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Where Things Stand

A brief update on Florida's traning camp thus far... 

1. One down, one to go…

Barring an injury, Cody Riggs is a starting safety on Aug. 31. The situation could change four weeks into the season, but for now, the redshirt junior is the anointed starter.

2. Stepping up…

Freshmen receivers Ahmad Fulwood, Alvin Bailey and Demarcus Robinson have turned plenty of heads early in practice, but it’s redshirt junior Quinton Dunbar who appears poised for a breakout campaign. Dunbar has conveyed signs of newfound maturity and may be the (long awaited) answer to resurrecting Florida’s beleaguered receiving corps.

3. Wide left…

Florida’s kicking situation hasn’t drastically improved during the first 10 days of camp, but it seems increasingly likely redshirt freshman Austin Hardin will win the job. Senior walk-on Brad Phillips has battled a pulled groin, allowing Hardin -- the favorite to win the job at camp’s opening -- to distance himself.

TO DO LIST

1. Linebacker rotation…

See: work in progress. Michael Taylor (RSJR) will start at either the MIKE or WILL, but after that…the situation gets a tad murky. Although Ronald Powell is said to be looking strong, the SAM linebacker still isn’t 100 percent and his backup (freshman Matt Rolin) just tore his ACL and is out for the season. Darrin Kitchens, Neiron Ball and freshman Daniel McMillian will all play; where and how much is unknown right now. Suspended starter Antonio Morrison is the (not-so-secret) wrench to the whole equation, but his return date remains in limbo.  This is a unit that bears watching all season.

2. Offensive line continuity…

Nearly two weeks into camp, Florida has yet to practice a single snap with its projected starting offensive line. Injured guards Max Garcia and Jon Halapio are expected to return to practice this week, with moving parts to quickly follow. Tyler Moore, a natural tackle playing guard in place of the injured Halapio, will battle Chaz Green, last season’s starter, for first-team right tackle reps when Halapio and Garcia return to action.

3. The rest (starting with the most important)…

Tight end, safety, nose tackle rotation and kick returner are other unsettled battles. 

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Again....not to disrespect...how do you WIN on 9/7??

Seriously....

You all keep resting on your record last year....does not mean anything this year.

Your O-Line has not even been practicing together and your 2 weeks into camp? Wow....

Your coming to play MIAMI...not Miami of Ohio...

At 12 noon on a Saturday...the second game of season...you all ARE notorious for starting the season slow.

You keep thinking our defense is the same as last year....its not....you all are for in a serious wake up call in less then 30 days



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What he said!!!!!

Hey, Jesse and I have something in common!!!! We're both big time Braves fans.

Now it's canes 42? Hilarious! I'm just curious, where is your confidence beyond comprehension coming from? Your team hasn't won more than 7 games in years, and hasn't won more than 9 games in a decade! You guys haven't beaten a top 10 team in I don't know how long. We lost a few guys from an 11 win team, and return a ton of players who saw significant playing time last year. We rotated as many as 20+ guys on D last year. Just because somebody didn't start, doesn't mean they didn't see just as much playing time as the starters. Your offense won't do squat against this D, mark my words. And your argument that the canes were young last year, so they'll miraculously become national title contenders this year, which is the funniest thing of all, can actually be said about a lot of the players on our team. Driskel was a 1st year starter, so were some of the other offensive players. To think they're not going to improve this year, just debunks your entire argument about the canes delusional greatness. I mean is your over-confidence, just you trying to convince yourself that the canes actually have a shot at winning this game? Because there really is nothing to warrant that confidence!

THAT'S 1 - NEW S. F.L.A. GATOR ...

[]_[] Stay TuNED Later Tonight And Beyond ...

The Florida Gators appear poised to add three top recruits Monday, as wide receiver Ermon Lane and defensive backs Chris Lammons and Quincy Wilson announce their college choices. The highly-touted trio, all based out of the Sunshine State, have coordinated their announcements, and Florida is the odds-on favorite to land at least two of them.

Lane is arguably the nation's top high school wide receiver. The 6'3, 193-lb. wideout from Homestead received a five-star rating from 24/7 Sports and a consensus spot among the nation's top four receiver prospects. While Lane holds offers from Alabama, Miami, Ohio State, Florida State, and LSU, recruiting experts have speculated for some time that they were all chasing the Gators. It has been months since any recruiting analyst at 24/7 Sports has predicted a program othe than Florida as his eventual landing place.

