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Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson one of the stars of spring so far
Florida co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales admits his unit has a long way to go, but he wants to see the Gators getting into the end zone more like they did during his last stint in Gainesville.
Gonzales gave his assessment of the position group this week, noting that Florida’s returning wide receivers only totaled 4 touchdowns last year. (Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson also had one).
“I went through some statistics and I think it was ’08, ’09, the last time I was here, the unit put up 39 touchdowns, so there’s a major difference between the two,” Gonzales said. “I’m not saying we need to have that right now, but it’s about developing that type of attitude of where we need to be.”
- Gonzales named the receivers who have impressed him most through the first few spring practices.
- Jefferson has been one of he standouts of spring so far. He talked about his transfer to Florida and his thoughts as he awaits an NCAA ruling on his 2018 eligibility.
- Watch highlights from Florida’s practice Thursday, including an up-close look at how Gonzales is coaching his group
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In other Florida football news
- Reinstated football players Rick Wells, Ventrell Miller and James Houston spoke with reporters Thursday about getting a second chance with the program. Read the story here.
- Mullen is following through on his pledge to hold the Gators accountable in the classroom. Read more here.
- Mullen discussed the process of installing his offense and how the players are receiving it.
- SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic is a believer that Dan Mullen can and will win a national championship at Florida.
- In the latest edition of the Chomp Chat podcast, Brady Ackerman shares his impressions of Florida’s early spring practices.
- Tim Tebow posted a video of himself surprising a fan with Down syndrome, as part of recognition for World Down Syndrome Day.
- Former Florida coach Jim McElwain sold his Gainesville house for $1.4 million, according to ESPN, while taking a $400,000 loss on the property.
- David Baldwin, a 3-star Class of 2019 QB from IMG Academy, has been in regular communication with Florida’s coaches. “They’re pretty up there just because of their communication,” he said. “They just want me to feel comfortable around them. It doesn’t even matter if I go to their school or not. They just want me to be comfortable around them. They feel I’ll be most comfortable at their school.” Read more about his thoughts on the Gators here.
Florida basketball top assistant leaves for FAU
- Dusty May is leaving his position as the top assistant under Florida basketball coach Mike White to become the head coach at Florida Atlantic. White wished his top lieutenant well. “Dusty has been an incredibly important part of every aspect of our program at both [Louisiana Tech] and UF. He’s got incredible passion, has a relentless work ethic, operates with integrity and possesses family values that permeate the program,” White said. “FAU has found a great coach and human being, and Dusty May found a great fit!” Read more here.
No. 2 Florida baseball hosts No. 4 Arkansas in spotlight showdown
- The No. 2 Gators (19-4) host No. 4 Arkansas (16-4) this weekend for a three-game series at McKethan Stadium with the games set for 6:30 p.m. ET Friday, noon Saturday and noon Sunday.
- The pitching matchup Friday will feature Florida right-hander Brady Singer (5-0, 1.97 ERA) and Arkansas righty Blaine Knight (3-0, 1.30).
- On Saturday, the Gators will go with righty Jackson Kowar (3-1, 3.16 ERA) vs. righty Isaiah Campbell (2-2, 1.73).
- Righty Tyler Dyson (4-1, 1.48) throws Sunday for Florida, while Arkansas has not yet named a starter for the finale.
- Here’s what Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan said about the series: “I don’t think I put more emphasis on one series or another, but I do think it will give us a good barometer of where we’re at. It’s always good to play really good teams and obviously Arkansas is coming in here playing very well. It’s certainly going to be a challenge for us.”
What they’re saying on Twitter
- Here’s what White tweeted in response to May taking the Florida Atlantic job:
FAU has found a great coach and human being, and Dusty May found a great fit!
— Michael White (@MikeWhiteUF) March 22, 2018
- The latest spring football hype video from the Gators’ official account:
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) March 23, 2018
- Former Gators QB and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel spoke to the team Thursday:
This program is bigger than any one individual.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) March 22, 2018
- Gators senior point guard Chris Chiozza thanks the fans:
The support I felt was also felt by my entire family. I can’t express my gratitude towards the fans and this university @UF always a GATOR!
You can also see the amazing support I had over the years from my family, don’t think Grandma Bunny and grandad missed a home game #FOE https://t.co/hDhh2pHbAX
— Chris Chiozza/ FLASH (@Chiozza11) March 23, 2018
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