#GreatestGatorEver Sweet 16 bracket breakdown

by | Aug 26, 2020 | Gator Baseball, Gator Basketball, Gator Football, Uncategorized

#GreatestGatorEver

Having announced the tentative plans for the schedule of the remainder of the #GreatestGatorEver fan voting tournament (update; the tournament resumes tomorrow on twitter and Instagram stories), it’s time to refresh our memories regarding the final sixteen contestants standing. Who are they, and how did they get here?

Two quick notes: first, players are listed in the order in which they appear on the bracket, and two, numbers beside players’ names denote their “national” (i.e. overall) seed. If the player wasn’t a top sixteen overall seed, no number will appear beside his or her name at the top; further seeding info is below.

First: the bracket.

#GreatestGatorEver

(1) Tim Tebow (football, QB: 2006-09)

Tournament profile: 1 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #1 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Bailee Castro (softball), 89.9%-10.1% (434 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (8)Lauren Embree (tennis), 91.4%-8.6% (700 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (4)Neal Walk (basketball), 92.5%-7.5% (1,012 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (10)Kennedy Baker (gymnastics), 95.7%-4.3% (1,918 votes)

Accomplishments: 2006 and 2008 SEC and national champion. 2007 Heisman Trophy winner; 2008 and 2009 Heisman Trophy finalist. 2007 consensus first team All-American, 2008 and 2009 All-American. 2008 and 2009 team captain. Florida Ring of Honor member. Member of winningest senior class in Florida history (48-7). Leads Florida all time in total yardage with 12,232, total touchdowns with 145 and rushing touchdowns with 57. First round NFL Draft pick. Three year NFL career with Broncos and Jets. Historic moment: jump pass touchdown to clinch Florida’s victory in the 2009 BCS Championship Game against Oklahoma.

Matt Elam (football, S: 2010-12)

Tournament profile: 16 Regional champ (#4 Regional seed, #61 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (13)Melanie Booth (soccer), 83.7%-16.3% (239 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (5)Shannon Gilroy (lacrosse), 79.2%-20.8% (385 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (8)Marissa King (gymnastics), 75.9%-24.1% (926 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (2)Dara Torres (swimming), 52.8%-47.2% (1,590 votes)

Accomplishments: 2012 consensus first team All-American; led Florida with four interceptions on the season. First round NFL Draft pick. Four year NFL career with Ravens. Historic moment: strip of O’Dell Beckham vs. LSU in 2012 in a game that Florida would eventually win 14-6.

(8) Lauren Haeger (softball, P: 2012-15)

Tournament profile: 8 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #8 overall seed)

How she got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Shayna Pirreca (lacrosse), 95.9%-4.1% (242 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (9)Jason Williams (basketball), 80.7%-19.3% (384 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (13)LaMical Perine (football), 76.3%-23.7% (431 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (3)Andre Caldwell (football), 71.2%-28.8% (1,339 votes)

Accomplishments: One of two players in organized baseball/softball history to hit 70 career home runs and record 70 pitching wins. 2013 and 2015 consensus first team All-American. 2014 and 2015 national champion. 2015 WCWS Most Outstanding Player. 2015 Honda Sports Award winner. Florida’s all time leader in home runs (71) and RBI (260. Third all time in Florida history with 494 total bases, seventh all time in with 73 pitching wins, and eighth all time with 532 strikeouts. Historic moment: grand slam vs. Georgia in 2015 to set the school record for home runs.

Fred Taylor (football, RB: 1994-97)

Tournament profile: 9 Regional champ (#4 Regional seed, #49 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (13)Michael Frazier (basketball), 94.3-5.7% (242 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (5)Lisa Raymond (tennis), 86.4%-13.6% (352 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (1)Ryan Lochte (swimming), 52.6%-47.4% (736 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (2)Brandon Spikes (football), 56.8%-43.2% (1,562 votes)

Accomplishments: 1996 national champion. 1997 All-American. Fourth all time in Florida history with 3,075 career rushing yards and fifth all time with 32 rushing touchdowns. 1998 first round NFL Draft pick (#9 overall). Twelve year NFL career with Jaguars and Patriots. 2007 Pro Bowl Selection. 17th all time in NFL history with 11,695 rushing yards. Historic moment: touchdown run vs. FSU in 1997 to take the lead late in the 4th quarter.

(4) Emmitt Smith (football, RB: 1987-89)

Tournament profile: 4 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #4 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Savannah Jordan, 97.6%-2.4% (331 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (9)Aubree Munro (softball), 90.5%-9.5% (432 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (4)Bradley Beal (basketball), 86.1%-13.9% (554 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (2)Amanda Lorenz (softball), 65.0%-35.0% (2,172 votes)

Accomplishments: Second all time leading rusher in Florida history (3,928). Second all time at Florida with 36 rushing touchdowns. 1989 unanimous All-American and consensus first team All-American. Florida Ring of Honor member. First round NFL Draft pick (#17 overall). Fourteen year NFL career with Cowboys and Cardinals. 3X NFL Super Bowl champion: XXVIIXXVIIIXXX. Super Bowl XXVIII MVP. 8X NFL Pro Bowl selection: 1990–1995, 1998-99. NFL all time leading rusher (18,355 yards). NFL all time rushing touchdowns leader (164). First ballot NFL Hall of Famer. Historic moment: one-yard touchdown run against Alabama in 1987 as part of a 224 yard effort in his first career start.

Chris Doering (football, WR: 1992-95)

Tournament profile: 13 Regional champ (#4 Regional seed, #59 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (13)Shaun Anderson (baseball), 91.8%-8.2% (232 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (5)Will Claye (track), 74.9%-25.1% (323 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (1)Mike Zunino (baseball), 51.9%-48.1% (776 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (6)Alicia Boren (gymnastics), 75.4%-24.6% (1,065 votes)

Accomplishments: 3X SEC Champion: 1993-95. 1995 first team All-SEC. 1995 All-American. Florida’s all time leader in TD receptions with 31. Sixth all time at Florida with 149 career receptions; tenth all time with 2,107 receiving yards. Seven year NFL career with four teams. Historic moment: caught game winning (and SEC Championship saving) touchdown to beat Kentucky in 1993.

(5) Percy Harvin (football, RB/WR: 2006-08)

Tournament profile: 5 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #5 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Kristen Guise (gymnastics), 81.4%-18.6% (516 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (8)Alaina Johnson (gymnastics), 70.5%-29.5% (665 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (4)Kytra Hunter (gymnastics), 55.2%-44.8% (3,145 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (2)Hannah Rogers (softball), 81.7%-18.3% (1,353 votes)

Accomplishments: 2006 SEC Freshman of the Year. 2007 and 2008 (first team) All-American. 2006 and 2008 SEC and national champion. 2006 SEC Title Game MVP. First player in Florida history to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in a single game. Holds several Florida records for wide receivers: most career rushing yards (1,852), most rushing yards in a single season (764 in 2007), and most overall touchdowns (32; 19 rushing, 13 receiving). 2009 first round NFL Draft pick (#22, Vikings). 2009 NFL Rookie of the Year. 2009 Pro Bowl selection. Super Bowl XLVIII champion with Seahawks. Historic moment: 67 yard TD on a counter play vs. Arkansas in 2006 SEC Title Game.

