ESPN’s Phil Steele: Florida Gators a dark horse for the College Football Playoff
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 Tuesday.
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Phil Steele optimistic about Florida football
ESPN analyst Phil Steele released his best early college football over/under bets Tuesday for the upcoming season.
Florida, which is pegged for eight wins in 2017, made the list. Steele’s message: Take the over.
“Florida is my No. 1 surprise team this year in my magazine as a non-top-10 team that I think will contend for a College Football Playoff spot. The Gators have their usual solid defense and my No. 3-rated special teams, and they will also have their best offense in over five seasons.”
Jarrad Davis a newcomer to watch
NFL.com’s Kevin Patra is breaking down a division a day as the NFL prepares for training camp season to begin. On Tuesday, he broke down the NFC North, and pegged former Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis as the newcomer to watch from the Detroit Lions. His explanation:
“The Lions owned the worst linebacking unit in the NFL last season. Enter Davis. The first-round pick out of Florida is slated to start immediately in the middle of Detroit’s defense. Davis was already calling the Lions’ defensive alignments during offseason workouts. His progress through camp and the preseason will be worth watching for a Detroit defense sorely needing the tackling and athleticism he can provide.”
Watch List season continues
Florida center T.J. McCoy was added to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list Tuesday, which his his second national award watch list of the offseason. McCoy is also on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s best center.
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In other Florida football news
- Our 2017 football position previews continue with a look at the running backs.
- Steve Spurrier’s 2000 SEC title provides 2017 benchmark for Nick Saban.
- Curtis Dunlap, the No. 6 ranked offensive guard recruit in the class of 2018, committed to Florida.
- The Gators will host a top-200 recruit at every position for Friday Night Lights.
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What they’re saying on Twitter: Photo session edition
Tight end Kemore Gamble
— |HUMBLE| (@kemoregamble15) July 19, 2017
Running back Malik Davis
Success is on the way, I feel it in the distance…🐊🐊 pic.twitter.com/XFI81T7vFk
— Malik Davis 2️⃣0️⃣ (@Campaign_Lik) July 18, 2017
Defensive back Shawn Davis
Let's continue this mission🔐🐊🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/uCY81MtWVt
— Shawn Davis ll (@MT6_Shawn) July 18, 2017
Running back Adarius Lemons
— Adarius Zabri Lemons (@adariuslemons) July 18, 2017
Defensive lineman Antonneous Clayton
He's a bust, he didn't do anything as a freshman, I thought he was highly ranked… shhhhhh💯🤐 pic.twitter.com/syABjPKJJx
— Kid Speedy👟💨⚡️ (@antonneousc) July 18, 2017
Defensive lineman Zachary Carter
— Zachary L Carter (@_ZachAttacks) July 18, 2017
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