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  1. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    The Independent Florida Alligator

    Florida Gators: A Look Back

    2009 - 2010 Florida Gators 12-2
    * Losses against Oklahoma (before coach Bravejaf took over the team) and Florida State
    * Won conference championship against Alabama
    * Won Sugar Bowl over Texas
    * Finished #3 in final BCS polls

    2010 - 2011 Florida Gators 12-2
    * Losses against Florida State and Texas
    * Won conference championship against Alabama
    * Won Sugar Bowl over West Virginia
    * Finished #3 in final BCS polls

    2011 - 2012 Florida Gators 13-1
    * Loss against Florida State
    * Won conference championship against Alabama
    * Won Sugar Bowl over Pittsburgh
    * Finished #6 in final BCS polls

    2012 - 2013 Florida Gators 12-2
    * Hard fought wins over Oklahoma and Ohio State
    * Lost 4th straight game to coach Noles and Florida State
    * Lost conference championship to Alabama in shootout
    * Back to back losses knock Florida out of BCS Bowl and into Capital One Bowl
    * Roll over Illinois in Capital One Bowl thanks to dominant second half

    2013 - 2014 Florida Gators 12-2
    * Opened season with loss to Florida State in week 2
    * Hail Mary touchdown steals win from Nebraska on final play
    * Dominant wins against Notre Dame and Oklahoma, combined 86-13
    * Fourth quarter comeback keys SEC Championship win over Alabama, 38-34
    * Lost BCS Championship 24-7 to arch nemesis Florida State

    2014-2015 Florida Gators 1-0
    * Won a battle against the Rival Miami Hurricanes, first time schools met in Bravejaf's tenure
    * Lose a hard fought game against at USC, despite a valient comeback attempt

    Gators Hall of Fame (4 years on campus and at least 2 productive seasons on field)
    2011-2012: FS Will Hill, MLB Lorenzo Edwards
    2012-2013: CB Jeremy Brown, WR Frankie Hammond Jr.
    2013 - 2014: QB Jordan Reed, HB Mike Gillislee, CB Joshua Evans, SS Dee Finley

    Florida Gators 5-star recruits
    2009-2010: QB Brandon McCloud, TE Albert McBride, HB Adam Snyder, ?
    2010-2011: MLB Andrew Brown, DT Corey Austin, OLB Jason Francis, HB Chad Richards
    2011-2012: DT Jorge Little, HB Andy McDonald, DE Joe Rivers, DT Bryan Cox
    2012-2013: OG Steven Stanford (83), CB Albert Warren (85), MLB Ronnie Cunningham (84), DT Steven Bryant (88)
    2013-2014: DT Tim Anderson (82); HB James Turner (80)

    2013-2014 schedule and results
    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5
    Week Opponent Result Off Player of Game Def Player of Game
    1 vs Miami W 28-21 McCloud A. Brown
    2 at USC L 41-44 Richards Ross
    3 at Tennessee W 66-14 McCloud Rodgers
    4 vs Kentucky W 55-7 McCloud Cunningham
    5 vs Arkansas W 69-7 McCloud K. Johnson
    6 vs LSU W 52-14 Palmer A. Brown
    7 Bye
    8 at Miss St W 69-10 McCloud Ross
    9 at Georgia W 70-14 McCloud Reyes
    10 at Vanderbilt
    11 vs South Carolina
    12 vs Nebraska
    13 Bye
    14 at Michigan
    15 Bye
  2. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Week 3 – Florida vs. Tennessee

    Coach Bravejaf makes a triumphant debut as the Volunteers leave the Swamp with a loss. Tennessee players and coaches talked all week about the negative impact of switching coaches mid-week but after the first quarter the new Florida coach and the Gators team rolled the Tennessee team.

    First quarter started off slow for the Gators, as they could not find an offensive rhythm. After driving the ball down to Volunteer territory they were held to just a field goal. Tennessee bounced back quickly when Johnathon Crompton connected with Quintin Hancock for a 77 yard TD. Missed tackles were the reason Hancock was able to break away for the long TD pass. On the sideline the defensive coordinator lectured the starters on making tackles and avoiding big plays, the pep talk would prove to be very effective.

    In the second quarter Florida's offense came to life and the team scored four touchdowns. Three touchdowns came on runs by former Heisman winner Tim Tebow and star HB Johnathon Demps, and the final TD was a 54-yard play-action pass from Tebow to senior WR Riley Cooper. While Florida's offense continued to score the defense completely shut down Tennessee. Run defense was the key for Florida as they forced Tennessee into many 3rd and long situations. By the end of the 1st half Florida had a comfortable 31 to 7 lead over Tennessee.

    With a 24 point lead and strong defense the Florida team switched focus to the running game. This proved mostly ineffective but the team did manage to find the end zone one more time in the game. The TD came in the third quarter on a option play from Tebow to Demps. After taking a 38 to 7 lead Tebow and Demps were pulled from the game to avoid injuries. Unfortunately star WR Deonte Thompson was left in the game and he would suffer a high ankle sprain while blocking. Thompson is expected to miss the upcoming games against Kentucky and Georgia Tech, but should return for showdown against LSU.

    The fourth quarter was mostly quiet, with most of the run plays going to former USC Trojan Emmanuel Moody. He didn't have much success on the ground but it didn't matter since the Gators had a large lead. Tennessee would finally score against Florida but it did not come till after the game had already been decided. With less than a minute remaining in the game Crompton once again hooked up with Hancock for a TD. Florida would recover the onside kick and run out the remaining clock.

    QB (FLA) – T. Tebow – 16 of 21, 271 yards, 1 TD/0 INT; 12 carries, 57 yards, 2 TD
    QB (TEN) – J. Crompton – 16 of 31, 262 yards, 2 TD/3 INT

    RB (FLA) – J. Demps – 7 carries, 31 yards, 2 TD
    RB (TEN) – M. Hardesty – 26 carries, 67 yards

    WR (FLA) – R. Cooper – 3 receptions, 87 yards, 1 TD
    WR (FLA) – D. Nelson – 5 receptions, 88 yards
    WR (FLA) – D. Thompson – 2 receptions, 30 yards (injured in 3rd quarter, out 3 weeks)
    WR (TEN) – Q. Hancock – 3 receptions, 116 yards, 2 TD

    D (FLA) – B. Spikes – 12 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 INT
    D (TEN) – E. Berry – 18 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss

    Stat of the Game – 48, number of tackles made by Berry and rest of the Tennessee starting secondary
  3. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Week 3 – On the Recruiting Trail

    No signings yet for the Gators but Florida is closing in on several top prospects. The Gators are currently the fifth choice for 5-star HB Adam Snyder, rated the top halfback in this year's recruiting class. Adam was in Gainseville this past weekend to see the Gators defeat rival Tennessee. No word yet on if this visit was enough to get Adam to sign on with Florida. Also in for a visit was 5-star TE Albert McBride. He currently has Florida as his second choice but coach Bravejaf is hoping the Tennessee game may change Albert's mind.

