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Chomping at Bits: Jim McElwain, Florida coaches hit recruiting trail during bye week

It's a bye week tradition: Jim McElwain and his staff are hitting the road in search of the next wave of Florida Gators.

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McElwain and staff on the road recruiting: The bye week is an opportunity for the coaches to get out and visit some of their targets, including several that are committed elsewhere. (Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun)

Gator recruits offer reactions to LSU loss: The reaction was largely positive, with running back commit Mark Thompson noting that the Gators will not lose next year if he is playing, and especially not if he is starting. (Andrew Spivey, Gator Country)

Antonio Callaway becoming top playmaker: As Andy already wrote, Callaway is having a stand out freshman season. Amazing fact? Callaway did not start playing receiver until last year, his senior season in high school, when he transferred to Miami's Booker T. Washington. Prior to that he was a running back. Callaway and Reidel Anthony are the only two freshmen receivers in Gator history to have two 100-yard games. Anthony says Callaway's ceiling is "ridiculous." (Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun)

The Trevor Film Review Link Dump:
The Harris/Grier comparison: Our pal Trevor looks at how Florida's offensive gameplan changed under Treon Harris. (Trevor Sikkema, SEC Country)
Defensive Back Struggles: Trevor next looks at defensive mismatches for the Gators and the off night from the Florida secondary. (Trevor Sikkema, SEC Country)
LSU's offensive strategy: Finally, Trevor details how LSU baited the Florida defense and got Brandon Harris's confidence up early. (Trevor Sikkema, SEC Country)

Men's basketball looks to improve on last year's shooting woes: The Gators shot just 32.3% from the 3-point range last year, which was 256th in the nation. (Ian Cohen, Independent Florida Alligator)

Dorian Finney-Smith named to Karl Malone Award Watch List: The awards are given to the best college basketball players at their respective positions. (GatorZone)

UF to use Periscope app to provide virtual campus tours to perspective students: I think this is a neat idea, doing online tours for prospective students that live far enough away to where it would be cost prohibitive for them to visit campus. (Alexandra Fernandez, Independent Florida Alligator)

Wednesday Randomness:
Gainesville Burger Week:
There are 11 places you can get a $5 burger and fries this week, if that interests you. (The Gainesville Sun)

Bye Week Blues:
It's the bye week you guys. I have the don't-get-to-watch-Gator-football-this-weekend-and-there-are-only-five-more-regular-season-games-left blues. Are you all getting out and enjoying the fall weather for the weekend? Or staying in and watching the other games on?

Also, it's National Reptile Awareness Day. Go Gators.

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