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Freshman QB Treon Harris (Gainesville Sun/Matt Stamey)

In 2013, we saw a backup quarterback donning the number “3” come in for Jeff Driskel and help engineer a victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. On Saturday, we saw a backup quarterback donning the number “3” come in for Jeff Driskel and help engineer a victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. Was it pretty? Most certainly not. There are still many areas of this team that need to be addressed; but the most important thing Will Muschamp can take away from Neyland Stadium is a big ol’ W. As I saw it described on Twitter, this game was a “fight to the death with spoons.” The Gators and Vols combined for just 465 yards and six turnovers. However, at the end of a beautiful day in Knoxville, the good guys had ten points and the bad guys had nine. Florida had defeated Tennessee for the tenth consecutive time.

The Gators offense was horrendously stagnant until the freshman Treon Harris entered the game late in the third quarter. Florida scored their first and only touchdown on his first drive behind center, and the entire team seemed to have new life. Not that the defense really needed it anyways. Bryan Cox Jr., playing in remembrance of his late grandfather, registered three of the six Florida sacks. UF also forced three turnovers from UT quarterback Justin Worley. Both interceptions came at critical times in the game — Vernon Hargreaves made a diving pick in the end zone to keep the Vols out of checkerboard, and Keanu Neal ended Tennessee’s final drive (and the game) with his third INT of the season. The performance of the defense was very refreshing to watch, especially after their debacle two weeks ago at Alabama.

However, the big storyline of the afternoon was the Florida quarterback situation. Jeff Driskel seemingly made zero progress from his horrid game in Tuscaloosa. He went 11 for 23 for just 59 yards and three interceptions against the Vols. There was virtually no hope for the offense until Muschamp finally decided to pull the plug on Driskel. After Jalen Tabor’s strip sack/fumble recovery, Florida was in business at the UT 30 yard line. No better time to put in Harris, who made a few nice plays before Matt Jones punched it in from a couple yards out.

Just a short time later, kicker Austin Hardin drilled the biggest field goal of his career — a 49 yarder from the right hash — to give Florida the lead for good. Honestly, most Gator fans had as much faith in Hardin making that FG as they did in FIVE top-10 teams losing this weekend. Both of those things happened, and both were great to watch.

Will Muschamp said post-game that they will evaluate the quarterback situation this week to see who will start against LSU (7:30pm on SEC Network). The best thing Muschamp said on Saturday? In reference to the 100,000+ Tennessee fans, “It’s great to see all these people out here getting disappointed. I love it.” We loved it too, Coach Boom.

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A Streak in Danger? – Chomp Chat Episode 6

 

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OTB contributors Lucas Dolengowski, Morgan Moriarty and Alligator Army’s Andy Hutchins break down Florida’s chances of defeating Tennessee for the 10th straight year, and also take a peek at the huge weekend for teams in the SEC West. Send your emails for next week’s program to thechompchat@gmail.com!

 

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Gator Nation Headquarters in Knoxville

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Traveling to Knoxville? Join the brand new Knoxville Gator Club® on Saturday, October 4, 2014 as the Gators take on the Tennessee Volunteers!

Gator Headquarters, will be at the Church Street United Methodist Church parking lot located at 900 Henley Street, just south from the Knoxville Convention Center from 8:00-11:00 am EST.

Enjoy some fellowship in a Gator friendly gathering place less than a mile from Neyland Stadium and meet the new Knoxville Gator Club. Limited food and drinks will be available. You’re best to BYOB (Beer, Bourbon, etc…).

I’ve been to a bunch of away games and ended up wandering around aimlessly. This is meant to be a nice place to spend a little time with more BLUE than Orange that day.

No tickets for the game? No problem. Join the Knoxville Gator Club® for their viewing party at the Blackhorse Pub and Brewery (4429 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919), in Western Plaza.

If you are arriving early and staying in Knoxville, come join the Gators at Calhoun’s On the River (400 Neyland Dr. Knoxville, TN 37902) on Friday night.

Hope to see you there! Wear Blue! Go Gators!

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Meet Gators 2015 QB Commit Sheriron Jones

In Southern California this year, a historic quarterback class is the story of the high school football season. Three of the top four quarterbacks and five of the top 10 in Scout’s 2015 national rankings play in the CIF Southern Section. In total, eight seniors are committed to power conference programs (Alabama, Oregon, USC and UCLA to name a few) and a few more may join them. As Bruce Feldman wrote back in May, the potential for future success on Saturdays and Sundays means we may look back on this as one of the most loaded position classes in one region ever.

