11/6: Pease on Kentucky, Brissett, offense

With the team preparing for its 10th game of the season, a 12:21 p.m. game at home in Gainesville, FL against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, No. 6 Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease met with the media Tuesday to discuss his the team’s latest victory and how his unit can improve on the field.

AN OPTION TO LEAD KENTUCKY?

Pease, also a former offensive coordinator with the Kentucky Wildcats, is one of a number of coaches who has been named as a possibility for the team’s vacant head coaching job. Asked about that opportunity on Tuesday, Pease said he “can’t comment to a ghost story right now” but did discuss how he would handle an interview request.

“I’m not going to approach it in-season at all,” he said. “If the opportunity comes up afterwards, I’ll do whatever is appropriate at that time. I think you always visit with people. That’s what we’re in the profession for, yeah.”

He continued, “That situation is out of the question right now because I haven’t heard anything. I wouldn’t do that; I’m focused on here. I’ve only been here one year, and I’ve made a commitment to be here, especially with my family. I’ll move on if that situation arises.”

Pease did, however, discuss the Wildcats program in general. “I think it’s a good program. I’ve been there. They got great people. They got a great program and the faculties are good,” he said. “I think they’re committed to winning and they have won. They won when we were there, when I was there on staff; they won when Rich Brooks was there. And you can get good kids there.”

WILL THE OTHER QUARTERBACK STAY?

Once it became obvious that sophomore quarterback Jacoby Brissett would be the second-stringer for the Gators, the question of what he would decide to do career-wise became of paramount importance to fans. Now nine games into the 2012 season, Brisset has barely played and likely lost an opportunity to redshirt when head coach Will Muschamp inserted him in the South Carolina game to hand the ball off.

Though Muschamp said Monday that he expects Brissett to remain with Florida after the season and continue his career in Gainesville, FL, Pease was not so sure. “I don’t know. It depends, I guess, on his commitment to Florida,” he said. “Whatever he decides to do, I support the kid.”

Pease did agree with Muschamp in noting that Brissett has been a model teammate who continues to work hard each and every week in practice.

“I’m telling you, the kid has been a pure professional about it. He’s had a good attitude. Even at halftimes, he has suggestions. He’s into the game. At practice, he’s into practice. When he takes reps, he does a good job. I appreciate his support, and I support him and have confidence in him,” he said.

NOTES AND QUOTES

» On the development of sophomore QB Jeff Driskel: “I think in some areas its gone quicker. In some it’s probably about on pace. Every game is a growing process no matter if it’s a quarterback or o-lineman. If you really think about the situations that he’s probably grown up with, his experience prior to this season was really in high school. He was a great athlete, and I think they beat people pretty bad.”

» On going up-tempo to start the Missouri game: “I liked it. We’ve always worked on it. We’ve always had it. I think it loosened them up, got some energy in our kids. It helped us for what we tried to get out of it. I wish we would have been a little bit more consistent with it so we could have had a couple more completions. It was effective for what we wanted.”

» On senior running back Mike Gillislee playing at the next level: “He’s got good hands. He’s willing to block. He has all the phases that he can do at the next level – catching, running, blocking. I think those are what they’re looking for first. They all want to know if you’re coachable and how smart [you are, if] you can pick up. Even in the NFL, they have way more protections than we have because they’re constantly changing. And then physically if you match up against the linebackers you’re going to have to block at that level with their strength and speed.”

» On what went wrong on Saturday: “Catch the ball. We had some drops that we shouldn’t have. … The one thing that’s glaring that could have kept us on the field a lot longer was our third-down opportunities, and we were in pretty manageable situations.”

» On not being aggressive sometimes during games: “It’s just a matter of putting it all together, which I’m not saying that’s going to happen either. Being in my position, you kind of get to a point where not everything is going to be perfect through the whole scheme of the game. You kind of play based off of field position, the timing of the game, the flow of how it’s going. You’re always trying to put the kids in a good position.”

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Florida’s Billy Donovan at 2012 SEC Media Day

Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan joined the league’s other 13 coaches at 2012 SEC Media Day on Thursday in Birmingham, AL. Donovan participated in a number of interviews as he discussed his team heading into the upcoming 2012-13 season. Below are some choice notes and quotes from his appearances.

