2016 Gator Tales

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  1. Selvy9

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    PRE-SEASON -- The 2016 season brings a new face to the University of Florida, as Mr. Selvy was named the new head coach of the Gators just last week. Selvy went 10-4 last season at the University of Iowa, and was 29-8 overall before making the return to his alma mater.

    "It's a dream job. I had an incredible time here as a student and when the opportunity came to return home, no one was going to stop me."

    Selvy inherits a roster that looks like a feast or famine. He'll have a decision to make between senior QB Skyler Morninwheg and up and coming sophomore Roderick Watson. They are two very different style of quarterbacks, so don't rule out a 2 QB system. Senior RB Kelvin Taylor and 4 senior WRs provides plenty of weapons for the offense, if the offensive line can hold up. With true freshman starting at left tackle and left guard, and a sophomore at right tackle, the season may depend on how quickly the rookies can learn.

    Defensively, the Gators are loaded as usual. Upper classmen fill 10 of the starting 11, and with 5 seniors starting in the front 7, it's going to be tough sledding for any opponent's run game. The only hole may be in the secondary, as once you get past junior CB Scott Howell, true frosh Reggie Walker looks like a lock to take the other starting spot. Should the corners slip though, a pair of potential All-Americans patrol the safety spots in senior Marcus Maye and junior Kenanu Neal.

    The schedule is expected to be released in the next 24 hours, but as always, the SEC is going to be tough running. Perennial title contenders Texas A&M and Miami have been rumored to be on the schedule, plus the annual matchups with Georgia, South Carolina, LSU, Tennessee, Mizzou, and FSU. No one is going to take it easy on the new guy in the SEC.
     
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    SCHEDULE RELEASE -- Gators will play 5 teams ranked in the preseason top 15 this season. Welcome to the big show, Coach Selvy.

    vs #3 Miami
    vs #10 Texas
    @ #15 Arkansas
    @ Tennessee
    vs Kentucky
    vs LSU
    @ Vanderbilt
    vs Missouri
    @ #6 Georgia
    BYE
    vs South Carolina
    vs Washington State
    BYE
    @ #5 Florida State
     
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    You get to shake Iowa State though! Maybe a bowl game matchup.
     
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    #3 Miami Overwhelms Florida in Selvy's Debut

    The Gators were able to hang with Miami through the first half, but Skyler Morninwheg's 3 INTs, which all turned into Hurricane touchdowns, were too much to overcome. Backup Roderick Watson looked impressive in garbage time, and gives coach Selvy a bona fide QB controversy just one week into the job.

    Post Game Quotes:
    "We'll talk to both of them, see where their heads' are at, but as of now I'm not ready to name a starter. Both of them will probably see playing time next week."

    "It's tough, I would love to be a run first, grind 'em down football team, which Roderick is best suited for. But with the issues in our offensive line, I'm not sure how effective we can be. What'd we have today, 50 rushing yards? That's not gonna cut it. So Skyler's gonna have to work his decision making and we'll see how it plays out.

    Key Stats:

    Morninwheg: 13/22, 190 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs
    Watson: 5/5, 49 yards, 1 TD
    Taylor: 14 carries, 25 yards
    Black: 5 catches, 73 yards, 1 TD

    Next week: vs #10 Texas
     
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    Gators Outlast Longhorns in Triple OT Thriller

    If Coach Selvy was looking for one QB to step up and take the job, he didn't get it. Instead, both Skyler Morninwheg and Roderick Watson were stellar as they split time leading the Gators to over 500 yards of offense in a 51-48 triple overtime win against the visiting Longhorns. Morninwheg threw 5 TD passes on 19 attempts, while Watson ran 10 times for 120 yards using his pistol playbook.

    It looked for a brief moment as though Florida had blown a 24-17 lead, as Texas scored on consecutive possessions late in the 4th quarter to take a 7 point lead. But Morninwheg would lead a masterful game ending drive, throwing the tying TD with 8 seconds left. The two teams would trade touchdowns in the first 2 overtimes, but the Longhorns blinked first, being held to a FG on the opening possession of the third OT. Morninwheg found Alvin Bailey in space and he sprinted to the end zone for the game winner.

    Quotes:
    "I'm thrilled with the win, I'm thrilled with how our team responded to the staff's adjustments. Watson is a stud, he's obviously going to be a huge part of our offense going forward. Skyler might have to fight a little harder for playing time, but he deserves it. They both deserve to play."

    "To play how we did last week turning the ball over 4 times to having none today, it kept us in control, it kept us on the gameplan. That's how we have to play."