    The Gator's program is also among top 5 contention for 5-star QB Brandon McCloud, rated as the top quarterback in the class. 5-star corrnerback Thomas Poland is also eying the Gator program and he should be receiving a scholarship offer from Florida in the coming weeks. Jerome Anderson is another 5 star player considering spending 4 years in Gainesville and the school plans to offer him a scholarship in the next few weeks.

    Coach Bravejaf stated, “I'm trying to get a feel for recruiting at this school. When I arrived the recruiting board was cluttered but now I am trying to focus on players who best fit this program. With many All-American seniors graduating this year it will be important to load the school with some new talent.”

    Scholarships Available: 16
    Scholarships Offered: 12
  4. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Headline: Florida Runs Through Kentucky

    Score: 45 - 14

    Florida's dominance was once again on display as the Gators easily defeated the Wildcats. The game started off slowly with Florida only able to find the end zone one time. That TD came on a leaping TD by former Heisman winner Tim Tebow. Tebow's coach admired the QB's grit but was scared an injury could have occurred on the play. After the game coach Bravejaf stated “I love Tebow's determination but I think my heart slowed to a halt when he was flying through the error.”

    Tebow was not inured on the play and in the second quarter he put on a show. Like last week the Gators dominated in the second quarter, scoring three times. Two of the touchdowns were passes between roommates Tebow and senior wideout Riley Cooper. Both times Cooper got separation from the cornerback and Tebow found the open Cooper with strikes. Cooper's final stats show just three catches in the game but he moved the ball 125 yards including the two scores. The third TD of the quarter came on an option play from Tebow to Demps. The official scoring shows the play as a TD pass, though there is some confusion on this scoring decision. Not all was perfect in the quarter for Florida. Kentucky star cornerback Trevard Lindley gave his best effort to keep Kentucky in the game. He intercepted one Tebow pass and recovered a fumble. The fumble occurred on a poorly executed option play and Lindley took it to the house for Kentucky's only first half TD.

    Once again Florida spent most of the second half controlling the clock and pounded it out on the ground. Starters were also rested most of the second half. Similar to last week the offense struggled moving the ball but the defense held the lead. By the end of the game Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline finished the game with 243 yards passing but he threw five interceptions. One of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Dustin Doe. Cornerback Wondy Pierre St. Louis got involved on both sides of the ball. He intercepted a pass and then scored a long TD on a WR option play in the fourth quarter. He got into the open and no one touched him on the 67-yard touchdown scamper.

    QB: T. Tebow – 10/19, 193 yards passing, 3 TD/1 INT; 7 carries, 67 yards, 1 TD
    RB: J. Demps – 2 carries, 44 yards; 2 catches, 45 yards, 1 TD
    WR: R. Cooper – 3 catches, 125 yards, 2 TD
    D: W. Pierrre St. Louis - 1 car, 67 yards, 1 TD; 4 tackles, 1 INT
    D: D. Doe – 5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD
    D: M. Wright – 7 tackles, 1 INT

    QB: M. Hartline – 17/32, 243 yards, 1/5
    RB: A. Smith – 31 carries, 58 yards
    WR: G. McCaskill – 6 catches, 84 yards
    D: T. Lindley – 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 fumb. rec, 1 TD

    Next on the schedule: The Gators return home to take on the option attack of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. A tough early schedule has GT at 1-2 with an upcoming game against #18 North Carolina.
  5. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Headline: On the Trail: Florida Gators Recruiting Report

    After visiting Gainesville 5-star TE Albert McBride decided he wanted to spend the next four years in sunny Florida. McBride, ranked fourth among all prospects in this recruiting class, spurned local school Texas when signing with the Gators. “The atmosphere in Gainesville was electric during the Tennessee game. I can't wait till I am able to step on the field and help the team continue its winning tradition.”

    McBride's size makes him a good fit for the Gators offense. With athletic tight end Hernandez on the roster Florida was seeking a tight end with some bulk. McBride could prove to be a valuable weapon for Florida's next quarterback because of his size. McBride weighs in at 260 pounds and is 6'5''.

    The other signing was 4-star G Caleb McCall, 14th rated prospect at G and the 99th prospect overall. McCall was recently scouted by the team's assistant coaches and the coaches were impressed by Caleb's abilities. When coach Bravejad presented Caleb with the scholarship he did not waste any time in committing to the Gators. At this time the coaches plan to redshirt McCall in order to increase his strength and improve his footwork. The extra year of work should help McCall blossom into a star by the team he finishes up in Gainesville.

    In other recruiting news top ranked QB Brandon McCloud is leaning towards the University of Miami, dropping Florida to #2 on his list. He was impressed with his visit to Miami in week 3. Coach Bravejaf is hopeful McCloud's mind will change when he visits the University of Florida. At this time McCloud is expected to visit Gainesville in week 5 when Florida takes on Georgia Tech. Many other top prospects will also be visiting the school in week 5 so a win will be crucial for the Gators.

    Scholarships Available: 16
    Scholarships Offered: 16 (5 5-star prospects)
    Signings: 2 (1 5-star, 1 4-star)
  6. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Headline: Florida Survives Battle With Georgia Tech

    For the first time since taking over the team, coach Bravejaf had his starters on the field in the fourth quarter. The Florida offense attack was slowed down because of sloppy field conditions and the tough Georgia Tech D also made things difficult for the Gators. One key for the Yellow Jackets was pressure from the defensive line as they sacked Heisman front runner Tim Tebow 6 times in the game. They also forced several incomplete passes by bring pressure from the linebackers.

    Tebow did make enough plays with his arm and legs to bring home a victory for Florida. He finished the game with two TD passes, both to senior wide receiver Brandon James. The second TD pass came on a crucial third and long play. Tebow hooked up with James on a fly pattern and James did the rest with his legs. Fellow senior wide receiver David Nelson did not find the end zone in this game but he made several crucial catches in this game. The biggest was on a streak near the end of the first half. He caught the ball and was tackled on the 1 yard line. A quick timeout gave Florida the ball at the 1 yard line with 1 second to go. Tebow managed to rush it in for a TD.