(12) Abby Wambach (soccer, F: 1998-2001)

Tournament profile: 12 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #12 overall seed)

How she got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Sammi Burgess (lacrosse), 90.5%-9.5% (210 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (8)Dallas Baker (football), 82.7%-17.8% (232 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (4)Jevon Kearse (football), 67.3%-32.7% (471 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (2)Errict Rhett (football), 67.2%-32.8% (1,045 votes)

Accomplishments: Florida’s all time leading career goal scorer (96). Clutch factor: 24 game-winning goals at Florida. 1998 SEC Freshman of the Year and freshman All-American. 1998 national champion. 3X unanimous first team All-American: 1999, 2000, 2001. 6X US Soccer Athlete of the Year Award: 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013. 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year Award. 184 career international goals; most in US history and second most worldwide among women. 2004 (Athens) and 2012 (London) Olympic gold medalist. 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup bronze medalist, 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup silver medalist and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup gold medalist with Team USA. 2011 FIFA World Cup Silver Ball and Bronze Boot Award winner.

(6) Joakim Noah (basketball, F/C: 2005-07)

Tournament profile: 6 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #6 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Austin Maddox (baseball), 95.0%-5.0% (303 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (8)Janoris Jenkins (football), 91.4%-8.6% (396 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (5)Ahmad Black (football), 84.9%-15.1% (529 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (2)Errict Rhett (football), 70.8%-29.2% (1,528 votes)

Accomplishments: 2006 and 2007 national champion. 2006 Minneapolis All-Regional team. 2006 Final Four Most Outstanding Player. 2006 All-American; 2007 consensus All-American. 42nd all time at Florida with 1,133 career points. All time NCAA leader with 29 blocked shots in a single NCAA Tournament (2006). First round NBA Draft pick (#9 overall, Bulls). Fourteen year NBA career and counting with four teams. 2X NBA All-Star: 2013, 2014. 2014 first team all-NBA. 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Historic moment: slamming down a dunk with a minute remaining against UCLA in the 2006 national championship game to punctuate Florida’s 73-57 victory.

(11) Jack Youngblood (football, DE/DT/K: 1968-70)

Tournament profile: 11 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #11 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Walter Hodge (basketball), 92.4%-7.6% (224 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (8)Jackson Kowar (baseball), 90.8%-9.2% (238 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (5)Reidel Anthony (football), 74.1%-25.9% (483 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (2)Bridget Sloan (gymnastics), 69.3%-30.7% (982 votes)

Accomplishments: 1970 first team All-American. Florida Ring of Honor member. College Football Hall of Fame member. First round NFL Draft pick (#20 overall, Rams). Fourteen year NFL career with Rams. 7X Pro Bowl: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979. 8X All-Pro selection; 5X first team All-Pro: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1978. 151.5 career NFL sacks; would be fifth all time in NFL history. NFL Hall of Fame member. Historic moment: stuffed Georgia running back Ricky Lake at the goal line, stripped the ball out and recovered it in 1970.

(3) Al Horford (basketball, F/C: 2005-07)

Tournament profile: 3 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #3 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Lindsey Cameron (softball), 94.9%-5.1% (256 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (9)Lomas Brown (football), 93.1%-6.9% (275 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (5)Alex McMurtry (gymnastics) by disqualification*
  • Round of 32: def. (2)Rex Grossman (football), 68.7%-31.3% (1,351 votes)

Accomplishments: 2006 and 2007 national champion and Final Four All-Tournament team. 2007 consensus All-American. Second all time at Florida with 189 career blocked shots and 16 double-doubles. First round NBA Draft pick (#3 overall, Hawks). Thirteen year NBA career and counting. 5X NBA All-Star: 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2018. 2011 All-NBA selection. 2018 NBA All-NBA Defensive Team selection. Historic moment: working against Butler’s Brandon Crone in the 2007 Sweet 16 and muscling his way for a bucket-and-one in Florida’s 65-57 win.

*A story for another day. For now, let’s just call it “pervasive and incessant toxicity from non-Gator gymnastics fans, including, but by no means limited to, creating numerous fake accounts to vote for McMurtry dozens of times each.”

(14) Kelly Barnhill (softball, P: 2016-19)

Tournament profile: 14 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #14 overall seed)

How she got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Gregory Ouellette (tennis), 97.0%-3.0% (542 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (8)Jeff Morrison (tennis), 93.6%-6.4% (493 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (4)Alex Brown (football), 77.7%-22.3% (626 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (2)Alex Faedo (baseball), 61.5%-38.5% (1,006 votes)

Accomplishments: 3X All-American: 2017, 2018, 2019. 2017 WCWS All-Tournament team. 2017 ESPNw Player of the Year. 2017 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year. 2017 Honda Sports Award winner. 2017 ESPY Award winner- “Best Female Collegiate Athlete”. 2017 and 2018 SEC Pitcher of the Year. Florida’s all time strikeout leader with 1,208. Florida’s all time leader in opposing batting average with .134. Third all time in Florida history with 104 career wins and with 1.17 career ERA. 2016 and 2018 gold medalist with Team USA in WBSC Softball World Championships. Historic moment: game-ending strikeout in Game 3 of 2017 Super Regionals against Alabama to send Florida back to the WCWS.

(7) Steve Spurrier (football, QB/K: 1964-66)

Tournament profile: 7 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #7 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Sydney Pirreca (lacrosse), 96.5%-3.5% (542 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (8)Chris Chiozza (basketball), 93.1%-6.9% (493 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (5)Scottie Wilbekin (basketball), 93.6%-6.4% (626 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (3)Mike Miller (basketball), 93.7%-6.3% (1,006 votes)

Accomplishments: 1965 first team All-American; 1966 unanimous first team All-American. 1966 Heisman Trophy winner. Florida Ring of Honor member. College Football Hall of Fame member. 10th in Florida history with 4,848 career passing yards. 10 year NFL career (nine with 49ers). Historic moment: waving away the Florida kicker and nailing the game winning 40 yard field goal to beat Auburn and clinch the Heisman Trophy in 1966.

(10) Chris Leak (football, QB: 2003-06)

Tournament profile: 10 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #10 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Josh Tobias (baseball), 92.7%-7.3% (330 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (8)Chris Richard (basketball), 95.1%-4.9% (385 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (4)Caeleb Dressel (swimming), 62.6%-37.4% (526 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (2)Corey Brewer (basketball), 55.6%-44.4% (1,070 votes)

Accomplishments: One of three four year primary starting QB’s in Florida football history. 2006 national champion. 2007 BCS Championship Game Offensive MVP. 2005 and 2006 team captain. Florida’s all time passing yards leader with 11,213. Second in Florida history with 88 touchdown passes, and tied for second with 35 wins as quarterback. Historic moment: “ADMIRE THE THROW” game winning touchdown pass to Dallas Baker against FSU in 2006.

(2) Danny Wuerffel (football, QB: 1993-96)

Tournament profile: 2 Regional champ (#1 Regional seed, #2 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (16)Hudson Randall (baseball), 98.9%-1.1% (278 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (9)Nicole DeWitt (softball), 93.4%-6.6% (304 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (4)Heather Mitts (soccer), 86.2%-13.8% (494 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (6)Brady Singer (baseball), 92.3%-7.7% (867 votes)

Accomplishments: 1996 national champion. 1996 Heisman Trophy winner. 1995 first team All-American; 1996 consensus first team All-American. 1995 and 1996 Davey O’Brien Award winner. 1996 Walter Camp Award winner. 1996 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner. 1996 Sporting News Player of the Year. Florida’s all time passing touchdowns leader (114). Second in Florida history with 10,875 career passing yards; had two of Florida’s five 3,250+ yard passing seasons (1995, 1996). Historic moment: a 16 yard touchdown rush against FSU in the 1997 Sugar Bowl, en route to Florida’s first national championship.

