2014, loss to LSU is...

10/03/2016 06:57 PM
Jim McElwain takes responsibility for Gators' sputtering offense

GAINESVILLE — Will Muschamp's Florida teams did not win enough games or score enough points.

Jim McElwain was hired to fix the problem.

McElwain soon delivered the 2015 SEC East title. But beginning with last November's 9-7 win against Vanderbilt to clinch the division, the Gators too often have...

10/01/2016 11:36 AM
Three things we learned during Gators' 13-6 win at Vanderbilt

Check out the top three things we learned during Florida's 13-6 win at Vanderbilt.

1. The Gators' run defense suddenly is underwhelming.

Vanderbilt entered Saturday 12th in the SEC in rushing offense, but it got the best of the SEC's second-ranked run defense.

The Commodores finished with 147 rushing...

10/01/2016 05:31 PM
Florida escapes with a win at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Coach Jim McElwain said what every Florida fan has been thinking the past two weeks.

Coming off a second-half collapse at Tennessee, the Gators were pushed around, beaten to the punch and lucky to have escaped with a 13-6 win at Vanderbilt Saturday.

“I’m sick of seeing it,” McElwain...

10/01/2016 05:57 PM
Gators' defense comes up big at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Quincy Wilson aimed his left foot toward the quarterback, waited for the ball to be snapped and bolted past the receiver.

A few seconds later, Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur was blindsided by the sophomore cornerback, who slammed him to the ground for an 8-yard loss.


10/01/2016 02:57 PM
Blog rewind: Florida gets by Vanderbilt
The Gators look to rebound from a disappointing loss against the struggling Commodores. Don't see the live feed? Click here.

09/30/2016 04:29 PM
Florida Gators eager to bounce back from painful loss, defeat Vanderbilt

GAINESVILLE — UF safety Marcus Maye grabbed his iPad as soon as he boarded the airplane in Tennessee for a long trip home.

But Maye did not start streaming videos or listening to music. He and his fellow defenders flipped on a horror film, hoping to find answers by re-watching a 38-28 Florida loss...

2016 Football Schedule

9/10 KENTUCKY W 45-7
9/17 NORTH TEXAS W 32-0
9/24 @ TENNESSEE L 28-38
10/01 @ VANDERBILT W 13-6
10/08 LSU Rescheduled
10/15 MISSOURI W 40-14
10/29 GEORGIA (JAX) 3:30p
11/5 @ ARKANSAS 3:30p
11/19 @ LSU TBD
12/3 SECC Game TBD
TBD Bowl Game TBD

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