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Five things learned from the Florida spring game

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Could he do it again? Could Jim McElwain find a quarterback from somewhere and field a bunch of overachievers? Certainly, Florida’s spring game flashed that sort of promise. Particularly at quarterback, where transfer quarterback Luke Del Rio hit 10 of 11 passes. It left Gator fans feeling positive about the season to come. And elsewhere? Here are five lessons to have been learned from the spring game. When it comes to playing quarterback, Del Rio is the leader in the…

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Florida gives $750,000 raise to football coach Jim McElwain

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It wasn’t a million-dollar season. Not quite. But for the University of Florida‘s Jim McElwain, the first season with the Gators was profitable nevertheless. Florida has announced that it has given McElwain a $750,000 raise, bringing his total compensation to $4.25 million. That puts McElwain fifth in the SEC in compensation, just behind LSU’s Les Miles, who earns $4.3 million season. Nick Saban is first in the league at $6.9 million. The Gators won 10 games last season after totaling…

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Year in Review: Florida Gators began a new era in 2015 under Jim McElwain

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For the Florida Gators, 2015 will be remembered as a turnaround. But will 2016 be good as well? The Gators, picked to finish among the lower rungs of the SEC, instead took the league by storm and won the East Division behind new coach Jim McElwain. At one point, they won against Tennessee, Ole Miss and Missouri. Oh, all of the feel-good didn’t last. After quarterback Will Grier was suspended for a year for PEDs, the Gators’ offense struggled, and…

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College roundup: Alabama defense snuffs Florida offense for SEC title

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The Florida Gators had their moments Saturday, but not enough of them were on offense for the team to win against the University of Alabama. The offensively-impaired Gators lost a 29-15 game to Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Florida managed only 15 yards rushing on 26 attempts, and quarterback Treon Harris threw for only 165 on nine of 24 passing. Alabama, on the other hand, had 233 yards rushing. Derrick Henry carried 44 times (one less than the Gators…

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Not all new college football coaches wait for success

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With a new coach comes a new start. New hope. New ideas. With a new coach, hopefully there is a new direction, and new energy, and new standards. With a new coach, the old days are possible all over again. Just as the Florida Gators, who have returned to their winning ways after hiring Jim McElwain. The Gators are 8-1 and ranked 11th in the nation. They have survived a new quarterback, and then a second new quarterback. They have…

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Bowl projections: Florida, FSU would have interesting games

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So who has been the best first-year coach in America? Jim McElwain of Florida or Jim Harbaugh of Michigan? According to USA Today, they might make their final argument against each other. So who is more electric to watch? FSU running back Dalvin Cook or Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch? They might share the same field. Ah, yes. Bowl predictions have started already in America. And, according to USA Today, there could be some interesting – although not particularly high profile…

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College Roundup: Florida’s Will Grier stars on fourth down

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Call him Mr. Fourth down. Will Grier went from a resort freshman quarterback to a piece of lore Saturday afternoon, leading the Florida Gators to a dramatic comeback over the Tennessee Vols. Florida, behind 20-7 at one point, roared back to beat the Vols, 21-20, in the first significant victory of the Jim McElwain era Saturday. In the win, Grier went from a quarterback who hadn’t quite satisfied his head coach to a player to content with. He picked up…

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