Pete Alonso (baseball, 1B: 2014-16)

Tournament profile: 15 Regional champ (#2 Regional seed, #18 overall seed)

How he got here:

  • Round of 256: def. (15)Judd Davis (football), 92.9%-7.1% (326 votes)
  • Round of 128: def. (7)Kerwin Bell (football), 85.5%-14.5% (304 votes)
  • Round of 64: def. (3)Jabar Gaffney (football), 75.8%-24.2% (496 votes)
  • Round of 32: def. (1)Wilber Marshall (football), 50.8%-49.2% (1,202 votes)

Accomplishments: 2014 SEC All-Freshman team. 2016 unanimous All-American. 2019 MLB Home Run Derby champion. 2019 NL Rookie of the Year. 2019 MLB All-Star. Set MLB rookie record with 53 home runs in 2019. Historic moment: a two run, 421 foot moonshot to dead center field in the 1-1 game of the 2015 College World Series against Miami in an eventual 10-2 Florida win.

The favorite: (1)Tim Tebow

Obviously, the #1 overall seed in the whole shebang is going to be the favorite at any stage. Two national titles sandwiched around a Heisman and breaking all kinds of records will do that. Do look for him to get tested more on the national stage (aka the Sweet 16 and beyond) than he was in the Regional stage, though. He’ll be a lopsided favorite against Matt Elam in the Sweet, but his road to the title beyond that is much tougher. If chalk holds, he’ll have to go through (8)Lauren Haeger, who’s essentially the rough softball equivalent of Tebow accolades-wise in the Elite Eight, Emmitt Smith, the greatest NFL running back of all time statistics-wise in the Final Four, and the one and only Danny Wuerffel in the championship match, who needs no further introduction. And before you dismiss Haeger as a serious threat, consider this: fellow softball player Bailee Castro- the #16 seed in the 1 Regional- was the only opponent of Tebow’s in the Regional round to take more than 10% of the vote against him, as the online softball community has shown up for this tournament in big numbers.

The second favorite: (2)Danny Wuerffel

If Wuerffel can get to the championship match opposite Tebow- and his road is considerably more difficult than Tebow’s- get ready for a week of all out warfare. The credentials are very similar, albeit with one glaring exception: Wuerffel only has one national title to Tebow’s two. That could hurt. Still: Wuerffel is Florida’s all time passing touchdown king and second only to Chris Leak in terms of passing yardage, and he did help lead Florida to four straight SEC Championships, which hasn’t been done by any team since. As for his road: Pete Alonso in the Sweet 16 is no cupcake, he’d likely have a tough time against his former coach (7)Spurrier in the Elite Eight and whichever of the basketball stars (either (3)Al Horford or (6)Joakim Noah) that I’m presuming reach the Elite Eight wins that matchup would give him an even tougher time. But though his road could be filled with barnburners, Florida’s first ever national championship winning QB should be considered the razor-thin favorite to meet Tebow for the title.

The sleeper: (4)Emmitt Smith

Unlike most of the athletes who played their collegiate ball in the 1980’s (thanks to multiple sets of sanctions against various Florida athletics programs), Emmitt Smith has achieved eternal recognizability with perhaps the greatest professional career of any Florida athlete. Thus, he is a dangerous matchup for Tim Tebow in the Final Four. Smith had a great college career at Florida, but he made his mark in the NFL by becoming the league’s all time leading rusher and garnering Hall of Fame status the instant he became eligible. Chris Doering in the Sweet 16 could be fun, but Smith should win that; then it gets interesting. Assuming he wins his Sweet 16 matchup, Smith would then face the next generation’s greatest Gator football skill position player in Percy Harvin in the Elite Eight. And then comes the battle royale with Tebow, which if he wins, he might suddenly become the favorite against whoever wins the other side- even if that turns out to be Wuerffel.

The dark horse: (7)Steve Spurrier

Coaching accomplishments don’t count in this tournament, but in Spurrier’s case, they’ve drawn some eyeballs onto his playing career- which was spectacular in its own right. Not only was he one of three Heisman Trophy winners in school history, but he was a two time first team All-American as well. And prior to his coaching days, he guided Florida to some of its best seasons in school history. He should handle Chris Leak in the Sweet 16, but then he’d presumably be an underdog in his last three rounds; if chalk holds, he’d face three straight opponents who won a national championship at Florida (again: remember, just as a player). Still, there’s just an aura about him that makes him impossible to count out, even against those with superior credentials.

The Cinderella: (12)Abby Wambach

Truth be told, Wambach was two wins away in the 2001 College Cup from being either the #2 overall or #3 overall seed. How much did not getting them factor into her seed? Not very much… but because the top 16 overall seeds were all ridiculously successful athletes and something had to give and someone had to be punished for something, it did drop her down to #12 overall, since that meant she only won one national title at Florida, not two. But Wambach is easily one of the top ten greatest women’s soccer players to ever live, and the recentism factor does work in her favor. Nothing will be easy for her in the national circuit (she starts with two time national champion and fan favorite Percy Harvin); if she gets past that, she’d likely face Emmitt Smith and if she beats him, she’d probably match up against Tim Tebow. But then again, no Cinderella is supposed to have it easy.

Happy voting!

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The Florida Gators exploded for a 35-3 lead midway through the second quarter, and from there, cruised to a 42-20 win over South Florida. What stood out in the process? 1: Florida's got issues, but it could be so much worse Rarely will I ever waste one of these five...

Game day: Florida Gators at South Florida Bulls Preview

Game day: Florida Gators at South Florida Bulls Preview

Gameday is once again upon us! This time, the Florida Gators will face the South Florida Bulls in a quasi-road game where the stands promise to feature as much orange and blue as green and gold- if not more. Amidst what some people deem to be a quarterback controversy...

Five takeaways from Florida Gators’ 35-14 win over FAU

Five takeaways from Florida Gators’ 35-14 win over FAU

The Florida Gators knocked off FAU 35-14 to begin the 2021 season, but left much to be desired. So: what stuck out along the way? (Aside: I'll be keeping these "five takeaways" pieces short and sweet throughout the season in order to get more stuff written each week.)...

Game day: Florida Gators vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Preview

Game day: Florida Gators vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Preview

Alas, we have reached game day for the Florida Gators. It is finally here! Enough of the talk. Enough of the pre-season predictions. For the first time since last December, we have a game to talk about today. Tonight at 7:30 PM, the Swamp will have 80,000+ for the...

It’s Emory Jones’ turn. His time. And his team.

It’s Emory Jones’ turn. His time. And his team.

Photo credit: USA Today Flash back to almost four years ago, December 20, 2017. It's the day that Emory Jones signed with the Florida Gators, which planted a seed for a career that has, for the most part, remained dormant- until now. Not too long before a letter of...

Florida’s Andrew Chatfield enters transfer portal

Florida’s Andrew Chatfield enters transfer portal

Photo credit: Evan Lepak, UAA Communications Florida linebacker/defensive end Andrew Chatfield has decided to enter the transfer portal. In doing so, he becomes the third Gators defender who has logged reps at linebacker to do so this offseason after James Houston IV...

Snapshot: 2021 Florida-FSU chart

Snapshot: 2021 Florida-FSU chart

Happy Chart Day! Yep, it's that time of year again. The annual In All Kinds Of Weather tradition of "The Florida FSU chart" is back in 2021. For those who are not familiar with "The Chart," every year since 2014, I have been laying out all the dizzying array of ways...