    Defensively Florida played well, slowing down the Georgia Tech option attack and forcing mistakes. Brandon Spikes was all over the field in this game. He was credited with 12 tackles but was in on almost every play this game. His presence on the field opened lanes for the other players and GT backs rarely found a crack in the rush defense. An injury to starting QB Josh Nesbitt also slowed down the Yellow Jackets. Jaybo Shaw made some nice completions down the field but struggled on option plays. He finished with 13 carries for just 12 yards, and he was often stopped before getting it to one of his backs.

    Final Score: Florida 36 Georgia Tech 20

    QB: Tim Tebow 20-35 286 yards 2 TD/0 INT; 21 carries for 60 yards 2 TD
    HB: Jeffrey Demps 13 carries for 57 yards; 9 catches for 43 yards
    WR: David Nelson 5 catches for 98 yards
    WR: Brandon James 2 catches for 95 yards 2 TD
    WR: Riley Cooper 2 catches for 19 yards 2 Drops
    D: Brandon Spikes 12 tackles 6 tackles for a loss
    D: Joe Haden 4 tackles 1 tackle for a loss 1 interception

    Georgia Tech
    QB: Jaybo Shaw 12-22 164 yards 1 TD/2 INT; 13 carries for 12 yards
    HB: Roddy Jones 9 carries for 66 yards 1 TD; 1 catch for 11 yards
    FB: Johnathon Dwyer 6 carries for 16 yards; 2 catches for 11 yards
    WR: Kevin Cone 2 catches for 19 yards 1 TD
    D: Sedric Griffen 10 tackles 5 tackles for a loss 2 sacks
    D: Derrick Morgan 6 tackles 3 tackles for a loss 2 sacks

    Offensive MVP: Tim Tebow 4 total TDs

    Defensive MVP: Brandon Spikes 12 tackles and all-around great game

    Next game: I think LSU, but I forgot to look
  7. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    On the Recruiting Trail

    Florida athletic department is excited to announce the signing of Brandon McCloud. He is rated as the top quarterback in this year's class and the second best prospect overall. McCloud is an athletic quarterback who will compete with John Brantley and redshirt Jordan Reed for the starting QB after Tebow graduates. McCloud has a strong arm but will need to work on his accuracy if he wants to start as a true freshman. He is expected to graduate high school early and will enroll at Florida.

    McCloud flirted with the Miami Hurricanes after his visit in week 3 but in the end decided to spend his college career in Gainesville. He didn't even wait for his scheduled visit in week 5 to make his decision, committing to the Gators after a phone call with coach Bravejaf.

    With this signing Florida now has commitments from two of the top four players according to The Gators may not be done signing top ten talent. The top ranked prospect, tackle Jerome Anderson, is visiting the Gators this week. He currently has the Gators number two on his list but a visit to Florida may sway him away from Ann Arbor. The top ranked halfback Adam Snyder also bumped Florida to number one on his list.

    Coach Bravejaf stated, "This may not be the deepest class in the school's history but it will be one of the most talented. With a strong class returning next year this program should continue its dominance."

    Visits this week:
    #1 T - Jerome Anderson
    #3 ATH - Keith Johnson
    #2 MLB - Tommy Dailey
    #2 SS - Mike Jones
    #7 WR - Steve Jacobs
    #19 CB - Charles Gray
    #7 K - Jason Watson

    Scholarships (includes signings):
    5 star - 4 available/4 offered
    4 star - 10 available/10 offered
    3 star - 2 available/2 offered
    Total - 16 available/16 offered (14 seniors and 2 open roster spots)

    5 star - 2
    4 star - 1
  8. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Headline: Florida Rolls Through LSU

    On the first drive of the game Florida's D forced LSU to punt after just 3 plays, but punt returner Frankie Hammond Jr. fumbled the punt return. LSU recovered the fumble, leading to a field. On the ensuing kickoff Florida returner Markihe Anderson fumbled the kick and LSU pounced on the ball. Florida's D forced a third straight three and out, and the LSU kicker missed the 57 yard field goal. The kick was just short, bouncing off the front upright.

    With the ball finally in his possession Heisman winner Tim Tebow took over the game. The first drive ended with a touchdown pass from Tebow to senior wideout Brandon James. Tebow would later hookup with Aaron Hernandez on a pretty post pattern. The other offensive TD in the first half came on a Tebow run up the middle. He lined up in shotgun and then punched it in from 2 yards out.

    The play of the game, however, goes to defender Wondy Pierre Louis. With the half approaching LSU QB fired a Hail Mary pass towards the end zone. Pierre Louis intercepted the pass at the one yard line. After several broken tackles, including a stiff arm to Jefferson, he returned the ball for a TD. Thanks to the TD Florida entered the half with a 28-9 lead.

    The lead would increase in the second half when safety Will Hill got a pick from Jefferson. Hill took the interception to the house, giving Gators a 35-9 lead. LSU would close the lead a little but Florida was in cruise control following this play. Tebow once again got some rest in the fourth quarter as backup quarterback Brantley took over the reigns.

    Once again the Florida win was coupled with an important offensive player leaving the game with an injury. Tailback Jeff Demps left the game with an ankle injury and is expected to miss 3-5 weeks. He joins wideout Deonte Thompson and Chris Rainey in the trainer's room. With Demps and Rainy out the starting tailback job falls to Emmanuel Moody. Moody is currently the only healthy back on the roster, so Brandon James took some snaps at the running back position.

    Final Score: FLA 45 LSU 22

    T. Tebow - 15-23 190 yards 2 TD/0 INT; 12 car 41 yards 1 TD
    E. Moody - 16 car 63 yards
    J. Demps - 3 car 17 yards
    D. Nelson - 7 rec 128 yards
    F. Hammond Jr. - 4 rec 45 yards
    B. James - 3 rec 23 yards 1 TD
    W. Hill - 7 tackles 1 INT 1 TD
    W. Pierre Louis - 4 tackles 1 INT 1 TD

    J. Jefferson 23-40 2 TD/2 INT
    C. Scott - 22 car 135 yards
    B. Lafell - 7 rec 80 yards
    T. Toliver - 5 rec 38 yards
    R. Alem - 6 tackles 3 tackles for a loss 2 sacks
    P. Livingston - 5 tackles 1 tackle for a loss 1 fumble forced

    Offensive MVP: David Nelson - He didn't score any TDs but he made several big catches on third down

    Defensive MVP: Wondy Pierre Louis - The TD at the end of the half gave Florida a huge momentum boost going into the locker room.
  9. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    On the Recruiting Trail

    The visits in week 5 did not produce any new signings, but Florida did sign two more players in week 6. Cornerback Charles Gray visited the Gators in week 5 and left without signing his letter of intent. After a call from coach Bravejaf in week 6 he decided on Florida as his school of choice. Gray is one of the fastest players in this class but needs to improve on coverage skills. At this time it looks like he will redshirt his first season in Florida but could be asset in following seasons.

