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Written by Andrew Spivey, November 18, 2015, 1 Comment,
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Gator Country brings you our latest podcast as we talk all things Florida Gators in this podcast, including the Gators basketball team as well the football team.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about how the Florida Gators football team is doing in their preparation for FAU this weekend, plus they talk about the latest Will Grier information.

Andrew and Nick also break down the Florida Gators basketball season, as well as talking some Florida Gators recruiting news. Listen to all of this and more.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? This is your man, Andrew Spivey. I am taking back over the lead of this thing, Nicholas de la Torre. You’re not getting my lead in no more. You’ve had it for a couple days. The show ratings have dropped.

Nick:                         How dare you. The show ratings have been fantastic. Thank you all for that.

Andrew:                 The goat is coming back. The goat’s alive. That means one thing. That means that this podcast will be lit, will be fire, and the show will be better. Gator fans, just know this one will be better. That is a promise from the man, the goat, Andrew Spivey. Nicholas, what’s up with you, buddy?

Nick:                         Nothing. We’re hanging in there. It’s FAU week. Not as exciting as some weeks past. The Owls come in with a 2-8 record, 2-5 in CUSA, Conference USA. Kind of tough to get up for these games, especially when the SEC championship game has already been locked in. Florida is looking at Florida State and Dalvin Cook coming down into town in two weeks. It’s kind of let’s get Saturday here and kind of get it over with. That’s kind of the sense I’m getting. Not from the team, but from fans. Let’s get FAU out of the way and move on to these bigger games.

Andrew:                 Can I just say, I’m bored? Is that okay? I know Coach Mac doesn’t like to say it, but it’s a boring week. I’m sorry. It’s something that I know the teams need it, but it just feels weird. You have all these good weeks, and I know South Carolina and Vanderbilt aren’t good weeks, but it’s still a game that’s a good game, and then it’s always this one game thrown in there. Alabama has Charleston Southern. Florida has FAU. It’s all around the country. It’s just bad games.

Nick:                         This is a rough week for games. I am glad that we’re getting the nooner and getting out of there early, because it’s like you said. It’s kind of like everyone’s bringing in the teams that are getting paid to play this week.

Andrew:                 It’s boring.

Nick:                         Everyone’s cutting a check this week.

Andrew:                 They’re paying the bills around the country this week. It’s just boring. That’s not to be mean to anyone. It’s just it is what it is. It’s boring. Get ready for next week, rivalry week.

Nick:                         I do have a game that might interest you.

Andrew:                 Okay.

Nick:                         Georgia Southern is playing Mark Richt this week.

Andrew:                 That will be a prediction podcast on Friday. Andrew may have to bring the heat to the flying Mark Richt.

Nick:                         Anytime I see Georgia Southern I know they’re not a Division II or an FCS team anymore, but anytime I see the Eagles pop up on somebody’s schedule I have like Vietnam flashbacks.

Andrew:                 Georgia Southern’s not a bad football team. 7-2 this year.

Nick:                         It’s all about the midline, which nobody knows how to cover or stop.

Andrew:                 Okay, Will. All right, Will Muschamp. Get it fixed, okay buddy? Get it fixed. I will say this. I think I may go with that this weekend. Then I think another brick will be thrown this weekend at Gary Pinkel tries to go out on a winning streak and goes against those Butch Jones people over there. By the way, speaking of Butch Jones, is he just ruining the population of Tennessee? He’s hurt Peyton Manning now. That loser mentality’s rubbed off to Peyton Manning now.

Nick:                         Peyton is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play.

Andrew:                 Four picks in a game. That’s wearing off. I will say this. Peyton Manning’s a good regular season quarterback, just like his buddies Tennessee, and just like his buddy Mark Richt. They’re good regular season. Until you win championships, let me know. He will always be Tom Brady’s do boy.

Nick:                         Tom Brady’s do boy. What? He won a Super Bowl.

Andrew:                 One.

Nick:                         How many have you won?

Andrew:                 I don’t get paid millions of dollars to play quarterback. The man’s playoff record is awful. It’s awful. That’s all you can say. It’s awful. It’s bad. He’s a good regular season quarterback, and that’s it. When it comes time for pressure he folds. Just remember one thing, Peyton, you’ll go to grave 0-4 against the Gators.

Nick:                         Weird stat. Peyton Manning holds the record for most playoff losses.

Andrew:                 Really?

Nick:                         With 13.

Andrew:                 Really? Most playoff losses at 13. I love that.

Nick:                         You got to think this. He’s in his 18th season. He makes it to the playoffs almost every year, and he’s only won one Super Bowl, which means…

Andrew:                 What’s his record?

Nick:                         Peyton Manning’s record in the playoffs. He has started 24 games. He is 11-13.

Andrew:                 That’s gross.

Nick:                         9-10 with the Colts and 2-3 with the Broncos.

Andrew:                 That is gross. That brick by brick crap. That just falls down the road. Anyway, let’s go to the Gators. This Peyton Manning talk makes me sick. I feel like I get the flu every time I talk about that guy. Anyway.

Nick:                         I do want to bring up one note. It’s something about Florida. It’s something that we can probably talk about. Florida State, I’m already thinking ahead. Florida Atlantic, FAU is bringing in a team. They’re not going to a bowl game. Really getting a chance to play at Florida this is kind of their bowl game, especially with a senior quarterback in Jaquez Johnson. He only has two more games left in his career. He’s the only quarterback in FAU history to rush for 1,500 yards and to pass for 5,000 yards.

When you think about a quarterback who’s got 1,500 yards rushing in his career you’re probably thinking someone that’s a little smaller, maybe looks like Johnny Manziel. Johnson is 6’1”, 240 pounds. This is a big boy. When you’re talking about a quarterback who is big like that can he give Florida some trouble? Florida’s going to be out at least three defensive linemen this week. Really only running two, maybe three deep at linebacker. Can a guy like this, someone that Florida Atlantic might come in with a game plan of you’ve got two more games in your football career, we’re going to run you until you can’t run anymore, and maybe we can squeak out of Gainesville with a win.

Andrew:                 I don’t think so.

Nick:                         Not the win.

Andrew:                 I think you’re talking about, I think Jim McElwain’s spoiled your comment here. Let’s just look at Florida Atlantic. Conference USA, they’re 7th in offense.

Nick:                         That’s not good.

Andrew:                 379 a game. That’s awful. Come on, man, that’s not good. Their passing offense is even worse, not worse. They’re 7th, averaging 221 points a game. That’s whatever. Then you go to their rushing offense, and it’s 8th. It’s 158 yards a game. No. I don’t see this Florida Atlantic team scoring very many points. Johnson, whoever it is they need to have, I don’t even know who the greatest Florida Atlantic player ever is. Maybe they can get Jordan Scarlett to hop over there and play for the Owls real quick, since he did commit to them at one time. Maybe he can hop over there and play a little bit, but unless that happens I don’t see that. I will say this. I do expect that Florida Atlantic will score some points, probably late in the game, because I think Florida will probably have Johnny Wholestaff out there playing the whole game. If you’re not a baseball guy that means pretty much everybody that’s eligible to play will probably play on Saturday.

