Florida QB Brantley “probable” for Georgia

After two weeks on the shelf, it appears as if redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley is on track to return for the Florida Gators as they take on the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

During his weekly press conference on Monday, Florida head coach Will Muschamp declared Brantley “probable” for the game, noting that rehabilitation from his ankle injury is going well and that the team does not expect any setbacks when he officially returns to practice this week.

“He will practice [Monday] in a limited role. We feel like John will be ready to go for the game,” Muschamp said. “As we progress through the week, we will know more about his status, but we plan on him practicing today.”

The Gators’ offense is in dire need of a boost. Since Brantley went down with a high ankle sprain one month ago, Florida has been outscored 72-17.

Muschamp said Monday that Brantley was able to throw the ball during the bye week as part of his rehab, but he did not technically practice with the team.

“He didn’t necessarily practice, but through his rehab with the ankle – doing some drops and some different things – he did throw some there on the practice field,” he noted. “As far as partaking in practice, he didn’t do any, but he was on the practice field, did some throwing motion stuff and worked on a couple drops here and there just to see how the ankle took and how it felt the next day.

“I’m very pleased with his progress. He’s worked extremely hard to get back.”

Prior to his injury four weeks ago at home against Alabama, Brantley was arguably playing the best he has as a starter at this point in his career. He was 11/16 for 190 yards with a 65-yard touchdown in the game; however, he also through a pick-six early in the second quarter that put Florida behind 17-10.

“He was really playing well against a very good defense. He threw for close to 200 yards in the first half,” Muschamp said.

“On third-down conversions, I think we had two dropped passes that would have been conversions for third downs. He had hit some deep balls and was really playing very well, managing our team, getting us in-and-out of the right runs. If you look at the first four ballgames, he certainly played very well. Getting him back is going to be a huge psychological shock for our football team; I really believe that.”

With Brantley set to return as the starter, the two freshman quarterbacks previously competing for playing time in his stead will now fight for the backup job.

Jeff Driskel, who also injured his ankle when he replaced Brantley during the Alabama game, missed the following contest but started the second half against Auburn on Oct. 15. Jacoby Brissett saw the field for the first time in his college career as a starter at LSU on Oct. 8 and held that job during the first half of the Auburn game.

Driskel was 9/18 for 75 yards versus Auburn, while Brissett’s combined line was 13/24 for 139 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions over six quarters.

Muschamp said that both Driskel and Brissett will get reps on Monday considering Brantley will be worked back slowly.

He does not expect to make a decision on the No. 2 quarterback until the end of the week but said he was pleased with how both players performed during the bye.

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Tim Tebow keys Broncos victory on Gator Day

Inefficient for three-and-a-half quarters on Sunday in South Florida, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow engineered two touchdowns drives in just over five minutes to tie the Miami Dolphins 15-15 and force an overtime that saw Denver complete an improbable comeback 18-15 victory.

Miami scored the first 15 points of the contest and led late in the fourth quarter before punting the ball away with just over five minutes left in the game.

Though Tebow struggled mightily for most of the game save a few dynamic runs, he engineered an eight-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that cut the Broncos’ deficit nearly in half with over two minutes remaining.

Denver recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, and Tebow once again led his team on a 10-play, 56-yard drive that ended in his second-straight passing touchdown and a two-point conversion that he ran in on a quarterback draw.

Tebow combined to go 9/13 for 121 yards on those two drives for and also ran the ball twice for nine yards not counting his game-tying conversion. He finished 13/27 for 161 yards with eight carries for 65 yards and a quarterback rating of 91.7.

All of this occurred as the Dolphins hosted Gator Day at the stadium, a special celebration that honored the 2008 national championship team at halftime of the game. Former Florida head coach Urban Meyer was in attendance and spoke during the celebration, calling his team “one of the greatest in college football history.”

The occasion also featured a performance from the Pride of the Sunshine marching band and an appearance by more than two dozen former players. Miami handed the University of Florida a $25,000 check for their scholarship fund, and the band even played the Dolphins’ fight song as halftime was coming to a close.

Meyer was on Denver’s sideline before the game and stood on Miami’s sideline for the duration of the game, including in the waning minutes of the contest.

Following the contest, Tebow, Meyer, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and the other former UF players in attendance had the opportunity to meet briefly on the field and exchange pleasantries (picture).

