OnlyGators.com will offer full coverage of the 2014 Orange & Blue Debut via an on-site live blog on Saturday, April 12 as fans are unable to watch the spring game live for free either on television or online.
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees, winds east at 8 mph
Time: 1:30 p.m. (EDT)
TV (5:00 p.m. Tape Delay): Sun Sports (Larry Vettel, Nat Moore, Jessica Blaylock)
SiriusXM: None | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Free Online Video: None | Mobile Video: None
Free Live Updates: OnlyGators.com and @OnlyGators on Twitter
EXPANDED VIEWING INFORMATION
Florida’s 2014 spring game will not air live on television but rather on tape delay at 5 p.m. due to a conflict with the Tampa Bay Rays. OnlyGators.com contacted Sun Sports and the Gators but received conflicting information as to why the game was not available live elsewhere on television, even as a pay-per-view broadcast.
Saturday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. | Sunday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m. | Thursday, April 17 at 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 at 12:00 p.m. | Tuesday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m.
While the game is not being offered live on television, you can pay $3.99 to stream the Orange & Blue Debut live online as a pay-per-view via GatorVision.tv.
However, OnlyGators.com is running a free live blog during the Orange & Blue Debut, so you can also check here on Saturday for full coverage without paying a cent.
Unlike 2013, when Florida only had six healthy offensive linemen and head coach Will Muschamp felt the team did not have enough healthy players to play a true spring game, the Gators will be reverting back to that format with four 12-minute quarters and a running clock, which will only stop during the two-minute drill at the end of each half.
Though Florida, for marketing purposes, held a “selection show” picking the first 12 players of each team, Muschamp previously stated that the Gators will run “good-on-good” during the game, meaning the first-team offense will play against the first-team defense and the same for the second-team units.
Therefore, even though there are supposed to be two teams – one wearing orange, the other blue – going against each other, both defenses will wear orange and both offenses will wear blue. Good luck keeping score.
Injury report, player notes and much more…all available after the break!
» Non-contact: All quarterbacks, redshirt senior wide receiver Andre Debose (torn ACL)
» Out: Redshirt senior fullback Gideon Ajagbe (shoulder), sophomore lienbacker Alex Anzalone (shoulder), redshirt senior LB Neiron Ball (sprained MCL), junior running back Mark Herndon (high-ankle sprain), junior RB Matt Jones (knee), freshamn offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher (back), redshirt senior defensive tackle Leon Orr (wrist), freshman RB Brandon Powell (foot), sophomore LB Jeremi Powell (torn ACL), redshirt freshman LB Matt Rolin (torn ACL), sophomore punter Johnny Townsend (wrist)
WHO TO WATCH: OFFENSE
» Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and offensive line coach Mike Summers will make their coaching debuts with the Gators.
» Sophomore wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (#11), after flailing as a freshman, has earned the starting gig across from redshirt senior Quinton Dunbar (#1) with the first-team offense. If he really has turned a corner, his explosiveness and game-breaking ability should be obvious on the field.
» Florida will be running an up-tempo offense with spread elements, so the Gators will run three-wide in their base set with junior Latroy Pittman (#9) seemingly set to start as slot wideout. Redshirt junior Valdez Showers (#10) will also see a lot of work.
» Though quarterbacks are non-contact, expect to see redshirt junior Jeff Driskel (#6) use his legs more. He will be forced to make quick decisions in Roper’s offense, so there may be a lot of short-to-intermediate passes as long as Florida’s secondary does its job.
» The Gators will be playing some offensive linemen at new positions. Redshirt senior Max Garcia (#76) will move from guard to center, and both senior Trenton Brown (#74) and redshirt junior Tyler Moore (#73) have been working at guard after playing right tackle in 2013. Brown may start at right guard.
» Redshirt senior right tackle Chaz Green (#75) has been raved about as the most impressive offensive lineman this spring.
» Florida’s tight ends have not received rave reviews overall, but freshman DeAndre Goolsby (#30) has gotten some positive marks for his pass-catching.
» Speed is important to Roper, which means sophomore WR Chris Thompson (#85) and redshirt freshmen running back Adam Lane (#22) and WR Alvin Bailey (#89) will all have the chance to impress both Saturday and during the season.
WHO TO WATCH: DEFENSE
» With redshirt senior defensive tackle Leon Orr sidelined by wrist surgery, sophomore defensive end Jonathan Bullard (#90) has spent most of the spring working inside. His move has allowed redshirt sophomores Bryan Cox, Jr. (#94) and Alex McCalister (#14) to get more work at end this spring; Cox has impressed and will start the game.
» As expected, junior BUCK Dante Fowler, Jr. (#6) and sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (#1) have each taken another step toward stardom this spring. Keep an eye on both during the game.
» The Gators’ starting secondary was decimated by graduations and defections in the offseason with Hargreaves the only true returning starter in 2014. Senior Jabari Gorman (#2) and freshman Keanu Neal (#42) are expected to be first-team safeties, while redshirt freshman Nick Washington (#22) and redshirt sophomore Marcus Maye (#22) will likely be the other starting cornerbacks.
» Sophomore Jarrad Davis (#40) has by all accounts been the most impressive linebacker over the last few weeks. Redshirt senior Michael Taylor (#51) has played well also but will start with the second team.
WHO TO WATCH: SPECIAL TEAMS
» Special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler will make his coaching debut with Florida.
» Senior Kyle Christy (#4) has the punting job to himself now that sophomore Johnny Townsend is out for the next two months following wrist surgery. Christy has been praised by the coaching staff this spring for returning to 2012 form.
» The Gators’ kickers have supposedly improved with redshirt sophomore Austin Hardin (#16) stepping up his consistency and redshirt senior Frankie Velez (#95) stepping up his distance.
COMMITMENTS / RECRUITS IN ATTENDANCE
* Courtesy of InsidetheGators.com recruiting analyst Blake Alderman
» 2015 Commits: WR Deondre Farrier, LB Camrin Knight, OL Tyler Jordan, WR Tristan Payton
» 2016 Commits: DB Tre Jackson
» 2015 Recruits: LB Ray-Ray McCloud, QB Kelly Bryant, CB Octavius Johnson, OL Javon Patterson, WR Tarvarus Chase, LB Austin Smith, DL Quay Picou, S Darrien McNair, DE Ulysees Gilbert
WR Trevill Holcy, OL Brendan Loftus
» 2016 Recruits: LB Shaq Quarterman, DL Chauncey Manac, WR Tarvarus Chase, DL Jordan Woods
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