Power rankings: What Gators position groups are most reliable, least reliable after spring?

We’re past spring practice, but still far away from the start of fall practice.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain watches a play during a spring football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun via AP)
Florida head coach Jim McElwain watches a play during a spring football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

So what do we do? Let’s take a step back and take a look at where Florida’s position groups stand after the spring. Continue reading “Power rankings: What Gators position groups are most reliable, least reliable after spring?”

Trio of JUCO signees poised to make immediate impact for Florida Gators

The Gators brought in a school-record 12 early enrollees this year.

Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro (15) celebrates after making a field goal during a spring football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun via AP)
Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro (15) celebrates after making a field goal during a spring football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

But how many will make an immediate impact? It’s pretty safe to expect the three junior college early enrollees to contribute this upcoming season. Continue reading “Trio of JUCO signees poised to make immediate impact for Florida Gators”

Florida Gators: 5 things to watch in Friday’s spring football game

After a month full of practices, Florida’s spring game is almost here.

New Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro is one to watch in Friday's spring game. (UAA Communications photo by Tim Casey)
New Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro is one to watch in Friday’s spring game. (UAA Communications photo by Tim Casey)

The Gators will take the field in the Swamp on Friday at 7 p.m. for the Orange & Blue Debut. The way teams will be split up is still unknown, but the structure of the game has been decided. Continue reading “Florida Gators: 5 things to watch in Friday’s spring football game”

Notebook: Gators quarterbacks ‘took some steps back’ during spring scrimmage

GAINESVILLE — The quarterback battle has been one of the most intriguing spring storylines for the Gators, but coach Jim McElwain wasn’t overly impressed with how the quarterbacks played in Florida’s second spring scrimmage Friday.

Quarterback Luke Del Rio throws a pass during the Gators' first day of spring football practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Sanders Practice Fields in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Courtney Culbreath
Quarterback Luke Del Rio throws a pass during the Gators’ first day of spring football practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Sanders Practice Fields in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Courtney Culbreath

“Quarterbacks, eh, just OK. I mean not great, not bad, just kind of keep working on the consistency piece there,” McElwain said Monday. Continue reading “Notebook: Gators quarterbacks ‘took some steps back’ during spring scrimmage”

Weekly Three: QB Austin Appleby transferred to Gators to ‘earn this starting job’

Welcome to a new feature on the Gator Bytes blog.

Gators quarterback Austin Appleby throws a pass in practice. (UAA Communications photo by Courtney Culbreath)
Gators quarterback Austin Appleby throws a pass in practice. (UAA Communications photo by Courtney Culbreath)

Each weekend, we will look back and rank the three biggest stories from that week. Here’s the first edition of the “Weekly Three” … Continue reading “Weekly Three: QB Austin Appleby transferred to Gators to ‘earn this starting job’”

Florida Gators: 3 newcomers most likely to make an immediate impact

Spring football has given Gators coaches their first look at the newcomers who enrolled in January.

Running back Mark Thompson receives a handoff during the Gators' first day of spring football practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Sanders Practice Fields in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Allison Deutch
Running back Mark Thompson receives a handoff during the Gators’ first day of spring football practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Sanders Practice Fields in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Allison Deutch

Out of the 25 signees in Florida’s 2016 recruiting class and one graduate transfer, who has the best chance at making an immediate impact this season? Continue reading “Florida Gators: 3 newcomers most likely to make an immediate impact”

Gators RB Jordan Scarlett calls Citrus Bowl suspension “humbling experience”

Running back Jordan Scarlett learned a lot during his first season with the Gators.

Jordan Scarlett #25 of the Florida Gators rushes for yardage during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 31, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jordan Scarlett #25 of the Florida Gators rushes for yardage during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 31, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The former Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas star arrived to Gainesville as a four-star prospect, but he ended his freshman season serving a one-game suspension. Scarlett was suspended for the Citrus Bowl after being charged on Dec. 23 with first degree misdemeanors for marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Continue reading “Gators RB Jordan Scarlett calls Citrus Bowl suspension “humbling experience””

Gators LB Jarrad Davis ‘really excited’ to practice against big RB Mark Thompson

Running back Mark Thompson hasn’t put on pads yet since joining the Gators this offseason.

Running back Mark Thompson receives a handoff during the Gators' first day of spring football practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Sanders Practice Fields in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Allison Deutch
Running back Mark Thompson receives a handoff during the Gators’ first day of spring football practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Sanders Practice Fields in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Allison Deutch

But Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis is already envisioning what it’s going to be like to try to tackle the 6-foot-2, 242-pound Thompson. Continue reading “Gators LB Jarrad Davis ‘really excited’ to practice against big RB Mark Thompson”

Florida Gators 2016 spring practice preview: Running backs

With the start of spring practice inching closer — March 9 — we’ll take a look at the state of each position. We focus on the running backs today, and shift to a different position each weekday leading up to the start of spring practice.
Continue reading “Florida Gators 2016 spring practice preview: Running backs”

Mailbag: Will Mark Thompson be Florida Gators’ starting running back in 2016?

As the start of spring practice inches closer and closer, it’s time to answer more football questions.

Mark Thompson (Photo from 247Sports)
Mark Thompson (Photo from 247Sports)

If you weren’t able to ask a question this week, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter, e-mail (achiang@pbpost.com) or Facebook.) Continue reading “Mailbag: Will Mark Thompson be Florida Gators’ starting running back in 2016?”