Florida football: Quarterback battle continues in Week 2 of fall camp
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Quarterback battle continues
The Florida Gators are heading into Week 2 of fall camp, and all eyes are still focused on the quarterback battle between Malik Zaire, Feleipe Franks and Luke Del Rio. Coach Jim McElwain said he plans to rotate all three with the first-team offense to give each an opportunity to prove he can lead the team. Florida players gave their first impressions on Zaire, the Notre Dame transfer who could be Florida’s first left-handed starting QB since Tim Tebow.
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Dameon Pierce commits
Florida continued its strong recruiting push when running back Dameon Pierce committed on Sunday. Pierce is the No. 9 ranked running back in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite. His commitment gives Florida 17 players in its 2018 class, which now ranks No. 7 in the nation.
In other Florida football news
- Wide receiver James Robinson enrolled at Florida and joined the team at practice on Friday.
- Defensive lineman CeCe Jefferson said he feels Florida is going to have to “beat teams to sleep” if the Gators are going to get respect this year.
- Defensive lineman Jordan Sherit has eyes on the NFL, but he has a solid backup plan if that doesn’t work out.
- Kicker Eddy Pineiro and punter Johnny Townsend believe they can be the best special teams duo in the country.
- After flashing his potential as a freshman, defensive end Jabari Zuniga is ready to bring his game to another level in 2017.
- Center T.J. McCoy is studying everything he can to prepare for the season.
- Florida’s offensive line — which McElwain has called a strength of the team — has bonded off the field through fishing trips and food.
- Kylan Johnson’s versatility will be invaluable for Florida’s young defense.
- Could left tackle Martez Ivey stay for his senior year? His high school coach said it’s a possibility.
- Did you miss any part of our Next Generation series. We have links to all of them here.
Gators in the NFL
- New York Jets safety Marcus Maye intercepted a pass in a scrimmage and isn’t playing like a rookie, NJ.com’s JJ Conrad writes.
- The New Orleans Saints are using linebacker Alex Anzalone in blitz packages during training camp, the Advocate’s Nick Underhill reports.
- Track and field: Florida alumnus Stipe Zunic won the bronze medal in the shot put at the 2017 IAAF World Championships.
- Swimming: Florida senior Andrew Brady was named the high point award winner at the 2017 U.S. Open Swimming Championships on Sunday. On Saturday, Chandler Bray set the school record in the 100-meter breaststroke.
- Soccer: The Gators will open the season as the No. 7 team in the country.
- Commencement: 34 Florida student-athletes received their degrees on Saturday.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Defensive back Marco Wilson:
Glowin up pic.twitter.com/FosbItSTS0
— Marco Wilson (@MjW_era) August 6, 2017
Running back Lamical Perine:
Another day at work getting better … pic.twitter.com/IDI8no4B2u
— LP (@LP_deucedeuce) August 6, 2017
Defensive lineman Zachary Carter:
In due time⏳ pic.twitter.com/ZzldvaPTFY
— Zachary L Carter (@_ZachAttacks) August 5, 2017
Wide receiver Antonio Callaway:
Find comfort being uncomfortable! pic.twitter.com/lIughjSC5K
— AC81 (@Ripbobby_G) August 5, 2017
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