Looking back on winning the SEC East title and ahead to Saturday’s game against the South Carolina Gamecocks, head coach Jim McElwain of the No. 10 Florida Gators (8-1, 6-1 SEC) met with the media to discuss his offense’s struggles, defense’s successes and all the things going both right and wrong for the Gators through the first 10 weeks of the season.
We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 11 Florida Gators as they prepare for their second road game of the season.
Florida (5-0, 3-0 SEC) will face the Missouri Tigers (4-1, 1-1 SEC) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Farout Field in Columnbia, Missouri. The contest will air live nationally on SEC Network.
Florida Gators football will look to start 3-0 for the first time since 2012 when it takes on the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday evening. The Gators are hoping to avoid a historic loss and begin Southeastern Conference play with a bang as head coach Jim McElwain leads Florida into Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.
Here’s a look ahead at Saturday’s game: what to know and how to watch the Gators.
Location: Commonwealth Stadium – Lexington, Kentucky [Capacity: 61,000]
Weather: 72°F (feels like 72°F), mostly cloudy (35% chance of rain), winds N at 9 mph
Time: 7:30 p.m. EDT
TV: SEC Network (Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor)
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter
Florida Gators football will look to improve to 2-0 on the season when it hosts the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday evening. The Gators are hoping for a continued resurgence (especially offensively) under head coach Jim McElwain and will take on the Pirates for the second time in three games, this time paying ECU $1.2 million to travel down to Gainesville, Florida.
Here’s a look ahead at Saturday’s game: what to know and how to watch Florida.
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: 73°F (feels like 76°F), storms (85% chance of rain), winds SSW at 6 mph
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
TV: ESPN2 (Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter
Meeting with the media for his first Monday press conference of the season, Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain had plenty to smile about following his team’s impressive season-opening victory over New Mexico State.
But with the Gators now in preparation mode for the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday at 7 p.m., McElwain offered some quick thoughts on the opener before providing updates on Florida’s quarterback situation and evaluations on a number of players.
Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain kicked off fall camp for the football program on Wednesday. Though he did not say much in his opening press conference, McElwain did address the health status of a number of players, namely senior linebacker Antonio Morrison.
Overcoming behavioral issues to standout for the Gators in 2015, Morrison seriously injured his knee during the 2015 Birmingham Bowl, an injury that has yet to be disclosed by resulted in two offseason surgeries, McElwain noted Wednesday.
“Let’s not downplay what this injury was, OK? Let’s not downplay – he’s had two surgeries on the same knee off the same injury,” he said.
Despite the setback, Morrison has impressed McElwain with his work ethic and served as a great example to his teammates. Though Morrison will be non-contact for fall practice, McElwain appeared to indicate he’s optimistic that Morrison will get on the field in 2015. When, exactly, is another question altogether.
Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain, senior defensive end Jonathan Bullard, junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and sophomore wide receiver Brandon Powell represented the team on Monday by participating in the 2015 Southeastern Conference Media Days at the Winfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama.
Below are highlights primarily from McElwain’s sessions with the media.
Slowly but surely
The most positive development for Florida on Monday came when McElwain provided an overall status update for multiple players that sat out spring practice with a variety of injuries.
OnlyGators.com will offer a complete recap of the 2015 Orange & Blue Debut later Saturday evening following its tape-delayed replay on the SEC Network. More information below.
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: Cloudy, 82 degrees, winds west/south-west at 7-8 mph
Time: 12:30 p.m. (EDT)
Live online/mobile (12:30 p.m.): SEC Network +
Live TV (12:30 p.m.): SEC Network alternate (“whip-around” coverage)
TV (9:00 p.m. tape delay): SEC Network
SiriusXM: None | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Live updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter
EXPANDED VIEWING INFORMATION
Florida’s 2015 spring game will not air live in its entirety on television but rather on tape delay at 9 p.m. on SEC Network. Live “whip-around” coverage will be available on the SEC Network‘s alternate channel (where available) beginning at 12:30 p.m.
While the game is not being offered live on television, you can stream it live online (and via your mobile device) via SEC Network +. The game may be immediately available for replay via SEC Network + at the conclusion of the spring game.
» Florida will field an orange team and a blue team, which will square off over four 12-minute quarters and an un-timed overtime.
» Between each half, the Gators will hold a 12-minute halftime.
» There will also be a running clock for the final two minutes of the second and fourth quarters, likely with some additional kicking and special teams work.