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2022 Football Discussion Thread General Thoughts & Comments

With Men's B-ball essentially over (I'm done with it) and baseball just beginning (rough start, but will see how it plays out), I'm already getting excited for Football. I haven't been this excited for a season to start since probably 2015.

Here's the schedule:

Game 1
SEP 3 (SAT) VS UTAH
GAINESVILLE, FLA. BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM

Game 2
SEP 10 (SAT) TBA
VS KENTUCKY
GAINESVILLE, FLA. BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM

Game 3
SEP 17 (SAT)
VS SOUTH FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, FLA. BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM

Game 4
SEP 24 (SAT)
AT TENNESSEE
KNOXVILLE, TENN.

Game 5
OCT 1 (SAT)
VS EASTERN WASHINGTON
GAINESVILLE, FLA. BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM

Game 6
OCT 8 (SAT)
VS MISSOURI
GAINESVILLE, FLA. BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM

Game 7
OCT 15 (SAT) TBA
VS LSU
GAINESVILLE, FLA. BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM

Game 8
OCT 29 (SAT)
VS GEORGIA
JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

Game 9
NOV 5 (SAT) TBA
AT TEXAS A&M
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

Game 10
NOV 12 (SAT) TBA
VS SOUTH CAROLINA
GAINESVILLE, FLA. BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM

Game 11
NOV 19 (SAT)
AT VANDERBILT
NASHVILLE, TENN.

Game 12
NOV 25 (FRI)
AT FLORIDA STATE
TALLAHASSEE, FLA.
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jfan244888
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Honestly I see 7-5


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I think we can hit 9 wins next year.

Likely 9-4 with a bowl win, though I won't rule out 9-3.

I think this team is better than what we saw last year and that Mullen just did that poor of a job.

If AR can stay healthy I think 8-4 in the regular season is highly achievable. And even if he doesn't I think Miller might be sneaky good. A lot of Ohio St fans I talked to about him were very high on him despite his Spring Game film.


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I'm seeing 9-3 or 10-2


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I'm seeing 9-3 or 10-2


Thankfully we get Utah, Kentucky, and LSU at home.

Tennessee on the road might be tough, but until I see Florida lose to Tennessee two years in a row (or at this point even once), I'll always pick Florida to win that one. Heupel is a major improvement over Pruitt and I think that if we still had Mullen that Heupel would've taken control of the series.

Thankfully Mullen is gone, and I think this season we are going to realize just how poor of a job he did last year in terms of getting the team prepared and putting the right players on the field and getting them in position to be successful.


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We still could also get some guys in the portal before the season starts (conversely we could also lose some).

I'm excited for Gator Football for the first time in a LONG time. Even though I followed and watched nearly every game under Mullen, I never really believed that we would ever achieve anything notable under him.

There's no sure thing about Napier, but I like what I've seen so far, and am looking forward to see what he can do.


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TomSpanks
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I'd be a little disappointed in anything worse than 8-4 regular season, unless I see major improvements and building for next year going on. I think we'll see much better than that, if I had to put a guess out right now I'd say 10-2. I also think Mullen and staff just really held us back in preparation and getting the right people in the right places and keeping shoes on feet.
We definitely don't get to gently coast into the season to let our new staff get an easy warm up period. Gonna know early how well prepared this team is for sure.


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Definitely this team could be very good on defense We have a lot of returning starters and back ups. Miller & Cox coming back is huge. Losing Hopper,Diabate, & Bogle hurt but I think Wingo and Black will fill in nicely there. Plus Marshall & Helms played alot last year with Dean coming back and with Wilson coming in this could be a very good unit.

The biggest Questions are on offense. Our O-line should be pretty good this has not been a bright spot for a while but they could be much better this year. Obviously who the Starting QB will be is the Million dollar question. Also how will the offense look. Running back should be a bright spot for this team the talent is there they just have not played alot. WR is also a big question mark on this team. Some guys have played just not put up numbers. Hopefully we will have some answers after spring ball.


