GAINESVILLE — Florida's season was just a couple of games old when it became apparent that the secondary would be the Gators' defensive Achilles heal.
Big plays against young, untested players and upperclassmen with little experience became commonplace. But slowly, the secondary has improved.
So it seems fitting that the unit that believes it is playing the best it has all season will get a chance to test that theory against one of the nation's best quarterbacks and top receivers....
Right now the Gators are down to six scholarship players due to injuries.
And tonight Florida will start a freshman (Devon Robinson), a walk on (Jacob Kurtz) and a transfer (Jon Horford) with limited time playing for the Gators, against a Georgetown team with a veteran starting lineup.
Still, when it's all said and done at the end of the season, Florida coach Billy Donovan believes this week's participation in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament will ultimately be good for his team....
As Florida prepares for its season finale against Florida State on Saturday, the Gators have been hampered by the inclement weather this week.
Heavy rain storms throughout the day and night Tuesday forced the Gators to move practice indoors, which effectively canceled any type of normal Tuesday work schedule.
"Preparation is the key," Florida coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday. "We had a good day Monday, and couldn’t get out yesterday, but we got a good walkthrough in Florida Gym. Hopefully we’ll be able to get out today and get some work done.”...
No. 18 Florida vs. Georgetown
When/where: 9:30; Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas
TV/radio: AXS; 620-AM. AXS is available on: DirecTV Ch. 340; DISH Ch. 167; Verizon FiOs Ch. 569.
Records: Florida 2-1, Georgetown 3-0
Notable: The Gators and Hoyas, tied 2-2 all time, last met in the USS Bataan game at the Naval Station in Mayport, which was called off at halftime due to poor court conditions. … The Gators have had only six scholarship players available the past two games. Junior F Dorian Finney-Smith missed both with a hand injury and junior G Eli Carter with a foot injury suffered in practice. Walk-on Jacob Kurtz started both and led the team in rebounding, including a career-high 13 in the last game. … Georgetown has three returning starters, including two seniors. G D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was a second-team All-Big East selection last season....
Florida coach Will Muschamp will conclude his head coaching career with the Gators Saturday against Florida State in Tallahassee in a game Muschamp said he considers "one of the great rivalries in all of college football."
The unrranked Gators and No. 1 Seminoles will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Florida is the last team to defeat Florida State - a 37-26 win on Nov. 24, 2012....
GAINESVILLE — As Will Muschamp enters his final week as Gators football coach, reports about who is — or isn't — interested in replacing him continue to flow.
A 247Sports.com report says three unnamed sources have confirmed that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is actively pursuing the job.
Other coaches are denying any interest — well, at least publicly....
When the Florida vs. Florida State game ends Saturday night, Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin will become the Gators' interim head coach.
At the time he was fired on Nov. 16, Florida coach Will Muschamp informed athletic director Jeremy Foley that he would not coach beyond the final regular season game in Tallahassee.
Florida (6-4) became bowl eligible with its 52-3 win over Eastern Kentucky this past Saturday. Durkin will run the pre-bowl practices and be the acting head coach for the game....
After going 1-1 last week, including a late-game collapse to Miami and needing overtime against ULM, the Florida men's basketball team dropped 10 spots in this week's Associated Press poll.
The Gators are No. 18 in the poll released today.
In the USA Today coaches poll, the Gators fell nine spots to No. 16.
The drop in both major polls comes as the Gators are battling injuries and trying to find themselves with a team of players who haven't much time on the court together....
Florida freshman QB Treon Harris will start Saturday when the Gators play Florida State, coach Will Muschamp said.
Harris suffered a contusion on his lower knee against Eastern Kentucky late in the second quarter this past Saturday.
He sat out most of the second half in a 52-3 blowout, but Muschamp said he will be fine to practice and play this week.
The Gators will travel to play No. 1 Florida State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN....
Florida athletic officials said tonight that tests have confirmed junior G Eli Carter has a mid-foot sprain.
Carter injured his left foot near the end of practice Thursday and was in a boot during the Gators' overtime win over ULM Friday night.
X-rays on Friday were negative, but Carter underwent an MRI today to determine if there was more extensive damage.
Florida coach Billy Donovan said after Friday night's game that the medical staff was concerned Carter might have suffered a lisfranc injury, which could have kept him out of the lineup for a significant amount of time....
GAINESVILLE — Will Muschamp noticed something wrong as late as Thursday in practice, and he realized it needed to be addressed — immediately.
The Florida players, in their loyalty to him and the staff, were struggling to find motivation after news that Muschamp would not be retained at the end of the season.
Practices lacked focus, and there wasn't much effort. The players were angry. Some were hurt. Muschamp totally understood. He'd been there before....
It has been a surprising senior season for former walk-on WR Mike McNeely, and on Saturday his final game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium ended in storybook fashion.
McNeely scored the Gators' final touchdown in a 52-3 win over Eastern Kentucky on a 28 yard pass from Jeff Driskel.
The Clearwater native and Palm Harbor University alum had two receptions for 36 yards in the game.
Watch McNeely in his postgame interview:...
Four games ago he was benched for freshman QB Treon Harris after struggling most of the season.
But on Saturday junior QB Jeff Driskel got a shot at some redemption - and helped send his senior teammates out with a 52-3 victory over Eastern Kentucky in their final home game.
Ironically, Driskel would have been a senior if he hadn't been injured last season and forced to redshirt.
Playing the majority of the second half, Driskel was 9-of-11 for 164 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for one touchdown....
GAINESVILLE — In a game filled with farewells and last chances, regrets and what might have been, the Florida Gators did the only thing that mattered Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
On an emotional senior day, heightened by the events of the past week, Florida ended a tumultuous home season with a 52-3 win over Eastern Kentucky (9-3) in front of an announced crowd of 83,399 at Florida Field....