    Cornelius Wright was the other Florida commit this week. He was a recent addition to the recruiting board and was offered a scholarship in week 6. Wright does not have the speed of Gray but possesses excellent cover skills. He also has size to match up with bigger receivers, measuring in at 6'2''. His vertical leap also measured above average. Wright is expected to graduate high school early and enroll at Florida. If he impresses the coaches during spring camps he could see the field as a true freshman.

    In other recruiting news Florida coaches are real focused on locking up tackle Jerome Anderson and halfback Adam Snyder. Anderson visited the Gators in week 5 but still has Michigan rated as his top school. Snyder visited in week 3 and has Florida rated number one on his list, but Oklahoma is also interested in his services.

    Scholarships offered:
    Scholarships (includes signings):
    5 star - 4 available/4 offered
    4 star - 10 available/10 offered
    3 star - 2 available/2 offered
    Total - 16 available/16 offered (14 seniors and 2 open roster spots)

    5 star - 2
    4 star - 3
  10. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Headline: Florida Dominates Arkansas

    Arkansas Razorbacks should have stayed in Fayetteville as the Gators had this game in the bag from the opening kick. Hogs did manage to keep it close in the first quarter, finishing the quarter at 14-10, but there was too much Tebow for the Hogs to handle. Tebow connected on two long passes to Riley Cooper, including one that capped off the 2nd half. He also completed TD passes to tight end Aaron Hernandez and wideout David Nelson. When his arm didn't get the ball into the endzone, his leagues did the work. He scored two short TDs on the ground. All together Tebow finished the half with six total touchdowns and 301 yards total offense.

    With a 42-10 lead Gator's coach Bravejaf elected to bring in the reserves. After the game quarterback Tim Tebow was asked about being benched. Tebow stated, "I respect the coach's decision and believe he made the right choice. The game isn't about records or individual awards, we are focused on bringing home a third national championship in the past four years."

    With the reserves in the game and Florida's emphasis on the run, the game slowed to a near halt. Florida struggled to get the running game going but the backup defense did not let Arkansas back in the game. They continued to rattle Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett with different blitzes and coverage schemes.

    The next opponent for Florida is Mississippi State, coached by former Gator assistant Dan Mullen. Florida will enter the game as a large favorite but coach Bravejaf warns about overlooking any opponents, especially a team familiar with the team's scheme. "Coach Mullen has brought new energy to the Miss. State program and he has first hand knowledge on how our team operates. We will not overlook this game or any other game on our schedule."

    Final Score: 45 - 13

    T. Tebow - 14-19 275 yards 4 TD/0 INT 5 carries 26 yards 2 TD
    C. Rainey - 5 carries 29 yards 2 catches 23 yards
    T. Pridemore - 6 carries 40 yards
    R. Cooper - 3 catches 114 yards 2 TD
    D. Nelson - 4 catches 51 yards 1 TD
    A. Hernandez - 2 catches 66 yards 1 TD
    A. Jones - 6 tackles 1 tackle for loss 2 sacks
    B. Spikes - 6 tackles 1 fumble recovery

    R. Mallett - 13-25 135 yards 0 TD/1 INT
    M. Smith - 20 carries 75 yards 1 TD
    J. Wright - 4 catches 25 yards
    W. Davis - 13 tackles 2 tackles for loss
    J. Franklin - 12 tackles 1 tackle for loss
  11. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Gators Overcome Mistakes, Stomp Bulldogs

    This was not the best game the Florida Gators have played under coach Bravejaf. While the defense was strong all game, the offense made several costly turnovers. Sophomore cornerback Charles Mitchell was all over the field in this game, intercepting two errant passes by Tim Tebow and returning a fumble recovery for a TD. The fumble was also credited to Tebow, giving him three turnovers for the game.

    When he was not giving the ball away to Mississippi State, Tebow put together another solid game. He connected deep several times with senior wide receiver David Nelson, including a long TD pass in the second quarter. Tebow also used his legs to find the end zone, crossing the goal line twice. He finished the game with 242 yards passing and 133 yards rushing. The 133 yards rushing was more than Florida's running backs combined, as the Gators struggled to find a ground game aside from Tebow. Chris Rainey scored a touchdown on a perfectly run option play, but finished the game with just 20 yards on 15 carries.

    After the game coach Bravejaf expressed his frustration with the ground game, "something needs to be done to fix the running game. I'm not sure if it is the play calling or the personnel but changes must be made soon. In a close game the lack of a running game could really cause us trouble."

    Help may be on the way for the Gators ground attack. Starting tailback Jeff Demps is expected back this week, after missing the past three games due to injury. The team is also hoping to get top wideout Dionte Thompson back from injury. He has been held out the past five games due to a high ankle sprain. The injury is healing slower than trainers anticipated, initial diagnosis was three games.

    On the other side of the ball the Gators continued to dominate. The Gators secondary picked off three passes from Miss. State quarterback Tyson Lee. The D was even better against the run, holding Anthony Dixon to 8 yards on 12 carries. Lawrence Marsh was a big reason for the Gator's defensive success. He finished the game with seven tackles and four sacks.

    Former Gator assistant Dan Mullen was impressed by the effort Marsh showed in this game. "When he gets going like this, there is no lineman in college football who can stop him. If he can string together a few more strong games, he could find himself on the All-American team."

    Next up for the Gators is bitter rival Georgia. As per tradition the game will take place on a neutral field, Jacksonville.

    T. Tebow 14-26 242 yards 2 TD/2 INT; 15 carries 133 yards 2 TD 1 Fumb. Lost
    C. Rainey 12 carries 20 yards
    D. Nelson 5 receptions 178 yards 1 TD *Offensive MVP*
    L. Marsh 7 tackles 4 tackles for loss 4 sacks *Defensive MVP*
    A. Black 5 tackles 1 tackle for loss 1 INT
    J. Haden 4 tackles 1 tackle for loss 1 INT

    Mississippi State
    T. Lee 23-36 0 TD/3 INT 12 carries -38 yards
    A. Dixon 12 carries 8 yards
    K. Cook 6 receptions 71 yards
    O. Wilder 2 receptions 69 yards
    C. Mitchell 11 tackles 1 tackle for loss 2 INT 1 Fumb. Rec. 1 TD
    C. White 13 tackles 4 tackles for loss 1 sack
  12. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Gators Dominance of Georgia Continues

    Georgia still holds the overall better record but today's win gives Florida a victory in 10 of the past 12 contests. Early on Georgia played well, taking a lead into the second quarter. The touchdown pass in the first quarter from Joe Cox to Mike Moore had the entire Gator defense surprised. It was 3rd and inches but Mark Richt elected to throw the ball deep. Moore beat the corner and went for the touchdown.

