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THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; FEBRUARY 5, 2019 20 YEARS OF QUARTERBACK RECRUITING AT UF Since 1999, the Florida Gator have recruited 26 quarterbacks. There have been six 5-star, 14 4-star and six 3-star quarterbacks. There has been a Heisman Trophy winner (Tim Tebow) and one who won his Heisman somewhere else (Cam Newton). There has … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; FEBRUARY 4, 2019 TAKE DEEP BREATHS; AVOID SHARP OBJECTS Although the first Wednesday in February is no longer as suspenseful as it used to be before there was such a thing as the early signing period, there are still some big recruiting decisions that have to be made, quite a few … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; FEBRUARY 1, 2019 NCAA HYPOCRISY ON DISPLAY ONCE AGAIN “The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky they’re going to give Cleveland State another year of probation.” – Jerry Tarkanian Today they’re probably having similar thoughts in Columbia, Missouri and wherever folks hoist an adult beverage in honor of the Missouri Tigers. … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; JANUARY 31, 2019 GATORS GET HUGE SEC WIN IN OVERTIME For the first 30 minutes of regulation Wednesday night, Ole Miss (14-6, 4-3 SEC) had KeVaughn Allen’s number but as he proved in the final 10 minutes of a game the Gators won in overtime, 90-86, it’s not necessarily how you … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; JANUARY 30, 2019 1999: PERHAPS UF’S MOST UNDERRATED CLASS EVER With National Signing Day a week away, Dan Mullen is closing in on the final pieces of the puzzle that is the recruiting class of 2019. It is likely the Gators will finish with a top ten class although anything higher … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; JANUARY 29, 2019 THE SECOND TIME IS A CHARM As first recruiting classes go, Dan Mullen’s 2018 class at the University of Florida had an outstanding year. Mullen signed 20 players and added grad transfer wide receiver Van Jefferson from Ole Miss and wide receiver Trevon Grimes from Ohio State, who … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; JANUARY 28, 2019 DAVID TURNER IS AN EXCELLENT HIRE BY MULLEN Back in the spring of Urban Meyer’s first year at Florida, Bob Redman and I were on a several day trek through South Florida when we had a close encounter with David Turner, then the defensive line coach for Vanderbilt. … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; JANUARY 25, 2019 SPREAD THE FLOOR, SHOOT THE 3-BALL What we saw Tuesday night when the vertically challenged Florida Gators (11-7, 3-3 SEC) shot their way out of a 13-point halftime deficit to take a 9-point win over Texas A&M (7-10, 1-5 SEC) is what UF is going to have to … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; JANUARY 23, 2019 WHO ARE THESE GUYS? During the final 10 minutes of Florida’s 81-72 SEC win over Texas A&M, a friend of mine who was watching the Gators erase a 13-point halftime deficit sent me the following text: “It’s aliens Franz. They sneaked into the locker room at halftime and … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; JANUARY 22, 2019 MULLEN MAKES ROCK SOLID HIRE IN TORRIAN GRAY DBU just got better Monday when Dan Mullen hired Torrian Gray to coach Florida’s cornerbacks. Gray, who spent the last two seasons in the NFL coaching the secondary for the Washington Redskins, coached the secondary for the Gators in 2016 … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

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