Call it the reincarnation of the Flu Game. With 22 players either catching the flu or dealing with flu-like symptoms this week, the No. 25 Florida Gators (5-0, 3-0 SEC) would not be denied, pulling off one of the most dominant wins over a Southeastern Conference opponent in the history of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with a 38-10 domination of the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels (4-1, 2-1 SEC) in a game that was never close from the start.
Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain took the podium Wednesday faced with a number of issues, primarily suspensions to two potential starters and injuries that have affected his depth at a couple important positions.
McElwain discussed Florida’s quarterback situation, provided some injuries and gave a curious clue – or distraction – into what the Gators’ offense may look like on Saturday at home against the Tennessee Volunteers.
Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain met with the media on Monday to go over his team’s mistake- and penalty-filled victory over the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday as well as Florida’s upcoming game against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
McElwain discussed the Gators’ still-unsettled quarterback situation, struggling offensive line and injuries that could derail Florida as it gears up to face a rival at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.
Though things will undoubtedly continue change for the Florida Gators throughout the 2015 season, especially with players coming back from injury, the team released its thirddepth chart of the season ahead of Saturday’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats
The contest will be head coach Jim McElwain‘s third with the Gators, and it will all go down inside Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky, at 7:30 p.m. and air live on the SEC Network.
Here is Florida’s third official depth chart release.
With so much confidence in the defense and concern about the offense, little had been learned about Florida Gators football’s special teams unit as it prepared with the rest of the team to enter the 2015 season. For head coach Jim McElwain, who places a premium on special teams and said at the onset of his tenure that he would work closely with that unit, the returns appear to be positive with a week to go until the campaign begins.
Florida’s starters at kicker and punter have been known for quite some time with redshirt junior Austin Hardin and redshirt sophomore Johnny Townsend holding those positions, respectively.
Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain was unable to sleep Thursday night. He was worried that Friday’s scrimmage, his first with the team this fall, would be an unmitigated disaster. Luckily, his apprehension only amounted to nerves and not actuality.
“I’ll be quite honest with you: I didn’t sleep last night thinking this could be a disaster, and it actually turned out pretty darn good,” he quipped. “I guess that’s comforting, I don’t know.”
Specifically, McElwain was concerned about how Florida’s freshmen – the Gators will be counting on plenty this season, especially on offense – would hold up in the scrimmage. He was ultimately proud of the way they competed and thought Friday’s effort was positive overall.
1 » Florida Gators junior wide receiver Chris Thompson, who was excused from the team by head coach Jim McElwain while allegations of simple battery (dating violence) were flushed out, had the charge officially dropped by the state, according to Alachua County Court records. The Gainesville Sun‘s Robbie Andreu spoke with State Attorney Bill Cervone, who said the alleged victim – an ex-girlfriend of Thompson – did not wish to pursue charges. Even if she had, it would have been unlikely that Thompson would have been found guilty of doing anything wrong. “He was legally entitled to make what is called ‘defense of his property,’ which in this case was his phone,” Cervone told the paper. “That’s what he was doing, and the injuries that resulted were inconsequential.” It is unknown if or when Thompson will rejoin the Florida football team.
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
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.
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.
» 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.