Nick:                         We thought that was going to be the case against Vanderbilt, and everyone was talking about I hope Mac finds a way to get Josh Grady into the game and get him a touchdown. By the 3rd quarter it will be out of control, and we can do that. All of a sudden you’re kicking a field goal late to win.

Andrew:                 This isn’t Vandy, buddy. This is Florida Atlantic, 2-8 in the Conference USA. Johnny Wholestaff’s playing on defense.

Nick:                         The mighty Owls of Florida Atlantic. What is Johnny Wholestaff with the defense? You’ve got guys now who are clearly redshirting, and you’ve got guys that are hurt. Who hasn’t been playing do you expect to see?

Andrew:                 I think you’ll see more Justus Reed. I think that’s fair.

Nick:                         I think you’re going to see Justus Reed because Sherit’s out and McCalister’s out.

Andrew:                 Right. Even if McCalister wasn’t out I think you see more of Reed in this game. I think you’ll see more of Khairi Clark in this game as well. He’s playing a lot, but I think you’ll see him a lot more in this game. I think you’ll see Marcell gets some more playing time there. I think you’ll see Duke Dawson get some more playing time there. Maybe even McMillian and Anthony Harrell getting some playing time at the linebacker position as well. I don’t think you see guys like Luke Ancrum, even though he traveled. I think he’s a guy that’s going to redshirt. I don’t think they pull CJ McWilliams, or McWilliams, that’s a commit, Chris Williamson. I don’t think you see Chris Williamson come on the field, because they’re going to redshirt him. Defensive back, where do you go? Maybe put Poole and Duke Dawson at corner some and let Quincy and Jalen and Vernon rest. There’s not very much depth there. I don’t know. I do think you’ll see Marcell play some more, and I think you’ll see Duke play some more, but I guess there’s really not that much depth there.

Nick:                         Actually CJ has played already this year.

Andrew:                 Chris Williamson?

Nick:                         That’s who I meant. Chris Williamson has played. You threw me off. Chris Williamson has played already this year, so he is not on the redshirt train.

Andrew:                 Unless there’s a phantom injury. I don’t think he’s played since like Week 4, right?

Nick:                         We’ll see. We’ll see what kind of phantom injury pops up.

Andrew:                 I do know he has been dealing with a hamstring injury, so I do know that’s a legit injury that he has been doing with. Maybe that hamstring becomes a little bit more bothersome. Let’s say that.

Nick:                         I like that you brought it up. I was going to bring it up. Does everyone remember those 8 seconds that Jordan Scarlett was committed to FAU?

Andrew:                 It’s kind of funny. It’s one of those deals where junior pops up. What was it, Roger Harriet that went from the U School and was at FAU for last year, and then he supposedly was going to run condos in one of the islands down in Bahamas. Not the Bahamas, something else. Then now he’s back at St. Thomas with your boys. It was a couple of them, right? Wasn’t it Scarlett and someone else that was committed to FAU for a while?

Nick:                         There was another guy. I forget who. There was another kid from U School. He went to Notre Dame, the linebacker.

Andrew:                 There was a couple of those guys that were committed to FAU for a little while and then went elsewhere. It’s always cool. There’s several guys there. We’re not even talking about Kerry Dixon. Kerry Dixon was a FAU guy.

Nick:                         FIU.

Andrew:                 FIU, nevermind. He’s played against these guys. Maybe he has a little bit of insight on that. FIU, FAU, I get them mixed up. Nick, what is that? FIU’s what? Boca Raton? Right, or is it FAU?

Nick:                         FAU is in Boca Raton. FIU is in Miami. To you that means nothing, because everything south of Gainesville is Miami to you.

Andrew:                 Florida Atlantic, Florida International come on. Killing me here.

Nick:                         FIU is more of a commuter school, so it’s more kids that don’t live on campus. They have a new medical school there. FAU is more kids coming from out living on campus, stuff like that.

Andrew:                 You have a sister at which one? FAU?

Nick:                         I have a sister at FIU.

Andrew:                 So no bragging rights for you this weekend.

Nick:                         My dad is an adjunct professor, teaches law, at FAU.

Andrew:                 Okay. So your dad has a little interest for FAU this weekend.

Nick:                         My dad also graduated from the University of Florida.

Andrew:                 There you go. Speaking of lawyers real quick. We’re bouncing around with this podcast. Sorry, guys. It’s FAU week. Bear with us. Will Grier yesterday, Monday, had his appeals process. Something you and I had kind of heard here. Nick, you and I have talked a little bit about this as well. We’ve heard from people that they feel very confident in this. They feel very confident that things are going go. I did find it kind of odd that they did it so quick. For the NCAA it’s like maybe you’re finally getting your shit straight up there.

Nick:                         Yeah. We put out the …

Andrew:                 Nicholas? We lost you, buddy. You’re going to have to come back and join us if you want to talk Will Grier. If you’re hiding from us…

Nick:                         We’re here. We put the story out a couple weeks ago when they had finished assembling the appeal and sent it in. The NCAA then looks over that, and yesterday was finally the conference call where Florida makes their case, Will Grier and his attorney make their case. Now it really could be 14 days. It could be this week. The NCAA works on their own timetable, and everyone kind of has to bend over backwards to them. From everything we’ve heard is that everyone on Grier’s side really does feel confident. We’re not talking about the NCAA coming back and saying, Will Grier’s good to go immediately. He’ll start this week against FAU, or he’ll start next week against FSU or the SEC championship. We’re trying, we’re. Like I’m the lawyer. Florida is trying to get him eligible for the first game next year. Trying to cut the suspension in half. That’s really what they’re doing.

This is the tough part. The NCAA has a rule. Grier admitted to breaking the rule. So they don’t really have to do anything. The NCAA can just say, “You did a really good job on your appeal, sorry. Rules are rules. He’s out.” It’s kind of like in a real court room where the state has to prove without a shadow of a doubt. Really the burden was put on Grier’s side, because the NCAA doesn’t have to do anything. The rule sucks. You can smoke weed, which is illegal in most states, and you miss a game. Take something over the counter, you’re done for a year. The rule sucks, but it’s the rule. Grier and his attorneys did everything they could. That’s really why this process has taken so long is because you really have to do your due diligence and really present the best possible case, because the position that the NCAA is in is one where they don’t have to do anything.

Andrew:                 Yeah. You and I don’t know, really nobody expect for the lawyers, Florida, and Will know what the appeal was for. My thing is if they can present a good enough case that Will didn’t know he was taking something illegal, then six games is enough. It’s like you already tore six games out. Your punishment was good. Whatever chemicals were in his body are gone by next August when he’s there. That’s my reasoning for it. I hate the NCAA. I hate everything about them. I think it’s stupid the way they do. Kids are getting new cars everywhere, but a kid that takes something that maybe shouldn’t have taken, and he’s gone for almost a year now. It will be a year.

