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Florida coach Jim McElwain is "holding steady" as the Gators coach, according to Athlon Sports.

Athlon Sports: Jim McElwain ‘holding steady’ after first two seasons at Florida

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 over the weekend.

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Publication says Gators coach on the right track

Athlon Sports on Monday assessed every Power 5 college football coaching hire over the past five years. The full list can be found here. Florida’s Jim McElwain, who was hired to replace Will Muschamp in 2015 and has won the SEC East in each of his first two seasons, was one of 13 coaches ranked in the publication’s “holding steady” category. This was the second highest of seven categories and was described briefly as “on the right track, but yet to win big.”

Athlon Sports’ explanation for categorizing McElwain where it did:

“Back-to-back SEC East titles speak for themselves. But McElwain’s teams haven’t made any apparent headway on Florida State or Alabama at the end of the schedule, and even within the division they’ve arguably lost ground to Tennessee. Until McElwain finds a quarterback he can trust, the Gators are just treading water.”

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Mike Zunino is on a tear

Former Florida catcher Mike Zunino has been dominating at the plate since being recalled by the Seattle Mariners on May 23. In 43 games since his return to the majors, Zunino is hitting (38 for 143) with 13 home runs and 37 RBI. On Monday night, he continued that success by going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI and a clutch solo home run in the eighth inning (video here) that helped the Mariners defeat the Houston Astros, 9-7, in 10 innings.

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