Florida Gators make Jim McElwain highest paid coach in SEC East

GAINESVILLE — Florida head coach Jim McElwain is getting a hefty raise.

Jim McElwain head coach of the Florida Gators wave to fans as he leaves the field after a 21-3 win over the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Jim McElwain head coach of the Florida Gators wave to fans as he leaves the field after a 21-3 win over the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Following a 10-4 season where McElwain led the Gators to the Southeastern Conference title game, McElwain’s annual compensation is jumping from $3.5 million per year to $4.25 million per year, with his contract still running through the 2020 season. Continue reading “Florida Gators make Jim McElwain highest paid coach in SEC East”

Notebook: Florida Gators set to hold first spring scrimmage Thursday

GAINESVILLE — Florida is scheduled to hold its first full spring scrimmage Thursday.

Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators waves to the crowd after the game against the Mississippi Rebels on October 3, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators waves to the crowd after the game against the Mississippi Rebels on October 3, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Coach Jim McElwain said the team will have between 117-128 reps inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, with an emphasis on situational drills.

[Gators QB Del Rio turned down McElwain recruiting bid in 2012]

[Q&A with Florida Gators QB Luke Del Rio]

“We’ll work some situational things, some third down, some red area, some goal-line,” McElwain said. “Just so we’re kind of doing some two-minute before the half, two-minute at the end of the game, some of those kind of things just from a situation standpoint and see how the guys handle that.” Continue reading “Notebook: Florida Gators set to hold first spring scrimmage Thursday”

Q&A with Florida Gators QB Luke Del Rio

Luke Del Rio met with the media Wednesday for the first time since transferring to Florida last offseason.

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

Our Gators correspondent Luis Torres was there for Del Rio’s interview. Del Rio is considered the early front-runner to be Florida’s starting quarterback this upcoming season. Continue reading “Q&A with Florida Gators QB Luke Del Rio”

Florida Gators: Jack Del Rio believes son Luke is ‘smart, tough and accurate’ as QB

GAINESVILLE — In a rare occurrence, Steve Spurrier wasn’t the biggest name at the University of Florida when he visited Wednesday.

Head coach Jack Del Rio of the Oakland Raiders on the sidelines before the start of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 25, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Head coach Jack Del Rio of the Oakland Raiders on the sidelines before the start of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 25, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio and a family friend, Oscar winner Gene Hackman, attended Florida’s practice to watch Jack’s son, Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio. Continue reading “Florida Gators: Jack Del Rio believes son Luke is ‘smart, tough and accurate’ as QB”

2016 NFL Draft: Decision to return to Gators for senior season worked out for DL Jon Bullard

Jon Bullard was told he wasn’t ready for the NFL after his junior season.

Jonathan Bullard #90 of the Florida Gators celebrats a defensive stop during the game against the East Carolina Pirates at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jonathan Bullard #90 of the Florida Gators celebrats a defensive stop during the game against the East Carolina Pirates at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

“It varied,” Bullard said Tuesday at Florida’s Pro Day of what he heard regarding his NFL draft stock last year. “NFL told me to come back, that’s all that matters.”

That was all the motivation Bullard needed entering his senior year. After moving from defensive end to a full-time defensive tackle, he put together the best season of his college career with 66 tackles, including 17.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks — all career highs. Continue reading “2016 NFL Draft: Decision to return to Gators for senior season worked out for DL Jon Bullard”

Mailbag: Does WR Tyrie Cleveland have a chance to start as freshman?

As we move closer to Florida’s spring football game, let’s take some time to answer some of your questions.

Tyrie Cleveland (Photo from 247 Sports)
Tyrie Cleveland (Photo from 247 Sports)

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: Does WR Tyrie Cleveland have a chance to start as freshman?”

Video: Gators QB commit Jake Allen shows passing accuracy while hovering over water

Jake Allen is accurate.

Jake Allen (Bleacher Report)
Jake Allen (Bleacher Report)

How accurate is Allen? The 2017 Gators quarterback commit hit multiple targets with his passes while hovering over the water with a jetpack in a fun Bleacher Report video. Continue reading “Video: Gators QB commit Jake Allen shows passing accuracy while hovering over water”

New Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro making progress in spring

Eddy Pineiro has never kicked a field goal in a game, but he’s considered the clear front-runner to be Florida’s starting kicker this upcoming season.

Eddy Pineiro (Photo from 247 Sports)
Eddy Pineiro (Photo from 247 Sports)

That could be a problem.

But the Gators are doing everything they can to avoid any issues that could surface due to Pineiro’s lack of experience on the football field. Florida has been working on Pineiro’s timing when it comes to in-game situations with the snap, hold and kick. Continue reading “New Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro making progress in spring”

Notebook: Jim McElwain pleased with Gators’ practice over weekend

GAINESVILLE — Jim McElwain was disappointed with his team’s effort in practice last Wednesday.

Jim McElwain the head coach of the Florida Gators gives instructions to his team against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Jim McElwain the head coach of the Florida Gators gives instructions to his team against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

While he said there were some players who worked hard, he wasn’t thrilled with the attitude the team had. It was a different story over the weekend, according to McElwain.

(What’s at stake in Gators Pro Day?)

“We had what I felt was our best practice Saturday,” McElwain said on Monday. “Thought the guys really came from start to finish with the attitude and the energy to get a lot accomplished.” Continue reading “Notebook: Jim McElwain pleased with Gators’ practice over weekend”

2016 NFL Draft: What’s at stake in Gators Pro Day?

The next phase of the NFL draft process is here for the former Gators players.

Kelvin Taylor #21 of the Florida Gators scores a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
Kelvin Taylor #21 of the Florida Gators scores a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

(Fresh start at quarterback for Gators’ offensive coordinator)

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Florida’s Pro Day will be held Tuesday in the new indoor practice facility. Here’s a breakdown of what’s at stake? Continue reading “2016 NFL Draft: What’s at stake in Gators Pro Day?”