Florida football: Long days of offseason almost at an end
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.
Putting a close to the offseason
The 2017 Florida football season is almost here. The Gators open fall camp this week and play their season opener against Michigan in just 33 days. With the offseason nearing an end, our Ryan Young took a look back at the main storylines from Florida’s offseason, including the late surge in recruiting and the potential impact of Malik Zaire.
Our Zach Abolverdi looks to the future on his podcast from Friday, listing the five biggest questions for the Gators as they transition to fall camp.
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In other Florida football news
- Florida on Friday released contract information for new its assistant coaches and announced a significant pay raise for defensive coordinator Randy Shannon.
- The Gators received two more commitments: Class of 2018 linebacker David Reese and Class of 2019 athlete Ja’Markis Weston.
- Some of the Gators’ latest commits say “something special” is happening at Florida.
- Our 2017 Florida football position preview series continues with a look at the defensive backs.
- Jim McElwain’s vision is starting to become clear, writes ESPN.com’s Edward Aschoff.
- Former Gators defensive back Chris Williamson transferred to Minnesota.
Caeleb Dressel dominates world championships
Florida senior swimmer Caeleb Dressel capped his time at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, by winning seven gold medals. The feat tied United States Olympian Michael Phelps for the most gold medals at a single world championships.
Gators updates from NFL training camps
- Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III feels healthier as he heads into his second season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, writes the Tampa Bay Times’ Greg Auman.
- Linebacker Alex Anzalone has had “some good moments” early for the New Orleans Saints, writes The Advocate’s Nick Underhill.
- New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said it is possible that second-round pick Marcus Maye could be one of the team’s starting safeties this season, writes NorthJersey.com’s Andy Vasquez.
- Detroit Lions first-round pick Jarrad Davis started at middle linebacker to open camp, writes the Detroit Free Press’ Carlos Monarrez.
Florida baseball updates
- Audrey Dahlgren of KSDK, a TV station in St. Louis, tells the story of how former Gators outfielder Harrison Bader made it to the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals, and why he’s destined for success.
- Tim Tebow hit another home run for the St. Lucie Mets, his fifth since being called up to the New York Mets’ High Class-A affiliate.
- While Tebow is getting all the attention, former Gators first baseman Peter Alonso also is having a successful season for the St. Lucie Mets, writes the Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Defensive end CeCe Jefferson:
I wanna partner with Dip N Dots in the future.
— CeCe (@cecejeferson7) July 30, 2017
Tight end Kemore Gamble:
Miami so boring I'm ready to go back to g-ville and come back in 50 years 🤦🏾♂️
— |HUMBLE| (@kemoregamble15) July 30, 2017
Defensive lineman Antonneous Clayton:
Camp…. meaning no friends or buddies while on that field…💯🤐
— Kid Speedy👟💨⚡️ (@antonneousc) July 29, 2017
Florida Class of 2018 wide receiver target Jacob Copeland:
— Jacob Copeland 🇭🇹 (@JCope5era) July 30, 2017
Linebacker Nick Smith:
Good luck 💪🏾 to all my boys starting camp this week 🏈 wish I could be out there competing with y'all 😤 just gotta be patient 💯
— Nick Smith (@NSmith2017) July 31, 2017
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