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Random things I learned at Florida Gators media day

GAINESVILLE -- Here is my knowledge ...

1. Jaye Howard calls Omar Hunter, Omar Nagurski.

2. Omar Hunter calls Jaye Howard, Ndamukong Howard.

3. T.J. Pridemore hates it when Omar Hunter sings Lynyrd Skynyrd.

4. Omar Hunter's favorite Skynyrd song: "Simple man."

5. T.J. Pridemore's dad taught Omar Hunter how to shoot a gun when Hunter was a sophomore in high school. (Hunting is a pretty big deal in Buford, Ga.)

6. Brandon Spikes' New England Patriots teammates apparently tried to cut his hair, according to some of the Gators. Spikes fought them off.

7. The Gators' pass rush was designed for Spikes and Carlos Dunlap last year on third down. This season, the defensive tackles are going to have a chance on third down, according to Howard. That means less 3-4.

8. A side note to that thought: There are a few theories out there that the Gators are going to actually play more 3-4 defense this year just because Teryl Austin is the new DC. Don't count on it, says I. The Gators' defensive line is loaded with talent -- deeper than its been since 2006. Clearly, the Gators' strength is 4-3. And ... you play to your strengths.

9. Jonathan Dowling's mom drove him to the tattoo parlor when he turned 18.

10. Dowling wanted "sleeves" since he was a little kid, and that's what he got.

11. Tight end Jordan Reed is a big-time Yankees fan.

12. Reed's favorite player is Jeter.

13. We both agreed that Jeter has done things the right way.

14. Which is to say, Jeter is still single.

15. Punter Chaz Henry kicked a football 65 yards this summer.

16. In the air!

17. The ball hung in the air for 5.48 seconds.

18. I asked Henry if he took out an insurance policy for this season.

19. He laughed. I was serious. This guy is going to be in the NFL for a long time if he remains healthy.

20. Marcus Gilbert's dad retired from the Secret Service in May.

21. He served for 22 years.

22. Now he has a cushy job working for Pepsi ... in Chicago.

23. President Obama is ... from Chicago.

24. Wish I knew the President.

25. William Green is from Hoover, Ala., but he hates the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, "Sweet Home Alabama."

26. I only mention this because Omar Hunter appeared sincerely hurt when he learned this on Tuesday.

27. John Brantley likes to fish on a lake in Hawthorne, according to his teammates.

28. Dominique Easley is going to regret saying this: "Ronald Powell is Chris Bosh, Sharrif [Floyd] is Dwyane Wade and I'm LeBron [James]."

29. In the words of veteran Gators defensive lineman Jaye Howard: "Everyone gets knocked down to Earth."

30. Tight end coach Brian White landed recruit Ronald Powell.

31. White had a good relationship with Powell's high school coach ever since White coached at Wisconsin.

32. If you're assuming that White landed Josh Shaw, you'd be wrong. That was all Urban Meyer.

33. An old connection when Meyer coached at Colorado State.

34. White and quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler will be the offensive coaches in the booth on game days this season.

35. DC Teryl Austin still hasn't decided which defensive coaches will be in the booth on game days.

36. Coaches didn't like me pressing about the booth questions. Whatever.

37. Recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton is in charge of recruiting Miami-Dade County. But Drayton didn't pull in the Gators' haul of current Miami-Dade frosh. Drayton came on late and was in charge of landing running back Mack Brown.

38. I met Cody Riggs and liked his haircut. It's a very puffy mo-hawk.

39. I have mad respect for Jeremy Brown. And I'm also worried about him. Read my story in Tuesday's Herald for details.

40. Don't forget to watch my Gators video reports on the sports section's front page of the website.



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"Everyone gets knocked down to earth"..cool qote and extremely accurate... who will it be this year?
Tight end Jordan Reed is a big-time Yankees fan=MVP ??

damn good stuff Goodman .

24 minutes HOF speech & ex-GAYtor Emmitt Smith doesnt mention his alma mater.
24 MINUTES.....

fact: Timmy Teblow models underwear for men

Good morning Lizards, coach Urbie the fruit cake said he closed practice to keep scumbags out...

question for you all, does that mean HE KEPT HIMSELF OUT TOO?....just wondering

Posted by: GAYtors do excuses, CANES play ANY1, ANYWHERE... | August 11, 2010 at 04:51 AM

4:51 AM. you live and breathe the Gators, METHhead

Posted by: FZB | August 11, 2010 at 07:02 AM

What time are you on at the Improv?


Why do you play in a basketball conference? Answer the question for once.

Your program is so prestigious that they knocked down your stadium to put a baseball stadium. You rent a stadium losers.

Posted by: Donna Shalala | August 11, 2010 at 09:59 AM

Well, our side of the "basketball" conference has 4 ranked teams. Your side of the seazy has 2 ranked teams. CASE CLOSED!

It's not "just" a basketball conference, but also a football and baseball conference.

Just because the ACC has won more basketball titles than the SEC doesn't make it a basketball conference. The ACC has 14 Football titles and 5 Baseball titles as well.

However, we play in that conference because it is a better match to us in terms of school size and academic stature. As a small private university, we do not fit in with the giant factory style public schools of the SEC. But you already knew that, right "Donna"?

Our factory style public schools are much better academically and athletically then your schools buddy

Posted by: Apples And Oranges

Dude your such a douche. Cmaping out on the blog to protect the canes. You are really going to defend the,"GAYtors do excuses, CANES play ANY1, ANYWHERE" guy? You wouldn't give that guy a hot dog at your tail gate party.

1. I don't camp out here. I only attempt to get your racist troll to leave us alone.
2. I criticise him more than you critise the racist that goes by Curse. I didn't defend him, I answered a question about the ACC.
3. You and your buddy Curse are the one throwing attacks, calling me insulting names, and then lecturing me about proper behavior?

He is only here because your guy started this obsessive attacking of Canes and saying that Randy Shannon should be a lynch victim instead of a head coach. You don't like having him here, get your racist off our blogs.

This guy's got some issues..no? I don't see many provocative posts on Manny's MODERATED blog.

This is a clear case of a cane douche taking advantage of a blog where anyone can post what ever they want, knowing that the same can't happen on the cane blog. OK cane....what will be your reasoning when the losing starts in September?

1. Don't trash the Orange Bowl. This is a Miami blog and the Orange Bowl was a Miami stadium.
2. If you hate the Gators so much and have a much better team than them, please let us know in what sport the 'Canes have been ranked higher in ever in the last 5 years or so (Women's Tennis?)
3. It's not about my conference is bigger than your conference, it's about save the trash talk for the sports bars and stay on your own blog.
4. Don't be racist. Keep that to yourself.

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