Tebow and the Gators got a mixed reception throughout the course of the afternoon. He was booed early by the crowd but chants of “Tebow, Tebow” were audible both late in the fourth quarter and at the end of the game. Meyer and the former Florida players were booed heavily during the halftime celebration, which lasted approximately six minutes.

While the crowd was obviously made up of mostly Dolphins fans, thousands of Tebow jerseys could be spotted in the stands. There were, of course, other fans wearing non-Tebow Broncos jerseys and others donning non-Tebow Gators jerseys.

Some of the players in attendance (in alphabetical order):
Markihe Anderson, Brandon Antwine, Tate Casey, Lorenzo Edwards, Javier Estopinan, Brandon Hicks, A.J. Jones, Bobby Kane, Kestahn Moore, Kyle Newell, Jonathan Phillips, Butch Rowley, Terron Sanders, Ryan Stamper

Thanks to Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Nelson for sending along the photos.

POST-GAME QUOTES

Tebow: “You can’t lose confidence in yourself, or you’ve lost already. When you get knocked down, you’ve got to keep getting back up.”

Pouncey: “It’s tough to say, but man, Timmy did a great job. Hopefully the critics will get off him about what he can’t do and talk about the things that he can do, and that’s figure out a way to win the game, no matter what.”

Gators remain out of Top 25 after bye week

With a pair of undefeated teams falling Saturday evening including the squad ranked No. 1 all season long in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the top 25 rankings saw quite a shake up on Sunday. The LSU Tigers became the unanimous No. 1 team in the country adding the USA Today ranking to the one they’ve had for the last few weeks from the Associated Press. The Florida Gators (4-3, 2-3 SEC), fresh off three consecutive losses including a 17-6 defeat by Auburn, had a bye this week once again did not receive any votes. Florida will face its fourth-straight ranked opponent on Saturday.

WeekResultBCSUSA TodayAssociated Press
Preseason--No. 10 (930)No. 10 (894)
2W 24-6 vs. Toledo-No. 9 (974)No. 12 (875)
3L 16-21 at Miami-No. 20 (410)No. 18 (405)
4Open-No. 18 (398)No. 19 (412)
5W 31-17 vs. Tennessee-No. 19 (449)No. 20 (414)
6W 24-7 at Kentucky-No. 19 (515)No. 18 (481)
7W 30-10 vs. Arkansas-No. 17 (574)No. 17 (536)
8L 6-17 at LSU-No. 22 (240)No. 22 (249)
9L 17-36 at Missouri-NR (4)NR (17)

USA TODAY COACHES POLL
This Week 1-5: LSU (41), Alabama (18), Stanford, Oklahoma State, Boise State
6-10: Clemson, Oregon, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Michigan State
11-15: Wisconsin, Kansas State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Virginia Tech
16-20: Texas A&M, Michigan, Houston, Penn State, Arizona State
21-25: Georgia, Texas Tech, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Southern Mississippi

Last Week 1-5: Oklahoma (31), LSU (15), Alabama (12), Wisconsin (1), Stanford
6-10: Oklahoma State, Boise State, Clemson/Oregon, Arkansas
11-15: Nebraska, South Carolina, Michigan State, West Virginia/Virginia Tech
16-20: Kansas State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Houston
21-25: Illinois, Penn State, Auburn, Washington, Arizona State

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL
This Week 1-5: LSU (49), Alabama (10), Oklahoma State, Stanford, Boise State (1)
6-10: Clemson, Oregon, Arkansas, Michigan State, Kansas State
11-15: Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Carolina, Virginia Tech
16-20: Texas A&M, Michigan, Houston, Texas Tech, USC
21-25: Penn State, Georgia, Arizona State, Cincinnati, West Virginia

Last Week 1-5: LSU (41), Alabama (11), Oklahoma (6), Wisconsin, Boise State (1)
6-10: Oklahoma State, Stanford, Clemson, Oregon, Arkansas
11-15: West Virginia, Kansas State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Michigan State
16-20: Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Michigan, Auburn, Georgia Tech
21-25: Houston, Washington, Illinois, Arizona State, Georgia

BCS
This Week 1-5: LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Boise State, Clemson
6-10: Stanford, Oregon, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Arkansas
11-15: Michigan State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Nebraska, Wisconsin
16-20: Texas A&M, Houston, Michigan, Penn State, Texas Tech
21-25 Arizona State, Georgia, Auburn, Texas, West Virginia

Last Week 1-5: LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Boise State
6-10: Wisconsin, Clemson, Stanford, Arkansas, Oregon
11-15: Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia
16-20: Michigan State, Texas A&M, Michigan, Houston, Auburn
21-25 Penn State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Texas, Washington

*Numbers in parenthesis represent first-place votes.

