Florida Gators football’s new indoor practice facility going up fast, on schedule

Once seen by athletic director Jeremy Foley as a luxury, the indoor practice facility now being built by the Florida Gators quickly became a need for the program, so much so that it scrapped its original plans for a smaller structure in order to build one large enough to placate new head football coach Jim McElwain.

Now, a little more than four months after construction began, the facility remains on pace to open in September ahead of the 2015 season, a construction project manager and Florida spokesman both confirmed to OnlyGators.com this week.

McElwain and the Gators appear pleased with the yet-to-be-completed structure, though there are some questions to be raised and answered about the indoor practice facility.

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Florida Gators add two commitments: 2016 DB Aaron Robinson, 2017 WR Lavarus Tigner

Florida Gators football recruiting rolled along for head coach Jim McElwain on Friday as two prospects from Deerfield Beach High School decided to commit to the program after receiving offers stemming from the 7-on-7 camp held at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.

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Changes come to SEC football and basketball after 2015 spring meetings

From revenue distribution to rules changes that affect every member of the Southeastern Conference, the league announced a variety of important information at the conclusion of its 2015 spring meetings on Friday.

OnlyGators.com is here to break down some of the hot topics and wrap up the proceedings from the league’s four-day event in Destin, Florida.

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McElwain, White, Foley make few waves as Florida Gators reps at 2015 SEC spring meetings

A tumultuous offseason for Florida Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley, one in which he had to hire new head coaches in his two top revenue-producing sports of football and basketball, did not carry over to the Southeastern Conference spring meetings this week where Foley and his new coaches were some of the least news-making people in attendance at the annual event.

Though the meetings will go on for two more days with new Florida president Kent Fuchs set to be in attendance, OnlyGators.com has decided to wrap up the first two days of the proceedings and provide a detailed look at five of the biggest topics actually discussed by the Gators’ representatives in Destin, Florida.

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Will Grier looks to have slight edge in Florida Gators quarterback battle with Treon Harris

Taking the Florida Gators2015 Orange & Blue Debut at face value, considering head coach Jim McElwain’s post-game comments and reading between the lines a bit, it is not hard to see that redshirt freshman Will Grier has a leg up on sophomore Treon Harris in the team’s starting quarterback tug-of-war.

Grier, who opened Saturday’s spring game as the starter on the Orange team (which was comprised of first-team offensive players), looked poised in the pocket and decisive with his throws.

In fact, the only criticism McElwain tossed on Grier after the contest was displeasure over the signal caller getting frustrated when three perfectly-thrown balls were dropped by his pass catchers.

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Florida Gators 2015 Orange & Blue Debut review: post-spring game wrap with notes and more

OnlyGators.com will offer a complete recap of the 2015 Orange & Blue Debut later Saturday evening following its tape-delayed replay on the SEC Network.

For now, check out this live recap of the spring game, which the mostly-first-string Orange team won 31-6 over the mostly-second-string Blue team.

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Florida Gators 2015 Orange & Blue Debut Preview: start time, TV schedule, live stream, who to watch

OnlyGators.com will offer a complete recap of the 2015 Orange & Blue Debut later Saturday evening following its tape-delayed replay on the SEC Network. More information below.

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: Cloudy, 82 degrees, winds west/south-west at 7-8 mph
Time: 12:30 p.m. (EDT)

Live online/mobile (12:30 p.m.): SEC Network +
Live TV (12:30 p.m.): SEC Network alternate (“whip-around” coverage)
TV (9:00 p.m. tape delay): SEC Network
SiriusXM: None | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Live updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

EXPANDED VIEWING INFORMATION

Television:
Florida’s 2015 spring game will not air live in its entirety on television but rather on tape delay at 9 p.m. on SEC Network. Live “whip-around” coverage will be available on the SEC Network‘s alternate channel (where available) beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Online:
While the game is not being offered live on television, you can stream it live online (and via your mobile device) via SEC Network +. The game may be immediately available for replay via SEC Network + at the conclusion of the spring game.

EVENT FORMAT

» Florida will field an orange team and a blue team, which will square off over four 12-minute quarters and an un-timed overtime.

» Between each half, the Gators will hold a 12-minute halftime.

» There will also be a running clock for the final two minutes of the second and fourth quarters, likely with some additional kicking and special teams work.

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Florida Gators announce details for Orange & Blue Debut spring game on Saturday

The Florida Gators announced on Thursday that the program’s spring football game, the 2015 Orange & Blue Debut, will be structured like a game after all, despite the fact that head coach Jim McElwain insinuated multiple times over the last few weeks that it would be more like a glorified practice due to the team’s lacking depth along the offensive line.

The spring game has taken strange twists in recent offseasons. In 2013, due to a roster ravaged by injuries and the Gators only having six healthy offensive lineman, Florida basically ran a glorified practice. Last season, despite holding a strange “selection show” for marketing purposes, Florida ran first-team offense against first-team defense (and so on). Therefore, instead of there being two teams going against each other – one wearing orange, the other blue – both defenses wore orange and both offenses wore blue. That contest ended in a 23-23 tie.

For 2015, Florida announced that there will indeed be an orange team and a blue team, which will square off over four 12-minute quarters and an un-timed overtime. Between each half, the Gators will hold a 12-minute halftime. There will also be a running clock for the final two minutes of the second and fourth quarters.

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