OT David Conner commits to Florida

OT David Conner commits to Florida

Photo via David Conner Florida’s offensive line play has been suspect at best these past few years, and the Gators’ 2022 recruiting class has been somewhat stuck in reverse so far. Both of those things got a nice boost today with the commitment of offensive tackle...

LB EJ Lightsey commits to Florida

LB EJ Lightsey commits to Florida

Photo credit: Keith Niebuhr, 247Sports Linebacker EJ Lightsey (Fitzgerald, GA/Fitzgerald) has just become the newest member of the Gators' 2022 recruiting class. He announced the decision on twitter this morning. Though Florida's fan base does have a propensity to...

Florida CB Jaydon Hill tears ACL, will miss 2021 season

Florida CB Jaydon Hill tears ACL, will miss 2021 season

Photo credit: John Raoux, AP A big part of the small amount of depth the Florida Gators had in its secondary is now gone for the season, as cornerback Jaydon Hill has torn his ACL. Hill suffered the injury in practice on Sunday. Rumblings that Hill would miss the...

Florida Gators 2021 Summer Position Preview: Defensive line

Florida Gators 2021 Summer Position Preview: Defensive line

Photo credit: Brad McClenny, USA Today Having completed the position by position preview of the Florida Gators' offense last month, it's time to turn our attention to the other side of the ball: the defense. It was, for lack of a nicer possible way to put it, awful in...

Four star RB Terrance Gibbs commits to Florida

Four star RB Terrance Gibbs commits to Florida

Photo via Terrance Gibbs The Gators have finally landed a top running back out of high school as opposed to the portal, as Terrance Gibbs (Winter Park, FL/Winter Park HS) has committed to Florida. Though Gibbs is only rated as a four star by both Rivals and 247Sports,...

2023 TE Mac Markway commits to Florida

2023 TE Mac Markway commits to Florida

Photo via Mac Markway Tim Brewster has landed another one for the Florida Gators, raiding the Show Me State for a Mac Markway, tight end that schools across the country wanted. Markway, a consensus four star target from St. Louis, chose Florida over Ohio State and...

Report: Florida, UCF close in on two-for-one football series

Report: Florida, UCF close in on two-for-one football series

Photo credit: Phil Sandlin, AP UPDATE: the social media teams of Florida and Central Florida have officially announced the three game series, confirming details of reports listed below. The original story begins below. UCF Knights fans' dreams of playing the Florida...

Florida Gators 2021 Pre-Summer position analysis: tight ends

Florida Gators 2021 Pre-Summer position analysis: tight ends

Photo credit: Courtney Culbreath, University of Florida After a bit of a hiatus, our position by position breakdown of the Florida Gators football roster resumes today with a look at Tim Brewster's tight end room. (Apologies for the delay. Long story. But we're back...

ATH Jamarrien Burt commits to Florida

ATH Jamarrien Burt commits to Florida

After laying dormant for quite some time, the Gators' 2022 recruiting class is picking up some steam at last. A mere four days after Florida added a pair of commitments from linebacker Shemar James and wide receiver Chandler Smith, athlete Jamarrien Burt has joined...

Athletic four star LB Shemar James commits to Florida

Athletic four star LB Shemar James commits to Florida

Photo credit: Scott Donaldson, preps@al.com Florida's 2022 recruiting class just gained perhaps its most highly touted piece yet, as consensus four star linebacker Shemar James announced his commitment this afternoon. James- out of Mobile, AL/Faith Academy- was...

Four star DB Julian Humphrey commits to Florida

Four star DB Julian Humphrey commits to Florida

Photo via TexAgs Not even three months after poaching QB Nick Evers from the Lone Star State, Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators rode west to Texas once again and pulled out another stud in Julian Humphrey, a consensus four star prospect from the Houston metropolitan...

Underrated three star WR Isaiah Bond commits to Florida

Underrated three star WR Isaiah Bond commits to Florida

Photo via Isaiah Bond After a lull the past couple months, the Gators are making moves with their 2022 recruiting class again, this time adding wide receiver Isaiah Bond. https://twitter.com/isaiahbond_/status/1391513186566819845?s=20 247Sports credits Billy Gonzales...

Florida Gators 2021 NFL Draft primer

Florida Gators 2021 NFL Draft primer

Photo credit: Kim Klement, USA Today Happy NFL Draft Day, Florida Gators fans! Today is the day where 32 former college football stars take the first step towards making their lifelong dreams of playing in the NFL a reality. That, of course, will include former Gators...

(Unofficial) results from Florida’s NFL Pro Day

(Unofficial) results from Florida’s NFL Pro Day

Photo credit: Florida Gators Due to the cancellation of the Gators' spring football game, the Florida Gators Pro Day was the closest thing to live football we're going to get this offseason. Luckily for the fans- and much more importantly, themselves- several...

Who should replace Mike White at Florida? (2021 version)

Who should replace Mike White at Florida? (2021 version)

Photo credit: John E. Moore, Getty Images A year ago, after Mike White's coaching malpractice pushed me over the edge for good, I wrote about all the laundry list of candidates I would love to see Florida replace Mike White with. After his horrifying late game...

TE CJ Hawkins commits to Florida

TE CJ Hawkins commits to Florida

Image via 247Sports The Gators got off to a slow start with their 2022 recruiting class. But with the addition of CJ Hawkins, it's officially picking up steam. Hawkins, a tight end out of Tampa, FL/Berkeley Prep, committed to Florida over South Carolina. The Gators...

Athletic OT Tony Livingston commits to Florida

Athletic OT Tony Livingston commits to Florida

Image via BuckeyePlanet.com Florida picked up a major boost for its 2022 recruiting class with the addition of Tony Livingston. Livingston, a consensus four star offensive tackle from Tampa, FL/Carrolwood Day announced his decision on twitter this evening. He also had...

2022 QB Nick Evers commits to Florida

2022 QB Nick Evers commits to Florida

Image via TexAgs.com Coaches will tell you that in every recruiting class, signing a quarterback is a need. For the Gators' 2022 class, Dan Mullen just filled that need in the name of Nick Evers, who just committed with an announcement on twitter. Evers is a consensus...

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 3/2 practice

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 3/2 practice

Photo credit: Florida Gators/@GatorsFB The Gators held Day 6 of spring practice today, and as has been the case for several of the prior practices, the program decided to open it up (virtually) to the public, and streamed most of the reps live on the team's Instagram...

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 2/26 practice

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 2/26 practice

Day five of full pads. (Image via Florida Gators.) For the third time this week, the Florida Gators football team held a virtual open practice, streaming most of the day's work on Instagram live for all to see. Here are all the videos I managed to capture from Friday...

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 2/24 practice

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 2/24 practice

Jason Marshall vs. Xzavier Henderson: something we'll be seeing a lot of in practice for a very, very long time. (Photo credit: Florida Gators) For the second time this week, the Gator football program virtually opened its practice to the public on its Instagram page,...

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 2/22 practice

Screenshot from Florida's practice today (via Florida Gators) Dan Mullen and the Florida Gator football team hit the field for practice today as usual. One thing that made today's practice different from a lot of the Gators' other practices, though, was that today's...

Kicker Adam Mihalek commits to Florida

Kicker Adam Mihalek commits to Florida

Image via Adam Mihalek The Florida Gators snuck in one last addition to their 2021 recruiting class at the last second: kicker Adam Mihalek. Mihalek, a local from Tampa, has announced his intentions to stay close to home and attend the University of Florida as a...

