Coaches name five Florida Gators to 2015 Preseason All-SEC team

Five Florida Gators football players were voted onto 2015 Preseason All-SEC teams on Tuesday, as chosen by the league’s 14 coaches.

Junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III led the way for Florida with an All-SEC First Team nod on defense. Hargreaves, a two-time end-of-season All-SEC First Team selection, was the only Gators player to be picked for the first team this time around.

Seniors defensive end Jonathan Bullard and linebacker Antonio Morrison earned spots on the Preseason All-SEC Second Team, while juniors wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and running back Kelvin Taylor were honored with selections to the third team.

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Florida Gators start unranked in preseason AP Top 25 poll for second straight year

Coming off their first national tile in more than a decade, the Ohio State Buckeyes became the first team in history to receive a unanimous preseason No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 poll, which has been around since 1950. The Buckeyes also received 62 of 64 possible first-place votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

The Florida Gators, on the other hand, will enter the season unranked in both polls for the second straight season. Florida opens the 2015 season in the 36th spot in the AP Top 25 and 48th spot in the Coaches’ Poll. The Gators were one of 11 teams to receive AP votes (four) and one of 13 to be on the ballots of coaches (two).

As such, it is the second time since 2003 that the Gators have not been ranked by AP voters to open the season, and the second time since USA Today took over the Coaches Poll in 1991 that Florida is unranked in its preseason edition.

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Florida Gators basketball’s complete 2015-16 schedule released Wednesday

Florida Gators basketball’s complete 2015-16 schedule was officially announced Wednesday with the release of its Southeastern Conference slate joining its stacked nonconference schedule.

The Gators will open the 2015-16 campaign against Navy in the 2015 Veterans Classic on Friday, Nov. 13 in Annapolis, Maryland, and close it against a team other than Kentucky – travelling to Missouri on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Check out the entire schedule below.

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LOOK: Gators logo looks sharp on turf inside Florida’s new indoor practice facility

The Florida Gators are about nine days away from opening their indoor practice facility (if an estimate released by the school on the video is accurate). As such, the crew building the facility recently laid down the turf inside, complete with yardage lines and logos.

Chip Howard, the Gators’ executive associate athletic director, tweeted a picture of the nearly-completed field Thursday. Suffice to say, it looks quite good. (You can also notice the orange-and-blue SEC logos in the same spots they are on Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.)

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Antonio Morrison, Martez Ivey, facility changes impressing Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain

Evaluating a head coach before his first season is a difficult and wholly unfair ask. And yet, Jim McElwain – folksy and quiet in public but seemingly ambitious and demanding in private – has left himself open for equal parts praise and criticism, depending whose opinion you seek.

So when the Florida Gators’ new coach took center stage at the 2015 SEC Media Days last Monday, no one expected much to be revealed … and those expectations were met. However, when McElwain went through the ringer known as the ESPN car wash on Tuesday, there was hope that a bit more would be uncovered, especially considering how much news his fellow coaches made one day earlier.

Four live television interviews resulted in four unanswered questions about the Florida quarterback situation, more than four Nick Saban inquiries and plenty of banter that led to little no additional knowledge gained about the Gators. Off camera, though, McElwain cracked open just a tad to Ivan Maisel on his Championship Drive podcast, as Maisel actually asked some relevant, football-related questions with just over a month to go until the 2015 season begins.

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Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain takes first trip through ESPN’s car wash on Tuesday

Joining a handful of other Southeastern Conference coaches in Bristol, Connecticut, on Tuesday, Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain went through ESPN’s “car wash” for the first time, appearing on a number of the networks’ media platforms while making four live television appearances over the course of the day.

OnlyGators.com is following McElwain’s appearances on Thursday and is updating this post live with the news, notes and quotes from all of his stops. Due to most of McElwain’s spots not airing live, this post will be updated into the night.

CAR WASH (LIVE) SCHEDULE
11:20 a.m. – First Take (ESPN2)
12:00 p.m. – The Herd (ESPNU, ESPN Radio)
1:20 p.m. – SportsCenter (ESPN)
2:00 p.m. – College Football Live w/ Steve Spurrier (ESPN)

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Florida Gators PG Scottie Wilbekin to sign NBA contract with Philadelphia 76ers

Former Florida Gators point guard Scottie Wilbekin, who went undrafted in 2014 and spent the season shining overseas in Australia with the Cairns Taipans, has agreed to terms of an NBA contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, two sources confirmed to OnlyGators.com Saturday afternoon.

Wilbekin, who re-signed with the Taipans of Australia’s National Basketball League after being named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year last season, had an opt-out clause in his new contract should he receive some form of guaranteed money from an NBA or Euroleague franchise.

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Media: Florida Gators to finish fifth in SEC East; three named 2015 Preseason All-SEC


The Southeastern Conference released its annual media poll on Thursday at the 2015 SEC Media Days, and the masses predicted that the Florida Gators will finish fifth in their division next season.

Florida, which actually received one vote as the 2015 SEC champion, finished behind Georgia (166), Tennessee (36), Missouri (20) and South Carolina (1), only ahead of Kentucky (1) and Vanderbilt in the SEC East.

On Friday, the Gators had three players named to the media’s 2015 Preseason All-SEC team. Junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (the No. 2 vote-getter behind Georgia running back Nick Chubb) earned first team honors, while senior defensive end Jonathan Bullard was placed on the second team and senior linebacker Antonio Morrison on the third team.

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