Florida Gators stars LB Jarrad Davis, S Marcus Maye to return; five leave early for 2016 NFL Draft

The Florida Gators defense was expected to be depleted in a major way with a number of players looking to enter the 2016 NFL Draft early. Instead, those losses will be somewhat mitigated with junior linebacker Jarrad Davis and redshirt junior safety Marcus Maye both confirming Monday that they will return to the team for their final seasons.

“One last ride as a Florida Gator!! Honored to wear the Orange & Blue on emore time!! #GatorNation #BDN,” Davis wrote on his Twitter account.

Maye co-signed the sentiment, adding, “One more go round!!”

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Florida DE Alex McCalister pens letter to Gator Nation announcing departure to NFL Draft

Florida Gators redshirt junior defensive end Alex McCalister‘s decision to enter the 2016 NFL Draft has been known for quite some time. Still, McCalister chose Wednesday night to make his choice to leave school official and did so by sending a letter out to Gators fans via his Twitter account.

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Florida Gators announce offseason surgery for six players, including Martez Ivey, Brandon Powell

The Florida Gators were blessed with top-notch health for much of the season but that deteriorated – as it often does – late in the 2015 campaign with multiple players sitting out both the 2015 SEC Championship Game and 2016 Citrus Bowl.

On Wednesday, Florida announced offseason surgery for six players – and actually provided details as to their injuries – though none appear to be serious enough to put statuses in question for next season.

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LB Jeremi Powell leaving Florida Gators early

Junior linebacker Jeremi Powell has decided to leave the Florida Gators with a year of eligibility remaining in order to pursue “a future outside of the game,” according to a release from the program.

Florida notes that Powell is set to graduate in May.

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Quick hits: No. 2 Alabama squashes No. 18 Florida Gators 29-15 in SEC Championship

No. 18 Florida Gators (10-3) football saw its offense fall to greater depths on Saturday as the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) pulled away late with a 29-15 victory to win the 2015 SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

Though UF once again avoided its first shutout since 1988, that was about the only positive to take away from the affair as the Gators offense continued to struggle and their defense simply got worn down after being on the field for three-quarters of the game.

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Friday Final: McElwain’s personality keeps Gators motivated; defense soaring; J.C. Jackson

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 8 Florida Gators as they prepare a tune-up against the Florida Atlantic Owls at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gators (9-1) and Owls (2-8) will do battle as Florida looks to retain its standing in the College Football Playoff Rankings going into its regular season-ending showdown with Florida State next week.

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Florida Friday Final: Morrison, Davis help Gators prepare for defensive showdown with Vanderbilt

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 10 Florida Gators as they prepare an important showdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida (7-1, 5-1 SEC) and Vanderbilt (3-5, 1-3 SEC) will do battle in a game that could decide the SEC East for the Gators or prove that the hosts are not yet where they need to be either within the division or college football as a whle

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Florida Football Friday Final: Gators take on ‘gang’ mentality vs. LSU, Fournette; Grier update

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 8 Florida Gators as they prepare for their toughest test of the season, a showdown with the No. 6 LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Florida (6-0, 4-0 SEC) and LSU (5-0, 3-0 SEC) are on a collision course for each other after running through the first half of the 2015 campaign undefeated. Saturday’s game will air live nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m.

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