Looks like we've honed in on Frost and our boosters have already been in contact with his representatives gauging interest. Spurrier has allegedly told Stricklin this is the guy we need and we need to move on him now so don't be surprised if things escalate quickly. Will update soon as i can dig up more
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We, my wife and I, don't go to games much any more. We're 72 years old but still strong
Gator fans. But HD big screen TVs help make
it real. With the DVR you can quickly do your
We turn the TV volume down and listen to
Mick and Lee. We almost never have
company. That is a special time in our household. We've been married 54 years. Before I married her, her father took me to my first Gator game. Don Edgington blocked an extra point attempt and we beat Miss St 14 - 13. That day I became a gator fan.
We enjoy watching the game making as much noise as we like, giving high fives for good plays and full embracing for a Gator score. After the game, cough, cough, I mean
victory, we enjoy a good New York strip, baked potato and salad. It Is alway a great day. I personally prefer them in all
blue. I am starting to like the all orange.
And after that...... we use to always enjoy some good 'gator tail'. At the age of 72 that doesn't happen every time now. But it still happens some of the times.
- Thread: Recruit/Commit Update
Just a little info to share on commit Dameon Pierce. Bainbridge played pre-season scrimmage against Lowndes County HS (Valdosta GA). Format was three quarters varsity, one quarter JV. Lowndes won the varsity session 14-0 and kept Dameon bottled-up between the tackles fairly effectively. He did have a few nice runs where he allowed blocks to set up and then effectively cut off of them, one went for about fifty yards. Even on the nulls, he was difficult to bring down and I think this speaks to the pride and tenacity with which he plays.
Dameon was targeted a few times in the passing game. He only had a couple of catchable balls and one resulted in an interference penalty. His best reception was a nice reception up the seam for about twenty. His best route was slipping out of the backfield up the middle of the field where he got behind the safety. The QB overthrew him, but an on-target shot would have been a score. He can definitely run a route and make the catch.
Lowndes was a bigger school and looks to be pretty sporty this season. Bainbridge threatened to score twice (once inside the ten), but wound up turning it over on downs. Since the game doesn't really count, you could say they made a decent showing, even though the OL struggled against Lowndes front seven. These games are valuable in terms of assessment leading into the regular season. I'll update this thread a little later when the stats are available. Bottom line is that I think Dameon's got a chance to play some good ball for us...just got to get him to campus (seems like you got to qualify comments on about all the recruits like this these days!). For what it's worth, he told me he was happy and solid and that Coach Seider had made a great impression and developed a good relationship with him. Positives are good to hear. More later...
- Thread: Bits & Pieces: Florida vs. Iowa
If nothing else can be said, it was nice to see the bowl outcome today on the heels of the end to this season (and last). Seemed to be a better attitude and certainly effort this year compared to the last bowl and that was surely heartening given the depleted roster. The biggest question I have now is what type of impact will this game have on the remaining weeks of this recruiting cycle? Most definitely it would have to give a little confidence in the program to some of the remaining targets and perhaps bolster the committed to prevent any last minute flips? I would like to think that a couple of staff changes would also help as well, but that remains to be seen. So for a few moments, maybe it's best to just enjoy a bowl outcome that was once consistently expected and reflect on a game that didn't end as closely as many of us initially thought:
- The way Appleby started, I couldn't help but think that we were going to be down a couple of scores and fail to get any closer given our offensive woes and Iowa's defensive rep. But that wasn't the case. He shook off some early gaffs and settled in to do enough good to help us win. I wouldn't say he "carved" the Hawkeyes up by any means, but he made a few nice throws and managed the lead. Again, I think he's a good young man, but not a particularly great QB (better than LDR), so it was good to see him go out on a positive note. That said, I hope we are past the transfer QB's for a while even though the fact that we didn't pull a red shirt off even as bad as we struggled from this position this year doesn't exactly fill me with confidence!
- Marcel Harris continues to improve. Nice to see him becoming a leader of the D by his improved play and aggressiveness. Several other youngsters gave notice...Vosean Joseph and Chauncey Gardner did a lot of good things obviously and maybe even without the recognizable depth, we are developing a nucleus of the next great unit? Time will tell, but the aforementioned depth, especially at LB, has to begin being addressed now. We'll see if any can be added at this late date.