    Unfortunately for Georgia, things would fall apart in the second quarter. Cox threw an ill advised pass that was picked off by sophomore safety Will Hill, who took the INT for a short TD. On the next drive Hill picked off another pass, leading to a Gator's field goal. The turnovers by Georgia and solid offense by Florida gave the Gators a 31-17 halftime lead.

    In the second half the Gators D really clamped down, allowing just three points. The Gators offense continued to matriculate the ball down the field and the game turned into a blow out. One key for the Gators in the second half was the play from sophomore halfback Jeff Demps. Returning from injury Demps provided a spark to the Gators offense. He would punch in two short scores and finished with 86 yards rushing on just 11 carries. Demps one mistake was a fumble that was returned for a Georgia touchdown, but replays showed his knee was down so the play was reversed.

    Tebow did not find the end zone through the air in this game, but did manage to score three touchdowns via the ground. He now leads the NCAA in rushing touchdowns.

    After the game coach Bravejaf was asked about his team's play, he stated, "the key was not turning the ball over. In the game against Mississippi State we made a lot of mistakes so emphasis this week was protecting the football. The plus-four turnover margin was the key in this game."

    Next up for Florida is Vanderbilt. With a win in this game Florida would clinch at least a share of the SEC East title and a berth in the SEC Championship game.

    T. Tebow 12-19 213 yards 0 TD/0 INT; 23 carries 54 yards 3 TD
    J. Demps 11 carries 86 yards 2 TD; 1 rec 17 yards *Offensive MVP*
    B. James 3 receptions 102 yards
    D. Nelson 2 receptions 39 yards; 1 carry 6 yards
    W. Hill 5 tackles 2 INT 1 TD *Defensive MVP*
    D. Doe 6 tackles 2 TFL 1 INT 1 FF
    B. Spikes 10 tackles 1 TFL

    J. Cox 16-28 265 yards 2 TD/4 INT; 1 carry 11 yards
    R. Samuel 38 carries 103 yards; 1 reception 27 yards
    M. Moore 6 receptions 121 yards 1 TD
    K. Durham 4 receptions 54 yards 1 TD
    J. Houston 4 tackles 2 TFL 2 sacks
    D. Dobbs 7 tackles 3 TFL 1 sack
    A. Dent 7 tackles 1 TFL 1 sack
  13. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Vanderbilt Provides Little Challenge to Red-Hot Florida

    The Commedores marched into Ben Griffen Hill hoping to pull off the upset of #5 Florida, but left the field with a loss. Heisman front runner Tim Tebow once again provided the spark for Florida's offense. In the first half he threw for 300 yards passing and had 4 touchdown passes. He ran in the fifth score. His lone mistake was a poor option pitch, which was intercepted by Vanderbilt cornerback Graham for a touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Dionte Thompson was the recipient of two touchdown passes from Tebow. Thompson is finally back at full speed after a high ankle sprain in week 3. The injury caused him to miss five games and even when he returned last week the injury appeared to slow him down.

    Defensively the front seven of the Gators dominated Vanderbilt's offensive line. All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes was credited with 7 tackles and his impact also helped setup plays for the defensive line. Carlos Dunlap and Lawrence Marsh combined for 13 tackles in the game and 4 sacks. They continually hounded Vanderbilt QB Larry Smith. Smith completed less than 50 percent of his passes for the game and Vanderbilt only advanced the ball past the 50 yard line once throughout the entire game.

    The next game on the schedule is South Carolina, led by former Gator coach Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks have been good this year, a 7-3 record as of the time of this article. The Gators need to be wary of looking past South Carolina, even with a huge matchup coming in a couple weeks against Florida State.

    T. Tebow - 18-26 301 yards 4 TD/0 INT; 12 carries 42 yards 1 TD 1 fumb. lost *Offensive MVP*
    J. Demps - 11 carries 75 yards 1 TD; 8 rec 92 yards
    D. Thompson - 4 rec 92 yards 2 TD
    B. James - 2 rec 71 yards 1 TD
    B. Spikes - 7 tackles 2 tackles for loss
    L. Marsh - 7 tackles 2 tackles for loss 2 sacks *Defensive MVP*
    C. Dunlap - 6 tackles 2 tackles for loss 2 sacks

    L. Smith - 13-27 191 yards 0 TD/1 INT; 8 carries -36 yards
    J. Hawkins - 15 carries 26 yards; 5 rec 52 yards
    U. Umoh - 4 rec 85 yards
    B. Stewart - 6 tackles 3 tackles for loss 3 sacks
    J. Graham - 5 tackles 1 tackle for loss 1 fumb. rec 1 TD

    Score: 45-7
  14. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    After much delay the Alligator returns. Will try to do more frequent updates once I get settled in Columbus.

    Florida Rebounds, Beats Bama for Conference Championship

    Florida fans will reminisce about what could have been if the Gators could have finished off game against the Seminoles. The players couldn't think back on that game, they had to focus on beating a tough Alabama team.

    Gators were first to get on the scoreboard. After forcing a three and out, the Gators marched down the field. During the drive star QB Tim Tebow would leave with an injury but backup QB John Brantley hooked up with Jeff Demps for an 18 yard TD pass. Tebow would return to the game and help lead the charge. After trading field goals the Gators drove the ball down to Bama's 1 yard line. From there Jeff Demps was able to punch in the short TD. This TD gave Florida a 17-3 lead going into half.

    After half the Gators continued their attack. Tebow punched in a 5 yard touchdown to give Florida a 21 point lead. Following the touchdown Bama drove the ball down the field, but was held to a field goal. With the ball back in hand Florida struck quick with a 75 yard TD pass from Tebow to Jeff Demps. The touchdown pass came on a perfectly executed screen pass and was helped greatly by big blocks from TE Aaron Hernandez.

