Florida Football Friday Final: Tim Tebow evaluates Gators QB Will Grier, UF needs OL to step up

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the Florida Gators as they prepare for their first Southeastern Conference home contest under head coach Jim McElwain.

The Gators (3-0) will take on the Tennessee Volunteers (2-1) on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and air live on CBS.

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Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow returns to SEC Network as ‘SEC Nation’ analyst

Though former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow‘s time with the Philadelphia Eagles was relatively short-lived, he will not be out of the public eye for long.

Tebow has rejoined SEC Network as a featured analyst on its College GameDay-esque Saturday show, SEC Nation, a role he held throughout the 2014 season while he sat on the sidelines as an NFL free agent.

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What’s going to be on the Florida Gators takeover of SEC Network? A lot of games

On July 2, the Florida Gators will “takeover” SEC Network with the channel airing 24 hours of Florida content just as it has and will with every other school in the Southeastern Conference.

The network on Tuesday announced the Gators schedule for the event, which will be hosted by former Florida defensive end Thaddeus Bullard, now known as WWE superstar and tag team champion Titus O’Neil.

Here’s the detailed schedule via ESPN.

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Top 14 for 2014: Florida Gators best moments of the year

For as bad as things went for the Florida Gators at times in 2014 (see the Not Top 14 for 2014), there were more than a fair share of bright spots. From breathtaking moments and game-winning plays to winning championships and setting records, the Gators had plenty to be proud of in 2014. Check out OnlyGators.com‘s Top 14 for 2014.


Gators women’s basketball has struggled to find relevancy but there was no question Florida had its engines running on Jan. 5 when it pulled off one of the biggest victories in program history, an 83-73 upset win over No. 6 Kentucky. The win broke a six-game losing streak for UF against UK and was head coach Amanda Butler’s first win over a top-10 ranked opponent after going 0-17 previously in such games. Florida had lost 19-straight regular-season games against top 10-ranked opponents, earning its last victory to such a team in Feb. 2006.


Former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow had a life-changing 2014 after agreeing to sign a long-term broadcasting deal with ESPN. Tebow was featured on the network’s national title broadcast that season and was later assigned to the SEC Network where he served as one of three analysts for the channel’s Saturday pre-game show, SEC Nation. Tebow has drawn rave reviews throughout 2014 for his passionate opinions and consistent on-air knowledge. He also proved to be unbiased, lambasting the leadership on Florida’s offense when the team struggled during the middle of the season. One Tebow moment – a spot-on impersonation of former Gators head coach Steve Spurrier – was OnlyGators.com’s most-watched Vine with 1.3 million loops as of press time.

Tebow also closed 2014 with a brilliant on-air prediction, which you can check out below.

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SIX BITS: awards, Speights, Tebow, Beal, Wuerffel

1 » The Florida Gators football team held its annual team banquet on Saturday. Awards were handed out for everything from on-field performance to working hard in practice and how courageous a particular player may have proven to be during the season. Below are the 2014 award winners along with some explanations and details.

Coaches’ Choice Awards
President’s Academic Award: Jeff Driskel, Mike Mcneely
* Third-straight year that McNeely won the award.
Gene Elleson Community Service Award: Max Garcia, Mark Herndon
* Second-straight year that Herndon won the award.
Iron Gator Strength and Conditioning Award: Clay Burton, Hunter Joyer, Max Garcia, Antonio Morrison
Chris Patrick Courage Award: Alex Anzalone, Gideon Ajagbe, Andre Debose, Chaz Green, Matt Jones, Antonio Morrison, Jeremi Powell
Most Valuable Offensive Scout Team Award: R.J. Raymond, Dakota Wilson |
Defensive: Ryan Parrish | Special Teams: Garrett Stephens, Roger Dixon
* Second-straight year that Parrish won the award.

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Florida-Tennessee set for noon on SEC Network

As part of the Southeastern Conference‘s television lineup release for Oct. 4, the upcoming Florida Gators (2-1, 1-1 SEC) at Tennessee Volunteers (2-1, 0-0 SEC) game has been set for 12 p.m. and is schedule to air on the SEC Network.

Florida and Tennessee have contested their game on CBS in 17 of the previous 18 seasons (eight of those contests kicking off at 3:30 p.m.) with the lone game not shown on the network in that span, the 2012 contest, broadcast on ESPN at 6 p.m.

The Gators are looking to extend their nine-game winning streak against the Volunteers, the longest in series history, which dates back to 2005. UF is 24-19 all-time against UT, 9-2 in the last 11 meetings and 22-6 against its SEC East rival since 1976.

Florida and Tennessee have been slated to open the SEC schedule against each other nearly every season since 1996.

The teams were each other’s second SEC opponent in 2012, and in 2001, the game was pushed back to the end of the season due to the events of Sept. 11.

This season, the Gators will be the Vols’ Vols will be each other’s third SEC opponent, the latest they’ve played in a season since 1991 (fourth SEC game).

So how does the rest of the Oct. 4 slate shake out (by time slot)?
No. 3 Alabama at No. 10 Ole Miss – 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
No. 17 LSU at No. 5 Auburn – 7 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 14 Mississippi State – noon (ESPN)
No. 13 South Carolina at Kentucky – 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Vanderbilt at No. 12 Georgia – 4 p.m. (SEC Network)
Florida at Tennessee – noon (SEC Network)

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Gameday: Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: 82°F (feels like 88°F), scattered t-storms (chance of rain: 40 percent)
Time: 7:30 p.m. EDT

TV: SEC Network (Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor)

Streaming Video: SEC Network | Mobile Video: WatchESPN app

SiriusXM: 119/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Mark Stoops
Record: 1-0 (0-0 SEC) Record: 2-0 (0-0 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern

Odds: Florida -18.5 | O/U 53.5


Busy during the week? Miss a feature, story or post on OnlyGators.com? No worries. Catch up on what you forgot to check out via the links below!

Notebook: Muschamp sees room for improvement after Gators’ 65-0 win
Notebook: Jeff Driskel avoiding miscues; Dante Fowler Jr. leading defense
Notebook: Mark Stoops preparing for big test at Florida
Notebook: Kurt Roper wants Gators offense to stay humble, speed up
The Silver Lining: Florida loses J.C. Jackson for the season
Friday Final: “Trash talk,” coaching connections, Tim Tebow returns

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Friday Final: “Trash talk,” coaching stops, Tebow

In this week’s Florida Football Friday Final, OnlyGators.com tackles some exaggerated “trash talk” leading up to the game, familiar faces for both sides and quarterback Tim Tebow returning to Gainesville, Florida, for the second time in two months.

The Florida Gators (1-0) open their Southeastern Conference slate by hosting the Kentucky Wildcats (2-0) on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will air live on SEC Network.


During a post-practice interview on Tuesday, Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp (a Deland, Florida, native) was asked about playing at Florida in front of friends and family. In the middle of a rather innocuous reply, he dropped a line that – when singled out and defined as “trash talk” – has since drawn some attention.

“A couple of my [high school] teammates actually went to Florida, so I’m familiar with a lot of those guys. It’s going to be fun walking out with a victory and rubbing it in their faces,” said Kemp with a light laugh when he was asked if he knew some players on the Gators.

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