With Florida done at SEC Media Days, attention shifts toward season opener
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 Wednesday:
The countdown to Michigan begins
With Florida’s time at SEC Media Days done, attention moves on to the start of fall camp and, eventually, the Gators’ season opener against Michigan. A good amount of Florida players still remember their last meeting against the Wolverines — a 41-7 loss in the Citrus Bowl to close out the 2015 season. Players said the loss is motivating them to start the 2017 season on the right foot.
In other Florida football news
- Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon needed just 4 minutes to convince Duke Dawson to return for 2017.
- 5-star quarterback Matt Corral and elite OL William Barnes will be attending Florida’s Friday Night Lights.
- Does Jim McElwain already know who his starting quarterback will be?
- Five memories from the 2016 football season that are likely to resurface in 2017.
- LSU running back Derrius Guice doesn’t share your newfound Florida obsession.
Fifteen players returning to the Gators baseball team for the 2018 season are playing in various summer leagues around the country. A full list can be found here. That list fails to include the Gators’ 13-player freshman class coming to campus this fall, a group that once again puts Florida near the top of the college baseball recruiting circle.
Awards and honors
- Florida softball’s Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 ESPY Award for Best Female College Athlete.
- The Gators’ special teams aces — punter Johnny Townsend and kicker Eddy Pineiro — landed on watch lists for national college football awards.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Offensive line coach Brad Davis:
— Brad Davis (@coachbraddavis) July 13, 2017
— Gators Softball (@GatorsSB) July 13, 2017
Quarterback Jake Allen:
It was a pleasure talking to these kids and giving them my story at the First Assembly of God church in Keystone Heights! pic.twitter.com/bSiFGg1zve
— Jake Allen (@JakeAllen_12) July 13, 2017
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