Nick:                         I haven’t heard many people comment, that NCAA rule makes a lot of sense. They did good there. I don’t hear that often.

Andrew:                 I don’t know. To me it’s frustrating, because the NCAA could do so much better job managing things if they just put more bodies out there. I don’t know. It’s dumb, but neither one of us will ever figure out the NCAA. We’ll all die, and our kids and grandkids and their grandkids and everything else will still think the NCAA’s stupid. No sense of getting too riled up about it.

Nick:                         No. It is what it is. Everything we’ve heard is that everyone on Will Grier’s side feels confident about it, and I would expect that there would be an answer before the SEC championship game one way or another. Just to say Will Grier feels good about it. We’re not going to go out and say they feel good about it, so it’s definitely going to be good news.

Andrew:                 Here’s my thing. How does his recruiting, his decision, affect recruiting? Is it good that a guy like Feleipe Franks doesn’t know? Does Florida want it to come out? I don’t know. I think that it could go both ways there. I think it’s a weird deal where it could be good, and it could be bad.

Nick:                         You know what? The appeal has been heard, so it’s not in Florida’s hands anymore.

Andrew:                 You know what I’m saying? It could be a deal where … I like that it’s coming out. I don’t like kids to come on campus and be deceived, but it is something that I think is pretty interesting. I think that it’s something that if Grier didn’t know, if they didn’t know Grier was coming back I think Florida could make a case for a guy like Franks or a guy like Dwayne Haskins or one of those guys of there’s a possibility you could come in and compete for time. Treon’s not doing well, so come in. It is what it is. It’s a different thing all around. It’s something, like you say, that nobody can control. One thing I do want to get to real quick, Nick, is Jake McGee up for the John Mackey award. Big award for him. I think that while you look at the stats and McGee maybe doesn’t have a dynamite year, the presence he has for Florida on the field and off the field, in my opinion, is something that can’t be determined by a stat.

Nick:                         Yeah. Ten games, 31 receptions. You look at that it’s a little underwhelming. 268 yards, 3 touchdowns. Really the catches he’s making he’s making a lot of 1st down catches. He’s making a lot of catches that are moving chains, catches in big spots. He’s also giving Florida an added dimension to the offense that they haven’t had these past couple years. It’s kind of what we expected last year. Kind of what we expected coming into this year. I thought he would be a guy that would be targeted more. I think he got targets a lot more when Grier was the quarterback, but those numbers might not win him the award. I’m glad that the committee at least recognized that he may not have eye popping numbers, but he is making an impact for this offense.

Andrew:                 I agree. That’s something that Mac can use to his advantage in recruiting. You got a guy like McGee who maybe isn’t putting up a ton of numbers, but is still up for an award. Mac’s going to have great tight ends. It doesn’t matter who it is. Mac’s going to always have really good tight end production from his guys, and is just going to always be a guy that uses his tight ends a lot. I don’t know exactly the number, but I would say that Mac’s probably one of the top coaches in America as far as using his tight ends on a percentage of plays in his offense.

Nick:                         Yeah. We should have brought Dan Thompson on, maybe he has that stat somewhere.

Andrew:                 He bored us last week. We can’t have him on no more.

Nick:                         Maybe he has that stat somewhere locked up.

Andrew:                 He kills us. He bores us. Speaking of offense though, basketball team. 104 points on Monday night. First time scoring over 100 since 2011. That was good for Mike White. It was a terrible NC AT&T team, but still good for the offense. Good overall. Several dynamic players on this team. Overall they’re just an athletic bunch of guys. Once they can get a feel for each other I think this team has a chance to be okay. I don’t think they’ll be great, but I think they have a chance to be okay.

Nick:                         The big thing I see is that pace that they want to play with turnovers are going to be a problem. They cut the turnovers down a little bit from the Navy game to the NC A&T game, but you’re still double digit turnovers. That’s going to be a problem when you start getting into the Kentucky and the LSU, some of these tougher games on the schedule.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Isn’t that always a problem though with teams that go up tempo? I feel like even when the Phoenix Suns were doing their up tempo thing they were bad about turnovers. Florida had 13 last night, but six guys in double figures. A guy that impressed me a ton was Brandon Francis Ramirez. Ten points, 2 of 4 from the three point range. He had a good game as well. I’ll say this. Everyone wants to talk about five stars in basketball. Kasey Hill has just been a disappointment. I don’t know what is wrong with the guy, but he reminds me of Jordan Reed. He has brick hands when it comes to playing basketball.

Nick:                         He was really a guy that people didn’t think would be one and done, but not someone who would be a four year player. The way he has played in Gainesville makes you think, he probably should be here for four years.

Andrew:                 Can he stay here 10?

Nick:                         I don’t know if that’s legal.

Andrew:                 Let me say this. I used to say this a lot. This was before I started covering the Gators. I was coaching ball. I used to say the same thing about Walter Hodge. Every time he got the ball it was like, oh shit. Is he turning it over or is he going to score? It was never something in between. It was either he’s going to turn it over, or he’s going to nail a 3 pointer. For Kasey Hill he’s either going to turn it over, make a wild shot, or find a way to score, one of the three. Pick your poison. Two are bad. One of them’s good. It’s kind of where Kasey Hill is. It’s not good for Kasey.

Nick:                         Maybe he just needs to pass the ball. Pass the ball to somebody else who’s going to score.

Andrew:                 You always say getting down the court the fastest is great, but maybe if he dialed it down a couple of notches you would be even better. Maybe. I don’t know basketball very well, so, Kasey, don’t take too many pointers from me. I will say this. The goal is to go through the hoop and not go outside of those white lines. Take it for what it’s worth.

Nick:                         You’re making it like field goal kicking. Put that orange round thing into the other orange round thing, and do that more times than the other people.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Speaking of that, I guess you know, Nick, there was some bozo on Twitter giving me heck for calling Austin Hardin to have a good year. I didn’t see that guy after Saturday when Hardin was 1 of 1 from field goal kicking. I think Hardin’s doing okay. Didn’t see that guy. Funny how those keyboard guys hide behind the keyboard, and then when it comes true they’re nowhere to be found.

Nick:                         People think they know what they’re talking about a lot, and Twitter always knows. Twitter’s always right, first off. Then when those people turn out to not be right they’re just not there anymore, because Twitter’s always right. Maybe they can’t be there anymore.

Andrew:                 Maybe not. Maybe the president has this little key that he hits. If you’re wrong you get booted off of Twitter. Maybe. You never know. I would say this. Just as we’re floating around back and forth. Mac kind of seemed upset on Monday.

Nick:                         I would agree with that.

Andrew:                 He was pissed off about something. At first it started with somebody asking him a question if he was going to watch film on the big plays and how to make big plays. That was a bozo question, because everybody knows you watch film. I wonder if it was his team, if he’s not getting the message of the team, if he’s just tired, or what. I don’t know. He was not his normal Montana self on Monday.

