Florida Gators practice update: Four injuries, three suspensions … and two quarterbacks?

Will the Florida Gators starting quarterback be decided before the team’s season opener against New Mexico State on Sept. 5? Only head coach Jim McElwain knows for sure, but he certainly made it seem Friday like he would feel perfectly comfortable if the gig was still up for grabs in two weeks.

“We’ll be OK if we go into [the first game] and let them kind of play and kind of go from there and see who plays under the lights the best, you know, might be a two[-quarterback situation],” he said.

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Florida Gators release contracts for 2015 coaches: Jim McElwain, Nussmeier, Collins, Shannon

The Florida Gators completely overhauled their coaching staff for 2015 and with the season set to unofficially kick off Wednesday with the team’s media day, the program’s athletic department decided to release the coaching salary information for head coach Jim McElwain and his assistants.

McElwain’s six-year contract, worth approximately $3.5 million annually when all monies are included, includes a pro-rated base salary of more than $307,000 in 2015 and subsequent salaries of $265,000 for each of the final five seasons of his deal.

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Three-star C Brett Heggie is Florida Gators’ third commitment during Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights commits: 2016 DB Quincy Lenton | 2017 WR Daquon Green

With offensive line depth an issue for the Florida Gators, there is plenty of opportunity for young players to come in and make a difference immediately. Three-star center Brett Heggie (Mount Dora, FL) has decided to take advantage of that opportunity by committing to Florida on Friday evening.

In attendance at the Gators’ Friday Night Lights camp in Gainesville, Florida, Heggie (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) officially chose UF over Miami, Mississippi State, South Carolina and West Virginia, among others.

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Florida Gators release video features on nine assistant football coaches

With a brand new staff looking to bring Florida Gators football back to respectability, the program rightly thought it would be worthwhile to give fans — and more importantly, recruits — a closer look at what each of its assistants brings to the table.

As such, over the last two months, Florida has been slow-releasing each of these profiles, which cover the coordinators and position coaches under head coach Jim McElwain.

Here are all nine of those videos.

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Florida Gators to add freshman legacy OL T.J. McCoy on hardship waiver

Three-star offensive lineman T.J. McCoy (Groveland, FL) committed to NC State out of high school and joined the team for 2015 spring practice. However, McCoy is now expected to suit up and play for the Florida Gators this season as familial circumstances have forced him to switch programs.

According to the Orlando Sentinel‘s Chris Hays, McCoy’s father is currently in remission from Leukemia, which he has been battling for years. His dad, former Gators All-SEC defensive tackle Tony McCoy, is slowly recovering but “hurting and struggling,” according to T.J. McCoy, who wanted to be much closer with his father during this tough time and will now get that chance.

“I talked to Coach [Dave] Doren and I explained to him what was going on with my father and he was very understanding,” the player told the Sentinel. “He granted me a hardship waiver and now I’m home and I am transferring to UF.”

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Florida adds JUCO OL Branton Autry for 2016

The Florida Gators on Wednesday added some much-needed experience at a shallow position when junior college offensive lineman Branton Autry committed to the team for the 2016 season.

Autry (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) plays offensive tackle for Coffeyville Community College and was named first-team all-conference last season. He chose Florida over offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Baylor, Missouri, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Louisville and South Carolina, among others.

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2016 OT Stone Forsythe commits to Florida

Just days after receiving a scholarship offer from the Florida Gators, three-star offensive tackle Stone Forsythe (Winter Garden, FL) gave the program a verbal commitment.

“Officially committed to the University of Florida! #GoGators #GatorNation #ChompChomp,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Florida Gators OL Rod Johnson on retirement: ‘It can be taken away from you in just one play’

Less than one week ago, Florida Gators redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Roderick Johnson, a promising talent and the team’s best returning starter on the unit from a season ago, was told he must retire from football after being diagnosed with congenital cervical stenosis.

For the first time since the announcement, Johnson has decided to speak at length about the issue by releasing a statement through the school.

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