    Key Stats:
    Morninwheg: 12/19, 234 yards, 5 TDs
    Watson: 2/3, 39 yards, 10 carries, 120 yards, 1 TD
    Taylor: 98 yards, 24 carries
    Bailey: 4 catches, 95 yards, 2 TDs

    Next Week: @ #14 Arkansas
     
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    Florida Handles Hogs 35-13

    Arkansas' Alex Collins hit a game opening 75 yard TD run on the first play of the game. And that would be the end of the Razorbacks' offense for the day. Collins only managed 50 more yards the rest of the game, while the Gator defense held Arkansas to under 300 yards of total offense.

    On the other side, the Gators' two headed QB monster continued to hit its stride. Morninwheg was 14 of 17 for 203 yards and 2 scores, while Watson ran 13 times for 83 yards and 2 TDs of his own.

    Quotes:
    "It's nice to see a game plan executed like that. We're getting a sense of what we need to do to be successful, and it's starting to show."

    "After the first two weeks, I wasn't sure if we had the defense to compete in the SEC. It was a good bounce back performance by them."

    Key Stats:
    Morninwheg: 14/17, 203 yards, 2 TDs
    Watson: 3/6, 54 yards, 13 carries, 83 yards, 2 TDs
    Black: 5 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD
     
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    Gators Escape Knoxville 31-30

    Florida finally became Roderick Watson's team. Trailing 13-3, QB Skyler Morninwheg broke a rib early in the 2nd quarter, forcing Watson to take over full time. He promptly led a TD drive just before halftime to bring the Gators back to within 3. After UT opened the 2nd half with a FG, Watson took the Gators on consecutive TD drives to take a 24-16 lead.

    Unfortunately for Watson, the defense couldn't contain the Vols running attack. Tennessee scored early in the 4th, then created the turnover it needed on a botched option play and eventually took the lead with just under 4 minutes left. But Watson had one more drive in him, eating clock, gaining 1st downs, and with just 30 seconds left, took it in himself for the game winner.

    Quotes:
    "I'm really happy for that kid. He's worked so hard this season and he's earned everything. To see him take control of the huddle and lead this team, on the road, to that win... just awesome."

    Key stats:
    Watson: 11/14, 130 yards, 3 TDs, 14 carries, 90 yards, 1 TD
    Taylor: 14 carries, 93 yards
     
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    Florida Coasts Past Cats 41-10

    The Roderick Watson era has officially begun in Gainesville. With senior QB Skyler Morninwheg sitting this one out with a rib injury, the show belonged to Watson. He ended the day with 172 passing yards, 90 rushing yards, and 4 TDs as the Gators beat their 3rd top 25 team this season.

    "He's the guy. You hate seeing a guy lose his job because of an injury, but we have to make the move. Watson's taken full advantage of his opportunity and we want to move forward with a singular game plan."
     
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    Music City Miracle Saves Gators

    Roderick Watson's first two pass attempts were intercepted, and just like that Vanderbilt was up 10-0 on the visiting Gators. Although Watson would settle down and the Gators would try to climb back in the game, Vanderbilt's Raphael Webb could not be settled. The 'Dores RB would end the day with 221 yards and 2 scores on 32 carries, and Vandy would maintain their 10 point lead for much of the day.

    With 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Vanderbilt still had that 10 point lead and the ball. With Webb continuing to average 7 yards a clip, things looked bleak for UF, but Vandy inexplicably dropped back to pass on a 2nd and short. Florida pounced and created a huge turnover. Just over a minute later, and the Gators were within 3. With all 3 timeouts, Florida elected to kick it deep. It paid off, and with just over a minute left the Gators got the ball back. Florida marched down the field and briefly had a go ahead touchdown on the board, but it was negated by a clipping penalty. The Gators would not be denied though, and Watson found Demarcus Robinson for a huge 3rd and long conversion. With time winding down, it looked as though UF would be able to punch it in for a game winner. But Vandy stood tall on consecutive goal to go situations from inside the 5, and Florida settled for OT.

    Floirda won the toss and took the field on defense and promptly forced a 3 and out and a FG. It took just 2 plays for Kelvin Taylor to take a perfectly executed option pitch from Watson 21 yards for the miracle comeback win.
     
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    Gators Cruise Past Tigers, Remain Unbeaten in SEC

    4 first half interceptions by Florida's defense sparked the Gators to a 28-0 halftime lead, and a stable of running backs were able to control the clock in the second half en route to a comfortable 31-0 win over Missouri. Kelvin Taylor led the way with 90 yards and a score on 14 carries, and Florida as a whole rushed for over 200 yards in the game.

    "It was a good win. We knew going in that it wasn't going to be easy, Mizzou's a lot stronger than their record shows. We were able to create a few breaks but I was most pleased with the way we finished. It's easy to take your foot off the gas with a lead like that, but our guys kept competing to the end."
     