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OGGOA Week In Review – Oct. 16-22

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.

FOOTBALL
» 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.

BASKETBALL
» 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.

FOUR BITS: Wambach, Tebow, Graham, JUCO

1 » Former Florida Gators striker Abby Wambach, who served as captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team that competed for the 2011 World Cup this summer in Germany, was named Sportswoman of the Year this week by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Wambach scored four goals for the United States in the World Cup and led the Americans all the way to the final match where they eventually lost to Japan on penalty kicks. She was awarded the Silver Ball and Bronze Boot awards by FIFA for her efforts over the course of the event.

2 » With the immense amount of coverage Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has received this week, some appear to believe that he will be starting his first career NFL game on Sunday. That would be incorrect. Tebow actually started the final three games of the 2010 season and led Denver to a 1-2 record including a come-from-behind victory and near come-from-behind win in the final two contests. Stepping on the field against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Tebow will actually be making his fourth career start, though this one is without a coaching change and with the season still very young.

3 » The hype may be surrounding Tebow on Sunday, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham is probably the bigger story. Graham, who has not rushed for 100 yards in a season since 2008, accomplished that feat last week filling in as the team’s starter for the injured LeGarrette Blount. After serving as a reserve rusher for Tampa Bay from 2004-06, Graham became the team’s primary starter from 2007-08 when he ran the ball a combined 354 times for 1,461 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has returned to a backup role since but continued to be productive carrying the ball; this year he’s averaging 5.5 yards per carry – the best mark of his career.

4 » Florida is looking to the junior college ranks for some help up front, targeting three linemen from the state of Mississippi according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Chris Hays. Their primary target, he reports, is East Mississippi Community College defensive tackle Brandon Moore, though they are also looking at DT Damien Jacobs and Northwest Mississippi Community College offensive tackleDonald Dawkins. With the other two players already committed to Tennessee and Oklahoma State, respectively, Moore is undecided and is looking to make his choice after this season is over. “I’ve had interest in Florida since high school,” Moore told the Sentinel. “Right now I’m just focused on getting my schoolwork right and this football season. We’re 7-0 and we want to keep that going.”

Gators lose LB commit Lorenzo Phillips

Four-star outside linebacker Lorenzo Phillips (Patterson, LA), considered by Rivals to be the 14th best player at his position and No. 160 overall high school football player, has officially decommitted from the Florida Gators according to various reports including one from InsidetheGators.com.

Phillips decommitted from Florida and said the Gators are no longer an option. He instead prefers to play college football closer to home.

When he pledged to play for Florida on June 15, Phillips became the highest-rated linebacker and sixth-best recruit on the Gators’ 2012 commitment list.

UF still has two linebackers – four-stars Jeremi Powell (Largo, FL) and Antonio Morrison (Bolingbrook, IL) – committed for next year.

Florida will likely look to four-star OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons (Valdosta, GA) to take Phillips’s slot. At 6’5” and 208 lbs., Harvey-Clemons is ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker and 37th most talented athlete nationally by Rivals.

10/20: Donovan on Gators’ progress, chemistry

With Florida Gators basketball having finally begun fall practice and just about three weeks away from the team’s first regular season game, head coach Billy Donovan met with the media on Thursday to discuss how practice is going up to this point.

A ROUGH DAY OF PRACTICE

Donovan lauded the team for how well it had performed over the first few practices but was less enthusiastic about Wednesday’s effort after the off-day on Tuesday. “We’ve been really good the first four or five days. Coming out of an off-day yesterday, yesterday was by far the worst day we had as a group,” he said. “I didn’t think the guys handled the adversity of practice well. That’s an area that we got to get a lot better at right now. The one thing about these guys that’s been pretty constant has been their effort. They’re a pretty competitive group. I didn’t think the attention to detail the first five days was there on Wednesday. We have an opportunity to come back today and improve on that.”