    In the fourth quarter Bama would storm back into the game. To start the fourth quarter Bama and Florida traded touchdown runs. Florida's TD run came from Jeff Demps, his fourth of the game. McElroy was the key reason Alabama was able to stay in the game. He threw three TD passes in the fourth quarter. The second touchdown of the quarter was followed up with an onside kick recovery by the Tide. The third TD pass left just 17 seconds on the clock and Florida was able to recover the onside kick to seal the victory.

    After the game Coach Bravejaf stated, "Bama showed a lot of heart in this game and they really did not give up till the final whistle. I look forward to facing them again next season."

    Key Stats:
    T. Tebow 11-16 175 yards 1/0; 15 car 111 yards 1 TD
    J. Brantley 1-1 18 yards 1 TD
    J. Demps 13 car 55 yards 2 TD; 5 rec 122 yards 2 TD *Offensive MVP*
    D. Nelson 4 rec 55 yards
    J. Cunningham 7 tackles 5 tackles for loss 5 sacks *Defensive MVP*
    W. Pierre St. Louis 10 tackles 1 tackle for loss 1 pass defend 1 fumb. forced

    G. McElroy 36-56 437 yards 3/0
    M. Ingram 9 car 25 yards
    R. Upchurch 4 car 25 yards 1 TD
    J. Jones 6 rec 145 yards
    M. Maze 7 rec 72 yards
    L. Washington 4 tackles 2 tackles for loss 2 sacks
    R. McClain 10 tackles 2 tackles for loss
  15. Papa Perry

    Papa Perry Leeroy Jenkins!!!

    Jul 1, 2009
    hey this is a good chance to do my Lane Kiffin impersonation. Here it goes:

    *cough* *cough* *clears throat* "Well you know the game would have played out differently if Tebow wouldn't have faked that injury so Brantley could come in and cap that drive because Tebow is obviously scared of us."

    not the best in the world but he would say that. Gah i hate that peter puffer
  16. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    2010 Outlook

    After a tough loss to Florida State the Gators rebounded with victories against Alabama and Texas. With those wins Florida finished 2009 as the #3 team in the country. Entering the 2010 season the Gators are without their leaders on both sides of the ball. Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes did not get to exit with a 3rd National Championship trophy but they graduate with one of the most successful four year runs in NCAA history.

    Looking to 2010, Florida has talented seniors on both sides of the ball. Both the offensive and defensive lines are stacked with seniors looking for one more National Title. The offensive line has 6 players who will graduate with the 2011 class. On the defensive side 4 players, including all-world DE Carlos Dunlap, will graduate after the football season. Overall next April's NFL Draft will be filled with Gators. The team will lose 16 players and nearly every player in this class will play on Sundays.

    Graduating seniors:
    DE Carlos Dunlap 99 OVR
    TE Aaron Hernandez 98 OVR
    SS Ahmad Black 97 OVR
    OT Marcus Gilbert 96 OVR
    OG Mike Pouncey 96 OVR
    OT Carl Johnson 95 OVR
    C Maurice Pouncey 95 OVR
    DT Lawrence Marsh 94 OVR
    DT Terron Sanders 94 OVR
    WR Carl Moore 93 OVR
    HB Emmanuel Moody 92 OVR
    DE Duke Lemmons 91 OVR
    OLB AJ Jones 91 OVR
    P Chaz Henry 90 OVR
    OG Maurice Hurt 89 OVR
    C Corey Hobbs 86 OVR
  17. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Quarterback controversy in Gainesville

    There is a two man battle for the starting quarterback position for the Gators. Brantley's experience and passing skills gave him the early lead, but he is getting stiff competition from true freshman Brandon McCloud. McCloud lacks experience but has athletic abilities that rival Tim Tebow early in his career. His passing abilities are not as refined as Brantley but in practice he seemed capable of completing all the necessary passes.

    At this time redshirt freshman Jordan Reed is not in the running for the starting position.

    Coach Bravejaf stated: "with a road game against the Seminoles in Week 1, deciding on a QB will be a very important decision. I believe both quarterbacks give us a shot at winning this game, but I'm still not sure which player gives us the best chance at winning this game."

    No starter has been announced so this will likely be a game time decision. The other option is a two quarterback system used by Florida in Tebow's first year on the field, but coach Bravejaf seems opposed to this notion. "I don't like shuffling quarterbacks based on the situation. It hurts the rhythm of both quarterbacks and can lead to injuries."
  18. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    QB Spot Still Up For Grabs

    After a beating by Florida State in week 1, Florida rebounded to take out Virginia Tech in week 2. The quarterback spot, however, was still a problem area for the Gators. After Brantley proved ineffective in week 1, coach Bravejaf elected to start true freshman Brandon McCloud in week 2. McCloud was not effective at all in this game. He barely topped 100 yards passing and turned the ball over three times.

    Carrying the Gators to victory was junior tailback Jeff Demps. He rushed for 192 yards on just 19 carries. He also found the endzone four times in this game, three times on running plays and one touchdown reception. Recently converted wideout also racked up some big plays. He tallied 50 yards rushing on just 3 carries.

    On the defensive side the Gators losses at secondary are showing up on the scoreboard. Tyrod Taylor carved up the Gator defense for 340 yards passing and 4 TDs. He did however make one very costly mistake, an interception by cornerback Janoris Jenkins that went for a TD.

    Next up for the Gators is a rivalry match against Tennessee. At this time Coach Bravejaf has not announced a starting quarterback. With the game on the road, people in the media speculate Brantley will be the starting quarterback.

    Key stats:
    McCloud - 11-20 117 yd. 2 TD/2 INT; 14 car. 18 yd. 1 fumb.
    Demps - 19 car. 192 yd. 3 TD; 3 rec. 27 yd. 1 TD *Offensive player of the game*
    Rainey - 3 car. 50 yd.; 2 rec. 18 yd.
    Thompson - 2 rec. 36 yd.
    Lemmens - 13 tack. 6 tfl. 1 sack *Defensive player of the game*
    Dunlap - 9 tack. 3 tfl. 2 sacks
    Jenkins - 5 tack. 1 INT 1 TD
  19. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Florida Gators midseason report card:​

    Quarterback - McCloud stepped into starting position after Brantley struggled in week 1 and has held onto the position. His completion percentage (53%), touchdown to interception ratio (10/8), and yards per game (165.8) aren't doing much to make Gators fans forget Tim Tebow. He is young and the team is winning, so can't hold too much against him.
    Grade: C

    Running Backs (HB/FB) - Florida's playbook doesn't offer many options for running the ball but Demps has taken advantage of each carry he gets. He is averaging 6.4 yards per carry and has scored 9 times so far this season. Moody and Gillislee have been subpar in relief of Demps.
    Grade: B

