Updates: Prep good but Florida Gators offense must improve against tough Vandy defense

No. 10 Florida Gators football (7-1, 5-1 SEC) is not taking the SEC East rival Vanderbilt Commodores (3-5, 1-3 SEC) lightly while preparing for a pivotal showdown at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday at 12 p.m. With a victory over Vanderbilt, Florida would clinch the division title for the first time since 2009 and advance to the SEC Championship Game, where it would hope to win a league crown for the first time since 2008.

Head coach Jim McElwain met with the media Wednesday to provide some updates on his team through the week’s midway point. Unlike last week (you know, when UF wound up routing Georgia 27-3), he was pleased with the Gators’ preparation for the Commodores and provided some positive injury updates ahead of the division showdown.

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No. 11 Florida Gators down one, possibly two, starting offensive linemen vs. Vanderbilt

Being the No. 11 team in the nation does not come without its share of distractions and obstacles, and the Florida Gators most certainly have another as they gear up for Saturday afternoon’s more-important-than-usual game against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Sophomore starting left tackle David Sharpe will miss the Vanderbilt game with an undisclosed foot injury. Head coach Jim McElwain announced Monday that Sharpe is in a big boot and will be unable to go.

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Florida to get five injured players back vs. Georgia; Gators’ walk-on kicker search continues

The bye week has done wonders for the health of the No. 11 Florida Gators. With so many players on the mend from relatively minor injuries, Florida has been able to stack its depth chart and retool ahead of its rivalry showdown with the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.

“This was a great week for us,” Gators head coach Jim McElwain said Monday. “It looks good. We had a pretty good week off as far as getting those guys back.”

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Gators practice update: Florida gearing up for retribution after embarrassing 2014 loss to Mizzou

Members of the No. 11 Florida Gators and head coach Jim McElwain met with the media after practice this week to preview the team’s upcoming road game against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The players and McElwain discussed Florida’s mindset entering the Mizzou game, the Gators’ effort in practice, injuries and overall preparation for what should be an important SEC East contest.

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Florida practice update: Will Grier starting, Jim McElwain uneasy, some Gators still sick

No. 25 Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain met with the media on Wednesday to preview his team’s Saturday contest against the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels. The Southeastern Conference foes will go head-to-head in a 7 p.m. home game for the Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

McElwain addressed his starting quarterback, whether Florida has any injury concerns entering the game and how the Gators have prepared for their toughest test yet this season.

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Florida Gators release 2015 depth chart for Week 2 vs. East Carolina … with some changes

Though things will undoubtedly continue change for the Florida Gators throughout the 2015 season, especially with players coming back from injury, the team released its second depth chart of the season ahead of Saturday’s game against the East Carolina Pirates

The contest will be head coach Jim McElwain‘s second with the Gators, and it will all go down inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at 7:00 p.m. and air live on the ESPN2.

Here is Florida’s second official depth chart release.

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Florida Gators release 2015 season-opening depth chart for Week 1 vs. New Mexico State

Though things will undoubtedly change for the Florida Gators throughout the 2015 season, especially with players coming back from injury and suspension after Week 1, the team released its depth chart ahead of its season opener against the New Mexico State Aggies on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The contest will be head coach Jim McElwain‘s first with the Gators, and it will all go down inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and air live on the SEC Network.

Here is Florida’s first official depth chart released in nearly nine months.

OFFENSE

QB: 7 Will Grier OR 3 Treon Harris
RB: 21 Kelvin Taylor, 25 Jordan Scarlett OR 32 Jordan Cronkrite
TE: 83 Jake McGee, 80 C’yontai Lewis
WR: 11 Demarcus Robinson, 18 C.J. Worton
WR: 5 Ahmad Fulwood, 81 Antonio Callaway
WR: 4 Brandon Powell 89 Alvin Bailey

LT: 75 Mason Halter, 73 Martez Ivey
LG: 63 Trip Thurman, 52 Travaris Dorsey
C: 54 Cam Dillard, 64 Tyler Jordan
RG: 71 Antonio Riles, 77 Andrew Mike
RT: 70 David Sharpe, 74 Fred Johnson

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Florida Gators 5-star freshman OT Martez Ivey set for surgery (torn meniscus), will miss opener

Five-star freshman offensive tackle Martez Ivey, a gem from the Florida Gators‘ talented 2015 recruiting class and potential starter along the offensive line, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee and be sidelined for team’s season opener on Saturday, Sept. 5 (and possibly longer).

Head coach Jim McElwain addressed Ivey’s injury at a post-practice media availability on Thursday. “He’ll be back,” McElwain said. “I don’t know how quickly … but it doesn’t appear to be a season-ending [injury] or anything like that.”

Orlando Sentinel recruiting writer Chris Hays spoke with Ivey’s coach at Apopka High School, James Delgado, who related that Ivey suffered a “slightly” torn meniscus in his left knee that could keep him out of action for 2-4 weeks (1-3 games seeing as the season opener is a week away).

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