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    Winning Streak Stretches to 9 With 55-10 Romp Over Cocks

    Florida finished its SEC schedule unbeaten and with a bang, as the Gators rushed for nearly 300 yards, while South Carolina was held to MINUS 22 yards on the ground. Despite a scoreless first quarter, Florida was rarely stopped. 4 different players scored rushing TDs, as the starters only played a few minutes into the 3rd quarter. QB Roderick Watson and RB Kelvin Taylor each carried 10 times for 96 and 90 yards, respectively. The balance continued into the passing game, with 8 different receivers catching a pass, but none had more than 2 receptions.

    Defensively, apart from the -22 rushing yards, the secondary also chipped in with 6 INTs.

    The win seals the SEC East for the Gators, setting up a showdown with #1 Texas A&M in the upcoming conference title game.
     
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    Watson Powers Gators Past Washington State 45-24

    The sophomore QB was responsible for all 6 Gator touchdowns as Florida improved to 10-1 on the season. Watson was a near flawless 16/19 for 201 yards and 4 TDs through the air, while adding 2 more on the ground while rushing for 101 yards. Kelvin Taylor added another 145 yards on the ground, as the Cougars weren't able to figure out UF's option attack.
     
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    Gators Win Shootout With 'Noles 63-34

    It was big play after big play for both sides in the opening 30 minutes, including a 2nd quarter that saw 49 combined points, but the talent disparity showed itself in the 2nd half as the Gators pulled away.

    Scoring plays of 46, 75, 80, 73, and 102 yards kept the fans excited from start to finish. UF finished with 594 yards of offense, 424 of those on the ground, and FSU wasn't too shabby with 290 rushing yards and 476 total. But it was the duo of Roderick Watson and Kelvin Taylor that outlasted Florida State. Watson finished with 376 total yards and 7 TDs!

    The Gators now head to Atlanta to take on the #1 team in the land for the SEC title and a possible spot in the BCS Title Game.
     
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    Florida Makes Case For BCS With 28-20 Win Over #1 Texas A&M
    It was destined to be a great matchup. The nation's #1 pass offense against the country's 9th best rushing attack. Would either defense be able to make a stop?

    Texas A&M made it clear from the opening snap, Roderick Watson was not going to beat them. The defensive ends stayed true to the quarterback, and Kelvin Taylor took full advantage. Taylor carried 32 times (!)and led the Gators offense with 139 yards and 2 scores. But the play of the game came late in the 3rd. With UF nursing a 21-13 lead, Watson got the Aggie safety to peak in the backfield on a play action and dropped a dime over the top to Chris Black for the dagger.

    While A&M was focused on stopping Watson on the ground, the sophomore QB was able to take advantage through the air, throwing for 178 yards and another score. Both teams committed 2 turnovers, but the Gators were able to hold strong in the red zone, forcing A&M to 2 FGs, while Florida turned one INT into 7 points.

    It's now up to the computers. Current #1 A&M lost to #4 Florida, both are now 12-1. Current #3 was idle and is unbeaten. #5 Miami took down #2 Clemson. It's anyone's guess as to how it will all shake out.
     
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    Gators' Season Ends in Title Game Disappointment
    After the cloud settled in the final week of the season, the BCS powers that be called the Florida Gators the #1 team in the country. With that claim came a BCS Title Game matchup with their rivals from down south, the Miami Hurricanes.

    From the outset, it was clear this was going to be a low scoring affair. The 'Canes death-by-play-clock offense was run to near perfection by QB John Keller, who opened the game 9 for 9 leading Miami to a 14-0 lead. The Gator offense that had been so effective was neutralized by a stellar front 7 of Miami. Kelvin Taylor was kept in check and Roderick Watson was forced to stay in the pocket. Still, the Gators were able to mount a late drive just before halftime, but after having a 1st and goal, Florida was forced to settle for a FG.

    The 3rd quarter saw just a lone Miami FG that put the Canes up by 2 TDs. Watson and the Gators would finally find a rhythm in the 4th, desperately trying to mount a comeback. A 7 yard run by Watson got the Gators to within one score, but coach Selvy opted to kick it deep with just over 3 minutes left and all 3 timeouts. The 'Canes gambled, opting not to try and bleed clock, but went for the jugular. With the Gators playing up trying to stop the expected run game to run the clock, it took Miami just 4 plays and a little over a minute, as Keller was lethal through the air en route to the dagger score.

    "We just never got in rhythm on offense. Their interior line didn't leave Kelvin with any gaps, and our receivers didn't make enough plays when they had the chances."

    "I'm so proud of this team. It's my first year here and didn't really know what to expect. To come together like we did this season and end where we did, I couldn't ask for more. I can't wait to get back in the locker room and start planning for next season."
     
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