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Florida coach Jim McElwain on Monday addressed the fact that people close to him were impacted by death threats.

Florida football: On death threats, quarterbacks, and underdogs

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Death threats

Florida coach Jim McElwain has dealt with his share of ill will from the Gators fan base. But on Monday, McElwain said the vitriol went as far as including death threats.

“The hard part is obviously when the threats against your own players, death threats to your families, the ill will that’s brought upon out there,” McElwain said. “And yet, I think it’s really one of those deals that really is a pretty good testament to what’s going on out there nationally. There’s lot of angry people, and in this business we’re the ones that you take the shots at and that’s the way it is.”

The University Athletic Association on Monday evening released a statement saying it “takes the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and families very seriously. Our administration met with Coach McElwain this afternoon and he offered no additional details.”

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No quarterback dilemma

McElwain confirmed Monday that redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks will get the start against Georgia despite Franks’ recent struggles. However, if the Gators plan to win against the No. 3 Bulldogs on Saturday, they will need more than just the sub-average performance Franks has shown thus far this season. Perhaps some more designed quarterback runs will help?

Embracing the underdog role

Florida is a two-touchdown underdog against the Bulldogs on Saturday, but the Gators aren’t too worried about that. In fact, a slew of players on Monday expressed their confidence that they can pull off the upset against Georgia. If Florida can indeed defeat the Bulldogs on Saturday, it will need a certain group of players — from Malik Davis to Taven Bryan to just about any wide receiver — to step up in Jacksonville.

Meanwhile, at least one computer simulation — specifically, FoxSports — has Florida pulling off the upset against Georgia.

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