Nick:                         You think maybe any of it had to do with Alabama coming and knocking? I think Nick Saban and that coaching staff opened up a recruiting page, said who has Florida offered? They’re probably good. Jim seems to know what he’s doing down there offering these guys. Let’s just go ahead and offer everyone that they offered.

Andrew:                 Yeah. He probably wasn’t too happy about that.

Nick:                         It’s like Alabama instead of scouting players themselves just kind of waited until November, and whoever Florida’s offered is probably pretty good, because I know Jim McElwain. He does his homework, so let’s just offer their kids.

Andrew:                 It’s funny. Twitter is new. It’s opened the market for recruiting up. I’m able to go see who Gus Malzahn’s following on Twitter, that kind of stuff. So are all the other coaches. You look at Mario Cristobal’s Twitter. He followed every one of Florida’s commits. It’s like, that just didn’t happen. Every one of them are Florida commits you just followed. You’re hitting up Mark Thompson and Lamical Perine telling them they can be a duo together in Tuscaloosa. It’s like, behind the scenes those two guys are laughing, saying it’s November. Thanks for hitting me up in May when Florida did. Kind of weird. Maybe that did piss Mac off. Maybe that’ll make Mac take his frustration out on those guys in Atlanta.

Nick:                         That’ll be a big game. I know we’re looking forward to it. You will be in town this week for the FAU game. What recruits should Florida expect to have in that you know of now? I know this is not the official list that you’ll put out later, but anyone that you can talk about that you know will be in town this week?

Andrew:                 Yeah. I know Perine, Lamical Perine will be in town. He’s coming in with a couple of his teammates. Lamical had surgery on Monday on his nose, but he’ll be in town. 2017 athlete out of Alabama as well, Malcolm Hughes, coming into town. Then the coco duo of Bruce Judson and Chauncey Gardner are coming in. There’s always a guy that is not expected pops up on campus. Bad games everywhere. Maybe just make the short drive down to Gainesville for a bad game. Get home, get a nice dinner. Maybe go out with the girlfriend. Never know. Those four guys are definitely coming in. Probably more of the commits will come in as well.

Nick:                         Brett Heggie’s been there for every game.

Andrew:                 Pretty much. Him and Freddie Swain and Stone. They’re like the Tyler Jordans. Speaking of which, we don’t have a lead contender right now for the Nick Washington award.

Nick:                         We sure don’t. Obviously Nick Washington, then Quincy, then Tyler Jordan.

Andrew:                 Right now I would say it’s Chauncey Gardner.

Nick:                         He’s not really big on that though.

Andrew:                 Not in public.

Nick:                         Every time we talk about him or bring it up to him he’s kind of like, I’m letting guys do their own thing.

Andrew:                 I think he’s a guy that …

Nick:                         Part of the Nick Washington recruiter of the year award …

Andrew:                 Is they talk about it.

Nick:                         Is embracing it. Saying, yeah, I am recruiting these kids for the coaching staff, because I want these kids to come. It’s part of that swag. Nick would have told you, “Yeah, I was the best recruiter that year.” Quincy let you know about it.

Andrew:                 Nick was arguing with Jordan Sherit. They both wanted that award that year. Nick pulled away.

Nick:                         Nick is the namesake of it.

Andrew:                 I’m going to have to ask around. I’m going to have to get a lead going into this. Next year Jake Allen may decide he wants his award in February of this year, because he’s doing all the recruiting for next year.

Nick:                         Maybe Jake will be the first ever two time recipient of the Nick Washington recruiter of the year award.

Andrew:                 Maybe. Guys, if you’re listening to this, let us know who you think is up for the Nick Washington award for Nick and I. I’m going to get an edit together. I’m going to do an edit of Nick Washington’s face, with Quincy and Tyler Jordan that says the Nick Washington Recruiter of the Year Award, and find out who’s next. How about that, Nick? Would you like that?

Nick:                         Yeah. We can do that.

Andrew:                 Let’s do that. We’ll get that, and we’ll see what’s up. If you’re listening to this, either hit us up on www.GatorCountry.com or hit us up on Twitter and let us know who you think is up for that award. I just now thought about it. That’s tough. It’s real tough. Maybe someone comes out of that Florida State game. That game is going to be wild. I expect way over 150 prospects coming into that game.

Nick:                         More than the Tennessee game.

Andrew:                 Hell yeah. Just to start it off, let me just run down a couple names. Mack Wilson says he’s coming in, five star. Nate Craig says he’s coming in, five star. Nick Eubanks, Brian Burns from Heritage, both say they’re coming in. Dexter Lawrence is supposedly saying he may come in for that game. Shavar Manuel’s a five star guy supposedly thinking about coming in. You name them, they’re coming in. If they’re a target on the Gators board pretty much they’re going to be in town this weekend, or they’re not going to be a part of that. I would almost be willing to bet if a prospect didn’t visit the Florida/Florida State game their chances of getting in the class are less than 50%, because most big name targets are coming in for that game.

Nick:                         That’ll be huge.

Andrew:                 That was a hot take right there.

Nick:                         That was a hot take. It was kind of like you’re either going to be here, or you’re probably not going to be in the class.

Andrew:                 That was lit this week.

Nick:                         Oh my goodness. We’ve bounced around. If you have managed somehow to follow us this long we appreciate it. As always, we will be back. Hoping to have a guest. We were supposed to have somebody on today. Hopefully we will have somebody on for Friday. It should be a good one, if we can pull through, if we can him. It’ll be a great guest. As always, you know what’s coming. @NickdelaTorreGC, @AndrewSpiveyGC, @GatorCountry all those on Twitter. It’s also NickdelaTorre, no GC, on Instagram. TheGatorCountry on Instagram, and www.GatorCountry.com for all of your Gator news. It should be a good weekend. Andrew’s in town. I’m always in town. Nooner, get it out of the way, and on to FSU hate week after this.

Andrew:                 I’m ready to bring the heat.

Nick:                         I’ll try to keep it classy, but it’s FSU hate week, and I don’t know how I will be able to do that.

Andrew:                 I’ll have some people that are ready to hate on Florida State that are lining up to come on the podcast.

Nick:                         We might have a guest or two guests every day, every podcast next week. Not a lot of love from Gators for that school out west. There will be no mention of Florida State next week. It’ll be that school out west.

Andrew:                 That school out west, or, nevermind. Florida has a lot of arrests as well. I was going to say the arrest school, but Will Muschamp and Urban Meyer kind of ruined that. Thanks JC.

Nick:                         We’ll pump the brakes on that. I don’t know about that.

Andrew:                 As always, Gator fans, Butch and Mark, they know the drill. They ain’t very good. The brick by brick is falling. Mark Richt’s probably falling to Georgia Southern. What are they, the Wildcats or Panthers or Golden Tigers? Something like that, whatever you are. The Eagles. Whatever it is. As always, go Braves, and we will talk to you soon.

Nick:                         You stay classy.

