Florida Gators open ‘Gatorade Fuel Bar,’ hire new director of sports nutrition

Gatorade, now owned by PepsiCo but originally conceived and developed at the University of Florida, has established a sponsored nutritional supplement bar for Florida Gators athletes on campus at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

According to a story on the school’s website, Gatorade “pick[ed] up two-thirds” of the $100,000 cost to build out the “Gatorade Fuel Bar,” which creates drinks with proteins and vitamins unique to the needs of each athlete.

Florida also mentioned in the piece that Stephanie Wilson, the head of nutrition at IMG Academy since 2012, will join the Gators athletic department in April as its new director of sports nutrition.

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Undeterred by poop jokes or offensive changes, Florida running backs look to step up this spring

Florida Gators running back Adam Lane Jr. finally had his moment in the sun … in the final game of his second season with the team.

Lane, a redshirt freshman last season, did not play in 2013 and only saw action on special teams until the eighth game of the 2014 campaign. Though he got eight total carries as a reserve rusher during a three-week span prior to the end of the regular season, Lane did not truly get his opportunity until Florida faced East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl.

“I was really excited just to be on special teams, being out there just playing, just having somewhat of a role last year,” Lane admitted Wednesday. “At times you can get frustrated, but I knew that I could be patient and just play my role on the team and my opportunity would come eventually, and it did.”

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Florida Gators 2015 spring practice: Receivers stepping up, quarterbacks a work in progress

Head coach Jim McElwain took the field with the Florida Gators for the fourth and fifth time on Tuesday and Wednesday as the 2015 spring practice session rolled along. After both practices, he met with the media to discuss some of the early goings on with the team.

Opening statement (Tuesday)

“I was really happy with today. The way the guys adapted [to a canceled practice on Monday], the way they improved and then just the way they went ahead about their business. I thought we got a lot of really good situational work today, especially third down and mid-red area. When you take over, when you’re installing, [that is]one of the things that’s hard because there’s so much new learning getting in and really operating in the situational stuff. So that was good.

Opening statement (Wednesday)

“Practice today was the first day in full pads. We got some good live drills in. I thought 3rd and short was really good for both sides of the ball; offense did a good job of staying on the field, which was good. … It’s also great out there at practice seeing the former Gators that are coming back and taking a look. For me, that’s really what a program is all about, those guys that gave their all for this university, and for them to come back and support these current Gators, that’s something that’s pretty special. There’s been a lot of them and that’s something that’s exciting to see.”

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FOUR BITS: Bonner, Tebow, Noah, Wambach

1 » During an NBA game on Friday, former Florida Gators forward Matt Bonner received an uppercut to the groin courtesy of Boston’s Marcus Smart, who was ejected from the game and subsequently suspended one game by the league. Smart claimed it was unintentional and “just a freak accident,” noting that Bonner likely would’ve gone after him had he thought it to be intentional. Bonner, a 10-year veteran who is averaging 4.0 points and 1.6 boards for the San Antonio Spurs, has yet to discuss the incident.

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Florida Gators 2015 spring practice: McElwain, Nussmeier on starting from scratch offensively

Head coach Jim McElwain took the field with the Florida Gators for the third time on Friday as the 2015 spring practice session rolled along. Afterwards, McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier met with the media in a short sessions to discuss some of the early goings on with the team.

Opening statement

“First day of getting some pads on, we went shells today. It was good to kind of hear some of the pads cracking a little bit, which was kind of fun. I thought their tempo overall was pretty good, just OK. I think the thing that we need to kind of understand is the pace of which we practice, the different post drills that we do that are going on at the same time and the understanding as to why we do it and to create chaos, to help them understand to focus on the details to be successful to execute each and every play. So that is what we’re getting to. I thought our guys did a really good job of fighting through a lot of it today. It was good to get some heat. …

“Obviously the defense is well ahead right now and yet there’s some really good learning going on offensively. I felt really good about how they’re picking it up and that’s’ been real positive. … We worked some situations today. It was the first day we kind of really got down into the different red areas as well as really started to work some third-down stuff. Understanding each and every down and what the situation is, that’s something that both sides of the ball I thought defense did a really good job on third down today and we’ll see tomorrow when we get out of practice tomorrow afternoon.”

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Tim Tebow visits Manny Pacquiao during Floyd Mayweather training session

Manny Pacquiao may not have Justin Bieber or Triple H in his corner like his upcoming opponent, but he’s got former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, who visited him during a workout on Saturday, on his side.

Tebow has been training in Los Angeles for 18 months hoping for another NFL opportunity and was invited to stop by Pacquiao’s sparring session; the two men, who have worked on charity projects together in the past, shared photos of their meeting.

“Awesome being with my Filipino and Christian brother,” Tebow wrote.

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Idaho cancels rescheduled football game against Florida in 2017 after scheduling Missouri

A severe lightning storm resulted in the Florida Gators and Idaho Vandals canceling their 2014 season-opening game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday, Aug. 30. It was decided that the contest, which was first delayed and then permanently suspended due to weather, would not be made up that season.

It now appears as if the rescheduled game, set to take place in 2017 as part of the cancellation contract, will not go off as planned either.

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Florida Gators add commitments from 2016 WR Isaiah Johnson, DB Spencer Perry

Shortly after the Florida Gators‘ third spring practice of the 2015 offseason, the team added a pair of three-star 2016 commitments in wide receiver Isaiah Johnson (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) and safety Spencer Perry (Bradenton, FL).

Johnson, whose commitment was first reported by Blake Alderman of Rivals, chose Florida eight days after being offered, six after visiting UF for Junior Day and five days after decommitting from Miami. He also holds offers from Louisville and South Carolina.

Perry, who was offered by and took an unofficial visit to Florida in February, made his announced on Twitter: “I have verbally committed to THE University of Florida IM A GATOR.” He also has standing offers from Auburn, Mississippi State and Notre Dame.

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