As we at FOX Sports West began preparations for coverage of the high school football season, I wanted to focus on these quarterbacks and come up with something special celebrating them. My idea was to do a series of features highlighting the quarterbacks, spending time with them on the field, in the film room and talking to them and their coaches. And now that we are a few features in, I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done putting together our “Year of the Quarterback” series.

This past Friday, we debuted our piece on Sheriron Jones, a four-star QB out of Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley (CA), the same high school Ronald Powell attended. If you don’t know, Jones is committed to Florida, and assuming he keeps that commitment (maybe a longshot given Will Muschamp’s uncertain future?), he adds to the Gators growing depth at QB and could contend for the starting job as early as 2016. He is a really bright kid, with a great head on his shoulders, great knowledge of the game, excellent instincts and great fundamentals. Here’s our Prep Zone analyst and Scout’s Director of Scouting Greg Biggins’ take on Jones:

Jones is a dual threat QB in that he’s very athletic but is more polished and a better pure passer in the pocket than given credit for. He shows poise in the pocket, is a natural leader and can get the ball down the field. He can scramble for yardage or buy time in the pocket and then make a throw when a play breaks down. He needs to tighten his release just a bit but is overall, solid mechanically and has some definite upside to him.

Check out our piece at the link below. He throws a very pretty ball and I love his take on being an athletic QB that prefers to stay in the pocket. I guarantee this will get you excited for his possible arrival in Gainesville.

Year of the Quarterback Profile: Sheriron Jones

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Bye Week Blues – Chomp Chat Episode 5

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It was a disappointing result for the Orange and Blue on Saturday against Alabama. The offense struggled (to put it mildly) and the defense gave up the most yards ever by Florida team. But the bye week has come at a perfect time, as Will Muschamp and his staff have an extra week to prepare for Tennessee and re-evaluate the state of his program.

The usual Chomp Chat crew of Lucas Dolengowski, Morgan Moriarty, Scott Francis and Andy Hutchins reflect on Florida’s beatdown in Tuscaloosa and discuss the near future of Gator football. Listen to this week’s episode below, and send in your emails (we know you all have PLENTY of opinions) for next week’s program at thechompchat@gmail.com.

 

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They Are Who We Thought They Were

If for some reason you are optimistic about the state of the football program at the University of Florida, you might want to see a doctor. There is something seriously wrong with you. No matter what you try to tell yourself, the decay is deep in Gainesville. Even the eternal optimists who predicted 8 or 9 wins because of health and a new offensive coordinator and better luck know this now. The past two games proved it unequivocally. They are who we thought they were.


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Don’t let the fact that Florida was tied with Alabama in the third quarter fool you. Don’t think the Gators “only” losing by 21 somehow shows improvement.  That was an utter and complete whipping the likes of which haven’t been seen in Gainesville in a long time 10 whole months. Alabama should have won that game by 50 or 60. The Tide’s numbers were staggering – 645 total yards, 449 passing yards, 28 first downs, 12 for 16 third-down conversions and 39:16 time of possession. The Gators’ numbers were right in line with what we’ve seen for a few years now – 200 total yards, 11 first downs, 9 for 28 passing, 3 turnovers. Florida showed zero competency on offense. Shockingly, they proved to be just as inept defensively. The one thing Will Muschamp could always hang his hat on – defense – is no longer a functioning unit. The blown coverages and big passing plays were obvious but what really killed were the missed tackles. I haven’t seen the stat anywhere but I’m guessing the Gators missed somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 tackles.

Jeff Driskel is a good person. He is a tough kid. He has dealt with a ton of adversity in Gainesville and always addressed it head on, with courage and conviction. I hope he has a long, happy life with a successful career in the field of his choosing. But he is not a quarterback who can play football in the SEC. He is not capable of reading the secondary and making the correct throw. He is not capable of reading fronts and knowing when to handoff and when to keep the ball on the read option. He is horribly inaccurate with any pass farther than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. And there is no way on Earth the Gators can be a great team, let alone a good team, unless the rest of the offense performs at an elite level. Demarcus Robinson and Matt Jones did it against Kentucky and saved the day. Against Alabama, no one else on offense was even above average. No one could make a play. In fact despite all of Driskel’s struggles, the play that summarized the day for me was Quinton Dunbar’s drop on third down in the first quarter. Florida punted and Alabama’s next play was the bomb to Amari Cooper to tie the game at 14. If the Gators aren’t going to be elite at every other offensive position, they can’t be successful with a mediocre quarterback.

