Florida Gators 5-star freshman OT Martez Ivey set for surgery (torn meniscus), will miss opener

Five-star freshman offensive tackle Martez Ivey, a gem from the Florida Gators‘ talented 2015 recruiting class and potential starter along the offensive line, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee and be sidelined for team’s season opener on Saturday, Sept. 5 (and possibly longer).

Head coach Jim McElwain addressed Ivey’s injury at a post-practice media availability on Thursday. “He’ll be back,” McElwain said. “I don’t know how quickly … but it doesn’t appear to be a season-ending [injury] or anything like that.”

Orlando Sentinel recruiting writer Chris Hays spoke with Ivey’s coach at Apopka High School, James Delgado, who related that Ivey suffered a “slightly” torn meniscus in his left knee that could keep him out of action for 2-4 weeks (1-3 games seeing as the season opener is a week away).

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Florida Gators to play two quarterbacks – Grier, Harris – in 2015 season opener

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain announced Thursday at a post-practice media availability that redshirt freshman Will Grier and sophomore Treon Harris will both play quarterback in the team’s season opener on Sept 5.

McElwain said he has not seen either signal caller distinguish himself in practice and wants to give them both a chance to shine under the lights on Saturday night, Sept 5.

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Florida Gators practice update: Receivers improving, new faces helping passing game

While the focus to this point has been on who will line up under center (or in the shotgun) for the Florida Gators, head coach Jim McElwain has been harping on another position’s need for improvement in order to get his passing attack to resemble something that would help the Gators win football games.

Up until this week, McElwain has been highly critical of Florida’s wide receivers, noting that they were struggling with running crisp routes, being consistent (not just between practices but between plays) and completing the action that is most critical at their position – hauling in the football.

McElwain changed his tune a bit on Tuesday.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Breakdown of 2015 preseason Weeks 1 and 2

The 2015 NFL preseason began two weeks ago with 48 former Florida Gators spread out over 23 of the 32 teams in the league.

Sixteen teams had multiple Florida players on their rosters including Denver, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington (four each); Pittsburgh (three); and Arizona, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Minnesota, Oakland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay (two each).

Below are full updates all 48 players on NFL rosters, most of whom saw action over the first two weeks of the preseason. There are also select injury and status updates on some other Gators below.

Check out how the rest of the Gators in the NFL performed … after the break!

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Coaches name five Florida Gators to 2015 Preseason All-SEC team

Five Florida Gators football players were voted onto 2015 Preseason All-SEC teams on Tuesday, as chosen by the league’s 14 coaches.

Junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III led the way for Florida with an All-SEC First Team nod on defense. Hargreaves, a two-time end-of-season All-SEC First Team selection, was the only Gators player to be picked for the first team this time around.

Seniors defensive end Jonathan Bullard and linebacker Antonio Morrison earned spots on the Preseason All-SEC Second Team, while juniors wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and running back Kelvin Taylor were honored with selections to the third team.

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Florida Gators start unranked in preseason AP Top 25 poll for second straight year

Coming off their first national tile in more than a decade, the Ohio State Buckeyes became the first team in history to receive a unanimous preseason No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 poll, which has been around since 1950. The Buckeyes also received 62 of 64 possible first-place votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

The Florida Gators, on the other hand, will enter the season unranked in both polls for the second straight season. Florida opens the 2015 season in the 36th spot in the AP Top 25 and 48th spot in the Coaches’ Poll. The Gators were one of 11 teams to receive AP votes (four) and one of 13 to be on the ballots of coaches (two).

As such, it is the second time since 2003 that the Gators have not been ranked by AP voters to open the season, and the second time since USA Today took over the Coaches Poll in 1991 that Florida is unranked in its preseason edition.

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TWO BITS: Florida Gators open indoor practice facility for use, put mascots on Tinder

1 » The Florida Gators on Saturday officially moved into the Indoor Football Practice Facility, christening the $17 million structure with a full team practice. The IPF was completed nearly two weeks ahead of schedule and by all accounts looks beautiful, especially the orange, blue and green synthetic surface.

After covering the IPF approval and construction process thoroughly over the last year, there’s not much more to say about it at this point. Check out this link for prior articles about the IPF, including the name of the field and a full video fly-through, likely produced by the project’s lead design company.

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Florida Gators practice update: Four injuries, three suspensions … and two quarterbacks?

Will the Florida Gators starting quarterback be decided before the team’s season opener against New Mexico State on Sept. 5? Only head coach Jim McElwain knows for sure, but he certainly made it seem Friday like he would feel perfectly comfortable if the gig was still up for grabs in two weeks.

“We’ll be OK if we go into [the first game] and let them kind of play and kind of go from there and see who plays under the lights the best, you know, might be a two[-quarterback situation],” he said.

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