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WR is my biggest concern on Offense. The OL is a close second. I think AR or Miller can be serviceable at worst. RB could be strong.

I feel better about the OL because Hev is gone and I'm intrigued by Napier's 2 coach system for OL. Sale did well at Louisiana (the Giants were doomed, not going to make a judgement one way or another based on what he did there).


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quote:

Honestly I see 7-5


That's what I see as well.
I think our record at the end of September will be 2-2.


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For some reason, I really don't see us losing to Utah. And a win vs. Utah may set the tone for this season.

I'm gonna go with a somewhat bold 10-2 prediction for this season with an appearance in a New Year's Six bowl, I really have faith in this staff.

And as a bonus, even bolder prediction. I think we finish with the consensus #1 recruiting class this year.


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Florida Gators Football @GatorsFB
Join @coach_bnapier and the rest of the Gators Football staff for Chalk Talk!

March 24-26


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More Chalk Talk info

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Gators Chalk Talk, which welcomes middle and high school coaches, will feature guest speakers from the college and NFL levels.


Speakers include:

Derrick Ansley
L.A. Chargers
Secondary Coach

Thomas McGaughey
New York Giants
Special Teams Coordinator

Jerome Henderson
New York Giants
Defensive Backs Coach
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you know, its not out of the question that georgia has a fall off, we beat them and loose to the two west games.

still got to the SECc


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I think we have a very good shot of winning vs LSU at the Swamp. Unlike Mullen who routinely overlooked that game, I think Billy will have it circled and has a chip on his shoulder.

With Georgia, I'm going to wait until the season starts to see how they look before having any optimistic takes about Jax.

Right now Jax and College Station I'm putting down as sure losses.

USF, E. Wash and Vandy should be sure wins.

S. Car and Mizzou at the Swamp should be highly winnable

Those games, if they play out as I am predicting, should have UF going 5-2.

Utah, Kentucky, @Tenn, LSU, and @FSU (mostly because it's at Doak) I'm seeing as toss ups, with some more likely to be wins than others.

These are the 5 games that could make or break the season.


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Realistic 8-4. We’ll have to play relatively well on the road and defend The Swamp. Definitely doable.

I could see 9 wins if we steal a game somewhere in there because Napier gets us playing fundamentally sound football, but also wouldn’t be shocked if we went 7-5 because of some growing pains.

Below 7-5 in year 1 is unacceptable though.



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New Pics of Football-Only Facility







This thing might actually get completed BEFORE Dan Mullen successfully recruits a 5 Star Prospect from IMG
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From an On3 poster about the "Gator Collective"

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I attended a Gator Collective event today and I just wanted to publicly thank them in here, because I know most of the people running the show are on these boards. Absolutely fantastic event!

For those unaware, they had a drawing for GC Members and we were selected to participate in a Meet & Greet with the Offensive Line + Relationship Ribs provided by Shannon Snell, all inside the IPF. For 2 hours my 5 year old ran all around the IPF throwing footballs, harassing tackling dummies and rolling around the turf.

We must’ve spoken to 10 different players, each of them being extremely polite and engaging, and acting genuinely interested in being there (I assumed a bunch of 18-22yo’s would view this as an annoying “chore”, but this was the exact opposite). All of them signed an autograph for my little guy, with several of them saying jokes and talking to him.

As a group, it was a very impressive group of polished young men. It feels unfair to call out anyone individually because they were all very impressive and working the room but a few conversations that stood out were Josh Braun, Richard Gouraige, Austin Barber and both UL transfers. By the way, Kamryn Waites looks like the College Football Version of The Mountain. But again, all the kids were impressive; these were just the few that had a chance to spend an extra 15 seconds before my 5yo’s attention span sent us away.

I was also impressed that the OL coaching staff also showed up and fully participated. Coach Sale and Coach Stapleton probably spent 5 minutes talking to me, my friend and our kids.
Shannon Snell catered the event, but he specifically said the ribs were his competition recipe and not just the Sonny’s standard… the ribs were FIRE!

