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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Jim McElwain talks Florida Gators quarterback battle, evaluates players after first win

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.

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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 practice update: McElwain worried about disaster, happy with ‘darn good’ scrimmage

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain was unable to sleep Thursday night. He was worried that Friday’s scrimmage, his first with the team this fall, would be an unmitigated disaster. Luckily, his apprehension only amounted to nerves and not actuality.

“I’ll be quite honest with you: I didn’t sleep last night thinking this could be a disaster, and it actually turned out pretty darn good,” he quipped. “I guess that’s comforting, I don’t know.”

Specifically, McElwain was concerned about how Florida’s freshmen – the Gators will be counting on plenty this season, especially on offense – would hold up in the scrimmage. He was ultimately proud of the way they competed and thought Friday’s effort was positive overall.

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Florida Gators practice update: Freshman DE CeCe Jefferson gets rave reviews; injury updates

Freshman defensive end CeCe Jefferson received plenty of hype as a consensus five-star prospect and one of the top recruits in the country, but his dragged-out signing process after committing to the Florida Gators on National Signing Day earned him national headlines. Now, five practices into his Florida career, Jefferson is the topic of conversation again – for all the right reasons.

“He’s one of the young guys doing a heck of a job. He shows up, and he’s not the only young guy that’s been stepping up. I’m sure that he’s here. He’s a guy that can make an impact,” said head coach Jim McElwain after Monday’s practice, the first for the Gators in pads this fall. “[Defensive line coach Chris] Rumph really enjoys working with him. He’s a guy that’s eager to learn, jumped right in at everything we’re doing. That just speaks volumes of the type of kid he is, too.”

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Florida Gators update 2015 roster, adding transfers and freshman uniform numbers

With the Summer B semester starting on Monday, the Florida Gators officially updated their 2015 football roster listing most of the new players joining the team this season.

Florida first confirmed four transfers, adding Josh Grady (Vanderbilt), Luke Del Rio (Oregon State), Anthony Harrell (Georgia Tech) and Mason Halter (FCS Fordham).

TRANSFERS
» 12 – Josh Grady, redshirt senior quarterback
» 14 – Luke Del Rio, redshirt sophomore quarterback (walk-on)
» 75 – Mason Halter, redshirt senior offensive lineman
» TBA – Anthony Harrell, redshirt senior linebacker

Most – but not all – of the freshmen recruiting class was also added.

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One week later: Breaking down the Florida Gators’ efforts through 2015 National Signing Day

Pessimism and an overall sense of foreboding were fair states of mind to have as the Florida Gators approached 2015 National Signing Day.

That’s what happens when a former top-of-the-mountain team goes 11-10 over two seasons, its fired head coach (a top-notch recruiter) joins a conference rival going head-to-head with his former team on the recruiting front, and the skeleton signing class said coach left behind was ravaged by decommitments from its four best players over the final months of the season.

But something changed 48 hours before National Signing Day. That lingering pessimism turned to optimism as it started becoming apparent to recruiting analysts that pairs of four-star running backs and five-star linemen were likely to commit to Florida. It was very possible that the Gators’ run of gaining commitments from talented and somewhat underrated three-star prospects would not be the best their signing class had to offer but rather a solid foundation for what would occur over the ensuing two days.

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