Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dan Quinn leaving Florida

The Seattle Seahawks announced Friday that the Gators' Dan Quinn is taking over as their defensive coordinator. The Seahawks current defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has taken the position of head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quinn served as the defensive line coach for Seattle before coming to Florida two years ago.

Gator lineman arrested

Police charged Gator offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker with driving on a suspended licensing and auto theft Wednesday after stopping him for driving an allegedly stolen scooter. Dunker said he knew his license was suspended, but said he purchased the scooter for $600.

Brissett headed to NC State

The Palm Beach Post is reporting that former Gator quarterback Jacoby Brissett is headed to N.C. State. Brissett, who played two years for the gators, will sit out this season and be a redshirt junior for the 2014 season. He can participate in spring drills this year. Brissett started one game this years and led Florida to a 23-0 win over Jacksonville State. He also led a fourth quarter comeback against Louisiana Lafayette the previous week. Brissett played in six games for the Gators completing 23 of 35 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Eight early enrollees join Gators' football team

The Gators had eight of their nine early signees enroll early, which means they will be eligible to participate in the Spring practice and conditioning program. This type of early exposure to the program generally gives new players a leg up in competing for playing time in the Fall. The early enrollees are:
Kelvin Taylor, RB
Taylor is the son of former Florida running back Fred "Shake and Bake" Taylor. He is 5'11", 216 pounds, and runs a 4.63 40 and is ranked the No. 1 RB by ESPN. Taylor rushed for 2400 ards and 41 TDs his senior season at Glades Day.
Demarcus Robinson, WR
Robinson is a former Clemson recruit who the Gators were able to flip. The 6'2", 200 pound Peach County H.S. (Fort Valley, Ga.) recruit caught 35 passes for 700 yards and 10 TDs his senior year.
Tyler Moore, OL
The Gators are getting a real steal with Moore. He is an offensive tackle with real experience and potential. Moore started at tackle as a true freshman for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2011 before deciding to return to his home state of Florida, where he attended Countryside H.S. in Clearwater. Moore sat out the 2012 season, but based on his experience should start for the Gators on the offensive line this year. At Nebraska, he was the first true freshman offensive lineman to start the season opener and earned the most starts by a true freshman offensive lineman in school history (4). He was named to the ESPN's All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
Darious Cummings, DT
Cummings is a former Florida State recruit and player who most recently played for East Mississippi Community College. The 6'3", 310 pound defensive tackle should add immediate depth to the defensive line and help fill the void left by Shariff Floyd and Omar Hunter.
Joey Ivie, DE
Ivie is a 6'4", 271-pound defensive lineman with a high motor. He totaled 89 tackles including 8 for losses during the 2012 campaign at Pasco H.S. in Dade City. He had 12 sacks, caused three fumbles and recovered two fumbles.
Daniel McMillian, LB
McMillian is the No. 3 rated outside linebacker by ESPN. He is 6'2", 220 pounds and played at First Coast H.S. where he recorded 97 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks and two fuble recoveries.
Matt Rolin, LB
Rolin is the No. 5 rated outside linebacker by ESPN. He is 6'4", 209 pounds and played at state champion Briar Woods H.S. in Ashburn, Va. He recorded 43 tackles with 14 of those for losses.
Alex Anzalone, LB
Anzalone was a late flip from Notre Dame and is listed as an athlete. He is the No. 11 rated athlete by ESPN. He is 6'3", 231 pounds and runs a 4.73 40. He played for Wyomissing H.S. in Pennsylvania. On offense, he totaled more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage and scored 30 TDs, but will most likely be used as an inside linebacker.