Four star 2022 DE Francois Nolton commits to Florida

Four star 2022 DE Francois Nolton commits to Florida

With the Gators' 2021 recruiting class all wrapped up, Dan Mullen and his staff have gone to work setting up their 2022 class. https://twitter.com/99_nolton/status/1357739221822418945?s=20 Francois Nolton, a 6'4, 225 lb. four star defensive end from Miami, has...

COVID forces Gator basketball game vs. LSU to be postponed

COVID forces Gator basketball game vs. LSU to be postponed

After an embarrassing home loss to South Carolina two nights ago, the Gator basketball program will have to wait a little longer to get back on the court. Per an SEC press release, Mike White's team is experiencing another COVID outbreak: The Florida at LSU men's...

Gators land former LSU five star TE Arik Gilbert

Gators land former LSU five star TE Arik Gilbert

Dan Mullen remains undefeated in the NCAA transfer portal with the addition of Arik Gilbert. And now, a year after Florida lost unanimous All-American tight end Kyle Pitts to the NFL, the Gators may not miss a beat at that position. Gilbert, a former five star tight...

Way too early 2021 Gator football game-by-game projections

Way too early 2021 Gator football game-by-game projections

With the Florida Gators' 2021 schedule released yesterday, I thought it would be worth taking my first shot at what's become fans' favorite offseason ritual: projecting Florida's record. And in order to have a final record projection, you have to go game by game in...

Florida Gators’ 2021 football schedule revealed

Florida Gators’ 2021 football schedule revealed

When the SEC first pieced together a twelve year football schedule rotation in 2014 that dictated which teams would play who from the other division, the Florida Gators knew that they'd be hosting Alabama as their cross-division opponent in 2021. But now, following...

Gators complete coaching staff with Jules Montinar

Gators complete coaching staff with Jules Montinar

UPDATE: Florida has officially announced Jules Montinar as the newest member of the Gator football staff. https://twitter.com/GatorsFB/status/1353802427313618945?s=20 (Initial story begins below.) With linebackers coach Christian Robinson presumably staying at...

Auburn DL Daquan Newkirk transfers to Florida

Auburn DL Daquan Newkirk transfers to Florida

DaQuan Newkirk is coming home. Daquan Newkirk has decided to return home (or close to it) for his final year of eligibility. And thus, Florida's shaky offseason took a step in the right direction. https://twitter.com/holdthat_2/status/1349757297782829056?s=20 Once a...

Florida LB James Houston to enter transfer portal

Florida LB James Houston to enter transfer portal

Best of luck to James Houston as he searches for a new home. James Houston IV, a junior linebacker from Fort Lauderdale, has told me that he will be entering the transfer portal. Houston was known for making a few of the bigger defensive plays of the last couple of...

Keyontae Johnson placed into medically induced coma

Keyontae Johnson placed into medically induced coma

Keyontae Johnson has been placed into a medically induced coma, according to the USA Today, who spoke with Johnson's grandfather. His grandfather, Larry DeJarnett said in a phone interview that his grandson was transported to Gainesville earlier today after receiving...

Florida vs Tennessee: Film Review – Defense

Florida’s 2020 season has overall been a successful one by most measures. The Gators are 8-1, ranked in the top ten in every major poll and are four wins away from securing the program’s fourth national title. But in order to obtain that national title, there’s a lot...

Several Gators listed as national award semifinalists

Florida's efforts on the field have been rewarded in the sense that the Gators now control their own destiny to SEC and national championships. But for several players, their efforts are being rewarded in more individual manners, too. Four Gators have been listed as...

Rocky Slop: Florida takes down Tennessee to clinch SEC East

The day Dan Mullen was introduced as the Gators’ new head coach, he talked at length about giving relentless effort in all he did to restore the program to a championship level. Last night on Rocky Top, his Gators took a major step toward doing so. Heisman front...

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 31-19 win over Tennessee

Florida didn't play especially well, but did more than enough to beat Tennessee and wrap up the SEC East for the first time since 2016. What were the major takeaways from the game? Florida simply does not have a running game Tennessee came into the game with a five...

Photo Gallery from Florida’s 34-10 win over Kentucky

As we anticipate tomorrow's road matchup with Tennessee,  let’s take one more look back at last week’s game against Kentucky. Our podcast host, Dustin Smith, happens to also be a fantastic photographer. He was at the game last Saturday, and got some great photos of...

Florida RB Iverson Clement will transfer

Florida's deep stable of running backs has just gotten a little thinner. Iverson Clement, a junior tailback from Mount Holly, NJ, has decided to transfer. He departs from Florida having carried the ball twelve times for 94 yards. He nearly scored a touchdown against...

Gators make belated Thanksgiving feast out of Wildcats

Florida was missing key pieces on both sides of the ball a week ago in a sluggish 38-17 win over Vanderbilt. The Gators got them both back today, and the result was fairly similar: Florida struggled for a half against a historically inferior divisional opponent,...

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 34-10 win over Kentucky

It took awhile for Florida to get itself going, but they eventually did do exactly that and rolled away from Kentucky. What stood out in the victory? A tale of two halves Florida's offense was stuck in reverse for most of the first half, mustering a grand total of...

No. 6 Gators overcome sluggish start to run past Vandy

Florida arrived at Vanderbilt’s small stadium a mere hour and two minutes before kickoff, determined to avoid the cramped quarters in the visitors’ locker room at all costs and intent on spending as little time on the premises as they had to. Then the Gators took the...

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 38-17 win over Vanderbilt

It wasn’t pretty, but Florida fought off a tough challenge from Vanderbilt and got out of Nashville with a 38-17 win. What stuck out in the victory? The defense is still a problem. Yes, Florida played better on defense after a miserable first quarter, and sure,...

Photo Gallery from Florida’s 63-35 win over Arkansas

Before we look ahead to Vanderbilt tomorrow, let's take one more look back at last week's game against Arkansas. Our podcast host, Dustin Smith, happens to also be a fantastic photographer. He was at the game last Saturday night, and got some great photos of various...

Trask, Gators run Hogwild in blowout of Arkansas

Trask, Gators run Hogwild in blowout of Arkansas

Feleipe Franks’ dramatic return to the Swamp was the story of the day when his Arkansas Razorbacks faced off against #6 Florida in the Swamp. But it was his long-time understudy, Kyle Trask, who dominated the night. Trask continued his push for a Heisman Trophy by...

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 63-35 win over Arkansas

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 63-35 win over Arkansas

Florida earned its most lopsided win of the season over Arkansas, and former quarterback Feleipe Franks, 63-35. What stood out most along the way? Kyle Trask is now the Heisman frontrunner After several years of hyping up various quarterbacks as Heisman Trophy...

A Tribute to Feleipe Franks: I Will Remember You

A Tribute to Feleipe Franks: I Will Remember You

Hello again, Feleipe Franks. It's been about fourteen months since your Gator career ended in a particularly gruesome fashion. Tomorrow, we meet again. Only this time, your job will be to ruin Florida's season, not enhance it, and our job will be to make you...

Florida 44, Georgia 28: Helmet Stickers and Plays of the Game

Florida 44, Georgia 28: Helmet Stickers and Plays of the Game

Florida's euphoric win over Georgia is still sinking in, but it's time to go through the film and look at this game from an academic standpoint. You can rewatch the game here. First order of business: a blanket helmet sticker is awarded to every member of the team for...

Gators kick Georgia out of Cocktail Party

Gators kick Georgia out of Cocktail Party

Throughout Dan Mullen’s short tenure at Florida, Kirby Smart has had Mullen’s number.  And three minutes into their third meeting in Jacksonville, it looked like that would continue. But then Florida flipped the script and turned the game— and the rivalry— on its...