So where does this leave us? Well as the great Dennis Green said, we all have to admit Florida is what we thought they were. A deeply flawed program that resides in the middle of the SEC pack. The Gators have no shot of beating elite teams. They have little chance of betting even good to great teams, barring complete self-immolation on the part of the opponents (Bama tried this for a 32 minutes and still won by 21). The rest? Well, they will be rock fights and history suggests losses more often than wins. That means that when you look at the rest of the 2014 schedule, Florida is assured of only one more win the rest of the way. There is one guaranteed loss to Florida State and one highly likely loss to South Carolina. LSU, Missouri and Georgia are games that lean as likely losses. Only Tennessee and Vanderbilt are SEC games that are winnable, but as I said both will be close and Florida will need to be lucky at times in those games to win. We are a program that should feel good when it makes a bowl game and has a winning record. We are North Carolina. We are Iowa.

Add it all up and there is little doubt that Muschamp’s days are numbered. Jeremy Foley, as blind as he’s been, saw what we all saw tonight. I vividly remember the Fiesta Bowl against Nebraska in 1996 as I’m sure Foley does. And tonight was worse. It is appropriate that the final nail in Muschamp’s coffin was Lane Kiffin. The Muschamp era can be summed up by saying that he was outcoached by Kiffin and it wasn’t close. Like most life threatening illnesses, just because Florida will survive after Muschamp doesn’t mean the recovery will be easy. Whoever is the new coach in 2015 will find a program as far removed from contending for any kind of championship as the Gators have been since 1986. It took four long years of .500 records and a Hail Mary coaching hire of a once-in-a-lifetime genius to resurrect the program. That’s what the Gator Nation now faces.

Knowing what we know and knowing who we are might actually be a good thing. Last week, there was a lot of anger and unhappiness after Florida beat Kentucky in a thriller. But given the state of the program, that’s just stupid. We should have enjoyed every minute of that game and felt on top of the world after the win. That’s the approach each of us should take for the foreseeable future. A win, any win, is to be celebrated like a championship. Enjoy them when they happen. Because lately and for the near future, they don’t happen very often.

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We Want Bama? We Got Bama – Chomp Chat Episode 4

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Andre Debose catches a TD on the first play against Alabama in 2011.

Following Florida’s triple overtime thriller against Kentucky last Saturday, the Gators face arguably their toughest test of the season this weekend — on the road at Allllabama (Brent Musburger voice). The OTB trio of Lucas Dolengowski, Morgan Moriarty and Scott Francis welcome Gator Country’s Nick De La Torre to the program for the first time, as they size up UF’s chances of knocking off the 3rd ranked team in the country. This episode is perfect for your road trip to Tuscaloosa!  LISTEN AND SHARE!

 

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Phew.

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Demarcus Robinson went beast mode with 15 catches for 216 yards and 2 TDs and the defense dodged some near-fatal bullets as the Gators – somehow – found a way to edge Kentucky, 36-30 in a triple overtime thriller.

Wildcats running back JoJo Kemp had some rather confident comments for the media earlier in the week, saying  “It’s going to be fun walking out with a victory and rubbing it in their faces.” Credit to Mark Stoops’ troops, because they came to play. It seemed like it all the makings of a streak-breaking stunner in The Swamp. On a night when so many things seemingly went UK’s way – dropped interceptions by Florida (at least five), penalty calls (and no-calls) and a 51 yard game tying field goal that banked in off the inside of the upright – the Gators refused to yell uncle. As I’m writing this, there were so many weird/awesome/lucky plays that keep coming to my mind:

  •  Florida realistically could have had six interceptions off Patrick Towles. Vernon Hargreaves dropped two (?!?!?!!!?!?), from what I recall.
  • The ridiculous busted coverage by the Gators secondary that led to a wide-open TD for Kentucky.
  • The pass that Jeff Driskel threw right to Wildcat corner Fred Tiller who somehow didn’t catch it, then deflected perfectly into the hands of Demarcus Robinson.
  • I’m still baffled as to how the ridiculously blatant late hit on Kelvin Taylor wasn’t called a penalty.
  • The very first play of overtime: The Florida defense had Stanley Williams dead to rights in the backfield, but a couple missed tackles allowed Williams to reverse the entire field and score a touchdown. You could hear a pin drop after that.
  • The play of the game, obviously, was Driskel to Robinson on 4th The Gators had no timeout to use and were scrambling to get to the line, but somehow they got the snap off and Driskel made (by far) his best throw of the night.
  • Brian Poole’s GREAT pass break up in the corner of the end zone on 3rd down in the 3rd overtime period, right before the missed field goal by Austin MacGinnis.
  • That missed field goal from MacGinnis. Wide right!

The first 30 minutes of this game were a slugfest; the score was 3-3 at the half. The 3rd quarter, on the other hand, was wrought with nonsense and plenty of offense – a combined 31 points before “We Are The Boys.” The 4th quarter? Two Keanu Neal interceptions, two missed field goals by UF (one apiece from Hardin and Velez) and three total points. The overtime session produced an array of emotions so rangy, you might as well have been watching an episode of “Breaking Bad.” But in the end, it was jubilation for the Orange and Blue when Matt Jones punched it in the end zone for the walk-off win.

Plenty of Gator fans were griping both during and after the game about the victory. With the current state of Florida football, I understand people’s concern. Florida had defeated Kentucky in 27 straight contests (now 28) and we almost saw that go down the drain on Saturday night. Was it a pretty win? Certainly not. But it was a win nonetheless, and an SEC victory too. The Gators are still 2-0. And you should be content with that. We will see what these boys are truly made of next Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

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You Never Forget Your First Gators Game

Entering Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the first time, I had no idea what awaited me inside. I was a high school senior, only 16 at the time, and this was my first trip to Gainesville and of course my first Gators football game. As excited as I was, there was just no way I could have known how much the experience would impact me and change the course of my life.

My buddy Joel was a student already and invited us for Homecoming. My friend Ski and I drove five hours from Lake Worth taking the long way up I-95 and across on State Road 40. The leisurely route mostly through the less populated portion of the state made it seem like I was a lot farther from home than 300 miles. Compared to South Florida, the stretch from north of Jupiter to Ormand Beach and then across through the Ocala National Forest seemed as desolute as the moon. I remember passing Micanopy along 441 and seeing Paynes Prairie for the first time and wondering if Gainesville was a city or an outpost in the African savanna.

Welcome to Paynes Prairie

Welcome to Paynes Prairie

It was shocking how quickly the University sprung up as we made our way up 13th Street. Within minutes, we pulled onto campus and circled the parking lot in front of Broward Hall (which apparently doesn’t exist anymore). We spent a few minutes trying to reach our buddy via the call box outside Broward and when he didn’t answer, we had no choice but to settle down on the curb and wait for him (love you pre-cell era). This was a great decision because it allowed me my first glimpse of college students in their natural habitat. People came and went as I watched in awe. Pizza deliveries at 10pm, beautiful girls everywhere, no adults anywhere, complete and total freedom.

Friday was my first glimpse of campus in the daylight. Century Tower seemed to punctuate my giddiness like a giant exclamation point rising overhead. I soaked it all in, blown away by the contrast between the hustle and bustle of the masses headed to and from class with the serenity of the trees and expanses of open space around the Reitz Union and the Plaza of the Americas. Later that night was my first college party experience at Regency Oaks. I was nervous as hell, assuming people would stare and wonder why such a young kid was hanging around. But in fact, it was just the opposite. No one cared, everyone was cool and the beer flowed well into the wee hours.

As game time approached on Saturday, I was drunk on the enormity of the entire experience (and a couple Natural Lights). All that I had seen and experienced didn’t seem real. And maybe it wasn’t, maybe I had imagined and dreamed most of it. And there was still the final experience, the reason we were there in the first place. The Game. We must have passed a thousand RVs parked along Archer Road. People seemed to multiply the closer we got, every square inch of campus seemingly filled with tailgaters. As we made our way up North-South Drive from Museum Road, the stadium grew, filling the sky. Flesh pressed flesh as I waited at Gate 14 to enter.