Wilson is a defensive back caught between positions and rankings. While Rivals and ESPN project him as a four-star prospect, Scout and 24/7 are not as high. And while some analysts (including Rivals) believe the 6'2 Wilson can play cornerback at the next level, others are convinced he is destined to play safety. Wilson holds offers from 50 programs, including most of the SEC. However, much like Lane, the consensus has settled on Florida as the destination for the Ft. Lauderdale-based defensive back.

The biggest question mark headed into monday may be Chris Lammons, the 5'9, 170-lb. cornerback/athlete out of Ft. Lauderdale's Plantation High. Lammons is a consensus four-star recruit, and widely considered one of the top 35 cornerback prospects in the nation. Much like Lane and Wilson, he has been widely expected to choose Florida from a crowded offer sheet. However, just days before his scheduled announcement, consensus has turned against the Gators and toward South Carolina. The Gators already have commitments from 2014 cornerbacks J.C. Jackson and Duke Dawson, both players with similar build, speed, and skill sets to those of Lammons.

Florida has 13 commits in its 2014 class entering Monday. If everything goes as planned for the Gators, it could well be a class of 16 by the end of the day.

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[]_[] enjoy HALF []_[]r 2014 Class that was offered by ZERO Top-20 Programs... The GATORS WILL have 16 commits after tonight and NOT ONE was not offered by MULTIPLE Top-20 Teams... That's why []_[] are []_[] and the BEST are the BEST ... Just wait til Feb. when []_[]r better commits DECOMMIT , while the GATORS and TOP-Programs clean-up...

[]_[]r Tombstone should read... "HIGH n ALIVE In Spring n Summer... DEAD n B[]_[]RIED In Fall n Winter...

Nice DB pickup today for sure....you should pull Lane as well....

I have been wanting to bump it by 7 for awhile now....my gut....our offense has 10 gears....Louisville had only 5....worth another TD.

Your 5'7 safety has officially become a deer in headlights.

So you're basing your confidence on the fact that louisville, who many are predicting to make a title run this year, beat us in a game not a single player was clearly in mentally?? Your offense has 10 gears?? Isn't that the same offense that only scored 20 against fsu, while the gators almost doubled that against them? Man, that's pretty sad that you're basing all that confidence on those 2 things! You are really in for a rude awakening! I figured you had some inside info that the game was fixed or something in order to be that overly confident. You cane fans are something else!

1. He/They hasn't signed with you yet, you are prematurely celebrating.

Posted by: Five Titles | August 12, 2013 at 05:15 PM

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That only applies to u Mr. WE GOTS 26 COMMITS IN JULY !!! (and HALF SuCK) ... It was u that lost Multiple Recruit commits last year in December/Feb ... It was u that had multiple commits that didn't qualify this year. It was u that had to scramble to sign multiple transfers in SEPT. and AUG. that their original teams no longer want because they're DEAD WEIGHT ...

THE MIGHTY GATORS HAD ZERO OF THOSE THIS YEAR ... Z.E.R.O.

That's the difference between TOP-PROGRAMS , the rest ... and then u.

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u enjoy the rest of ur night... we GATORS will, just like we have for soooo long and will continue to do so in the future...

IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!!

MO MONEY $ ... MO MONEY $ ... MO MONEY $ ...

Could UF have the #1 ranked class after tonight? Top 3 or 5 for sure. That sucks.

Posted by: SOUP | August 12, 2013 at 06:11 PM


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Reality ... What a concept HuH cane cluck ? uR worst nightmare will only get worse ...


Its a Cane thing , baby....

The 3 guys above will stun UFelony and announce at 9PM tonight that all 3 are going to the U. Believe biatches

That would be only 2 guys big dummy, the third already commited to UF. Even if your delusion proves to be correct, which is highly unlikely, who gives a rats arse. It's August you fools, only Morons who are starved for any positive news get so excited about a recruiting class that is more than 6 months away from being complete. The one and only place where you were ranked higher than UF and FSU is quickly unraveling.
You fools got nothing else to brag about but a recruiting ranking. Pathetic.

Wilson -- according to multiple sites -- doesnt even have a Miami offer -- despite his father playing there in the early '90's.

Wow, what do you know a cane fan was wrong again. Looks like all 3 committed!

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