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 44-28 win over Georgia

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 44-28 win over Georgia

WE DID IT!!! Yes, at long last, Florida has gotten the Georgia monkey off its back and toppled the Bulldogs to take control of the SEC East. What did we learn along the way? Kyle Trask is officially a Heisman Trophy frontrunner He may not win the award, but he has to...

2021 OL Yousef Mugharbil commits to Florida

2021 OL Yousef Mugharbil commits to Florida

A day before the Gators take on Georgia in the Cocktail Party, Yousef Mugharbil kicked off their weekend the right way. Mugharbil, a consensus four star offensive lineman from Murphy, NC/Murphy HS, has committed to Florida. He also had offers from Penn State, Virginia...

Five takeaways from Florida’s 41-17 win over Missouri

Five takeaways from Florida’s 41-17 win over Missouri

Florida bounced back from a rough loss to Texas A&M three weeks ago with a statement win against Missouri. What stood out in the process? The defense isn't great, but it's getting better. Even without three starters in the secondary (and without Zachary Carter in...

Gators down three starters in the secondary against Missouri

Gators down three starters in the secondary against Missouri

Florida's defensive backfield- already shaky at full strength- is now going to be decimated tonight against Missouri. Starting cornerback Marco Wilson, as well as safeties Shawn Davis and Donovan Stiner, are all out tonight, according to various reports. The reasons...

For Gators, a new season begins against Missouri

For Gators, a new season begins against Missouri

Three weeks ago, Florida completed its preseason portion of the 2020 schedule with a good deal of promise, but well aware of what it had to work on. One ugly COVID outbreak and three weeks later, and the Gators begin the meat of their schedule- a seven game stretch...

2022 Safety Sam McCall commits to Florida

2022 Safety Sam McCall commits to Florida

Just as things are getting back into full swing for the Gator football team, things are heating up on the recruiting trail, too. Florida has nabbed a commitment from 2022 athlete Sam McCall, a consensus five star recruit from Lakeland, FL/Lake Gibson HS. He chose...

2021 Edge rusher Jeremiah Williams commits to Florida

2021 Edge rusher Jeremiah Williams commits to Florida

Defensive end Jeremiah Williams, a consensus four star prospect out of Birmingham, AL/Ramsay HS, has committed to Florida, giving the Gators yet another dynamic piece for their 2021 recruiting class. Signs were pointing towards Gainesville for the highly touted edge...

Florida-Missouri game postponed to October 31

Florida-Missouri game postponed to October 31

According to multiple sources close to the team, the Florida-Missouri game scheduled to take place on October 24th will now be pushed back one week, to Halloween on October 31st. In All Kinds of Weather first reported yesterday that the game was extremely likely to be...

Florida-LSU game postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

Florida-LSU game postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Florida-LSU game scheduled for this Saturday is going to be postponed. An announcement could come as early as Wednesday afternoon. The news comes less than 24 hours after an outbreak of COVID-19 within the Gators' football...

COVID-19 outbreak places Florida-LSU game in jeopardy

After just three games, the novel coronavirus that has wreaked havoc on pretty much everything in 2020 appears to have found its way into the Gator football program. And predictably, the COVID-19 outbreak has thrown up a blockade in front of the season. A few days...

Texas A&M forces Florida to address defensive issues

Texas A&M forces Florida to address defensive issues

Throughout the game on Saturday in College Station, Florida seemed to be one step ahead of Texas A&M. Until they weren't. And then it was too late to do anything about it as the Florida program trudged off the field following a familiar fate- a loss to Jimbo...

Five takeaways from Florida’s 41-38 loss to Texas A&M

Five takeaways from Florida’s 41-38 loss to Texas A&M

Florida suffered its first loss of the season against Texas A&M today, an ugly 41-38 setback that’s far more irritating than damaging— but one that exposed a great deal of Gator shortcomings. What stood out in particular? (Spoiler alert: a lot of them are...

Imperfect Gators outlast South Carolina to start 2-0

Imperfect Gators outlast South Carolina to start 2-0

The various struggles the Florida Gators have endured on defense didn’t matter too much in their first two games against Mississippi and South Carolina. They might in their next game. And they almost certainly will later in the season. Kyle Trask tossed four touchdown...

Clemson RB Demarkcus Bowman to transfer to Florida

Clemson RB Demarkcus Bowman to transfer to Florida

The Lakeland-to-Gainesville pipeline has continued, albeit via a detour. Demarkcus Bowman has chosen to transfer to Florida. Mere days after announcing his decision to enter the transfer portal, Bowman told Gators Territory of his decision. Bowman, a former five star...

Trask’s career day propels Florida past Mississippi

Trask’s career day propels Florida past Mississippi

Dan Mullen returned to the place he once called “The School Up North” in his new set of colors for the first time. And he provided that school up north with a first class education in just how lethal his new offense is. Kyle Trask went wild, completing 30 of his 42...

Five takeaways from Florida’s 51-35 win at Ole Miss

Five takeaways from Florida’s 51-35 win at Ole Miss

The Gators opened their 2020 season with a somewhat convincing 51-35 victory over Ole Miss in Oxford. In doing so, Florida knotted the all time series score against the Rebels at twelve wins apiece. Here are my five initial takeaways from the game: Kyle Trask is...

2020 Gator football position preview: secondary

2020 Gator football position preview: secondary

Our position previews of the 2020 Gator football team conclude today with a look at the defensive backfield. Can the unit colloquially known as "DBU" move forward without CJ Henderson? Previously previewing: quarterbacks | running backs | wide receivers | tight ends |...

2020 Gator football position previews: linebackers

2020 Gator football position previews: linebackers

The penultimate piece of our position preview segment takes us to the Florida linebackers- a unit that was very good in 2019, but will look a bit different in 2020. Let's get right into it. Previously previewing: quarterbacks | running backs | wide receivers | tight...

2020 Gator football position preview: defensive line

2020 Gator football position preview: defensive line

Having completed our offensive position previews, today we move to the defensive side of the ball. And as is the case everywhere in the SEC, it starts up front. Previously previewing: quarterbacks | running backs | wide receivers | tight ends | offensive line The...

2020 Gator football position preview: offensive line

2020 Gator football position preview: offensive line

Fresh off our preview of Florida's tight ends, our 2020 Gator football position preview rolls on with a look at perhaps the key to the entire team: the offensive line. Last year, was so-so a year ago in pass protection, but really let the team down in the ground game....

2020 Gator football position preview: tight ends

2020 Gator football position preview: tight ends

With kickoff just around the corner, our position by position previews of the 2020 Gator football team are about to start hitting the presses rapid-fire. Having already published our previews on Florida's quarterback, running back and wide receiver rooms, the first of...

2020 Gator football position preview: wide receivers

2020 Gator football position preview: wide receivers

Having previously broken down Florida's quarterbacks and running backs, our position preview segment moves along today with a look at Florida's receivers. It's a unit that lost four of its top playmakers from 2019 (Van Jefferson, Freddie Swain, Josh Hammond and Tyrie...

2020 Gator football position preview: running backs

2020 Gator football position preview: running backs

After a bit longer of a gap between position breakdowns than I intended, the series rolls on today with a look at Florida's running backs. What do the Gators have in stock in their RB room this year? The leader: Dameon Pierce The leading returning rusher from 2019 has...

