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Florida coach Dan Mullen has already attracted some potential game-changing recruits in this class.

More thoughts on Emory Jones and other Florida newcomers who could help shape 2018 season

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Which early enrollees will make the biggest difference in 2018?

The quarterback competition will dominate all discussion once Florida opens spring practice, showcases its new team in the Orange & Blue spring game and then later moves on to fall camp.

Each step of the way, fans, media and national observers will pay close attention to freshman dual-threat quarterback Emory Jones and the state of the most high-profile position for the Gators in this new era under coach Dan Mullen.

Certainly, Jones has the chance to be an impactful first-year freshman if he can win the starting job as a rookie, but what other Florida early enrollees have a strong chance to impact the state of the program this coming fall?

SEC Country has some thoughts on the matter. Check it out here.

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In other Florida football news

  • Well, this doesn’t have anything to do with football, but legendary Florida QB Tim Tebow is set to become the official “barketologist” for the Purina Pro Plan $1 Million Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Bracket Challenge. Yes, this is apparently really a thing that is happening.

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On the hardwood

  • The Florida women’s basketball team finally broke through in SEC play with its first conference win, 65-51 at Arkansas on Thursday night. Paulina Hersler led the way with 19 points and 7 rebounds, Delicia Washington added 14 points and 9 boards and Haley Lorenzen delivered an all-around performance with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • The Florida women improved to 9-10 overall and 1-5 in the SEC with the win.
  • The Florida men visit Kentucky in an anticipated SEC showdown on Saturday. SEC Country Florida beat reporter Ryan Young joined the SEC Country Kentucky podcast to discuss the game.
  • Gainesville Sun reporter Kevin Brockway delivered a sobering stat that Florida is just 3-16 in its last 19 games at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., but all three Gators teams that won there went on to reach the Final Four.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

Florida guard Egor Koulechov, a graduate transfer from Rice University in Houston, Texas, is adjusting to the onset of winter weather:

Florida wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland continues to assert his optimism for the 2018 season:

New Florida linebackers coach Christian Robinson, a former Georgia standout, continues to be all-in for the Gators:

Suspended Florida running back Jordan Scarlett paid his respects to former position coach Tim Skipper:

Florida football assistant coach Billy Gonzales shared a glimpse into life on the recruiting trail:

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