Needless to say I am excited the college football season is upon us.
Everyone that knows me also know my tempered excitement for a really good season from my Gators.
I can't wait to see how they look on FAU. I don't care about the score so long as we win and win by 65 and look good....(so much for not caring about the score huh?)
But, make no doubt I watched every video out there on how everyone is doing. I must say I am please with what I am hearing from the players and the coaches. Now, it's time though. And, as Charlie Weiss says, 'The first open book test is Saturday." (OMG, I'm quoting Charlie Weiss)
This team has so much potential though. I just can't see them not coming out on fire and coming out and showing college football #22 is way too low.
But, I am a Gator...and I wear these orange and blue sunglasses a lot.
I found this on a Gator website where the title was, "If A White Conservative Had Said This." This Mayor is so to the point on this I wouldn't have cared who said it.
The violence that is going on in Philadelphia right now is ridiculous. And. in this video the Mayor calls out the parents and the gang members.
I am especially fond of the point he drives home to pull down your hoodies in the middle of the Summer, pull up your pants, and buy a belt. No one wants to see your underwear and or the crack of your butt.
Good stuff....we more accountable parents and mentors.
I know it's not sports related but, this needs to be said over and over. I had a responsibility to repost it to my readers.
This behind the scenes look at what Urban Meyer went through is so emotional. He was a man possess on the recruiting trail and football field. And, his family life suffered. Good for him to recognize that there comes a point where you have to make a decision to step away for the sake of family, health, and longevity.
Former Gator Jesse Palmer On Campus For.....All-Access Pass to Florida Gators Training Camp August 8
- Still photographer posting images on ESPN.com throughout the day
- Video of training room, cool tubs, etc.
- A ride-along on the bus to the stadium
- Live shots during breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Gator Room
- Video and interviews with players
- Post-practice interviews
My heart goes out to Tebow and the QB situation.
Welcome to the business side of life Tim. This is where adulthood really takes over. What puts me at peace is your faith. This will all work out. We don't have to continue to boo Orton's every move. What is to be is already written. Go Gators!!! And, Go Broncos!!
Who had the best HOF Speech. It's sad to day, I never appreciated any of these athletes. Maybe Marshall Faulk and Richard Dent. But, I thought Deion was too flashy and Sharpe just had a big mouth....literally.
But, I thought both Sharpe and Sanders really brought to life their struggles of being poor and wanting to take their families to the next level. That I applaud them for. And, I love the bond that was so obvious between Sterling and Shannon.
Sad to see Moody cut by the Buffalo Bills. I hope he gets another chance.
Can't wait to see my Gators. Practice has started. I think this year is more anticipated than last year. I just want our team, our offense to redeem itself for the poor showing last year. And, to beat the Seminoles into oblivion.
I have been promising a conversation write up on Ralph Jr. for about two weeks now. I finally buckled down and got it done.
|Ralphael Andreades at the Swamp and FNL|
I have been playing since I was four. And, I played QB. I didn't have a big brother in the family. I am an only child. But, my Dad got me started early.
To get better. Coach Green has me working on my routes. I would like to have more yards and catches this year.
Yes I know who that is. He played for Ga Tech. I liked his game.
I played QB all of my life. But, the coaches came to me and told me I could play on Varsity if I changed to WR, so I did.
Yes I am, I don't know where yet. I would like to take one to Florida though.
It hasn't been that bad. I don't have anything to compare it too though.
I mean I would love it if Florida offered. I have always been a Gator fan. I could see myself going there. I hope they do offer. I will just keep playing and working hard.
It's the SEC and I am excited to have an offer from a team in the best college football conference. I have dealt with Coach Robinson so I haven't had much contact with Coach Petrino.Did you have fun at FNL?
I loved the atmosphere, I loved being in the swamp, it was great competition and it gave me a chance to get better and show the coaches we can play. I talked to Coach Hill.This young man has offers from Arkansas, Florida International, Illinois, Middle Tenn State, Vanderbilt, and Stanford. This is not a bad list at all. And, he picked up and offer from Middle Tenn State since we talked last.
Rivals scouting report....
The best way to sum up Andrades is like this: While he isn't flashy, he's a very good receiver who does a lot of things well. He has good speed and knows how to separate from defensive backs. He also owns good hands. Andrades has a solid build, too.