Snapshot: the 2020 Florida-FSU chart

Snapshot: the 2020 Florida-FSU chart

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct honor and privilege to present to you, the 2020 Florida-FSU chart. Many of you already know what I'm referring too. For those who don't, "The Chart" is an annual In All Kinds Of Weather tradition that compares the Florida Gators...

2020 Gator football position preview: quarterbacks

2020 Gator football position preview: quarterbacks

With kickoff at long last in sight, it's time to break down the 2020 Gator football roster, position by position. Who's back, who's going to start, how good are they, and so on. Man, it's great to finally be talking about that again. So with that said, let's start...

Gators learn four of ten kickoff times for 2020 season

Gators learn four of ten kickoff times for 2020 season

Three of Florida's first four games of the 2020 season carry the potential to be broilers. The Gators' season opener against Mississippi in Oxford on September 26th will kick off at noon, and air on ESPN. The following week, Florida will return home and again play in...

#GreatestGatorEver Sweet 16 bracket breakdown

#GreatestGatorEver Sweet 16 bracket breakdown

Having announced the tentative plans for the schedule of the remainder of the #GreatestGatorEver fan voting tournament (update; the tournament resumes tomorrow on twitter and Instagram stories), it's time to refresh our memories regarding the final sixteen contestants...

#GreatestGatorEver tournament schedule update

#GreatestGatorEver tournament schedule update

For those who have been keeping track of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament, the excitement level has reached yet another all time high, as it does with the completion of each round. For those who haven't, it's not too late to be introduced to the event. Here's (a very...

Gators’ 2020 football schedule unveiled

Gators’ 2020 football schedule unveiled

At long last, the Florida Gators 2020 football schedule has been released. Here it is, in full. Florida Gators 2020 football schedule Week Date Opponent 1 9/26 @ Mississippi 2 10/3 S CAROLINA 3 10/10 @ Texas A&M 4 10/17 LSU 5 10/24 MISSOURI 6 --- BYE 7 11/7...

Four key Gators sit out first fall practice

Four key Gators sit out first fall practice

For the time being, it looks as though the SEC is going to give its college football season a go in 2020. But at least for today's inaugural practice, the Florida Gators football team launched its fall season down four critical pieces. As first reported by Sports...

Florida Gators 2021 Recruiting Big Board update: mid-August

Florida Gators 2021 Recruiting Big Board update: mid-August

The Gators' recruiting recent endeavors can be summed up with a synopsis not unlike a bunch of little kids swinging away at a dangling piñata. After much time and effort hacking at it to no avail, one well-placed swing and the fruits of their labor suddenly began...

DT Desmond Watson commits to Florida

DT Desmond Watson commits to Florida

Florida had been suffering through a bit of a lull on the recruiting trail earlier this month, a period that was low lighted by Clinton Burton flipping his commitment from Florida to Boston College. But if the past couple of weeks didn't vault Florida out of that rut,...

Gators flip OL recruit Jake Slaughter from FSU

After a bit of a lull on the recruiting trail, Florida has suddenly picked it up over the course of the last week. Last Saturday, safety Donovan McMillon committed; less than 48 hours later, receiver Marcus Burke followed suit to rev the engine a little bit on a 2021...

Top Jacksonville WR Marcus Burke commits to Florida

Top Jacksonville WR Marcus Burke commits to Florida

The Gators' 2021 recruiting class got a boost Saturday with the addition of Donovan McMillon. Today, Dan Mullen & Co. built on that momentum with the addition of receiver Marcus Burke. https://twitter.com/CERTIFIED_MB4/status/1285296008747003904?s=20 Burke, a...

Safety Donovan McMillon commits to Florida

Safety Donovan McMillon commits to Florida

Clinton Burton out, Donovan McMillon in. McMillon, a borderline three/four star safety from McMurray, PA/Peters Township High School, has committed to the Gators. The move provides Florida fans with a bit of relief following the decommitment of fellow defensive back...

#GreatestGatorEver tournament set to heat up

#GreatestGatorEver tournament set to heat up

Welcome to the part of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament where things really start to get interesting. For those who are just catching wind of the tournament, a quick explanation of how it works. Created with the goal of deciding the greatest Florida Gator athlete of...

Gators announce six new positive COVID tests within football program

UF confirms 11 positive COVID-19 cases since April

The University of Florida has acknowledged that eleven different positive tests for COVID-19 have taken place since April. The news comes a week and a half after the announcement that no returning Gator football player had tested positive. From Florida senior...

2021 CB Jordan Young commits to Florida

2021 CB Jordan Young commits to Florida

It may be one of the slowest times for sports in recent memory, but the inverse has been the case in the world of Gator football recruiting. 2021 cornerback Jordan Young (Tampa, FL/Gaither) has committed to Florida. A consensus three star prospect with offers from...

Kamar Wilcoxson re-commits to Florida for a third time

Kamar Wilcoxson re-commits to Florida for a third time

Kamar Wilcoxson is back on the Gators' commitment list- and he says this time, it's for good. https://twitter.com/KamarWilcoxson4/status/1274100941369806850?s=20 I think at this point, most Gator fans are familiar with who he is, and if you're not, I'll explain why I...

Safety Dakota Mitchell commits to Florida

Safety Dakota Mitchell commits to Florida

It probably got lost in the news of yesterday’s news that the Florida band will stop cueing up the “Gator bait” chant due to the term’s racist history, but while Florida football lost a ritual, it gained a commit. Safety Dakota Mitchell (Winter Park, FL/Winter Park)...

Gator football gets the green light to proceed with practice

Gator football gets the green light to proceed with practice

One thing that COVID-19 has proven is that it possesses an uncanny ability to screw up all different types of plans, and there's no concrete evidence that it's finished doing so. That's something that has to be kept in mind for the duration of this article, as well as...

Gator baseball pitcher Tommy Mace to return in 2021

Gator baseball pitcher Tommy Mace to return in 2021

Tommy Mace has just pulled perhaps the biggest offseason surprise in the world of Florida Gator athletics. Mace, the ace of the Gator baseball pitching staff, has decided to return to Gainesville for another season after going undrafted in the MLB Draft. Per...

Former Florida WR Reche Caldwell murdered outside his house

Former Florida WR Reche Caldwell murdered outside his house

Photo credit: Sports Illustrated Ex-Florida wide receiver Reche Caldwell has died from injuries sustained in a shooting right outside his home in Tampa, according to multiple different reports. The story was first broken by TMZ, and confirmed by ESPN's Adam Schefter....

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 15 Regional

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 15 Regional

The sixteenth and final Regional of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament gets underway later tonight. Thus, our Regional previews conclude with a look at the 15 Regional: The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.) (1)...

Lorenzo Lingard granted immediate eligibility for Florida

Lorenzo Lingard granted immediate eligibility for Florida

Happy birthday, Lorenzo Lingard. Florida's newest running back addition has announced on twitter that his waiver to be able to play in 2020 has been granted: https://twitter.com/d1champ99/status/1266464118950723584?s=20 Florida's running back room wasn't bad to begin...

#GreatestGatorEver tournament set to heat up

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 2

The penultimate Regional of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament is just about set to get underway. As is customary by now, let's acquaint ourselves with the sixteen player field a little more first. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 10 Regional

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 10 Regional

Round one of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament is drawing to a close. Today, we take a look at the third-to-last of the sixteen Regional brackets to be played: the 10 Regional. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.)...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 7 Regional

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 7 Regional

We are officially three quarters of the way through of the first round of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament. Tomorrow morning, we begin the first round of the fourth quarter of the bracket- the 7 Regional. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order...

