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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Florida OT Rod Johnson out indefinitely, dealing blow to Gators’ already-thin offensive line

Lack of offensive line depth was a known – and thoroughly discussed – issue entering spring practice for the Florida Gators. As it turns out, it has now become an even bigger problem for the program after redshirt sophomore left tackle Roderick Johnson was ruled out indefinitely on Monday.

According to head coach Jim McElwain, who did not address the media on Friday due to the holiday weekend but held a press conference on Monday, Johnson was banged up during Friday’s practice, suffering a “stinger-ish type deal” that caused his fingers to go numb. Doctors that evaluated Johnson “found out there were some things that he might have had well before” the stinger in his shoulder area. Further evaluation is now needed.

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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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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 announce Orange & Blue Debut spring game set for April 11

Updated March 19 at 12:30 p.m.

The Florida Gators announced on Tuesday that the program’s spring football game, the 2015 Orange & Blue Debut, will emanate from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, April 11 starting at 12:30 p.m.

It will be the second-straight year that Florida will hold its spring game on the second Saturday in April after generally holding it on the first Saturday in previous years.

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.

Of course, the 2014 game also ended in a 23-23 tie.

The Gators said Tuesday that they will have additional details to announce about the 2015 spring game in the future. The 2014 spring game did not air live on television and was only available live online for $3.99.

Update: ESPN currently lists the Florida spring game as being available live online via SEC Network+ on April 11 at 12:30 p.m. It is still unknown whether it will be shown live on television.

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