Florida Gators ready to take the stage at SEC Media Days
Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with beat writer Jordan McPherson. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Monday:
It’s Florida’s turn at SEC Media Days
The Florida Gators will have their turn in the spotlight Tuesday as they participate in the SEC Media Days circuit in Hoover, Ala. SEC Country’s Ryan Young sets the stage with five pressing questions for coach Jim McElwain, while our Zach Abolverdi said on his podcast that Florida’s three player representatives in Hoover — defensive back Duke Dawson, safety Marcell Harris and offensive lineman Martez Ivey — are going to have to play key roles for the Gators to be successful in 2017.
However, there still was Florida-related news on Day 1. The highlights:
- Steve Spurrier opened the SEC Network’s coverage of media days by narrating an epic introduction video.
- SEC Network analysts are optimistic about Florida football in 2017.
- LSU coach Ed Orgeron said its matchup with Florida — a homecoming affair in The Swamp on Oct. 7 — is ‘going to be a battle.’
- SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said the rescheduling of games that are postponed as a result of a hurricane or tropical storms now will be done in a more orderly fashion.
In other Florida football news
- Three Gators — Dawson, quarterback Malik Zaire and defensive end CeCe Jefferson — found themselves on watch lists for national college football awards.
- An analytical approach on what needs to be fixed for Florida’s offense to be successful.
- Former Florida coach and current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer turned 53 on Monday.
- Florida’s University Athletic Association on Monday announced that seven Florida Gators who have never been to a home football game will have a chance to see The Swamp on game day — all expenses paid.
- Five-star quarterback prospect Justin Fields — who is considering Florida, Georgia and Auburn, among other schools — now is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2018.
- New Jersey running back Iverson Clement ready for Florida’s “Southern hospitality” at Friday Night Lights.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Defensive lineman Joey Ivie:
She said Yes 💍 pic.twitter.com/XxPnO7Mpw6
— Joey IV (@joeyivie) July 11, 2017
Quarterback Jake Allen:
— Jake Allen (@JakeAllen_12) July 11, 2017
Running back Jordan Scarlett:
Might as well try these babies out pic.twitter.com/hjBdSbCFFw
— Jordan Scarlett (@Famousscarlett) July 11, 2017
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