Andrew Spivey

About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

  1. lilbuddy85November 18, 2015, 9:29 pm

    Thanks I figured it out. I haven’t seen or heard Mac say anything about jc Jackson are you going to touch on it soon. I know we was suppose to even start opposite vh3 as good as tabor looks.

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Gator Country brings you our latest podcast as we talk all things Florida Gators in this podcast, including the Gators basketball team as well the football team.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about how the Florida Gators football team is doing in their preparation for FAU this weekend, plus they talk about the latest Will Grier information.

Andrew and Nick also break down the Florida Gators basketball season, as well as talking some Florida Gators recruiting news. Listen to all of this and more.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? This is your man, Andrew Spivey. I am taking back over the lead of this thing, Nicholas de la Torre. You’re not getting my lead in no more. You’ve had it for a couple days. The show ratings have dropped.

Nick:                         How dare you. The show ratings have been fantastic. Thank you all for that.

Andrew:                 The goat is coming back. The goat’s alive. That means one thing. That means that this podcast will be lit, will be fire, and the show will be better. Gator fans, just know this one will be better. That is a promise from the man, the goat, Andrew Spivey. Nicholas, what’s up with you, buddy?

Nick:                         Nothing. We’re hanging in there. It’s FAU week. Not as exciting as some weeks past. The Owls come in with a 2-8 record, 2-5 in CUSA, Conference USA. Kind of tough to get up for these games, especially when the SEC championship game has already been locked in. Florida is looking at Florida State and Dalvin Cook coming down into town in two weeks. It’s kind of let’s get Saturday here and kind of get it over with. That’s kind of the sense I’m getting. Not from the team, but from fans. Let’s get FAU out of the way and move on to these bigger games.

Andrew:                 Can I just say, I’m bored? Is that okay? I know Coach Mac doesn’t like to say it, but it’s a boring week. I’m sorry. It’s something that I know the teams need it, but it just feels weird. You have all these good weeks, and I know South Carolina and Vanderbilt aren’t good weeks, but it’s still a game that’s a good game, and then it’s always this one game thrown in there. Alabama has Charleston Southern. Florida has FAU. It’s all around the country. It’s just bad games.

Nick:                         This is a rough week for games. I am glad that we’re getting the nooner and getting out of there early, because it’s like you said. It’s kind of like everyone’s bringing in the teams that are getting paid to play this week.

Andrew:                 It’s boring.

Nick:                         Everyone’s cutting a check this week.

Andrew:                 They’re paying the bills around the country this week. It’s just boring. That’s not to be mean to anyone. It’s just it is what it is. It’s boring. Get ready for next week, rivalry week.

Nick:                         I do have a game that might interest you.

Andrew:                 Okay.

Nick:                         Georgia Southern is playing Mark Richt this week.

Andrew:                 That will be a prediction podcast on Friday. Andrew may have to bring the heat to the flying Mark Richt.

Nick:                         Anytime I see Georgia Southern I know they’re not a Division II or an FCS team anymore, but anytime I see the Eagles pop up on somebody’s schedule I have like Vietnam flashbacks.

Andrew:                 Georgia Southern’s not a bad football team. 7-2 this year.

Nick:                         It’s all about the midline, which nobody knows how to cover or stop.

Andrew:                 Okay, Will. All right, Will Muschamp. Get it fixed, okay buddy? Get it fixed. I will say this. I think I may go with that this weekend. Then I think another brick will be thrown this weekend at Gary Pinkel tries to go out on a winning streak and goes against those Butch Jones people over there. By the way, speaking of Butch Jones, is he just ruining the population of Tennessee? He’s hurt Peyton Manning now. That loser mentality’s rubbed off to Peyton Manning now.

Nick:                         Peyton is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play.

Andrew:                 Four picks in a game. That’s wearing off. I will say this. Peyton Manning’s a good regular season quarterback, just like his buddies Tennessee, and just like his buddy Mark Richt. They’re good regular season. Until you win championships, let me know. He will always be Tom Brady’s do boy.

Nick:                         Tom Brady’s do boy. What? He won a Super Bowl.

Andrew:                 One.

Nick:                         How many have you won?

Andrew:                 I don’t get paid millions of dollars to play quarterback. The man’s playoff record is awful. It’s awful. That’s all you can say. It’s awful. It’s bad. He’s a good regular season quarterback, and that’s it. When it comes time for pressure he folds. Just remember one thing, Peyton, you’ll go to grave 0-4 against the Gators.

Nick:                         Weird stat. Peyton Manning holds the record for most playoff losses.

Andrew:                 Really?

Nick:                         With 13.

Andrew:                 Really? Most playoff losses at 13. I love that.

Nick:                         You got to think this. He’s in his 18th season. He makes it to the playoffs almost every year, and he’s only won one Super Bowl, which means…

Andrew:                 What’s his record?

Nick:                         Peyton Manning’s record in the playoffs. He has started 24 games. He is 11-13.

Andrew:                 That’s gross.

Nick:                         9-10 with the Colts and 2-3 with the Broncos.

Andrew:                 That is gross. That brick by brick crap. That just falls down the road. Anyway, let’s go to the Gators. This Peyton Manning talk makes me sick. I feel like I get the flu every time I talk about that guy. Anyway.

Nick:                         I do want to bring up one note. It’s something about Florida. It’s something that we can probably talk about. Florida State, I’m already thinking ahead. Florida Atlantic, FAU is bringing in a team. They’re not going to a bowl game. Really getting a chance to play at Florida this is kind of their bowl game, especially with a senior quarterback in Jaquez Johnson. He only has two more games left in his career. He’s the only quarterback in FAU history to rush for 1,500 yards and to pass for 5,000 yards.

When you think about a quarterback who’s got 1,500 yards rushing in his career you’re probably thinking someone that’s a little smaller, maybe looks like Johnny Manziel. Johnson is 6’1”, 240 pounds. This is a big boy. When you’re talking about a quarterback who is big like that can he give Florida some trouble? Florida’s going to be out at least three defensive linemen this week. Really only running two, maybe three deep at linebacker. Can a guy like this, someone that Florida Atlantic might come in with a game plan of you’ve got two more games in your football career, we’re going to run you until you can’t run anymore, and maybe we can squeak out of Gainesville with a win.

Andrew:                 I don’t think so.

Nick:                         Not the win.

Andrew:                 I think you’re talking about, I think Jim McElwain’s spoiled your comment here. Let’s just look at Florida Atlantic. Conference USA, they’re 7th in offense.

Nick:                         That’s not good.

Andrew:                 379 a game. That’s awful. Come on, man, that’s not good. Their passing offense is even worse, not worse. They’re 7th, averaging 221 points a game. That’s whatever. Then you go to their rushing offense, and it’s 8th. It’s 158 yards a game. No. I don’t see this Florida Atlantic team scoring very many points. Johnson, whoever it is they need to have, I don’t even know who the greatest Florida Atlantic player ever is. Maybe they can get Jordan Scarlett to hop over there and play for the Owls real quick, since he did commit to them at one time. Maybe he can hop over there and play a little bit, but unless that happens I don’t see that. I will say this. I do expect that Florida Atlantic will score some points, probably late in the game, because I think Florida will probably have Johnny Wholestaff out there playing the whole game. If you’re not a baseball guy that means pretty much everybody that’s eligible to play will probably play on Saturday.