When I stepped into the stands for the first time, the first thing I noticed were the angular orange walls rising up with slogans declaring “This is Gator Country” and “Home of the Florida Gators”. The newly installed Sunshine Seats, which had just opened that season, loomed to the right and the press box was straight ahead, creating an enormous enclosed space that literally sucked my breath away. The band was playing, people were clapping along and the players… my God, the players. I played football my whole life until I was 15 and was friends with most of the guys on our high school team. But those kids on the field were giants. Our seats were so close, I could smell the grass and taste the Gatorade. As kickoff neared, the Orange and Blue chant began. I had attended many Dolphins games as a kid so organized chants in a huge stadium were new to me. Sure we did them at our high school games but it was with one side of the bleachers. “Blue” shot from our side, only to be eclipsed by the roar of “Orange” from the alumni side crashing over us like a ten-foot wave.

Still my favorite font for the stadium walls. Keep in mind the now ubiquitous "Work Em Silly Gators" sign didn't appear until 1993.

Still my favorite font for the stadium walls. Keep in mind the now ubiquitous “Work Em Silly Gators” sign didn’t appear until 1993.

Then the band began a familiar refrain, one I had heard on television but never before experienced. Biology is a wonderful thing. Instincts kick in and young birds can fly, baby spiders spin webs and just hatched turtles crawl for the ocean. For Gators fans, when the tubas and trombones begin to play, the body just naturally knows what to do – arms outstretch, right over left, up and down to the beat. I had no control, nature was in charge.

The game eventually began. Florida clobbered a Northern Illinois squad that was years away from becoming the MAC juggernaut we know today. Harrison Houston was one of my favorite players and he caught a touchdown in the corner of the end zone in front of us. Willie Jackson and Errict Rhett scored as well. At the end of the third quarter, I had no idea what was happening but my friends talked me through my first “We are the Boys” and the spectacle of everybody in the stadium, swaying arm-in-arm was overwhelming. Being a part of that, with 85,000 friends I’d never met and never would, was exhilarating.

The Gators won in a rout 41-10. Afterward because of 13 penalties in the game, the Head Ball Coach said, “We looked stupid out there. I told our coaches we must have looked like the worst-coached team in America. I was embarrassed to be coach of this bunch.” Spurrier was the greatest even back then in only his second season in Gainesville.

When I got back home, I knew I was a Gator. I knew all my other college applications were pointless and that acceptance to UF was all that mattered. A month or two later, I received the letter in the mail and the transformation was complete.

I never spent much time wondering about what would have happened if I never made that first trip to Gainesville until two weeks ago when I took my sons – ages 8 and 6 – on their first trip to Gainesville for their first Gators game. We live in California and although we visit Florida once every year or two, it isn’t usually during football season because they are in school. Plus, I wanted to wait until they were older and would appreciate the experience more. I planned out the trip this year knowing that our only shot was the season opener before school started after Labor Day. And I figured why not make it a bit of a reunion with some of my old friends and their families as well.

We rolled into Gainesville on Friday afternoon. The weather forecast was sketchy for the entire weekend, but I grew up in Florida and knew rain cleared out quickly this time of year and there was really nothing to worry about. While my kids spent time with their grandmother and my wife napped in the hotel room, I strolled around campus by myself, lost in past memories and dreaming of my kids one day creating their own. The rain began to fall and I parked myself on a bench outside Library West looking out at the peaceful Plaza of the Americas. I was happy the rain came Friday, figuring we’d be in the clear the rest of the weekend because of it.

UF's campus really is one of the most beautiful in the world

UF’s campus really is one of the most beautiful in the world

Saturday was absolutely glorious. The late game meant we had time for some tailgating, mixed in with a stroll around campus to show the boys the beauty of it. First mission was to find an alligator and we lucked out in the pond next to Graham Hall.

A four-footer wading in the Graham Pond

A four-footer wading in the Graham Pond

That little guy was the first gator the kids had ever seen that wasn’t at a zoo. We toured Turlington Plaza and the Rock (six-year-old “yeah, so, it’s a rock) and Century Tower (eight-year-old “it isn’t as tall as I thought it would be”).

"Hey kids, Daddy used to ride his bike right through here" "Who cares Dad!"

“Hey kids, Daddy used to ride his bike right through here”
“Who cares Dad!”