No matter what, I am sold on Ralphael. Too bad I don't have a say so or I would be in Charlie Weis's ear. Where ever he goes though I am sure he will make an impact.
Thanks Raphael for letting me into the life of an athlete. And, tell your Dad thanks for allowing me to ge to know you. A great family indeed.
True freshman Jacoby Brissett, from Dwyer High School, has some ground to make up as he battles red-shirt freshman Tyler Murphy and freshman Jeff Driskel for the No. 2 quarterback job. Murphy and Driskel both went through spring practices under new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, while Brissett’s first practice was today.
But Brissett does not appear to be lagging behind.
“Just after one day, very pleased with where he is,” Muschamp said. “He certainly has a certain command about him. He’s a guy that is very well respected by his teammates. He’s an outstanding athlete, but he can really throw the football.”
– As for the other freshmen, Muschamp was impressed by TE A.C. Leonard, WR Ja’Juan Story, RB Hunter Joyer, CB Marcus Roberson, CB Loucheiz Purifoy, OG Trip Thurman and LB Graham Stewart.
– He said there was “very good retention” of the system and playbook by the older players and “some decent retention” among the younger ones.
– One guy who looked comfortable was RB Jeff Demps, which is somewhat surprising given that he missed spring practices and was not around much in the summer due to track competitions.
“He looked great, actually. Really good,” Muschamp said. “The players are able to really work with each other in the off-season. The quarterbacks and running backs were getting together on their own on their own time. Really constructive learning as far as those things are concerned. I thought he looked great this morning.”
– Deonte Thompson and Quinton Dunbar have been the two best vertical threatsamong the receivers, but junior Frankie Hammond has been the most complete.
“He’s been our most consistent receiver,” Muschamp said. “What I said was Quinton and Deonte have been our most vertical threats down the field, big-play receivers. They were more of our vertical guys down the field. But Frankie consistently has been our best receiver as far as catching the ball, finishing plays, blocking — all-around receiver play.”
– He probably will not know how good his pass rush is until Florida actually starts playing games. The force of the pass rush looks like it will be LB/DE Ronald Powell, DT Sharrif Floyd, DT Dominique Easley and DE William Green.
Once I found out the announcement was Friday night at 7pm, I wondered what were the teams he was considering. When I discovered it was between Florida and Tennessee I truly said, "It's a wrap." There is no way that kid is going to Tenn amid all of their confusion when he could come to Florida and play under this set of coaches and truly no scandal.
Well, I actually watched the livestream and I heard him say, "Truly Florida is the only school I was seriously considering. It just felt like home."
Well put young man. And, welcome to the family.
The season is here. And, my excitement is along the same level as my nervousness.
I hear that Brantley showed lots of confidence. Well, he needs to and I am pulling for him. I really hope this team comes together nicely over the next 30 days.
Gatornation is anticipating so much. As I was telling someone on Twitter. I have had my ups and downs with my NFL teams. But, with my Gators my loyalty had never wavered.
Update On Lacrosse From Gatorsports....3/20
The No. 10 Florida lacrosse team battled against a quick, aggressive Syracuse squad to defeat the No. 11 team in the country, 16-11, in front of 937 fans at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Gators were led by sophomore attacker Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.), who tied her career-high and her own school record with six goals while adding an assist for a season-high seven points. Florida also saw hat tricks from sophomore midfielders Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) and Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.).
Sophomore attacker Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) tied her career high in points with four (2 goals, 2 assists), adding two draw controls. Sophomore attacker Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) scored and added an assist while sophomore midfielder Jamie Reeg (Atlantis, Fla.) scored her first goal of the season.
The Gators were a perfect 4-for-4 from free position and outshot the Orange, 27-20. Florida won the battle on the draw, 18-10, continuing the Gators’ streak of winning the game when out-drawing their opponent. Chesterman and Dashiell each had a team-high four draw controls, which is Chesterman’s career high.
“The draw is so important,” Florida head coach Amanda O’Leary said. “When you possess the ball, they can’t score. Those 18 draws were critical because we needed possession of the ball. Their attackers are such threats and if you give them an inch, the ball is going in the back of the net.”
Heisman Trophy Winners Since 1970 ....just not relevant to me before then.
Reggie Bush (vacated)
Florida Football 2011 Commitments