In this debut edition of the Florida Sound Off, SEC Country writers Zach Abolverdi and Jordan McPherson give a rundown of what’s happening in the world of Florida football. The Gators are in the midst of fall camp, and coach Jim McElwain has plenty of questions to answer before coach he begins his third season at the helm of the program. Zach and Jordan take a look back at the first week of fall camp and what’s to come over the rest of the month as the Gators prepare for their Sept. 2 season opener against Michigan.
- Once again, the spotlight for Florida’s fall camp has fallen on the quarterback battle. This time around, the main contenders are Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire, redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and redshirt junior Luke Del Rio. Each brings a different skillset to the competition and each has received first-team reps throughout the first five practices of the season. As the season gets closer, though, McElwain will eventually have to make a decision in what he has called “a true competition” ( 0:28 ).
- Wide receiver James Robinson, the Gators’ final signee from the Class of 2017, finally enrolled on Friday and is officially with the team after being academically cleared by the NCAA. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he is by far Florida’s biggest receiver and could be a valuable red zone threat if he can learn the playbook in time and shore up his route running. But with his late start and as many as nine receivers competing for playing time, will he get on the field? ( 4:08 )
- Robinson isn’t the only freshman turning heads, though. Most of Florida’s top-10 recruiting class from the 2017 cycle has had bright moments early in camp. The Gators will need production from the newcomers, especially on defense as they replace eight players who went to the NFL and redshirt senior safety Marcell Harris, who suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles tendon before camp began ( 8:10 ).
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