» On senior guard Kenny Boynton: “It’s hard to believe that he’s a senior. I remember recruiting him vividly. It just seems like yesterday. This is his last year. He’s come in and been a starter from day one. He’s made a great impact in our program. He’s helped us achieved a lot of success. And I’m going to enjoy coaching him because he’s a guy I’m going to miss coaching someday.”

» On his recruitment of Boynton, which included handing his family a Nerf gun and allowing them to shoot it at him: “I said, ‘Listen, I’m going to tell you exactly how you’re going to fit in, how I see you, what we feel about you. If I say anything that you think I’m totally lying through my teeth, you don’t have to sit there and call me a liar. If you feel embarrassed to do it, just shoot me with the Nerf gun.’ It was pretty funny. It was more of a joke or a sense-of-humor thing than anything else. Thank God I didn’t get shot.”

» Donovan was asked about the Gators taking the next step this season and earning their first trip to the Final Four since 2007 after flaming out in the Elite Eight in each of the last two NCAA Tournaments. While he does hope the team can advance that far in the tournament this year, he made it clear that it is not the objective at this point in time.

“Because the last two years we’ve been right there for a Final Four and have come up a little bit short, the normal tendency of anybody that’s returning would be to say, ‘OK, this is the year we’re going to try to break through and get to a Final Four.’ I think that is probably the worst kind of mentality we can have,” he said. “What we got to understand is that there is a process you have to go through as a basketball team and that process started two weeks ago. We got to go through this process of practice and games and get better and improve and deal with the ups and downs and the struggles and the challenges.

“Although last year was a successful year and you’re right there on the cusp of getting to a Final Four, we’ve got to be willing – as players and coaches – to start back all the way up because it’s a long journey up that mountain. We can’t just think we’re picking up on that mountain where last season ended. We’re starting all the way back down at the bottom of the mountain, and we got to be committed to making that journey back up the mountain again. You can play really, really well and still come up short. I thought in the two games we lost, we played pretty well. We just lost on some teams – Louisville and Butler – making more plays and better plays than we did. Overall as a game, I didn’t think that we performed poorly. I thought it was more of a credit to what those guys did.”

» A hot topic of conversation Thursday was the Kentucky Wildcats’ all-access program that has been airing on ESPNU the last few weeks. Donovan was asked about the show and gave an honest response that has since gotten the Kentucky faithful enraged after the team’s local media outlets spun the opening portion of the quote.

“I do think if you are using it as a recruiting tool, I don’t think that’s right,” said Donovan in general about all-access shows, according to The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway. “If you are using it in a way to maybe help young players out there, to see what a college practice, college environment is like … I did an all-access show for coaches to buy so to speak, drills, practices those kind of things.

“Whatever your philosophy is, we’re always selling our programs in one way or other, whether it’s all-access, whether it’s DVDs, whether it’s media days, we’re always selling our programs. For me if was doing something like that, I would want it to be done in a way to represent how we do things at Florida.”

Note: While ESPN’s past all-access shows have featured many facets of the teams covered in the program, none has gone in-depth on recruiting. Kentucky’s all-access show has featured three players committing to the team with in-depth looks at each.

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FOUR BITS: Donovan, Spikes, volleyball, soccer

1 » The Florida Gators announced on Tuesday that head coach Billy Donovan’s son of the same name has decided to transfer to Florida and walk on to the team to play for and learn from his father. Billy Donovan , who spent his last two years playing for the Catholic Cardinals (Division III) in Washington, D.C., has already joined the team and will don the No. 42 though fans will not see him on the court this year as he will be forced to ride the bench during games due to NCAA transfer rules. As was noted a year ago when Catholic traveled to Gainesville, FL to play the Gators in an exhibition game, the younger Donovan originally chose to attend that university in order to further his passion for politics. A change of career path – he is now interested in a coaching or administrative role in a basketball organization – led him right back to where he grew up. “I never wanted it to be like I was telling him what to do career-wise,” Donovan told UF’s GatorZone.com. “I think he needs to figure that out on his own. My job, my wife’s job, is to be supportive and help put him in the best situation for him to pursue what he wants to pursue.” There is probably no better spot for the younger Donovan to learn how to coach or run a basketball team than under the wing of a future hall of fame coach.

