GAINESVILLE — With a 3-3 record midway through the season and bearing the weight of having lost 11 games over the past two seasons (with only seven wins), there's no denying times are tough for Florida coach Will Muschamp and the Gators football team right now.
But as the Gators prepare for Saturday's annual rivalry against Georgia in Jacksonville, they insist there's still fight left in this team and are telling anybody who'll listen they don't plan on giving up easily....
GAINESVILLE —The NCAA's ruling, announced Wednesday, that Georgia RB Todd Gurley is ineligible for Saturday's game against Florida disappointed Gators players and coaches, but his absence won't drastically alter UF's game plan, coach Will Muschamp said.
The NCAA said Gurley must sit out two more games — he has already missed two — as punishment for accepting money from memorabilia dealers. Georgia plans to appeal, and Gurley could be reinstated before Saturday, but that would seem unlikely considering the NCAA said it showed leniency because of Georgia's compliant response to the allegations....
The death of former Florida OL Mo Collins this week sent shock waves through the Gator football community. But it wasn't just fans and former teammates who knew Collins when he was a star helping to lead the Gators to the 1996 national championship who were affected.
Florida OL D.J. Humphries, a native of Union, N.C. was close to Collins and considered him a mentor. He said the news of Collins' death was devastating....
This isn't the way senior OL Chaz Green envisioned his final season with the Gators. Or the previous season for that matter.
A fifth-year senior, Green is one of the few players on the Gators' squad that knows what it feels like to defeat Georgia.
The Gators enter Saturday's game on a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. They have struggled on offense and will rely on a freshman making his first start at EverBank Field on Saturday. Florida is (3-3, 2-3 SEC) and is in danger of missing out on a bowl game for the second consecutive season....
Multiple Florida players have said this week they were hoping suspended Georgia RB Todd Gurley would be playing in Saturday's annual rivalry because they wanted to face the best.
It appears that's not going to happen, barring approval of a last-minute appeal by Georgia athletic officials.
The NCAA has ruled that Gurley must sit out four games - the equivalent of 30 percent of the season - for "accepting more than $3,000 in cash from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years.''...
GAINESVILLE — Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said Tuesday that offensive struggles are because of turnovers and serious deficiencies in the passing game.
The Gators are tied for eighth in the SEC in turnovers with five fumbles and 11 interceptions. Opponents have scored 54 points off turnovers.
"Obviously, we're not playing very well offensively, and I think there's two major factors that go into it: we're turning the ball over and we're not doing a great job in the passing game," Roper said. "Sometimes it's a different theme, week to week....
GAINESVILLE — There is still no official word on whether suspended Georgia RB Todd Gurley will be reinstated in time for Saturday's annual rivalry against Florida, but several Gator defensive players are holding out hope that Georgia's leading rusher will be in the lineup for the Bulldogs.
Gurley is the SEC leader in all-purpose yards per game (194.6) despite playing in just five games this season. He has been indefinitely suspended since Oct. 9 while Georgia investigates whether he received improper benefits for signing autographs....
Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said the Gators spent the bye week trying to find anything possible to improve on offense.
Roper said the Gators' offensive struggles can be narrowed down to two key components: turnovers and passing problems.
The Gators are tied for 8th in the SEC in turnovers with five fumbles and 11 interceptions. Opponents have scored 54 points off Florida's turnovers....
In a rivalry as intense as Florida-Georgia, any loss is brutal.
But if you're from Georgia and play for the Gators, the pain and agony is magnified with a loss.
Just ask Florida senior LB Michael Taylor. A graduate of Atlanta Westlake High, Taylor is part of a Gators team that has lost three straight to the Bulldogs.
Needless to say, he desperately wants a win this Saturday. But not just for himself. He wants to give some relief to his mother who works at Emory and has had to endure the abuse after games year after year....
When Florida and Georgia meet Saturday aternoon in Jacksonville, the Gators will have true freshman QB Treon Harris making his first start against a Georgia defense that is coming into its own.
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 20 nationally in scoring defense, fourth in the SEC - holding opponents to 20 points per game. Georgia ranks 20th nationally in scoring defense, and fourth in the SEC, at 20 points per game. Last season, Georgia was No. 79....
GAINESVILLE — As speculation about whether Will Muschamp will survive beyond this season continues to grow, Florida players are rallying around the embattled coach.
Monday, two of his leaders emotionally defended Muschamp and chided fans who seemingly won't give him a break.
"People can really say what they want," senior LB Michael Taylor said. "We're the ones who sit in these meeting chairs and listen to him....
If you were one of the people who was certain that the Florida vs. Vanderbilt game would be an afternoon affair, think again.
ESPN announced today that the Gators at Vanderbilt game on Nov. 8 will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on the ESPN Network.
Florida Football at Vanderbilt to Kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Here is the full slate of SEC games scheduled for Nov. 8:...
Georgia RB Todd Gurley remains suspended as of today, but Florida coach Will Muschamp said the Gators are preparing as if he'll play when the Gators and Bulldogs meet Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville.
Gurley has been indefinitely suspended while Georgia athletic officials investigate whether he received improper benefits for signing autographs.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday he's unsure of Gurley's status for the Florida game....
Former Florida offensive lineman Mo Collins, a starter on the Gators' first national championship team, died early Sunday morning.
He was 38, and had been undergoing treatment for problems with his kidneys.
Collins played for the Gators from 1995-97, and was a three-year starter and a member of the Gators' 1996 national championship team. He opted for the NFL following his junior year and was a first round selection by the Oakland Raiders at No. 23 overall....
One of the top football recruits in the state of Georgia who had orally committed to Florida has decided to reopen the recruitment process.
Adonis Thomas, a 4-star LB from Central Gwinnett High School, said on Twitter Thursday night: "After talking things over with my family and other close relatives I've decided it's best for me to open back up my recruitment."
Thomas had chosen Florida over Alabama this past August. According to the Atlanta Journal-Counstitution, he made his first visit to Gainesville during the Gators' abysmal 42+13 loss to Missouri....