Nick:                         We thought that was going to be the case against Vanderbilt, and everyone was talking about I hope Mac finds a way to get Josh Grady into the game and get him a touchdown. By the 3rd quarter it will be out of control, and we can do that. All of a sudden you’re kicking a field goal late to win.

Andrew:                 This isn’t Vandy, buddy. This is Florida Atlantic, 2-8 in the Conference USA. Johnny Wholestaff’s playing on defense.

Nick:                         The mighty Owls of Florida Atlantic. What is Johnny Wholestaff with the defense? You’ve got guys now who are clearly redshirting, and you’ve got guys that are hurt. Who hasn’t been playing do you expect to see?

Andrew:                 I think you’ll see more Justus Reed. I think that’s fair.

Nick:                         I think you’re going to see Justus Reed because Sherit’s out and McCalister’s out.

Andrew:                 Right. Even if McCalister wasn’t out I think you see more of Reed in this game. I think you’ll see more of Khairi Clark in this game as well. He’s playing a lot, but I think you’ll see him a lot more in this game. I think you’ll see Marcell gets some more playing time there. I think you’ll see Duke Dawson get some more playing time there. Maybe even McMillian and Anthony Harrell getting some playing time at the linebacker position as well. I don’t think you see guys like Luke Ancrum, even though he traveled. I think he’s a guy that’s going to redshirt. I don’t think they pull CJ McWilliams, or McWilliams, that’s a commit, Chris Williamson. I don’t think you see Chris Williamson come on the field, because they’re going to redshirt him. Defensive back, where do you go? Maybe put Poole and Duke Dawson at corner some and let Quincy and Jalen and Vernon rest. There’s not very much depth there. I don’t know. I do think you’ll see Marcell play some more, and I think you’ll see Duke play some more, but I guess there’s really not that much depth there.

Nick:                         Actually CJ has played already this year.

Andrew:                 Chris Williamson?

Nick:                         That’s who I meant. Chris Williamson has played. You threw me off. Chris Williamson has played already this year, so he is not on the redshirt train.

Andrew:                 Unless there’s a phantom injury. I don’t think he’s played since like Week 4, right?

Nick:                         We’ll see. We’ll see what kind of phantom injury pops up.

Andrew:                 I do know he has been dealing with a hamstring injury, so I do know that’s a legit injury that he has been doing with. Maybe that hamstring becomes a little bit more bothersome. Let’s say that.

Nick:                         I like that you brought it up. I was going to bring it up. Does everyone remember those 8 seconds that Jordan Scarlett was committed to FAU?

Andrew:                 It’s kind of funny. It’s one of those deals where junior pops up. What was it, Roger Harriet that went from the U School and was at FAU for last year, and then he supposedly was going to run condos in one of the islands down in Bahamas. Not the Bahamas, something else. Then now he’s back at St. Thomas with your boys. It was a couple of them, right? Wasn’t it Scarlett and someone else that was committed to FAU for a while?

Nick:                         There was another guy. I forget who. There was another kid from U School. He went to Notre Dame, the linebacker.

Andrew:                 There was a couple of those guys that were committed to FAU for a little while and then went elsewhere. It’s always cool. There’s several guys there. We’re not even talking about Kerry Dixon. Kerry Dixon was a FAU guy.

Nick:                         FIU.

Andrew:                 FIU, nevermind. He’s played against these guys. Maybe he has a little bit of insight on that. FIU, FAU, I get them mixed up. Nick, what is that? FIU’s what? Boca Raton? Right, or is it FAU?

Nick:                         FAU is in Boca Raton. FIU is in Miami. To you that means nothing, because everything south of Gainesville is Miami to you.

Andrew:                 Florida Atlantic, Florida International come on. Killing me here.

Nick:                         FIU is more of a commuter school, so it’s more kids that don’t live on campus. They have a new medical school there. FAU is more kids coming from out living on campus, stuff like that.

Andrew:                 You have a sister at which one? FAU?

Nick:                         I have a sister at FIU.

Andrew:                 So no bragging rights for you this weekend.

Nick:                         My dad is an adjunct professor, teaches law, at FAU.

Andrew:                 Okay. So your dad has a little interest for FAU this weekend.

Nick:                         My dad also graduated from the University of Florida.

Andrew:                 There you go. Speaking of lawyers real quick. We’re bouncing around with this podcast. Sorry, guys. It’s FAU week. Bear with us. Will Grier yesterday, Monday, had his appeals process. Something you and I had kind of heard here. Nick, you and I have talked a little bit about this as well. We’ve heard from people that they feel very confident in this. They feel very confident that things are going go. I did find it kind of odd that they did it so quick. For the NCAA it’s like maybe you’re finally getting your shit straight up there.

Nick:                         Yeah. We put out the …

Andrew:                 Nicholas? We lost you, buddy. You’re going to have to come back and join us if you want to talk Will Grier. If you’re hiding from us…

Nick:                         We’re here. We put the story out a couple weeks ago when they had finished assembling the appeal and sent it in. The NCAA then looks over that, and yesterday was finally the conference call where Florida makes their case, Will Grier and his attorney make their case. Now it really could be 14 days. It could be this week. The NCAA works on their own timetable, and everyone kind of has to bend over backwards to them. From everything we’ve heard is that everyone on Grier’s side really does feel confident. We’re not talking about the NCAA coming back and saying, Will Grier’s good to go immediately. He’ll start this week against FAU, or he’ll start next week against FSU or the SEC championship. We’re trying, we’re. Like I’m the lawyer. Florida is trying to get him eligible for the first game next year. Trying to cut the suspension in half. That’s really what they’re doing.

This is the tough part. The NCAA has a rule. Grier admitted to breaking the rule. So they don’t really have to do anything. The NCAA can just say, “You did a really good job on your appeal, sorry. Rules are rules. He’s out.” It’s kind of like in a real court room where the state has to prove without a shadow of a doubt. Really the burden was put on Grier’s side, because the NCAA doesn’t have to do anything. The rule sucks. You can smoke weed, which is illegal in most states, and you miss a game. Take something over the counter, you’re done for a year. The rule sucks, but it’s the rule. Grier and his attorneys did everything they could. That’s really why this process has taken so long is because you really have to do your due diligence and really present the best possible case, because the position that the NCAA is in is one where they don’t have to do anything.

Andrew:                 Yeah. You and I don’t know, really nobody expect for the lawyers, Florida, and Will know what the appeal was for. My thing is if they can present a good enough case that Will didn’t know he was taking something illegal, then six games is enough. It’s like you already tore six games out. Your punishment was good. Whatever chemicals were in his body are gone by next August when he’s there. That’s my reasoning for it. I hate the NCAA. I hate everything about them. I think it’s stupid the way they do. Kids are getting new cars everywhere, but a kid that takes something that maybe shouldn’t have taken, and he’s gone for almost a year now. It will be a year.

