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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Four-star DT Shavar Manuel commits to Florida

Four-star defensive tackle Shavar Manuel (Bradenton, FL), the No. 42 overall player in the Class of 2016, announced Tuesday that he has committed to the Florida Gators.

Manuel (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) chose Florida over Florida State, LSU and Alabama, among others after visiting the Gators twice this season, most recently on Nov. 28, 2015.

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Early bowl practices give Florida Gators a glimpse into future; QB Luke Del Rio included?

The 2015 season began with promises of the Florida Gators being fixed … eventually. It was 2016 when Florida was supposed to be whole again with quarterback Will Grier entering his third year, then-new head coach Jim McElwain in his second and the coach’s first full recruiting class set to join the program.

My how things can change over four months.

Grier’s emergence came to fruition … only for the player to get suspended for a full year by the NCAA and then decide to transfer from the program. McElwain had the Gators’ offense humming under Grier as Florida rolled to a 9-1 start … only to be manhandled in back-to-back games as the offense appeared as inept as it was under Will Muschamp.

Still, the Gators exceeded expectations in 2015, which means they will only be greater for Florida and its now-veteran coach in 2016. And before UF even settled in to practice for Michigan ahead of the 2016 Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, the team was focused on what it will look like next season.

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Florida coach Jim McElwain named 2015 SEC Coach of the Year; five Gators named All-SEC

Guiding the Florida Gators to a 10-3 regular-season record in his first year with the program, head coach Jim McElwain on Tuesday was named the 2015 SEC Coach of the Year.

The three-game improvement for the Gators made Florida just one of two teams nationally to accomplish that feat in consecutive seasons (Temple). McElwain also became the first Gators coach to lead the team to 10 wins in his first season.

UF was as high as No. 8 in the College Football Playoff Rankings under McElwain just one season after not even sniffing a spot in any of the top 25 polls.

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SEC Championship Gameday – No. 18 Florida Gators vs. No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide: What to know, how to watch on TV, stream live online

No. 18 Florida Gators football returns to the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2009 when it takes on the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide for a shot at the crown.

Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Alabama.

Viewing information

Event: 2015 SEC Championship Game
Location: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia [Capacity: 71,250]
Weather: n/a

Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson)

Streaming Video: CBS Sports | Mobile Video: CBS Sports app (iOS) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 93/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Florida Gators practice update: Demarcus Robinson back, team calm, QB notes, injuries

No. 18 Florida Gators football is in the process of preparing for its first Southeastern Conference Championship Game appearance since 2009 when it meets the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia.

Head coach Jim McElwain met with the media early in the week to provide some updates on his team as it prepares for its toughest test of the season.

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Gameday – No. 12 Florida Gators vs. No. 13 Florida State: What to know, how to watch on TV, online

No. 12 Florida Gators football concludes the regular season Saturday against its biggest in-state rival, the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles.

Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Florida State.

Viewing information

Event: Sunshine Showdown / Senior Night
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: 65°F, cloudy (5% chance of rain), winds NE at 8 mph

Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
TV: ESPN (Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch)

Streaming Video: ESPN | Mobile Video: Watch ESPN app (iPhone) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 81 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Florida Gators release updated 12-man injury report ahead of Florida State game

With no additional media availabilities scheduled before the No. 12 Florida Gators host the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles on Saturday in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the Gators provided a late-Wednesday injury update for the 12 players who could potentially miss the rivalry game.

Florida listed senior starting defensive linemen Jonathan Bullard (knee) and Alex McCalister (foot) as “doubtful” for the game, giving them a 25 percent chance of stepping foot on the field Saturday. Joining them with that designation was redshirt freshman DL Taven Bryan (foot), who plays a large number of snaps as a reserve.

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