And finally, I feel the need to apologize to the Gator Collective Team. In the past I’ve been somewhat critical of the group on here for one reason or another. However, it could not have been more obvious that the UF players and coaches are fully supportive of the Gator Collective. You could argue the players are contractually obligated to attend if they’re getting $, but why else would the coaches take time out of their Sunday afternoon to come and shake a few hands if they weren’t 100% behind GC?

I wish I could do more but I will be upping my GC commitment from $10/mo to $20/mo, and I think I was able to convince a friend to join today too. I suggest everyone do the same!


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Shorter will lead wideouts, but spring all about the young guys
ByTHOMAS GOLDKAMP 5 hours ago

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida produced an excellent group of receivers in Dan Mullen's first few years, but the unit took a slight step back in production in 2021, perhaps due to erratic play at the quarterback position.

In any case, following the offseason transfer of leading receiver Jacob Copeland to Maryland, the Gators have some retooling to do.

There's still a good deal of younger talent on the roster, but most of it is as yet unproven. Only two returning receivers, senior Justin Shorter and junior Xzavier Henderson, tallied more than 20 catches a year ago. So there will be opportunities aplenty at the position this spring, particularly with a new coaching staff affording players who might have been overlooked under the previous staff a fresh start.

Let's take a look at the position heading into spring football.

SPRING PREVIEW: WIDE RECEIVER

Overview: Florida's experienced talent at the position is significantly diminished from the core group it had in 2018, 2019 and 2020. That said, some of that could simply be appearances; UF's quarterbacks struggled in 2021, so opportunities for receivers were a bit more limited. In any case, Florida will be looking for go-to playmakers this spring. Shorter has proven above average, Henderson is solid and a few others have shown flashes. But the Gators probably need some younger talent to emerge. There's no clear-cut All-SEC type on the roster right now, so development is needed.

Strengths: Size, Blocking

The shortest scholarship player listed on the roster is Jordan Pouncey at 6 foot 1, and he hasn't been an impact player so far. Everyone else has length to spare and the type of big frame that Mullen and his staff really favored. That means the Gators should have some targets who can go up and make contested catches. With good technique work, they should also be able to use their size to shield off defenders and make life easier on themselves. This group is also above average as blockers, as former receivers coach Billy Gonzales placed a real premium on perimeter blocking.

Weaknesses: Short-Area Quickness, Top-End Speed

Honestly, Florida is really lacking slot receivers right now. Mullen had noted that was an area they needed to attack in recruiting after signing the three-man class of Trent Whittemore, Ja'Markis Weston and Dionte Marks (since transferred), but his staff didn't end up doing it. The Gators simply don't have many guys, if any, on the roster right now who are going to win in a phone booth with short-area quickness and footspeed. There's at least some top-end speed, as Henderson can take the top off a defense, but there aren't a ton of blazers in the group as a whole.

*** What To Watch: At a position as unsettled as this one on the depth chart beyond Shorter, which guys emerge as staff favorites this spring will be highly interesting. Ja'Quavion Fraziars is a top name to keep an eye on. He consistently earned rave reviews from our sources at practice the last two years but didn't get many opportunities on Saturdays, tallying just five catches for 35 yards and a pair of touchdowns last season. He's a definite breakout candidate. We've cooled a bit on Henderson after the past two years, but he may benefit from Napier's style of offense, which is run-heavy but likes to take the top off defenses a bit more than Mullen's did. Both second-year players Marcus Burke and Daejon Reynolds are also interesting prospects with a good deal of high-pointing ability.

*** What We Expect: Shorter should lock down a starting spot based on his experience, his work ethic and his leadership. That's all but a certainty. Beyond that pretty much everything else should be up for grabs. We're big Whittemore fans here as an athletic but crafty slot receiver underneath given the void of smaller-statured, super speedy guys on the roster. If he can stay healthy we think he has a big year. Beyond that, Fraziars, Burke and Reynolds will have the chance to really establish themselves this spring. It wouldn't be surprising to see any of those three emerge as the third starter.


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