Florida Gators have work to do at running back; Kelvin Taylor leads, evaluates freshmen

Updated at 7 p.m.

The departure of Adam Lane will not make a huge dent in the Florida Gators’ offense as it heads toward a potential rebirth under head coach Jim McElwain, but it does create another depth question for Florida as it enters the 2015 season with a couple positions that could use experienced, productive bodies.

While the running back situation does not rival problems at offensive line and linebacker, the Gators are far from “pretty stocked” at the position. In fact, you could say Florida’s shelf is relatively bare, with one brand-name product and a couple of new labels still hoping to earn market share.

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Florida Gators secondary looking to prove ‘DBU’ tag is authentic, not arrogant

Plenty was written this offseason about the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers, specifically over which school should be considered “DBU” (in other more words, the best program in the nation at shutting down passing offenses and sending defensive backs to the NFL).

The Gators and Tigers certainly have their own cases about which program has been most successful historically, but Florida is hoping to prove that its secondary is not only head and shoulders above LSU but every other unit in the nation this season.

And no one is a bigger fan of the Gators’ defensive backs than their head coach.

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Florida Gators practice update: Freshman DE CeCe Jefferson gets rave reviews; injury updates

Freshman defensive end CeCe Jefferson received plenty of hype as a consensus five-star prospect and one of the top recruits in the country, but his dragged-out signing process after committing to the Florida Gators on National Signing Day earned him national headlines. Now, five practices into his Florida career, Jefferson is the topic of conversation again – for all the right reasons.

“He’s one of the young guys doing a heck of a job. He shows up, and he’s not the only young guy that’s been stepping up. I’m sure that he’s here. He’s a guy that can make an impact,” said head coach Jim McElwain after Monday’s practice, the first for the Gators in pads this fall. “[Defensive line coach Chris] Rumph really enjoys working with him. He’s a guy that’s eager to learn, jumped right in at everything we’re doing. That just speaks volumes of the type of kid he is, too.”

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Florida grants RB Adam Lane Jr. transfer release: Gators rushing depth gets even thinner

Florida Gators redshirt sophomore running back Adam Lane Jr., the most valuable player in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl, has been granted a release by the program to transfer to another school due to a family issue.

“Adam Lane has some family issues that he is dealing with and wants to be closer to home,” head coach Jim McElwain said in a statement released by the school. “As you’ve heard me say many times, family comes first in this program and we will grant him his release and we will do everything we can do to help him.”

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Florida Gators finally add 2015 signee DE Keivonnis Davis to fall roster

It took longer than the rest of his signing class, but three-star defensive end Keivonnis Davis is finally, officially a member of the Florida Gators.

Davis, who flipped from Oregon State to Florida on National Signing Day, had his enrollment delayed due to an academic issue. It was thought that attendance at a prep school for a semester would be in his future; instead, the 6-foot-4, 227-pound lineman has been academically cleared to play for the Gators.

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Florida Gators practice update: Split squad day one leaves plenty to be desired from offense

It would be unfair to expect too much from the Florida Gators on their first day of 2015 fall practice, but head coach Jim McElwain had no problem letting it be known that there are some important areas in which the team needs to improve immediately with so few days to go until the start of the season.

Primarily, McElwain was displeased with how Florida’s quarterbacks and wide receivers looked while running routes on air (without defenders).

“It wasn’t great by any stretch of the imagination,” he said of the chemistry between the two units. “Pitching and catching is the one thing we got to consistently get better at. I think it will. I know it will. But at the same time, that’s something that, especially at those positions, I’m probably a little more critical.

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Just like Gators fans, McElwain wants Grier or Harris to be a ‘winner,’ earn Florida QB job

Head coach Jim McElwain wants his starting quarterback to be a “winner.”

So do Florida Gators fans.

It has been five seasons since Florida entered the season with full confidence in its starting quarterback, and it will be six when the Gators take the field on Sept. 5. Whether redshirt freshman Will Grier or sophomore Treon Harris wins the job, it will come after a long, drawn out competition with the coaching staff – one month out from the season – unable to name a leader and only able to point out certain qualities both players possess that make them contenders for the job.

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Gators fall injury updates: Florida LB Antonio Morrison well ahead of schedule but non-contact

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain kicked off fall camp for the football program on Wednesday. Though he did not say much in his opening press conference, McElwain did address the health status of a number of players, namely senior linebacker Antonio Morrison.

Overcoming behavioral issues to standout for the Gators in 2015, Morrison seriously injured his knee during the 2015 Birmingham Bowl, an injury that has yet to be disclosed by resulted in two offseason surgeries, McElwain noted Wednesday.

“Let’s not downplay what this injury was, OK? Let’s not downplay – he’s had two surgeries on the same knee off the same injury,” he said.

Despite the setback, Morrison has impressed McElwain with his work ethic and served as a great example to his teammates. Though Morrison will be non-contact for fall practice, McElwain appeared to indicate he’s optimistic that Morrison will get on the field in 2015. When, exactly, is another question altogether.

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