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Terry Wilson, from Garden City (Kan.) Community College, is the No. 2 dual-threat QB in the JUCO ranks and a target for Florida.

Florida football: JUCO QB Terry Wilson an intriguing target for Gators

Ryan Young

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Gators targeting experienced QB for Dan Mullen’s spread offense

Florida fans are understandably caught up in the Gators’ renewed pursuit of Justin Fields, the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country and a Georgia commit.

But there is another name to keep an eye on as new coach Dan Mullen considers his options at QB.

Terry Wilson, the No. 2-ranked dual-threat JUCO QB in the country by the 247 Sports composite, received an offer from Florida this week. Wilson, listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, redshirted one season at Oregon and then passed for 2,113 yards, 26 TDs and 11 INTs while rushing for 518 yards and 5 TDs this past season at Garden City (Kan.) Community College.

SEC Country recruiting insider Zach Abolverdi says the Gators are competing with Nebraska and Kentucky for Wilson, who could be a good fit for Mullen’s offense. It’s worth noting, though, that Wilson was committed to Nebraska out of high school before flipping to Oregon. And he was recruited to Oregon in part by then-Ducks offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who is now the new Nebraska head coach.

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In other Florida football news

  • Florida officially announced its partnership with Jordan Brand, which will make the Gators just the fourth college football program to wear the iconic Jumpman logo made famous by basketball legend Michael Jordan. Michigan, Jordan’s alma mater North Carolina and Oklahoma are the others. The Gators will debut the logo in football and men’s and women’s basketball starting in the 2018-19 seasons.
  • The Athletic’s Matt Fortuna tweeted that Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said his biggest regret from his first 100 days with the Gators was “extending a coach’s contract as a show of stability when he shouldn’t have.” He was, of course, talking about Jim McElwain, whom he dismissed in late October with the Gators now owing their former coach $7.5 million.
  • Speaking of contracts, USA Today compiled the rankings of the highest-paid college football assistant coaches in 2017. Former Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier ($1,144,225) and defensive coordinator Randy Shannon ($976,500) ranked 13th and 16th last season.
  • The latest Gators Mailbag Question of the Day looks at the positions that should be Florida’s top priority as Mullen and his staff shore up this 2018 class.
  • For more recruiting updates and insight, check out Zach Abolverdi’s weekly mailbag and his deeper look at Florida’s quarterback options.
  • SEC Country’s Jordan McPherson breaks down who Florida has returning on offense next season.
  • The latest Chomp Chat podcast has more thoughts on the hiring of Mullen and how he has been successful as a play caller during his head coaching career.

‘This is as low as we can get’

The Florida men’s basketball team continued its recent slide with a third straight loss Wednesday night, falling 65-59 to Loyola-Chicago.

The Gators should tumble quite a ways from their lofty No. 5 national ranking on the heels of that loss and the 83-66 defeat to unranked Florida State on Monday.

After the game Wednesday night, coach Mike White and star guard Jalen Hudson had some strong comments about where the team is at right now.

“I don’t think we can get any lower than this,” Hudson said. “I’m sure we’re out of the rankings. I mean, none of that even matters, but this is as low as we can get. We’ve got to completely change everything that we’re doing and go back to the basics.”

Women’s basketball falls to No. 12 Ohio State

It wasn’t any better for the Gators’ women’s basketball team Wednesday night, as the squad lost 103-77 to No. 12 Ohio State.

Florida is 5-4 overall in coach Cameron Newbauer’s first season.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

Florida defensive backs Chauncey Gardner and Shawn Davis tweeted their strong support for Gators QB commit Matt Corral, as he continues to visit other schools:

Corral’s response:

Dan Mullen tweeted his excitement for the Gators’ new Jordan Brand partnership:

So did former Gators football star Joe Haden:

And current Florida players like Jachai Polite:

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