2 » New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes received some bad news on Friday when he learned that the NFL decided to fine him $21,000 for an illegal blindside block he threw in a game on Sept. 30. Spikes, who leveled Buffalo tight end Scott Chandler during an interception return for his team, told the team’s website earlier in the week that he did not believe that he did anything wrong. “A lot of guys, they know the new rules. I don’t think I’ve done anything illegal,” he said. “I’ve tried to keep it legal, but I just want to kind of try to make a point – when I hit a guy, I want him [to say], ‘Oh, that was Spikes that hit me. I know that already.”

3 » No. 11 Florida volleyball (13-2, 7-0 SEC) has been on a roll as of late, wrapping up their ninth- and 10th-straight regular season wins over the weekend while hosting a pair of Southeastern Conference opponents in Gainesville. UF registered a 3-0 sweep (25-23, 25-18, 25-15) the Arkansas Razorbacks (13-4, 4-2 SEC) on Friday before coming from two sets down to win 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-8) against the Kentucky Wildcats (10-7, 4-3 SEC) on Sunday. Freshman outside hitter Ziva Recek of Slovenia was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for her efforts over the weekend. She registered a total of 32 kills and 14 digs combined over the two matches. Impressive in her own right was junior middle back Chloe Mann, who notched a combined 22 kills and 30.0 points on the weekend.

4 » No. 12 Gators soccer (10-3-1, 7-1 SEC) is on a roll of their own, shaking off early season disappointment to rebound with a seven-match winning streak including two big road victories over the last weekend. Florida won 2-0 over the LSU Tigers (5-5-4, 1-4-2 SEC) on Friday before, like volleyball, coming back from a deficit to take down the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies (12-2-1, 6-1-1 SEC) 2-1 on Sunday. Four different players scored goals for the Gators over the weekend with senior midfielder/forward Erika Tymrak and sophomore MF Havana Solaun finding the back of the net on Friday and senior defender Jo Dragotta and junior F Adriana Leon scoring on Sunday. Tymrak, who garnered SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday, also notched an assist on Leon’s game-winning goal.

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9/22: Florida vs. Kentucky post-game report

No. 14 Florida Gators football (4-0, 3-0 SEC) started slow but eventually blew past the Kentucky Wildcats (1-3, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville, FL, shutting out the visitors 38-0 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. After the game, head coach Will Muschamp and sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel discussed the contest.

HISTORY / STREAKS / NOTES

» Florida has won 26-straight games against Kentucky, tying a SEC record for longest one-sided winning streak in league history. UF is 46-17 all-time against UK, 26-4 in The Swamp and 32-1 overall since 1980.
» The Gators are 7-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and 8-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points.
» Florida is outscoring opponents 64-13 in the second half and 34-0 in the fourth quarter through four games in 2012.
» The Gators have outscored the Wildcats by at least 30 points in last five meetings.
» Florida registered its first shutout since Sept. 10, 2011 (Alabama-Birmingham) and first conference shutout since Sept. 29, 2001 (Mississippi State).
» The Gators have started the season 4-0 for the fourth-straight year.
» Florida won the time of possession battle by 15:22, more than a full quarter.
» UF nearly doubled UK in total offense (403-219) and more than tripled their opponent in passing offense (203-60).
» The Gators registered three interceptions in the second quarter, marking the first time the team has picked off three passes in a single quarter since Nov. 25, 2006.

INJURY UPDATES
Noticeably absent from Saturday’s game was junior running back Trey Burton, who Muschamp said at halftime had suffered back spasms on Friday and was held out of action. Muschamp expanded on those co
mments after the game.

“Trey Burton came in Friday morning with back spasms. We worked on him all day Friday, Friday night, into this morning. We did everything we could do but every time he planted on his right foot he had pain shooting up his right hip. That’s all it was,” he said.

Muschamp added that Burton did have some back spasm issues in 2011 but that the problem came out of nowhere on Friday and the staff had not seen any prior indications of him being unable to play.

Redshirt sophomore tackle Chaz Green (ankle) and junior defensive end Dominique Easley (knee inflammation) were both held out again though Muschamp specifically said he expects Easley to return against LSU on Oct. 6.

Junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) and redshirt junior tight end Jordan Reed (shoulder) were both dinged up during the game with neither returning to the field after being hurt. Muschamp said Floyd had a stinger on his shoulder and should be fine while Reed was unable to regain full range of motion right away and sat out as a precaution.

Read the rest of what Muschamp and Driskel had to say…after the break!
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No. 14 Florida starts slow, rolls Kentucky 38-0

It may have taken a few possessions for the No. 14 Florida Gators to get rolling, but the end result was yet another dominating victory over the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL. Florida (4-0, 3-0 SEC) picked off Kentucky (1-3, 0-1 SEC) three times in the first half on the way to a 38-0 thrashing that extended the Gators’ winning streak over the Wildcats to 26 games dating back to 1987.

Florida enters the bye week with a 4-0 record for the fourth-straight season, earning their fourth victory by shutting down Kentucky offensively (303-219 in total offense) and being extremely efficient on third down (12-of-17). The Gators out-passed the Wildcats 203-60 on the afternoon, dominated time of possession 37:41-22:19 and shut out a Southeastern Conference opponent for the first time since Sept. 29, 2001.

Failing to move the ball on their first two offensive drives, Florida found the red zone on their third possession. Sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel took a bootleg 38 yards down to Kentucky’s 20 on the first play with the ball moved to the 10 after Driskel was taken down by his facemask. Senior running back Mike Gillislee ran to the three with a seven-yard carry, but UF concluded the drive with an incomplete pass, false start and bad snap, settling for a 27-yard field goal by redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis.

A missed 54-yard field goal by UK gave the ball back to the Gators, which put together a 10-play, 63-yard scoring drive to take a 10-0 lead with 12:04 left in the first half. Driskel hit redshirt senior wide receiver Frankie Hammond, Jr. for a 24-yard reception on third down to extend the drive, and Gillislee carried six times for 31 yards on the possession (including his one-yard touchdown run).

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Gameday: No. 14 Florida Gators vs. Kentucky

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather Forecast: 86°F, partly cloudy, winds NNE at 4 mph
Time: 12:21 p.m. EDT

TV: SEC Network (Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Cara Capuano) [Affiliates]
SiriusXM: 136/199 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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(14) FLORIDA GATORS KENTUCKY WILDCATS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Joker Phillips
Record: 3-0 (2-0 SEC) Record: 1-2 (0-0 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida -24; O/U 52.5

HOMEWORK

Need to catch up on what happened with the Gators over the last week? No problem. OGGOA has been here the whole time posting a ton of information so you can do your homework on the team before its next exam on Saturday.

McCray making a difference | Pease evaluates the offense | Gators’ confidence growing | Quinn: Depth has improved defense | Focus the key for Florida

EXTRA CREDIT: Four things Florida must do to take down Kentucky

HISTORY / STREAKS

» Florida is looking to extend its 25-game winning streak against Kentucky, which dates back to 1987. The Gators are 45-17 all-time against the Wildcats and an equally impressive 25-4 in Gainesville. UF is also 31-1 against UK since 1980.
» Florida is 9-1 against unranked opponents and 1-5 against ranked teams since Muschamp took over the program in 2011. Kentucky is 11-8 against unranked teams and 1-8 against ranked opponents since Phillips took the reins in 2010.
» UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease spent two years at UK in the same position.
» The Gators have opened their campaign 3-0 for the eighth-straight season.
» Florida was 0-5 when trailing at the half in 2011 but has started the 2012 season 2-0 in that category with both victories coming against league opponents.
» The Gators are 6-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and 0-4 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards. Florida is also 7-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points and 7-3 when scoring first.
» UF has scored in all but one (11-of-12) quarters so far in 2012.
» Florida has converted just 11-of-41 third-down attempts (26.8 percent) this season.
» The Gators have held their opponents to 14-of-47 on third down (29.8 percent); UF was second nationally in third-down defense (27.3 percent) last season.
» Florida has at least two kickoff returns for touchdowns in each of the last two seasons after never having more than one in a single season before 2010.
» The Gators are outscoring opponents 50-13 in the second half and 27-0 in the fourth quarter through three games this season.
» Florida is out-possessing opponents by an average of 7:38 through three games.
» The Gators are +3 in turnover margin through three games after being -12 in 2011. UF has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (322) since 2000.
» Kentucky enters the game first in the SEC and 13th nationally in passing offense (322 yards per game).
» The Wildcats have not defeated a ranked opponent since 2010.
» UK is 9-1 under Phillips when winning the turnover margin, 3-15 otherwise.
» Kentucky is first in the SEC and 11th nationally in fewest yards penalized per game. The Wildcats have committed 12 total penalties through three games.

