GAINESVILLE -- All 16 of the football team's incoming freshmen are currently enrolled in summer classes and working out with strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, according to a university official. Classes began Monday for the second summer term.
Marotti recently tested the freshmen in a variety of strength-and-conditioning disciplines, including the bench press, shuttle run and 40-yard dash. A request has been made by Gator Clause to publish some of those results but, according to UF, Marotti doesn't like to publicize the numbers. If anyone has heard anything, fell free to pass along the information. We'll keep trying on this end.
UF FINISHES THIRD IN ALL-SPORTS CONTEST
The University of Florida recently finished third in the Directors' Cup standings. Stanford won its 15th consecutive Directors' Cup while North Carolina finished second.
UF has finished in the top 10 of the national all-sports standings in each of the last 26 years, a record according to UF. In the Southeastern Conference, Florida led the league with six team championships. UF's third-place finish in the Directors' Cup was the UAA's best finish in the annual competition since the 2001-2002 academic year.
BUZZ: Gators safety Ahmad Black of Lakeland High was recently honored by the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame for his impressive sophomore season. Black led the Gators in interceptions.
--The Gators received a surprise motivational speech last week from Matt Eversmann, a former first sergeant in the U.S. Army who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down).
--According to a source, the Gators' starting offensive line is shaping up this way over the offseason: Matt Patchan (left tackle), Carl Johnson (left guard), Maurkice Pouncey (center), Mike Pouncey (right guard), Marcus Gilbert (right tackle). Patchan is finally putting on some pounds and will likely be ready to compete for a starting left tackle spot by two-a-days. The addition of Patchan to the offensive line woud push Johnson to guard and Maurkice Pouncey to center. Johnson practiced at tackle during the spring and Maurkice Pouncey practiced at guard.
--Offensive lineman James Wilson is struggling in the weight room this offseason, according to the source.