Nick:                         I haven’t heard many people comment, that NCAA rule makes a lot of sense. They did good there. I don’t hear that often.

Andrew:                 I don’t know. To me it’s frustrating, because the NCAA could do so much better job managing things if they just put more bodies out there. I don’t know. It’s dumb, but neither one of us will ever figure out the NCAA. We’ll all die, and our kids and grandkids and their grandkids and everything else will still think the NCAA’s stupid. No sense of getting too riled up about it.

Nick:                         No. It is what it is. Everything we’ve heard is that everyone on Will Grier’s side feels confident about it, and I would expect that there would be an answer before the SEC championship game one way or another. Just to say Will Grier feels good about it. We’re not going to go out and say they feel good about it, so it’s definitely going to be good news.

Andrew:                 Here’s my thing. How does his recruiting, his decision, affect recruiting? Is it good that a guy like Feleipe Franks doesn’t know? Does Florida want it to come out? I don’t know. I think that it could go both ways there. I think it’s a weird deal where it could be good, and it could be bad.

Nick:                         You know what? The appeal has been heard, so it’s not in Florida’s hands anymore.

Andrew:                 You know what I’m saying? It could be a deal where … I like that it’s coming out. I don’t like kids to come on campus and be deceived, but it is something that I think is pretty interesting. I think that it’s something that if Grier didn’t know, if they didn’t know Grier was coming back I think Florida could make a case for a guy like Franks or a guy like Dwayne Haskins or one of those guys of there’s a possibility you could come in and compete for time. Treon’s not doing well, so come in. It is what it is. It’s a different thing all around. It’s something, like you say, that nobody can control. One thing I do want to get to real quick, Nick, is Jake McGee up for the John Mackey award. Big award for him. I think that while you look at the stats and McGee maybe doesn’t have a dynamite year, the presence he has for Florida on the field and off the field, in my opinion, is something that can’t be determined by a stat.

Nick:                         Yeah. Ten games, 31 receptions. You look at that it’s a little underwhelming. 268 yards, 3 touchdowns. Really the catches he’s making he’s making a lot of 1st down catches. He’s making a lot of catches that are moving chains, catches in big spots. He’s also giving Florida an added dimension to the offense that they haven’t had these past couple years. It’s kind of what we expected last year. Kind of what we expected coming into this year. I thought he would be a guy that would be targeted more. I think he got targets a lot more when Grier was the quarterback, but those numbers might not win him the award. I’m glad that the committee at least recognized that he may not have eye popping numbers, but he is making an impact for this offense.

Andrew:                 I agree. That’s something that Mac can use to his advantage in recruiting. You got a guy like McGee who maybe isn’t putting up a ton of numbers, but is still up for an award. Mac’s going to have great tight ends. It doesn’t matter who it is. Mac’s going to always have really good tight end production from his guys, and is just going to always be a guy that uses his tight ends a lot. I don’t know exactly the number, but I would say that Mac’s probably one of the top coaches in America as far as using his tight ends on a percentage of plays in his offense.

Nick:                         Yeah. We should have brought Dan Thompson on, maybe he has that stat somewhere.

Andrew:                 He bored us last week. We can’t have him on no more.

Nick:                         Maybe he has that stat somewhere locked up.

Andrew:                 He kills us. He bores us. Speaking of offense though, basketball team. 104 points on Monday night. First time scoring over 100 since 2011. That was good for Mike White. It was a terrible NC AT&T team, but still good for the offense. Good overall. Several dynamic players on this team. Overall they’re just an athletic bunch of guys. Once they can get a feel for each other I think this team has a chance to be okay. I don’t think they’ll be great, but I think they have a chance to be okay.

Nick:                         The big thing I see is that pace that they want to play with turnovers are going to be a problem. They cut the turnovers down a little bit from the Navy game to the NC A&T game, but you’re still double digit turnovers. That’s going to be a problem when you start getting into the Kentucky and the LSU, some of these tougher games on the schedule.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Isn’t that always a problem though with teams that go up tempo? I feel like even when the Phoenix Suns were doing their up tempo thing they were bad about turnovers. Florida had 13 last night, but six guys in double figures. A guy that impressed me a ton was Brandon Francis Ramirez. Ten points, 2 of 4 from the three point range. He had a good game as well. I’ll say this. Everyone wants to talk about five stars in basketball. Kasey Hill has just been a disappointment. I don’t know what is wrong with the guy, but he reminds me of Jordan Reed. He has brick hands when it comes to playing basketball.

Nick:                         He was really a guy that people didn’t think would be one and done, but not someone who would be a four year player. The way he has played in Gainesville makes you think, he probably should be here for four years.

Andrew:                 Can he stay here 10?

Nick:                         I don’t know if that’s legal.

Andrew:                 Let me say this. I used to say this a lot. This was before I started covering the Gators. I was coaching ball. I used to say the same thing about Walter Hodge. Every time he got the ball it was like, oh shit. Is he turning it over or is he going to score? It was never something in between. It was either he’s going to turn it over, or he’s going to nail a 3 pointer. For Kasey Hill he’s either going to turn it over, make a wild shot, or find a way to score, one of the three. Pick your poison. Two are bad. One of them’s good. It’s kind of where Kasey Hill is. It’s not good for Kasey.

Nick:                         Maybe he just needs to pass the ball. Pass the ball to somebody else who’s going to score.

Andrew:                 You always say getting down the court the fastest is great, but maybe if he dialed it down a couple of notches you would be even better. Maybe. I don’t know basketball very well, so, Kasey, don’t take too many pointers from me. I will say this. The goal is to go through the hoop and not go outside of those white lines. Take it for what it’s worth.

Nick:                         You’re making it like field goal kicking. Put that orange round thing into the other orange round thing, and do that more times than the other people.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Speaking of that, I guess you know, Nick, there was some bozo on Twitter giving me heck for calling Austin Hardin to have a good year. I didn’t see that guy after Saturday when Hardin was 1 of 1 from field goal kicking. I think Hardin’s doing okay. Didn’t see that guy. Funny how those keyboard guys hide behind the keyboard, and then when it comes true they’re nowhere to be found.

Nick:                         People think they know what they’re talking about a lot, and Twitter always knows. Twitter’s always right, first off. Then when those people turn out to not be right they’re just not there anymore, because Twitter’s always right. Maybe they can’t be there anymore.

Andrew:                 Maybe not. Maybe the president has this little key that he hits. If you’re wrong you get booted off of Twitter. Maybe. You never know. I would say this. Just as we’re floating around back and forth. Mac kind of seemed upset on Monday.

Nick:                         I would agree with that.

Andrew:                 He was pissed off about something. At first it started with somebody asking him a question if he was going to watch film on the big plays and how to make big plays. That was a bozo question, because everybody knows you watch film. I wonder if it was his team, if he’s not getting the message of the team, if he’s just tired, or what. I don’t know. He was not his normal Montana self on Monday.

