Florida Gators land top-rated kicker Eddy Pineiro

Nick Saban’s loss is Jim McElwain‘s gain. The Florida Gators coach on Tuesday received news that should positively impact his team’s chances in 2016 when top-rated kicker Eddy Pineiro (North Miami Beach, FL) committed to Florida just 24 hours after decommitting from Alabama.

The Gators had been hot after Pineiro (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) for quite some time, meeting with the prospect three times over a two-month span. Florida can offer an immediate starting job to the in-state prospect, who is described by Kornblue Kicking – a well-known training organization – as a guy who “might be the most explosive placekicker ever to have come through our camps.”

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Florida deserves underdog status, but Gators certainly belong in the SEC Championship

To appreciate where the Florida Gators will stand Saturday – on the field of the Georgia Dome preparing to square off against the best team in the Southeastern Conference (if not college football) in the league’s title game – one has to remember how Florida started the season.

The Gators did not have a starting quarterback, nor did it look like they had the offensive talent to truly compete against top-tier opponents. Hell, the team didn’t even have a kicker. Except head coach Jim McElwain developed a star signal caller in a matter of weeks, turned a three-star freshman into the team’s best pass-catcher, injected life into a dormant tight end position, turned a walk-on kicker into a scholarship performer and somehow made a Frankenstein offensive line work – at least most weeks.

Florida did not sneak into Saturday’s SEC Championship via tiebreaker; it worked and earned this spot by sweeping the SEC East and routing Ole Miss 38-10 to go 6-1 in league play.

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Updates: Prep good but Florida Gators offense must improve against tough Vandy defense

No. 10 Florida Gators football (7-1, 5-1 SEC) is not taking the SEC East rival Vanderbilt Commodores (3-5, 1-3 SEC) lightly while preparing for a pivotal showdown at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday at 12 p.m. With a victory over Vanderbilt, Florida would clinch the division title for the first time since 2009 and advance to the SEC Championship Game, where it would hope to win a league crown for the first time since 2008.

Head coach Jim McElwain met with the media Wednesday to provide some updates on his team through the week’s midway point. Unlike last week (you know, when UF wound up routing Georgia 27-3), he was pleased with the Gators’ preparation for the Commodores and provided some positive injury updates ahead of the division showdown.

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Florida Gators kicking update: Powell out for season, Hardin may play, 216 sign up for tryout

Making his only media appearance of the bye week, Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain announced during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference that redshirt freshman walk-on kicker Jorge Powell will miss the remainder of the season with an undisclosed injury.

Powell, who replaced redshirt junior Austin Hardin (hip flexor) and earned the trust of the coaching staff despite missing a couple field goals, started Saturday’s game at LSU but was unable to finish after suffering an apparent lower leg injury.

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Florida Gators put out call to audition walk-on kickers; former walk-on already set to tryout

The Florida Gators need help at kicker. As much was made obvious Monday when the team’s recruiting-centric Twitter account put out an all-points bulletin calling for current students to sign up for tryouts.

Redshirt freshman walk-on Jorge Powell, who had been playing in place of redshirt junior Austin Hardin (hip flexor), suffered an injury of his own Saturday at LSU and missed the remainder of the game. Though Hardin was able to step in and play – he traveled with the team to Baton Rouge, Louisiana – his presence may not be enough for the Gators for the remainder of the season.

No status update was available on Powell as Florida did not hold its normal Monday afternoon press conference due to the bye week. However, head coach Jim McElwain should address the kicker’s status by Wednesday’s SEC teleconference at the latest.

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Florida Gators practice update: Eliminating distractions, creating chaos, trusting Treon Harris

Amid the numerous distractions, No. 8 Florida Gators football must still prepare for its toughest test of the season, a road game against the No. 6 LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Head coach Jim McElwain and a handful of players met with the media this week to discuss the Gators moving on with a new signal caller. Florida will also get a few players back that, while not mitigating the loss of redshirt freshmen quarterback Will Grier and cornerback Deiondre Porter, should help fill some holes.

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Quick hits: Defense leads No. 11 Florida Gators to 21-3 road rout of Mizzou, top of SEC East

The question entering Saturday night’s game was whether the No. 11 Florida Gators could overcome the added pressure and attention and pull out a victory in what was billed as a trap game against the Missouri Tigers on the road. By the time the final whistle sounded at Memorial Stadium, Florida’s 21-3 victory over Mizzou made it clear that the Gators are very much for real.

Florida (6-0, 4-0 SEC) remains undefeated and atop the SEC East after taking down the division’s back-to-back defending champion. It is headed for what will likely be a top-10 match-up next Saturday at LSU.

Before that goes down though, let OnlyGators.com breaks down seven of the most important takeaways from the Gators’ victory.

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Quick hits: No. 25 Florida Gators annihilate No. 3 Ole Miss 38-10 in Swamp shellacking

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.

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