- Stopping the Hawkeyes drive to begin the second half was big. They were running it up our @ss and a score could have given them the momentum and created some doubt on our part. But we avoided it and went on to put some points of our own up on the board. Kudos to our guys in this regard.
- A few things that concern me still are the poor fundamentals that we seem to display every game. Defensively, the two most concerning are the tackling errors (high, poor wrap-up, flying in out of control with no break down) and loss of contain by the DE's, particularly against the boot action where we flatten out and can't redirect once the QB changes direction. This continues to speak to shoddy coaching IMO seeing how it has been continuous. Youth of the players is a contributing factor but shouldn't be an excuse at this point.
- Digging up an old debate, I'll be glad to not have to see Appleby try the little pitch to his left ever again. Sure, it would have had a positive outcome if it could have been executed. Poor guy looked like he was wearing two slick furry mittens. Thank goodness that play wasn't for the win.
- OL was decent in pass pro and erratic with run blocking. I'd still have to say that they ended the season better than they began, but this is a group that will need to be much more consistent next season. We all know this, but can it happen?
- DL, with a few exceptions, was pretty decent most of the game and got some pressure on the Iowa QB. Nice to see Brantley and Ivie make a couple of plays and go out on a high note. Most think we've got a few good youngsters, but we need some more bodies and talent as well. Kid from Leesburg would be a great addition if we could add him. Our high school played him this year and he pretty much wrecked us single-handedly, and we've got a RB committed to Bama who is pretty special but was held to far less than what he usually averages rushing.
- I was glad to see Garcia get to step in and play. Another good kid who is also a great citizen and representative of the Gators. That said, he struggled, but benefitted from our DL play. He didn't hurt us and will take some great memories with him.
- Got tired of hearing the announcers beat the Iowa QB's hamstring injury and him staying in the game to death. It's football. Players are supposed to play through some pain, or at least they used to.
- Hate to see our punter leave. He was a good one. Could flip the field as good as anyone. Hope he has a career at the pro level that equals Ray Guy.
I'll continue to point out how amazed I am that Applebee is 10x the Gator that any of our post-Tebow QBs have been. It's troubling to say the least. Not a great QB(though who was under our last two staffs?), but a solid Gator that I wish we'd had around for more than one year.
- Thread: Aaron Hernandez Commits Suicide
Here's the problem w/ the pumping (and I've mentioned this many times). Message boards have been around through the Zook, Muschamp, and McElwain years and it's the same thing over and over w/ the pumping. I understand being excited and supportive, but there's another side of this. As pumpers think - for some unknown reason - that their positivity is helping w/ recruiting or whatever....but what they are really doing is staying aboard a sinking ship to the detriment of "the program". UF Football is bigger than Jim McElwain, just like UF Football was bigger than Ron Zook and Will Muschamp.
"Pumpers" wear this support for a failing coach as a badge of honor and it's disgusting. Most of us who spend time on message boards follow "the program" more than most casual fans (i.e. the one's who come for a tailgate and cannot tell you the name of the starting Center or MLB, only the star players). Football is not rocket science. It's pretty easy to identify a mediocre coach or a very good coach. Pumpers take it personal that anyone would suggest "their" coach was mediocre! They cling to the failing coach literally until the day he's gone (some, as in Muschamp's case, even suggested "did we make a mistake firing him?"). So, while you're busy beating your chest over your support for the coach....."the program" is sinking (don't believe it? go look at the stands!). This happened for Zook and it happened again for Muschamp. Pumpers start threads about how great the hire was....how this is the "next Spurrier".....how Foley "hit a homerun!".....how this coach is "the best recruiter", "can develop talent", "is the most honest/ethical coach in the country...", etc, etc. When you step back from it, it's pretty stupid. Just like when people say that a recruit committed to "the school" and not to "the coach" (when a coaching change happens). As a fan, you should be committed to "the program", not the coach! Long after Jim McElwain is hanging out on his ranch in Montana counting all that UF cash....."the program" will still be here and you will be rooting for the next coach. You think fans would have learned their lesson w/ Urban Meyer - a pure coaching mercenary. There's no loyalty in coaching. Even Steve Spurrier said "see ya!" (I know....the "dumpers" ran him off").
I will repeat: the UF Football Program is bigger than Jim McElwain!
And Jim McElwain is sinking The Program.....
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- Thread: Cheese thread
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