Wrapping up the Florida Gators’ time at the 2017 SEC Media Days
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Wrapping up Florida’s time at SEC Media Days
Florida coach Jim McElwain and three of his players — Duke Dawson, Marcell Harris and Martez Ivey — flew into Hoover, Ala., on Tuesday and made their appearances at the 2017 SEC Media Days. All of our stories from Tuesday can be found here.
A few highlights:
- For the first time since taking over as Florida’s head coach, McElwain finally feels confident with his quarterback room.
- SEC Network analyst Booger McFarland said McElwain has a chip on his shoulder despite winning the SEC East in both of his first two seasons at Florida.
- McElwain didn’t give an update on Antonio Callaway’s status for the season opener.
- The shark photo came up again. McElwain wasn’t happy.
What other outlets had to say
- The Gainesville Sun’s Pat Dooley writes that McElwain is putting the finishing touches on the Florida football program that is finally starting to look like his own.
- The Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi asks the question everyone has been asking for years now: Why haven’t the Gators been able to develop a quarterback since Tim Tebow left?
- The Tampa Bay Times’ Tom Jones writes that it’s still quarterback or bust for the Gators.
- CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd writes that the Gators want respect, but the onus is on them to earn it.
- The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger writes that Florida and LSU players alike are taking their newly bubbling rivalry personal.
In other Florida football news
- Florida center T.J. McCoy and tight end DeAndre Goolsby were named to national watch lists.
- Defensive tackle Dante Stills is planning to visit the Florida Gators this month.
Team USA volleyball news
Florida freshman Paige Hammons and sophomore Rachael Kramer will play for the USA Volleyball Junior National Team in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship, July 14-23 in Mexico.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Wide receiver Antonio Callaway
Late night in the lab with my brothers💯🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/H5SNOhR5Jr
— Antonio Callaway (@Ripbobby_G) July 12, 2017
Wide receiver Dre Massey
Mayweather > McGregor
— Drè Massey (@D1Masseyy) July 12, 2017
Punter/holder Johnny Townsend
— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) July 12, 2017
Coach Jim McElwain
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) July 11, 2017
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