However, he was happy that the team is facing that obstacle now rather than later on in the process. “A lot of times guys get cranky. From a maturity standpoint, we better be able to move past those things. Because our season is so long, a lot of days you’re not going to feel great and you still have to have the mental toughness and fortitude to work through those things,” Donovan said. “It was good that it happened yesterday because the guys were able to see it and correct it. It’s never smooth sailing. I’d rather find out now what we’re dealing with going into the season. I certainly didn’t expect every practice to be totally perfect and great. We have an opportunity to regroup and handle the way we practiced yesterday better today.”

BUILDING A NEW GATORS TEAM

Though he may not have to start from scratch with this group because only two players on the current roster were not members of the team last year, Donovan realizes that it will be a work in progress as everyone learns their new roles and responsibilities.

Erving [Walker] and Kenny [Boynton], their roles and how they’re going to play the game is probably not going to change a whole lot other than that they’ve got more offense on the floor with them,” he said. “Patric [Young], Cody [Larson], Will [Yeguete] and Casey [Prather] are in totally different roles. Scottie [Wilbekin]’s role is pretty similar in terms of what he can do defensively. Brad [Beal]’s first time here; Walter [Pitchford]’s first time here. In a lot of respects, even though we’ve got some returning players, there’s different things they need to do to help our team. I think this is a completely different team from the way it was the last two years.”

For that reason, Donovan has put a hold on installing new offenses, defenses and plays from out of bounds. Instead he wants Florida to try and perfect what has already been implemented before moving forward and adding more layers.

“We could play in a game right now. There’s enough things offensively, defensively and on the sides. I feel confident we could play in a game. I don’t know how good we’d be in a game right now, but there’s enough things in,” he said. “What we need to do right now, before we start putting some more in, is really try to work on the execution part of getting better at what’s in right now. This time of year there’s always a fine line. […] Most of the guys are coming back so there’s not anything that’s drastically new for them. I’m not dealing with five new players that this is the first time. We’re probably, in terms of the group understanding, a little further advanced. However, in terms of executing it, we’re not great in that right now.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» Donovan said junior forward Erik Murphy got a “finger to the eye” on Wednesday and ended up missing practice. He added that it was not his cornea, but a part of Murphy’s eye was scratched. There was swelling and he couldn’t open his eye but after visiting a doctor he was told that there was no damage to the eye and he was cleared to practice Thursday.

» Donovan on if he’s still pleased with the team’s backcourt chemistry: “I feel good about it right now. Our guys are trying to play the right way. That’s something that has been there. We’ve talked a lot about it. They’ve seen film of it. They’ve seen how you can look when there’s an understanding. It’s not so much the extra pass part. That’s a piece of it.”

» Donovan on how Larson has been playing: “Cody has been a guy that is doing a lot of really good things right now in terms of the little things that aren’t going to show up on a stat sheet. I’ve been pleased with what he’s been able to do for our team physically because we need another physical presence up front. I think Will provides that exact thing as well.”

» Donovan on if he’s seen improved shooting from downtown: “I look less at the shooting percentage right now as I do look at the total number of shots being taken. Patric Young has gotten the most shots, and that’s a good thing for our team. After the first five days, Erving was third to last on the number of shots taken. He’s been very dominant in practice with what he’s been able to do. I’m more concerned about the shot distribution in practice rather than the percentages. Casey Prather has not taken a whole lot of shots, and his shooting percentage is not great, but to me he’s playing his best basketball since he’s been here up to this point in time. The percentages come from ball movement, player movement, extra passes, getting good looks and making shots in the flow of the offense. Then what we can do is repetitively work with those guys in practice to get them better shooting the basketball just through the number of shots they’re going to take. We’ve got a very good shooting team. I’m not so sure the stats indicate that now, but I feel confident that we are where we should be.”

» Boynton on being ranked No. 10 in the preseason: “That’s a good accomplishment, but we haven’t proven anything yet. We have to go out and prove that we’re worthy of that ranking.”

» Boynton on if he’s being worn out by practice: “Not really but we’ve been going hard.”

» Boynton on who has been the best in practice: “So far Pat has been going hard. Erv’s been leading the team. Casey and Will have been doing good from last year, they’ve stepped up a lot..”

