FOUR BITS: Outback, Horschel, Hart, basketball

1 » The Florida Gators may not be playing for a championship, but members of the team will return home from the 2011 Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL, with some swag. For participating in the game, each player on both teams will receive a Fossil watch, Jostens ring, $150 Best Buy gift card, $25 Outback Steakhouse gift card and a hat, according to the SportsBusiness Journal.

2 » Former Gators All-American golfer Billy Horschel earned his PGA Tour card at Qualifying School on Monday. Coming off a season in which he only participated in four events (missing the cut in each) before injuring his wrist and sitting out the remainder of the year, Horschel made the cut at 9-under par and is ready to finally begin his career. He also made the cut last December, finishing seventh in the event. Horschel’s PGA Tour card expired due to his lack of participation because of injury. Originally overlooked in this posting was fellow former UF golfer Will Stricker, who also earned his card at Q-school this weekend. Congratulations to both men.

3 » According to the Orlando Sentinel’s Chris Hays, four-star 2011 running back recruit Dee Hart (Orlando, FL) – a current Michigan commitment – will jump to Florida should head coach Rich Rodriguez be fired sometime soon. Hart, who reportedly desires to play in the spread offense, has dropped Alabama from his recruitment and seems to be concentrating on only two schools now. Of course, Hart could also end up in Gainesville, FL, even if Rodriguez keeps his job, especially if the Gators’ coaching staff can convince him that Rodriguez could be gone in a year while head coach Urban Meyer’s job security is arguably the best in the nation.

4 » FOX Sports college basketball writer Jeff Goodman, whose had his eye on Florida all offseason, contends that it is the Gators’ backcourt which is causing the majority of the problems for the team so far this year. Calling sophomore guard Kenny Boynton and junior point guard Erving Walker “shot-hunters,” Goodman agrees with head coach Billy Donovan’s passionate plea for the players to worry about making their teammates better rather than putting points on the board.

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10 Responses to “FOUR BITS: Outback, Horschel, Hart, basketball”

  1. DCgator says:

    Boynton is one of guys who can put up 20 points and still leave fans disappointed in his play. That’s a good sign in the sense that it demonstrates how high his ceiling is. But it also suggests he tends to be more concerned with stuffing a stat sheet than playing team ball and getting the W.

  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    I would love for Hart to come to us. He is a very good RB.

  3. Robert says:

    @DC Gator: “Boynton is one of guys who can put up 20 points and still leave fans disappointed in his play.”

    The problem is that Boynton is a volume shooter – he has to shoot a lot of shots to get 20 points. His field goal % is still not good – so far this year he’s shooting .391 from the field and .265 from three. (Last year he shot .376 from the field and .294 from three.) He’s shooting a terrible percentage from three and yet he’s shooting over six a game. I just don’t get it.

  4. zurbo says:

    teddy bridgewater dropped UM…possibly coming to UF?

  5. DCgator says:

    @Robert: I agree he’ll always be a streaky/volume shooter. It’s not even poor shot selection though…he was missing wide open 3-point looks from the corner and wing against AU the other day. Prettier stroke than last year…but same results.

    Also, now that Mettenberger’s headed to LSU, my money is on Bridgewater to Louisville. He’s visiting UL with Eli Rogers this weekend. Strong’s emissary Clint Hurtt has basically been camped out in Miami since Shannon got canned.

  6. Joe says:

    if the Gators’ coaching staff can convince him that Rodriguez could be gone in a year while head coach Urban Meyer’s job security is arguably the best in the nation.

    Really, another 7-5 Steve Addiazo cluster @#$% year and Meyer’s seat will be as hot a Rodruguez’s

  7. Mr2Bits says:

    J@oe – Meyer is Florida’s JoPa, he’s only not going to see the sidelines when he hangs it up for another school or for good.

  8. Mr2Bits says:

    And just as I typed that, Urbes is stepping down…..guess it’s that time of the year again.