ESPN: Florida Gators QB battle its biggest storyline of the summer
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.
ESPN: Florida’s QB battle its biggest storyline
ESPN.com on Wednesday pinpointed the main summer storyline for each of its preseason top-25 teams. For the Florida Gators, the topic was once again all about the quarterbacks. Alex Scarborough explains:
“Malik Zaire, come on down. The former Notre Dame QB didn’t transfer in time to make spring practice, but now he’s the favorite to start for the Gators. The only thing standing in his way: three QBs who aren’t ready to hand over the job without a fight (Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and Luke Del Rio).”
Athlon: Florida has 2 of SEC’s top nonconference games
Athlon Sports’ Rob McVey on Wednesday ranked the SEC’s top 15 non-conference football games for the 2017 season. The Gators had two games on that list, with their season-opener against Michigan ranking No. 3 and their regular-season finale against Florida State coming in at No. 12.
McVey’s explanation for the Florida-Michigan matchup:
“While both of these storied programs are charged with replacing the bulk of their starters from star-studded 2016 defenses, there is no shortage of talent for either team on that side of the football. The difference might just come on offense. An inexperienced Michigan offense returns just five starters. Florida returns nine starters on offense, and Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire has the potential to finally put an end to the Gators’ woes at quarterback. The Wolverines still have more talent, but their overall lack of experience could be an Achilles heel early on.”
And his explanation for the Florida-Florida State game:
“The “Sunshine Showdown” hasn’t exactly provided the most exciting of games in recent years. In fact, this long-standing rivalry has become fairly one-sided of late with the Seminoles winning each of the last four contests and six of the last seven, most in convincing fashion. That being said, this is still a tradition-rich rivalry that deserves respect and attention. And if the Gators can finally put a capable offense on the field, which seems plausible in 2017, this will once again be a game worth watching.”
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In other Florida football news
- Florida drawing interest from 4-star defensive ends Azeez Ojulari, Andrew Chatfield.
- Ranking the SEC’s best home schedules for the 2017 season.
- Impact analysis: A closer look at 4-star wide receiver commitment Ja’Maar Chase.
- Zach Abolverdi’s latest podcast: The Gators’ incredible recruiting weekend didn’t happen by accident.
- Our 2017 position preview series continues with a look at the defensive line.
- Former Florida tight end Jordan Reed will begin the 2017 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, as reported by the Washington Post’s Mike Jones.
- Former Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who was arrested on July 18 for a simple battery and mischief misdemeanor, told reporters Wednesday “I’m a better person than that and it won’t happen again,” according to the Florida Times-Union’s Ryan O’Halloran.
Tim Tebow with another solid outing
Former Florida football Heisman Trophy-winner and current New York Mets baseball prospect Tim Tebow had another solid outing for the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the Mets’ 9-8 loss to the Bradenton Marauders. Since being called up to the Mets’ high Class A affiliate, he is hitting .315 with 16 RBI.
The New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro wrote before the game that Tebow is no longer just a circus act. He’s a real Mets prospect.
Awards and honors
- Florida baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan won the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year on Wednesday, his third national award this season.
- Swimmer Caeleb Dressel earned his second gold medal at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary.
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What they’re saying on Twitter: NFL Training Camp Edition
Cornerback Quincy Wilson
Had To Do What I Had To Do To Get Here And U Know I Ain't Lying pic.twitter.com/98UPmDYfJH
— Quincy Wilson (@dc_wilson954) July 26, 2017
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap
— Carlos Dunlap (@Carlos_Dunlap) July 26, 2017
Cornerback Joe Haden
RT to show our 2016 1st round pick some birthday love. pic.twitter.com/BBLO2jhVoi
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) July 26, 2017
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