March 28th, 2014 02:14pm

Confident Harris looks to flourish in UF’s offense

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In Duke’s 52-48 loss to Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Florida’s newly hired offensive coordinator Kurt Roper gained the approval of Gator fans as his unit racked up 661 yards of total offense. He also won over Treon Harris that night. “I was like, ‘I hope I can play in an offense like that.’ … That was it right there,” he said. At the time, the U.S. Army All-American had been committed to Florida State for almost six months. But Harris didn’t … Read More »
March 27th, 2014 09:54am

McCloud makes another trip to UF

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Four-star athlete Ray-Ray McCloud III of Tampa Sickles made a trip to Florida on Tuesday, his second this month. He visited with Tampa Bay Tech athlete Deon Cain on March 12 and watched the Gators go through their own version of Pro Day for their players. This time around, he was able to see them do much more. “It was a good experience,” McCloud said. “It was my first Florida practice. So I’m glad I got to watch the players and see how … Read More »
March 24th, 2014 09:46pm

Florida brand carries weight with Coney

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Tevon Coney took a two-day trip to Gainesville over the weekend to visit Florida and watch a pair of spring practices. The Palm Beach Gardens linebacker called UF his ‘dream school’ when he was offered by the Gators in late January. One of his family members feels the same way. “I’m a Gator man, been that way all my life,” said his father, Tim Coney. “No matter where you go, anywhere in the country, there’s a Gator somewhere. And that means a lot. “In life … Read More »
March 22nd, 2014 08:31pm

Several recruits, signees attend Saturday’s practice

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The Florida Gators had several of 2014 signees and 2015 recruits on campus Saturday for spring practice. Here are some video interviews and tweets from it. Stay tuned for updates with some of the visitors over the next few days. The Sun has already spoken to quarterback Dwayne Lawson, fullback Chandler Cox, offensive tackle Martez Ivey and cornerback Marcus Lewis. Coach Muschamp!! pic.twitter.com/6cFjU8bTsq — Kahlil McKenzie (@BigBallin28) March 22, 2014 Visit To Florida Went Great — Tevon Coney9⃣ (@TevonConey) March 22, … Read More »
March 22nd, 2014 08:14pm

Lawson visits for second time in as many months

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Tampa Hillsborough quarterback Dwayne Lawson attended Florida’s Junior Day last month to watch film with new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and learn about his system. On Saturday, he saw it first-hand. Lawson attended UF’s third practice of the spring, and its first in pads. “It was fun,” Lawson said. “It was my first time coming out for a practice, so I had a good time.” The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder liked Roper’s up-tempo attack, and he thinks it will help the Gators in 2014. “It was fast,” … Read More »
March 22nd, 2014 10:14am

Lewis loving UF

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Rivals100 cornerback Marcus Lewis (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) is visiting the Sunshine State this week to check out Florida, Florida State and Miami, three schools he says are in his Top 5. The last stop of his trip is UF, where he’ll spend the weekend. After touring the campus Friday, Lewis took in Florida’s second practice of the spring. “It was very fast,” he said. “It was up-tempo. They play hard and physical. So I liked that.” Last week Lewis named the Gators No. 2 on … Read More »
March 22nd, 2014 09:00am

Cox, Ivey comfortable in Gainesville

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Five-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey and fullback Chandler Cox attended Florida’s spring practice Friday, their first trip to UF since visiting for Junior Day. The Apopka teammates continue to build a strong comfort level in Gainesville. “I’ve been up here so much, it’s almost like home,” Ivey said. “It’s just amazing to be up here.” Added Cox, “It was awesome. I always love coming up here. It just feels right.” Ivey, ranked the No. 1 overall prospect by Scout, enjoyed spending time with the … Read More »
March 21st, 2014 08:54am

High-profile visitors on tap for UF this weekend

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Recruiting always picks up with the start of spring football, and that will be the case for Florida this weekend. The Gators have several high-profile visitors attending the next two practices. The biggest names on campus are running Damien Harris (Berea, Ky./Madison Southern) and offensive tackle Martez Ivey (Apopka), both of whom will be at today’s practice. Harris is the nation’s top running back according to Rivals and ESPN, and Ivey is the No. 1 overall prospect is the Scout recruiting rankings. Fullback … Read More »
March 15th, 2014 07:00pm

Sharpe striving for greatness

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David Sharpe doesn’t turn a corner in the hallways of his high school without someone acknowledging him. He’s the big man on campus — both in size and popularity. The Florida signee has only been at Duncan U. Fletcher in Jacksonville for three months, but he’s already well liked by the student body. And at 6-foot-6, 318 pounds, it didn’t take long for him to be noticed. Two years ago, Sharpe caught the eye of a football coach at another nearby high school. “I … Read More »
March 15th, 2014 06:30pm

Farrier wins WR MVP, gets invited to The Opening

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Deondre Farrier continues to make a name for himself in 2014. Back in January the Orlando Lake Nona receiver ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at the Under Armour combine, and last month he committed to Florida. On Wednesday Farrier was offered by Southern Cal, and he capped off his week Saturday by winning WR MVP at the Nike Football Training Camp in Orlando. The event had more than 250 participants. Afterward, Farrier was one of 12 recruits invited to The Opening, … Read More »