Nick:                         You think maybe any of it had to do with Alabama coming and knocking? I think Nick Saban and that coaching staff opened up a recruiting page, said who has Florida offered? They’re probably good. Jim seems to know what he’s doing down there offering these guys. Let’s just go ahead and offer everyone that they offered.

Andrew:                 Yeah. He probably wasn’t too happy about that.

Nick:                         It’s like Alabama instead of scouting players themselves just kind of waited until November, and whoever Florida’s offered is probably pretty good, because I know Jim McElwain. He does his homework, so let’s just offer their kids.

Andrew:                 It’s funny. Twitter is new. It’s opened the market for recruiting up. I’m able to go see who Gus Malzahn’s following on Twitter, that kind of stuff. So are all the other coaches. You look at Mario Cristobal’s Twitter. He followed every one of Florida’s commits. It’s like, that just didn’t happen. Every one of them are Florida commits you just followed. You’re hitting up Mark Thompson and Lamical Perine telling them they can be a duo together in Tuscaloosa. It’s like, behind the scenes those two guys are laughing, saying it’s November. Thanks for hitting me up in May when Florida did. Kind of weird. Maybe that did piss Mac off. Maybe that’ll make Mac take his frustration out on those guys in Atlanta.

Nick:                         That’ll be a big game. I know we’re looking forward to it. You will be in town this week for the FAU game. What recruits should Florida expect to have in that you know of now? I know this is not the official list that you’ll put out later, but anyone that you can talk about that you know will be in town this week?

Andrew:                 Yeah. I know Perine, Lamical Perine will be in town. He’s coming in with a couple of his teammates. Lamical had surgery on Monday on his nose, but he’ll be in town. 2017 athlete out of Alabama as well, Malcolm Hughes, coming into town. Then the coco duo of Bruce Judson and Chauncey Gardner are coming in. There’s always a guy that is not expected pops up on campus. Bad games everywhere. Maybe just make the short drive down to Gainesville for a bad game. Get home, get a nice dinner. Maybe go out with the girlfriend. Never know. Those four guys are definitely coming in. Probably more of the commits will come in as well.

Nick:                         Brett Heggie’s been there for every game.

Andrew:                 Pretty much. Him and Freddie Swain and Stone. They’re like the Tyler Jordans. Speaking of which, we don’t have a lead contender right now for the Nick Washington award.

Nick:                         We sure don’t. Obviously Nick Washington, then Quincy, then Tyler Jordan.

Andrew:                 Right now I would say it’s Chauncey Gardner.

Nick:                         He’s not really big on that though.

Andrew:                 Not in public.

Nick:                         Every time we talk about him or bring it up to him he’s kind of like, I’m letting guys do their own thing.

Andrew:                 I think he’s a guy that …

Nick:                         Part of the Nick Washington recruiter of the year award …

Andrew:                 Is they talk about it.

Nick:                         Is embracing it. Saying, yeah, I am recruiting these kids for the coaching staff, because I want these kids to come. It’s part of that swag. Nick would have told you, “Yeah, I was the best recruiter that year.” Quincy let you know about it.

Andrew:                 Nick was arguing with Jordan Sherit. They both wanted that award that year. Nick pulled away.

Nick:                         Nick is the namesake of it.

Andrew:                 I’m going to have to ask around. I’m going to have to get a lead going into this. Next year Jake Allen may decide he wants his award in February of this year, because he’s doing all the recruiting for next year.

Nick:                         Maybe Jake will be the first ever two time recipient of the Nick Washington recruiter of the year award.

Andrew:                 Maybe. Guys, if you’re listening to this, let us know who you think is up for the Nick Washington award for Nick and I. I’m going to get an edit together. I’m going to do an edit of Nick Washington’s face, with Quincy and Tyler Jordan that says the Nick Washington Recruiter of the Year Award, and find out who’s next. How about that, Nick? Would you like that?

Nick:                         Yeah. We can do that.

Andrew:                 Let’s do that. We’ll get that, and we’ll see what’s up. If you’re listening to this, either hit us up on www.GatorCountry.com or hit us up on Twitter and let us know who you think is up for that award. I just now thought about it. That’s tough. It’s real tough. Maybe someone comes out of that Florida State game. That game is going to be wild. I expect way over 150 prospects coming into that game.

Nick:                         More than the Tennessee game.

Andrew:                 Hell yeah. Just to start it off, let me just run down a couple names. Mack Wilson says he’s coming in, five star. Nate Craig says he’s coming in, five star. Nick Eubanks, Brian Burns from Heritage, both say they’re coming in. Dexter Lawrence is supposedly saying he may come in for that game. Shavar Manuel’s a five star guy supposedly thinking about coming in. You name them, they’re coming in. If they’re a target on the Gators board pretty much they’re going to be in town this weekend, or they’re not going to be a part of that. I would almost be willing to bet if a prospect didn’t visit the Florida/Florida State game their chances of getting in the class are less than 50%, because most big name targets are coming in for that game.

Nick:                         That’ll be huge.

Andrew:                 That was a hot take right there.

Nick:                         That was a hot take. It was kind of like you’re either going to be here, or you’re probably not going to be in the class.

Andrew:                 That was lit this week.

Nick:                         Oh my goodness. We’ve bounced around. If you have managed somehow to follow us this long we appreciate it. As always, we will be back. Hoping to have a guest. We were supposed to have somebody on today. Hopefully we will have somebody on for Friday. It should be a good one, if we can pull through, if we can him. It’ll be a great guest. As always, you know what’s coming. @NickdelaTorreGC, @AndrewSpiveyGC, @GatorCountry all those on Twitter. It’s also NickdelaTorre, no GC, on Instagram. TheGatorCountry on Instagram, and www.GatorCountry.com for all of your Gator news. It should be a good weekend. Andrew’s in town. I’m always in town. Nooner, get it out of the way, and on to FSU hate week after this.

Andrew:                 I’m ready to bring the heat.

Nick:                         I’ll try to keep it classy, but it’s FSU hate week, and I don’t know how I will be able to do that.

Andrew:                 I’ll have some people that are ready to hate on Florida State that are lining up to come on the podcast.

Nick:                         We might have a guest or two guests every day, every podcast next week. Not a lot of love from Gators for that school out west. There will be no mention of Florida State next week. It’ll be that school out west.

Andrew:                 That school out west, or, nevermind. Florida has a lot of arrests as well. I was going to say the arrest school, but Will Muschamp and Urban Meyer kind of ruined that. Thanks JC.

Nick:                         We’ll pump the brakes on that. I don’t know about that.

Andrew:                 As always, Gator fans, Butch and Mark, they know the drill. They ain’t very good. The brick by brick is falling. Mark Richt’s probably falling to Georgia Southern. What are they, the Wildcats or Panthers or Golden Tigers? Something like that, whatever you are. The Eagles. Whatever it is. As always, go Braves, and we will talk to you soon.

Nick:                         You stay classy.

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