» Boynton on how Prather is progressing: “His confidence. He’s not forcing it. He’s taking the right shots, finishing and on defense he’s very intense.”

» Boynton on the chemistry in the backcourt: “So far it’s good. Everybody’s making the extra pass.”

» Boynton on what it’s been like playing with three guards: “We’ve been good. Pretty much it’s been fun. I feel like when we play different teams we’ll have a mismatch on someone.”

» Boynton on how the team is doing with the pressure defense: “We’ve been pressing every day. When we all get together on one team, if we try a three- or four-guard lineup, we’re going to get a lot of turnovers. […] It’s the same press. With our speed this year, we’re going to be alright out there. We can cheat some passes because we have the speed to get there.”

» Boynton on what he’s been doing to improve his game: “Overall I’ve just been hitting the gym a lot trying to keep getting more repetitions. […] My left hand gotten a lot better, as did my finishing at the rim.”

» Prather said this role this year is to be a rebounder who defends and can slash to the hoop. “We definitely lost Chandler [Parsons], Vernon [Macklin] and Alex [Tyus] so we need people like me ot rebound and defend,” he said.

» Prather on having an opportunity to excel at small forward: “That’s like one of the main reasons why I came here, because of the tradition they have at the three-spot.”

» Prather on how Yeguete is playing: “He’s playing so aggressive, looking tos core more, get to the rim and control the offensive rebounds”

» Prather on how Larson is playing: “He’s physical. He still brings it every day. He bangs with Pat, and that’s hard to do. He just accepts it and doesn’t back down.”

» Prather on why recruits should commit to the Gators: “Because we win here. It’s all about tradition with Coach Donovan and the University of Florida.”

Nat Moore: “I’m a Gator…that’s my No. 1 love.”

The Miami Dolphins will be hosting a special Gator Day celebration on Sunday to honor the 2008 national champion Florida Gators football team that won the 2009 BCS Championship 24-14 over the Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 8, 2009 in Miami Gardens, FL. To commemorate the occasion, OGGOA sat down with Dolphins vice president Nat Moore, who had much to do with setting up this unique celebration.

Moore played for the Gators and head coach Doug Dickey from 1972-73 after transferring from a junior college. He played running back for two years and earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference as well as honorable mention All-American awards in 1972 after running 145 times for 845 yards with nine touchdowns and catching 25 passes for 351 yards and four more scores. A Gator Great who was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978, Moore earned his degree from Florida two years after entering the NFL.

After the 1973 season, Moore was selected by Miami with the No. 78 overall pick in the third round of the 1974 NFL Draft. He joined a Dolphins team coming off of back-to-back Super Bowl wins including the perfect season of 1972. Miami moved Moore to wide receiver, and he rewarded them with a Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro season in 1977, when he hauled in a league-high 12 touchdowns. Moore retired from football after spending his entire 13-year career with Miami. He broke nearly ever Dolphins receiving record at the time of his retirement, concluding his career with 510 catches for 7,547 yards and 74 touchdowns and earning him a spot in the team’s Honor Roll.

Since retiring from football, Moore has been involved in a variety of activities. He serves as a vice president with Miami, runs the Nat Moore Foundation and at one point was a broadcaster with Sun Sports for Gators football. He now does preseason broadcast work with the Dolphins in addition to his other duties.

OGOGA had the opportunity to speak to Moore for a half hour about his time at Florida, experience in the NFL, idea for a celebration of the Gators and opinions about some players he has come across throughout his career as a broadcaster.

ADAM SILVERSTEIN: What was it that led you to the University of Florida considering you were born in Tallahassee and went to high school in Miami?
NAT MOORE: “As a kid growing up in Miami, I felt like I really wanted to get away to focus on my studies and have less distractions. You go to Gainesville and basically you’re there for two things. One – to get a good and solid education, and two – a chance to develop your craft in whatever athletic endeavor it is. For me, it gave me a chance where all my friends would be new friends unless they were up there from Miami or Tallahassee. It was close enough that I wasn’t too far away from home if I got homesick. It was a university that my basketball coach in junior college had played baseball with Doug Dickey, so that was the entry into attending the University of Florida. It was always the right place for me, and they were an up-and-coming program in the SEC.”

Read the rest of our interview with Nat Moore…after the break!
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