Class of 2021 RB/WR Charles Montgomery commits to Florida

Class of 2021 RB/WR Charles Montgomery commits to Florida

Charles Montgomery will be suiting up in orange and blue on Saturdays. On an instagram live feed, Montgomery announced that he was choosing Florida over Maryland. A consensus four star prospect out of Seffner, FL/Armwood, Montgomery also had offers from Alabama,...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 14

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 14

Time to complete the upper right hand corner of the #GreatestGatorEver bracket with the 14 Regional. Y'all know the drill by now; let's get to it. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.) (1) Kelly Barnhill (softball,...

Florida unveils plan to bring athletes back to campus

Florida unveils plan to bring athletes back to campus

Photo credit: University of Florida COVID-19 has pretty much shut down college athletics since it made its way over to the United States a couple of months ago. Now, the first steps are being taken to see their resumption. Earlier today, SEC school presidents have...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 3

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 3

Up next in our #GreatestGatorEver tournament is the 3 Regional. Before voting gets underway, let's take a closer look at the field. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.) (1) Al Horford (basketball, C/F-...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 11

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 11

Eight Regionals down, one underway, and seven more to go in Round One of our #GreatestGatorEver tournament. Next up is the 11 Regional. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.) (1) Jack Youngblood (football, DE/DT/K-...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 6

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 6

We're halfway through the opening round of our summer long #GreatestGatorEver tournament. Now, we shift to the right side of the bracket, and start at the top with the 6 Regional, which gets underway tomorrow morning. The bracket Regional participants (Players are...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 12

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 12

The eighth and final Regional on the left half of the 256 player #GreatestGatorEver tournament is set to get started tonight. Another way of putting that: after tonight's 12 Regional voting, we will officially be halfway done with the opening round of this summer long...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 5

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 5

Our #GreatestGatorEver tournament rolls on today with Round one of the 5 Regional. As was the case for the previous Regionals and will be for all ensuing Regionals, let's take this opportunity to refresh our memories regarding what, exactly, the sixteen players in...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 13

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 13

With the 4 Regional of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament currently winding down, it's time to preview the Regional it's paired with in the Sweet 16: Regional #13. The 13 Regional bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.)...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 4

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 4

Our #GreatestGatorEver bracket is set to continue tomorrow with the opening round of the 4 Regional. Let's get to know that 4 Regional: The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.) (1) Emmitt Smith (football, RB-...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 9

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 9

Our #GreatestGatorEver bracket is set to continue later today with the opening round of the 9 Regional. With voting in the 8 Regional closing soon, let's familiarize ourselves with said 9 Regional: The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 8

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 8

Our #GreatestGatorEver tournament is off and running. Voting for the opening round of the 1 Regional has been completed; the 16 Regional is underway and will wrap up this afternoon. Shortly after its conclusion, the 8 Regional will get underway. So, let's get to know...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 16

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 16

Yesterday, voting began in our #GreatestGatorEver bracket in the 1 Regional. Today, voting will continue with the 16 Regional, but before the polls open, let's preview the field and refresh our memories on the players' accomplishments. The bracket Regional...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 1

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 1

Voting for the #GreatestGatorEver bracket begins this afternoon. In the name of eliminating potential recentism in the voting, I thought I'd set the stage by previewing each Regional before the voting gets underway. Today, we'll take a look at Regional 1, which of...

2021 guard Kowacie Reeves commits to Florida

2021 guard Kowacie Reeves commits to Florida

Mike White's 2021 recruiting class is off to a great start. Kowacie Reeves (Macon, GA) has committed to Florida. Reeves, a highly sought after four star, also earned offers from North Carolina, Texas, Auburn, Georgia and Seton Hall, among others. This commitment might...

Introducing the Greatest Gator Ever bracket

Introducing the Greatest Gator Ever bracket

Part of what has helped fans make it through a long, frustrating quarantine is the abundance of fan polls on social media. In particular, 64-team, March Madness themed brackets that allow fans to vote on the winner of each matchup in each round have captured a lot of...

Michigan F Colin Castleton transferring to Florida

Michigan F Colin Castleton transferring to Florida

Colin Castleton is coming home, and Florida is adding some more frontcourt depth for the future- potentially even next season. Castleton, who spent the last two seasons at Michigan, will be transferring closer to home and joining Mike White's Gator basketball squad....

Recapping the Gators’ weekend in the 2020 NFL Draft

Recapping the Gators’ weekend in the 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft has just concluded, and once again, the Florida Gators were very well represented. Below is a list of all the selections from Florida. Click on the player names for further analysis on what they bring to their new teams. Florida Gators in the 2020...

Tebow, Spikes, James inducted into UF Hall of Fame

Tebow, Spikes, James inducted into UF Hall of Fame

Three members of the Florida Gators' 2008 football team- universally regarded as one of the best in college football history- are finally getting the ultimate recognition they deserve- spots in the UF Hall of Fame. Explosive kick/return man Brandon James posted a...

Scottie Lewis to return for sophomore year

Scottie Lewis to return for sophomore year

Florida’s basketball team got a sort-of-but-not-really-surprising boost today, as shooting guard Scottie Lewis announced that he will be coming back for his sophomore season. Lewis, a ridiculously athletic kid from southern New Jersey, arrived in Gainesville last fall...

The “Kyle Trask Emory Jones” debate: why not both?

The “Kyle Trask Emory Jones” debate: why not both?

The "Kyle Trask Emory Jones" debate is in full swing. Yes, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that has, among other things, lengthened college sports fans' offseason, the fanbase-wide argument regarding who should be the starter at the most important position of...

Coronavirus abruptly ends 2019-20 NCAA athletic season

Coronavirus abruptly ends 2019-20 NCAA athletic season

Photo credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images UPDATE 5:10pm: although it feels wholly logical to assume that college baseball and softball are over for 2020, the language in the two released statements- from the SEC and NCAA, and which you can read below- left one pair of...

TE Nick Elksnis commits to Florida

TE Nick Elksnis commits to Florida

Tight end Nick Elksnis (Jacksonville, FL/Episcopal) has announced his decision to be a Gator, thus netting Florida its first commitment of its Junior Day weekend. In doing so, Elksnis effectively flips from Penn State, from which he decommitted last week....

2020 Florida Gators’ Junior Day visitors list

2020 Florida Gators’ Junior Day visitors list

The Gators' second Junior Day event in Gainesville is upon us, and it's important to keep an eye on because more often than not, Florida uses it to add members to its list of commits. This time around, the chances of the Gators doing so are increased appreciably-...

For Gator basketball, time is running out to figure things out

For Gator basketball, time is running out to figure things out

For much of Saturday's game against Tennessee, Florida couldn’t score. When they finally remembered how to score, they couldn’t come up with the critical stops. In other words, it was a typical basketball game for Mike White’s Gators on the heels of an impressive win....

Four star TE Gage Wilcox commits to Florida

Four star TE Gage Wilcox commits to Florida

Congratulations to Gage Wilcox. You, sir, have just become the first commit for Tim Brewster. Wilcox, a four star tight end from Tampa's Jefferson High School in the Class of 2021, committed on an Instagram Live video, as captured by twitter user @CurtisK421....

Florida takes step forward by throttling LSU

Florida takes step forward by throttling LSU

Photo credit: Florida Gators Maybe this is another mirage, the latest peak in a dizzying array of sine waves for Mike White’s Gator basketball team. Or maybe, after we all erroneously thought this team had turned the corner several times before, this is the game that...