    Receivers (WR/TE) - Moore has made some big plays but also struggled with drops. Shaky QB play has also limited wide receivers, but receivers aren't helping QB either. At this time the team has 9 drops. Tight end Parks has failed to fill void left by Hernandez, Parks has just 4 catches and 2 drops as starting tight end.
    Grade: B-

    Offensive Line (T/G/C) -This should be one of the best units in the country but has underachieved all season. The line has allowed 16 sacks in the first 6 games, which is in the bottom half in the country. Better play will be expected from this group in second half of the season.
    Grade: C+

    Defensive Line (DE/DT) - The strongest unit of the team in first half. Senior defensive ends Dunlap/Lemmens have combined for 82 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, and 10 sacks in the first 6 games. Hunter and Marsh have been solid up the middle.
    Grade: A+

    Linebackers (OLB/MLB) - This group has been solid, but lacks standout linebacker. The loss of Brandon Spikes left a huge void in the middle and no one has stepped up to make up Spikes' productions. Lack of production from linebackers has forced extra work on safeties and defensive backs to make tackles.
    Grade: B-

    Defensive Backs (CB/FS/SS) - Early departures of Haden and Wright appeared to be big problems in offseason, but this unit has managed to replace those stars. Florida is near the top in league in interceptions with 14, including 7 by underclassman cornerbacks Brown (4) and J. Jenkins (3). Black, Hill, and Finley gives the Gators tremendous depth at safety position, all 3 have more than 20 tackles.
    Grade: A

    Special Teams (K/P/KR/PR) - Henry doing triple duty on kicking and he has been stellar at all three jobs. He is 14 of 15 on field goal attempts, 29 touchbacks on 49 kickoffs, and 6 of 15 punts inside the 20. In the return game Hammond has struggled and may be replaced. He is averaging just 22 yards per kick return and 7 yards on punt returns.
    Grade: A-

    Recruiting - No signings yet but many big prospects were in for week 7 win over #20 LSU. Hoping to get first signing later this week.
    Grade: I
  20. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Week 12 - vs. Mississippi State

    Dan Mullen returned to the swamp, but his Bulldogs went home with a loss. The former Gator assistant was hoping to shock the world and put the finishing blow in the Gator's National Title hopes. The Bulldogs did get off to a fast start as they scored a TD on the opening drive. Unfortunately for Mullen, the rest of the game was dominated by Florida. Coach Bravejaf recognized problems in the opening drive and made adjustments to the defense. One key for the Gators was increased pressure. The pressure resulted in 5 sacks and assisted in Gators' safety Ahmad Black picking off 2 passes.

    On the offensive side of the ball it was the usual culprits of Demps and McCloud. McCloud did the majority of the scoring in this game, passing for 1 TD and running for 3 more. The passing TD was a beautiful throw to Freddie Hammond, squeezing the ball through a lot of traffic. McCloud also did an excellent job spreading the ball around. 6 players caught at least 2 passes in this game and no receiver caught more than 4 passes. Demps only scored 1 time in this game but it was a big one. He broke open a Wildcat play for a 60 yard game. The rest of the game Miss. St. held him in check. He finished the game with just 95 yards on 11 carries, a solid average but not if you remove the 60 yard run.

    After the game TIFA caught up with coach Bravejaf. He stated, "the offensive stats may not jump off the page but this was a solid effort. I was impressed with McCloud's passing accuracy in this game. He made a lot of tough throws.

    One thing the Gators still need to work on is the offensive line. McCloud was under pressure most of the game and was sacked 2 times. The interception also was a result of pressure, McCloud was hit from behind and ball floated right to a defender.

    Key Team Stats

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Category Miss. St FLA
    1st down 10 18
    3rd down conversion 2-15 5-13
    Red zone conversion 2-1-0 4-3-1
    Total yards 178 395
    Rush yards -19 175
    Pass yards 197 220
    Turnovers 2 1
    Possession Time 10:51 18:23

    Offensive Player of the Game: Brandon McCloud 16-22 214 yards 1 TD/1 INT; 13 carries 50 yards 3 TD

    Defensive Player of the Game: Lorenzo Edwards 8 tackles 5 tackles for loss 3 sacks

    Final score: Florida 44 - Miss. St. 7

    Next Game: vs. Kansas State
  21. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Kansas State Puts Up a Big Fight, Leaves With a Loss

    Kansas State had the best offensive performance against Florida since week 1 loss to Florida State. Watching the game it appeared the Gators front seven had an allergy to making tackles. K-State HB Daniel Thomas torched the Gator D for 220 yards on the ground, including a TD run of more than 80 yards. Thomas added 46 yards receiving and caught a touchdown pass as well. Before this game Florida had allowed just over 500 yards rushing in 10 games. The effective run game by the Wildcats opened up passing lanes for Carson Coffman and he was effective. He threw for 314 yards in this game, 136 of those passing yards were by Lamark Brown who torched the Gators secondary all game.

    Thankfully the Gators offense played well enough to get a win. McCloud put up some good yardage numbers but was plagued by turnovers all game. He threw two picks and fumbled twice on option plays. In total he did finished with 224 yards passing and 2 TD. He also added 85 yards rushing. The run game really stepped up in this game. Demps rushed for 77 yards on 11 carries, scoring twice. Unfortunately he left with an injury but he should be ready for showdown against Texas. Rainey was effective in relief of Demps, carrying the ball 10 times for 60 yards. The biggest play of the game however, came from WR Frankie Hammond Jr. He broke a slot option for 57 yards and a TD. He also scored a TD on a pass from McCloud.

    So how did the Gators win this game? One key was red zone efficiency. K-State and Florida both had 4 red zone possessions in this game. In those 4 possessions the Gators scored 28 points while the Wildcats scored just 10.

    Next up for the Gators is a titanic showdown with the #1 ranked Texas Longhorns. A win would keep the Gators National Championship hopes alive while a loss would end those dreams completely. Following the match against Texas the Gators will face-off with the Crimson Tide again, hoping to make it 3-0 against the Tide during coach Bravejaf's reign.