LAST TIME OUT

Florida captured its 25th-straight victory over Kentucky when the programs met last season with the Gators defeating the Wildcats 48-10 in Lexington, KY. It was the third-straight meeting in which UF scored 41 or more points against UK. Florida got out to an early 21-3 lead in the first quarter, piling up three touchdowns in the first 11:21. The Gators extended that advantage to 31-0 at the half thanks in part to a fumble return touchdown by defensive tackle Jaye Howard. Florida did not allow Kentucky to score in the second half, adding 17 more points including two long touchdown runs – an 84-yard burst by Jeff Demps and 60-yard scamper by Mike Gillislee. UF had three players (Demps, Gillislee and Chris Rainey) rush for over 84 yards in the contest.

Read the rest of the Florida-Kentucky preview including injuries and absences and which players to look out for from both sides of the field.
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9/19: Will Muschamp’s SEC teleconference

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp made an appearance Wednesday during the Southeastern Conference‘s weekly coaches teleconference and touched on a number of topics surrounding his team and its upcoming game against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. live on SEC Network.

INJURY UPDATES

The injury situation up to this point has not been as devastating for the Gators as it has been in years past though some key players are still on the mend and attempting to rejoin the team this season.

Muschamp announced Wednesday that redshirt junior Will linebacker Jelani Jenkins received a new hand cast for his broken thumb recently and has a very good chance of being ready to play against LSU after the bye week. “In eight days they’re going to pull the pin out of there and take another look at it, but he’s going to start lifting and running [Wednesday] as far as getting back into the swing of things, getting his body back. We’ll go from there,” he said.

The news was not as positive for junior defensive end Dominique Easley and fifth-year redshirt junior tackle Matt Patchan.

Easley, who looked like he may have re-injured his knee (torn ACL against Florida State last season), did not do any major damage but still has swelling in the area and is “questionable” for Saturday’s game against Kentucky. Patchan (pectoral) continues to be out and Muschamp does not know when he will be back despite the fact that his injury was only expected to cost him a few weeks.

CONFIDENCE A HUGE FACTOR FOR FLORIDA

Starting the 2012 campaign with a 3-0 record including two big road victories against tough SEC opponents has been exactly what the doctor ordered for the Gators. Muschamp believes the team’s overall maturity, coupled with this confidence boost, is what has Florida rolling right now.

“Any time you win and have success it brings some confidence to you as a player. Confidence is such a key part of athletics,” he said. “When you feel good about something and you think positively about something. I always tell the players: A positive attitude doesn’t guarantee anything but a negative one does. Any time you’re negative or you think in a negative way, you’re not usually going to have much success. Our guys expect to play well. Our guys expect to win in every situation. That’s what you want in your program and that’s what happened around here for a long time. We got a lot of tradition in our program. Guys came here to Florida to play in games like they’ve played and they’ll play in again on Saturday at 12:21 p.m.”

Though the Wildcats are 1-2 with losses to Louisville and Western Kentucky and their sole win at home against Kent State, Muschamp said UF’s players have not begun looking ahead and are completely zoned in on this week’s game.

“My approach has always been every game counts as one regardless of the situation or circumstances of where you play or who you play,” he said. “That’s how we try to approach every game for that reason. I thought we had very good practice [Tuesday]. I thought we had really good tempo. Our guys went out and worked. We need to clean some things up, but I thought their focus was there. I thought they were tuned into what we were trying to do in the meetings and those sorts of things.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» On if Florida has been trying to block punts through three games: “We’ve gone after one in every game and we plan to do so presented the situation. Had an opportunity against Bowling Green and Matt Elam barely missed it; I mean, got his hand right there – it was really close. I take that back. At [Texas] A&M I don’t believe we rushed one. We never were presented a situation. At Tennessee we did rush one and of course they changed and went to a rugby-style with the kicker. They didn’t even punt their punter against us because of the blocked punt from a year ago. They changed it up, which was a good play on their part. They were able to flip the field on us there. We went after open and weren’t successful on two situations.”

