Gator Bites for Thursday, January 12th

From time to time, OGGOA will come across a plethora of news and notes that we wish to share – too much to fit into one of our truncated BITS segments. In these instances, or when stories fall through the cracks, we catch and wrap them all up with Gator Bites.

» In a poll conducted by ESPN and calculated monthly, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow topped the December list as the United States’ favorite athlete. Tebow is “just the sixth different athlete to finish No. 1 in the monthly rankings since 2007” and, in the 18 years of the poll, only 11 different athletes have ever held that distinction.

» In addition to the Top 10 list OGGOA posted Wednesday from CBS’s the Late Show with David Letterman, Tebow was also brought up on TBS’s Conan. Host Conan O’Brien, claiming he was absent the budget to air actual game footage, had his staff put together a recreation of his game-winning play from Sunday…with peanuts replacing the players.

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TWO BITS: Ex-Gators not happy about Addazio

1 » Though the players who, you know, have actually played under and been coached by offensive coordinator Steve Addazio are singing his praises, a host of former Florida Gators are not happy with the decision made by head coach Urban Meyer to make Addazio his interim coach. A number of them sounded off to the Sporting News:

Center Cal Dixon: “I have concerns about Addazio because of the offensive struggles this past season. It’s hard to gauge how much of the struggles were due to Addazio’s play-calling or from the loss of great personnel like Percy Harvin. I have seen Addazio work with the offensive line and I like his passion, intensity and teaching at the offensive line position level, but

Wide receiver Jack Johnson: “I’m not sure that I believe in Addazio enough to manage the ship for one year. In my mind, he has proven that he wasn’t ready to be an offensive coordinator at UF so I know he isn’t ready to be the head coach

WR Travis McGriff: “Steve Addazio is a very bright coach. I think he struggled a little bit this year as an offensive coordinator. It was his first year in that role and I think it was a learning process. I think he possesses many traits that you want in a head coach but I’m not quite sure he is ready for this

OL Reggie Green: “I don’t think an interim coach is the best decision because of the lack of permanency. I don’t think players and coaches are as focused on a long-term basis, a season, knowing the situation can change at any time. It promotes confusion

2 » Following up on his colleague’s story about four-star cornerback Joshua Shaw (Palmdale, CA) and the reaffirmation of his commitment to Florida, JC Shurburtt of Scouts, Inc. caught up with Shaw to pick his brain some more. “[Coach Meyer and I] just agreed that we would talk on Sunday and not jump to any conclusions at that time,” Shaw said. “We agreed I wouldn’t try to de-commit and call up other schools. Then I just left it in God’s hands. The next morning, I got to talk to Urban. He told me that he basically isn’t going anywhere. We have a father-son relationship basically. I talked to him before he had his press conference and he was letting me know basically it was still safe for me to attend Florida.” Shaw plans to recruit hard for the Gators this week and hopes to bring four-star wide receiver Chris Dunkley (Pahokee, FL) on board. “I am hoping that Chris Dunkley will be a Gator,” Shaw said. “No doubt about it.”

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