We are just one week away from the start of college football season and I can feel the excitement all the way here in Tampa about the Florida Gators. Can they turn it around? Does Kurt Roper help resurrect the Gators atrocious offense?
A mere eight days from now, the Gators will be kicking off against Idaho and Will Muschamp’s most important season of his career begins.
Here are some thoughts.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
This week I had a barrage of negativity, again, on Facebook, Twitter, and other media outlets criticizing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
If you are one of those people, here are two things for you:
- Over $41 million has been raised in the last 24 days. Last year, they only raised $19.4 million all year
- Please watch this video.
SEC Network Launch
What did you guys think?
In my opinion, the programming was subpar, the “reporters”, including Tim Tebow, were pretty poor, and Dari Nowkhah was really the only bright spot on an otherwise weak opening segment. Sure, the re-airing of classic SEC games was nice and fun to watch, but can a channel survive on re-played football games, mediocre football games, and non-traditional sports?
While I know the SEC Network is simply a massive PR campaign for the SEC from ESPN, I still expected more, seeing as though the network has been in the works for at least the last six years. I wanted better production value, more polish, better stories, and overall, just more.
September 28, 2014
Going to likely be a great day in Gator football.
My Projected Depth Chart
All the cool kids are doing it, so here is my projected depth chart for the 2014 Florida Gators. Hopefully, for the Gators, it looks something like this all season.
QB: Jeff Driskel | Treon Harris
RB: Kelvin Taylor | Matt Jones
B: Huner Joyer | Matt Jones
X Receiver: Quinton Dunbar | Demarcus Robinson
Z Receiver: Ahmad Fulwood | Chris Thompson
F Receiver: Latroy Pittman | Andre Debose
Tight End: Jake McGee | Clay Burton
Left Tackle: D. J. Humphries | David Sharpe
Left Guard: Tyler Moore | Trip Thurman
Center: Max Garcia | Drew Sarvary
Right Guard: Trenton Brown | Trip Thurman
Right Tackle: Chaz Green | Rod Johnson
Defensive End: Jon Bullard | Bryan Cox, Jr.
Defensive Tackle: Leon Orr | Jay-nard Bostwick
Nose Guard: Darious Cummings | Joey Ivie
BUCK: Dante Fowler, Jr. | Alex McCalister
SLB: Neiron Ball | Jeremi Powell
MLB: Antonio Morrison | Jarrad Davis
WLB: Michael Taylor | Daniel McMillian
Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves | J.C. Jackson
Cornerback: Jalen Tabor | Brian Poole
Nickel: Brian Poole | Marcus Maye
Safety: Keanu Neal | Duke Dawson
Safety: Jabari Gorman | Marcell Harris
Kicker: Austin Hardin | Frankie Velez
Punter: Kyle Christy | Johnny Townsend
Kick Returner: Andre Debose | Chris Thompson
Punt Returner: Demarcus Robinson | Alvin Bailey
Remember Andre Debose
In my opinion, one of the least talked about players for the 2014 year that could have a huge impact, is Andre Debose.
Debose averages nearly 27 yards per kick return, has four kick returns for touchdowns, and has proven to be a homerun threat when given the chance.
Now, I will admit that anything Debose does this year will be gravy because people don’t expect much coming off of knee surgery, but in his final year at Florida I expect a few things. Primarily, I expect him to be a home run threat out of the slot position. I expect Kurt Roper to get Debose the ball in space. Moreover, I expect him to pick-up where he left off and where Solomon Patton left off. The Gators need Debose to give them the ball as far up the field as possible and Debose has proven to be electric on kick return showing great vision and speed.
Do not expect Debose to be anything he is not, nor should you expect him to be exceptionally better in his final year than in previous years, but do remember him and remember his name because he will be a valuable piece to this Gators roster.
Winn-Dixie Official Sponsor?
Winn-Dixie announced that they are the new official supermarket sponsor of the Florida Gators on Thursday…what?
Just like Florida should not have gone from Coke to Pepsi, Florida should not leave the premier supermarket in the southeastern United States to a subpar regional chain without much to write home about.
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Song of the Week
This week we look at Easton Corbin, a graduate of the University of Florida.
I am a big fan of Easton Corbin, reminds me a lot of the likes of Josh Turner – a guy that has a good voice, good lyrics, but will never be huge in country music because he isn’t going to sing the catchy pop song or dance around stage in tight jeans.
This is my favorite song of his.
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