» On if he has more confidence now than he did last year in the wide receivers: “Certainly do, got a lot more confidence in playmaking ability and run after the catch and things that they’re doing. There’s a lot of things that goes into that. The number one thing that goes into that is we’re blocking well up front. I think it all goes back to our offensive line. We’re able to run the ball, which creates opportunities down the field. When you’re able to run the ball – you’re able to run the ball inside, you’re able to run the ball on the perimeter – it creates one-on-one matchups outside because people want to be able to load the box to stop the run. When you’re able to do that and those people can’t do those overload pressures and the different things they’re able to do because of the legs Jeff [Driskel] has and because of how we’re blocking up front, we simplify people also with our motions and shifts. We simplified some people defensively. I’m very pleased with the production obviously of Frankie [Hammond, Jr.]. Quinton Dunbar I thought made some big plays and blocks for us in the ballgame. Latroy [Pittman] and Raphael [Andrades] both played as true freshman. But when I talk in terms of wideouts, I always throw Omarius Hines and Trey Burton into that category as well. And then you talk about Jordan Reed and his production. And Andre [Debose] continues to come on for us. We just need to continue to give that group, collectively, moving forward [opportunities]. Solomon Patton has been huge for us as we’ve moved through the season here as far as some of the running things that Brent [Pease] has asked him to do. I think a lot of that is credit to Brent from the standpoint of finding out what the guys can do and let’s do what they do well. He’s put those guys in situations, to this point, to be very successful.”

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FOUR BITS: Pease, facility, Embiid, Tebow

1 » A former offensive coordinator with the Kentucky Wildcats, Brent Pease is now with the Florida Gators and has already proven to be a great addition to head coach Will Muschamp’s staff. And while Pease’s success at Kentucky is one of the things that made Muschamp aware of him in the first place, it was also subject to some criticism by one of his former players. Ex-quarterback Jared Lorenzen said on Twitter in January that Pease is “freaking crazy and was brutal at UK.” Pease, who had not addressed Lorenzen’s comments previously, apparently did so while making an appearance at the Ocala Gator Club in July. According to The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway, Pease noted that Lorenzen is “one of those guys that was talking trash when I took this job” and that his method of retaliation may be “trying to get 50 points on [Kentucky] when they come to campus.” UF has a 25-game winning streak over UK and has scored 40+ points on them every season beginning in 2007.

2 » Gators redshirt senior wide receiver Frankie Hammond, Jr. helped the school create the video below, which gives fans and prospective student-athletes an all-access look inside Florida’s huge football facility (locker rooms, meeting rooms, offices, etc).

3 » The decommitment of three-star 2013 power forward Schuyler Rimmer (Boone, FL) on Monday may very well have opened the door for another big man to make his way to the Gators as head coach Billy Donovan has recently been in close contact with three-star center Joel Embiid (Gainesville, FL). A Cameroon native who first played for Montverde Academy but has since transferred to The Rock School, Embiid stands 6’11” (some measure him in at 7’1”) and has been playing basketball for less than two years. According to The Sun, he has already received some big-time offers from schools like Florida, Louisville, Kansas, Texas and Marquette (among others). Embiid is one of two players from The Rock that the Gators are going (the other being 2014 point guard Mitchell Wilbekin). As a former student at Montverde, Embiid already had prior relationships with freshman guard Michael Frazier and 2013 five-star PG commit Kasey Hill (Clermont, FL).

4 » New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has yet to throw the ball in two games with his new team despite seeing the field in place of starter Mark Sanchez as a change-of-pace player. Asked Monday if he has any intentions of having Tebow pass (seeing as he yanked him out for a 2nd-and-16 play during a series in which Tebow was obviously being used at quarterback), Ryan got defensive and cut the reporter off. He was adamant that Tebow could throw the ball if called upon but added that, in certain situations, having Sanchez do it makes more sense. In the end, as long as Tebow is only seeing the field for a handful of running plays and as a personal protector on punts, any expectations from Jets fans have for him should be kept to a minimum.

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