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Chomping at Bits: Gators mostly healthy; Florida defense thriving

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The Florida Gators are remarkably healthy heading into the game at Missouri. The Gators defense is thriving under Geoff Collins, aided by the elevated play of the Gators offense.

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Gators remarkably healthy: Heading into the Missouri game, Florida only has one starter out for certain (Alex Anzalone). C'yontai Lewis is doubtful, Jeremi Powell is questionable, and Marcell Harris is probable. Also noted is the play of Caleb Brantley and CeCe Jefferson. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Gators' defense thriving with help of resurgent offense: Antonio Morrison talks about how the offense's ability to extend drives helps the defense get a chance to rest. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida defense performing under "Minister of Mayhem" Geoff Collins' fast and aggressive scheme: Florida leads the conference in takeaways and ranks second nationally in tackles for loss. (Jesse Simonton, Miami Herald)

McElwain and Pinkel to meet again: Though Jim McElwain has never coached a game at Missouri, he is familiar with Gary Pinkel. As an assistant at Eastern Washington, McElwain visited the staff at the University of Washington, where Pinkel served as wide receivers coach and then offensive coordinator. (Luis Torres, Independent Florida Alligator)

Jonathan Bullard playing the best football of his career: Bullard is one of the team's leaders and is happy with his decision to stay in Gainesville for a senior season. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Emmitt Smith's visit to Gainesville: McElwain and the players were a bit starstruck by Smith's return to the Swamp. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Recruiting continues trending upward for Gators after 5-0 start: Lots of good news, few commitments. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)

Brandone Francis-Ramirez will be a factor for the Gators: Francis-Ramirez won the 3-point shooting contest at Gator Madness and has been a lively presence within Florida basketball. (Chris Harry, GatorZone)

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