    Final score: 38 - 23

    Offensive Player of the Game: Daniel Thomas (KSU) - 28 carries 220 yards 1 TD, 6 rec 46 yards 1 TD

    Defensive Player of the Game: Ahmad Black (UF) - 14 tackles 1 INT
  22. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Conference championship stays in Gainesville

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Bama 7 10 7 0 24
    UF 7 7 14 6 34

    The game got off to a bad start for the Gators. After a nice run by Demps on the first play from scrimmage, McBride was sacked for a big loss and fumbled the ball. The Gator defense would hold out but field position battle swang to the Tide. Bama's punter continuously kicked the ball inside 10 yard line and Gators were limited on play selection. During one of these possessions Florida QB Brandon McCloud was injured and he would not return. It was later announced he broke his collarbone, ending his freshman season.

    In the first half Bama and Florida traded touchdowns, with the lone difference being a field goal kicked by Bama at the end of the half. Bama started off with the ball in the second half and two deep passes to Julio Jones gave the Tide a 10 point lead. After this TD the Gator's D coordinator laid into his team and the message appeared to sink in. Bama would not find the endzone the rest of the game. The Gators D also intercepted 2 passes by McElroy in this half.

    On the offensive side of the ball it was Demps and backup QB Brantley who brought the Gators back and helped secure a victory. Brantley finished the game 15-19 and a touchdown. Demps got 19 touches and made the most of the touches. He finished with 157 yards and 2 TD in the game. More importantly he helped the Gators maintain ball control during the final minutes of the game, allowing Gators to score an additional field goal to increase the lead. Bama stayed close all game but a late drop by Hanks on fourth down ended a nice drive by Alabama, giving Gators the ball back for that final field goal.

    Offensive Player of the Game: Jeff Demps 15 carries 93 yards 2 TD, 4 receptions 64 yards

    Defensive Player of the Game: Duke Lemmens 9 tackles 2 tackles for loss 1 sack

    Sugar Bowl not so sweet for West Virginia

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    WVU 0 0 3 0 3
    UF 10 28 0 3 41

    With McCloud out Brantley got his second start of the season. His first performance did not go well, but this performance was a big improvement. He carved up the West Virginia defense in this game and did an excellent job in spreading the ball around. All 5 Gator's TD came from Brantley's arm and each TD pass went to a different WR. Demps was on the receiving end of a beautiful pass for his TD reception, Brantley lofted it over 2 defenders and into Demps waiting hands. The other memorable TD pass was a rocket thrown to Frankie Hammond Jr. Hammond cut in front of a defender and Brantley fired the ball into the perfect spot. The other TD passes went to 5th WR Andre Debose and 1 each to tight ends Hernandez and Parks. The score could have been worse, Florida threw only 1 pass in the second half.

    On the defensive side the Gators had little trouble slowing down the Mountaineers' speedy rusher Noel Devine. Geno Smith also had trouble with turnovers in this game, throwing 3 interceptions. Senior safety Ahmad Black was a recipient on 2 of the interceptions. Senior defensive ends Lemmens and Dunlap were also big in this game. They combined for 12 tackles, 9 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.

    Offensive Player of the Game: John Brantley - 18-27 245 yards 5 TD/2 INT

    Defensive Player(s) of the Game: The senior class (Black/Dunlap/Lemmens/AJ Jones/Lawrence Marsh) - combined for 23 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions.
  23. KnightNoles

    KnightNoles Learn to Compete

    Jul 6, 2009
    Great 2 years for Florida, 2 SEC championship and 2 BCS bowl wins but we all know they are hungry for more

    ps. West Virginia mountaineers.
  24. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    LOL yeah I messed that one up. I did know that but apparently was getting confused with another team I beat this season :).

    As for the team's goals, National Championship is always our primary objective. During the offseason the coaching staff will evaluate the talent and determine a scheme that best fits the players. For two seasons I have talked about changing the playbook and it is almost a necessity during next season. The main reason I stuck with Florida's playbook this year was Demps small stature and blazing speed. If he leaves early, which I'm expecting, then there is no reason to stick with this playbook. Even if I convert Rainey back to HB he should be able to handle a more balanced offense.
  25. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009

    Preseason Ranking - #2

    Overall: A+
    Offense: A+
    Defense: A+
    Special Teams: C

    Florida brings back a strong team, looks towards BCS Championship this season

    Florida has been strong the past season, finishing 11-2 both seasons and inside the top 5, but Gator's coach Bravejaf is looking for a championship this season. His first move this offseason was to promote senior Jeff Brantley to starting QB position. He stated, "Brandon McCloud is an excellent athlete but we want to work on his throwing mechanics. We expect him to be an important player going forward in this program and this move does not mean we are giving up on Brandon."

    Big losses on the offensive side will also impact the team's performance this season. Lightening quick HB Jeff Demps chose to leve early and enter the NFL Draft. In his place equally quick Chris Rainey will need t step up. Rainey spent time between WR and HB last season but will be more focused on running ball with Demps moving on. Other losses for the Gators were WR Carl Moore and Aaron Hernandez. Thankfully team has a plethora of talented WR. Frankie Hammond Jr and Deonte Thompson will be top WR for Gators, and both players possess ability to catch ball in traffic and speed to break open the big play. At the tight end spot the Gators will use Desmond Parks and Aaron McBride. Both saw some playing time last season while Hernandez was hurt last season.

    On the defensive side the team lost the entire starting defensive line. Dunlap and Lemmens were seniors, and Omar Hunter left early for NFL Draft. The Gators D-Line loses its most explosive weapons but thanks to strong recruiting the drop off is minimal. The defense does have some strong players in the secondary, including senior captain Will Hill and All-American CB Jeremey Brown. Other keys to the defense are linebackers Brandon Hicks and Lorenzo Edwards who will make opposing receivers afraid to go through the middle.

    Captains: QB John Brantley (RS SR), FS Will Hill (SR)

    Impact Players: WR Deonte Thompson (RS SR), Brandon Hicks (RS SR)

    Preseason All-Americans: Jeremy Brown (RS JR, 1st NCAA), Brandon McCloud (SO, 2nd NCAA), Janoris Jenkins (SR, 1st SEC), Frankie Hammond Jr. (RS JR, 2nd SEC)

    Players to watch: WR Omarius Hines (3rd WR always big role for spread offense), SS Dee Finley (takes over for Ahmad Black), HB Mike Gillislee (#2 back expected to do heavy lifting for run game)

    Coach Bravejaf's Goals season:

    [ ] Maintain ball control, turnover margin of 20 or more

    [ ] Defense wins championships, under 10 points allowed per game

    [ ] Renewed focus on running game, 1000 yard rusher

    [ ] Spreading the ball out, 3 players with 40 or more receptions

    [ ] Get some in state respect, win the Sunshine Showdown against rival FSU

    [ ] Keep the Crown, win 3rd straight SEC Championship
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