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THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; JANUARY 2, 2019 GATORS SHOULD MOVE UP TO #7 The final college football rankings won’t come out until the morning after next Monday night’s national championship game, but based on their Peach Bowl win over #7 Michigan and losses by #8 UCF and #9 Washington, the Gators should finish no worse … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; JANUARY 1, 2019 PROMISES KEPT When he took the Florida job a little more than a year ago, Dan Mullen promised the Gators were going to improve on the offensive side of the football, a good thing considering UF spent most of the years from 2010-17 ranked #100 or lower in … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; DECEMBER 31, 2018 ENDING WITH A SIGNATURE WIN What Dan Mullen needed Saturday he got from the Florida Gators. Not only did Mullen close out the 2018 season with a school record 10th win by a first year coach but by sticking that wooden stake in the heart of the Michigan … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; DECEMBER 21, 2018 THE MULLEN STANDARD At his Wednesday afternoon press conference following a haul of 20 signed recruits, Dan Mullen said, “You know, we might have guys that are ranked higher than I would have ranked them and we have guys that are probably ranked lower than I would have … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; DECEMBER 20, 2018 EARLY NATIONAL SIGNING DAY EDITION When the three 4-star Lakeland kids signed their scholarship papers Wednesday, it ensured the Florida Gators would move up several places in the recruiting rankings. Although Dan Mullen doesn’t exactly pay close attention to the rankings, Mullen does know what making a big … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; DECEMBER 19, 2018 FOUR EARLY SIGNING DAY PREDICTIONS Here are four predictions for the early signing period which begins Wednesday morning. 1. Five-star running back Trey Sanders (6-0, 214, Port St. Joe, FL/Bradenton, FL IMG Academy) will defy the odds and choose the Gators over Alabama and Georgia. In the end … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

ABBREVIATED THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: DECEMBER 18, 2018 IS ANYONE SURPRISED JUSTIN FIELDS MAY TRANSFER? If you’re asking yourself why Justin Fields is reportedly ready to say adios to Athens and all things Kirby Smart, think back to two particular Georgia moments during the 2018 season. One didn’t involve Fields and one that shouldn’t have … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; DECEMBER 17, 2018 CAN MULLEN MANUFACTURE A FAST FINISH? Although he can’t talk about recruits until after they’re signed, it’s highly doubtful Dan Mullen would utter a word of complaint about the 18 players he has committed as the early signing day looms on Wednesday. This is a good class – … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; DECEMBER 14, 2018 JASON HIGDON’S RECRUITING NUGGETS I think the biggest story right now is the visitors coming in this weekend for official visits: Chester Kimbrough, 4-star CB (5-10, 167, New Orleans, LA Warren Easton) Trey Sanders, 5-star RB (6-0, 214, Port St. Joe, FL/Bradenton, FL IMG Academy) Siaki Ika, 4-star … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; DECEMBER 13, 2018 JASON HIGDON’S RECRUITING NUGGETS 1. Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham did an in-home visit Wednesday with 4-star corner Chris Steele (6-2,190, Bellflower, CA St. John Bosco) and family. The visit went so well that Jason says he “solidified his No.1 spot on my Most Likely List.” 2. Thursday … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

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