We tailgated with my old friends Tom, Michelle, Jim, Jason, Kik, Bryan and their families for a few hours. It was great catching up and reliving old stories but the real joy was in watching my boys interact with the other kids. After the initial chill, my oldest son broke the ice and eventually the boys were off and running together in a pack. It was Tom and Michelle’s sons first game ever too so this was a bond they’d all share together.

It is easy to make friends when you wear orange and blue

It is easy to make friends when you wear orange and blue

Hot and sunny all day, sure enough as game time approached, the temperature dropped, the wind picked up and the sky darkened.  Before we even made it inside the Swamp, the game had been delayed. Hours ticked by but I was not giving up hope. We had come too far. We wanted this too much. I needed this too much. Eventually, the tweets began that the game was going to start at 9:50 pm. We hustled back with kids in tow as fast as we could but didn’t make it in time for the kickoff. Before we entered the gates, the game was delayed once more. By now, the very real possibility that the game was going to be canceled was starting to set in.

This time we decided to wait it out inside the stadium. It was hardly the grand entrance I had experienced 23 years prior. There were still thousands of people mulling around but everyone was dazed, confused and exhausted. Every lightning strike pierced another hole in our hearts. The rain was still falling and the exhaustion weighed heavily on all of us, especially the kids. I felt like Clark Griswold. I wasn’t just going to ignore the moose telling me the park was closed, I was going to punch it in the face and get us inside if it was the last thing I ever did. I dragged the kids down to our seats and we waited for only a few minutes in the rain before the public address announcer delivered the final, crushing blow. My kids would not see their first Gators game. They would not do the Gator Chomp or sing “We are the Boys”. They wouldn’t marvel at the size of the players, the size of the crowd or the size of the stadium. The dream was over.

At least we had good seats to see the rain fall and pool up on the field

At least we had good seats to see the rain fall and pool up on the field

I’m still not over our lost trip and probably won’t ever be. The kids are just fine in the way that kids always are. They had a good time in Gainesville, had fun meeting new people, enjoyed seeing my old home. But me? Nah. Because I know that if I could have given them that first experience, that first time, they would have been Gators for life. Because we live so far away, there is a very good chance they won’t share my affection for UF, let alone attend it some day. This was my chance but it didn’t happen.

When Florida and Eastern Michigan kicked off Saturday, my wife asked my oldest son if he wanted to sit and watch some of the game with me instead of going outside to play with his friends. As if the kid could read my mind, he replied “No thanks. Maybe if I had actually seen the Gators play…” There is no maybe about it, son. You never forget your first Gators game.

If you are in Gainesville now, never take a game for granted. Live life like each and every game is your first. Enjoy it for all of us who would do anything to be there but can’t be. As for me, all is not lost. I’ll get the family back. And when those boys finally do see it, I’m going to see it through their eyes for the first time. How sweet that will be.

Editor’s note – Considering this is the week the #GatorsAlways video was launched, this post fits right in with that theme. We wish we were smart enough to time it that way but it just worked out (through procrastination mostly since I wanted to write this last week). If you haven’t seen the incredible video yet, check it out. Always share your memories of your first Gators game with us in the comments below or tweet them to us @OurTwoBits and @shawn_kopelakis using #GatorsAlways.

 

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Uniform Drama & Chomp Chat Episode 3

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Florida had an incredible first game. Excitement in every quarter. A 65-0 drumming of Eastern Michigan. Florida “kicks-off” its SEC Schedule against Kentucky on Saturday at 7:30pm on SEC Network. For a solid recap of the Eastern Michigan game and what to look forward to against Kentucky, please listen to the 3rd installment of the “Chomp Chat” podcast.

UNIFORMS. HELMETS. JERSEYS. PANTS. AND SHOES.

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Some uniform news. Because some people actually care about what their favorite football team wears. The rumor on social media is that the Florida Gators will be breaking out the Orange Jerseys for Kentucky. Students and fans are calling for an Orange Out. We’ll see if there is official news from the program later in the week on the topic. Don’t buy into the curse of the Orange Jerseys.  Florida should be able to beat Kentucky for the 28th time in a row playing in their underwear.

And for even more ridiculousness, take a look at what the Tennessee Vols are going to wear against Florida in a few weeks (Editor’s Note: This is the retail version of the jersey that that Vols plan to wear.)…

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