Now that the Florida Gators bye week is over, there is only one more order of business before resuming the normal weekly routine. OGGOA will be in attendance at the Miami Dolphins vs. Denver Broncos game on Sunday, a contest which will feature quarterback Tim Tebow starting for the first time this season as well as a Gator Day celebration honoring the 2008 national championship team.
There will be live updates from the game all day long via the @OnlyGators Twitter account, so be sure to follow us if you are not already.
In the meantime, be sure to check out all of the posts that have been written this week just in case you happened to miss a thing or two. And don’t forget to check back Sunday evening for a story on Gator Day and Tebow’s performance.
» Head coach Will Muschamp was slightly agitated (read: fuming mad) at the officials during last Saturday’s eventual 17-6 loss to Auburn. Here is some video of Muschamp’s outrage along with the apology he issued on Tuesday.
» Muschamp’s first update on redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley came on Tuesday, when he said that the player’s recovery was going well but he had not returned to practice yet. He discussed this issue again Wednesday during the SEC teleconference, with Muschamp reiterating that Brantley returning Monday is the goal.
» During his weekly media availability, Muschamp provided some injury updates, evaluated each position on the team, and spoke about his plan for the bye week as well as a number of other topics.
» A report from the Orlando Sentinel revealed that Gators freshman cornerback Marcus Roberson had been served a written arrest for underage drinking on Sept. 14.
» Each discussing the same topic this week, Muschamp and head basketball coach Billy Donovan agreed that learning how to win starts with being mentally prepared
» UF lost a verbal commitment from four-star linebacker Lorenzo Phillips, who decided to reopen his recruitment and wants to play college football closer to home.
» Florida basketball gave everyone a sneak peak at their new uniforms during media day when the players donned the away jerseys and shorts while doing interviews and posing for pictures. OGGOA learned that the Gators would also have new home uniforms as well as an orange alternate this season and had a graphic designer do some mockups of what the uniforms may look like. UF wound up releasing a few shots of the home uniform via the team’s Twitter account later that day (also on the post).
» Donovan had his second media availability of the season, during which he spoke about how freshmen guard Brad Beal and forward Walter Pitchford are works in progress, senior point guard Erving Walker’s unselfishness has been remarkable, sophomore center Patric Young is handling adversity better than expected, and much more.
» He also held a gathering on Thursday and noted that the team had a rough day of practice on Wednesday. Donovan spoke about building this team from the ground up, an injury suffered by junior F Erik Murphy and the team’s shooting ability so far in practice.
» The preseason USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll was released Thursday with Florida earning a No. 10 ranking.
INTERVIEWS / FORMER PLAYERS
» OGGOA published part three of our hour-long interview with Florida hall of fame defensive lineman Jack Youngblood, which featured an amazing story about him being held at gunpoint back when he was a player. You can also check out part one (Gators) and part two (NFL) of that interview.
» Having a chance to sit down and speak with former Gators running back and Dolphins wide receiver Nat Moore, OGGOA got the opportunity to ask about his playing career, off-the-field interests since retiring and how influential he was in setting up the special Gator Day celebration being held on Sunday. The full interview with Moore includes tons of great tidbits about his career and the special event.
» Former Florida QB Danny Wuerffel announced that his recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome is going slower than originally anticipated and that it may take up to one more year until he is nearly symptom-free.