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Chomping at Bits: Gators need kicker, quarterbacks in 2016 recruiting class

Florida hopes to sign a kicker, and multiple quarterbacks, in their 2016 recruiting class.

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What does Florida still need most in its 2016 recruiting class? How about a kicker? Here's a depressing stat for you: Austin Hardin is ranked dead last (110th nationally) in field goal percentage. Jim McElwain is in hot pursuit of three-star kicker (and Alabama commit) Eddy Pineiro. The Gators are also still looking to flip five-star quarterback recruit (and UGA commit) Jacob Eason. Presently, Florida's best commitment, according to 247 Sports, is four-star quarterback Feleipe Franks, though four-star defensive back Chauncey Gardner will challenge for that distinction. Gardner should earn early playing time with Vernon Hargreaves likely leaving for the NFL draft. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)

Another position of need for the Gators is (obviously) quarterback: Help should be on the way in 2016 with Luke Del Rio eligible to play, commits Franks and Kyle Trask scheduled to enroll early, and Will Grier likely returning from suspension mid-season. Florida could have even more quarterback depth if they are able to flip Eason, and if Treon Harris stays in Gainesville. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

McElwain and Doug Nussmeier make final pitch to Eason: Speaking of the Gators' need for quarterbacks, McElwain and Nussmeier were in Washington last night to visit Eason and his family at home. Eason will visit Georgia this weekend and expects to make a decision, between Florida and Georgia, sometime next week. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Three reasons why Florida's offense should improve next year: Improvement at quarterback, improvement on the offensive line, and Jim McElwain being the brightest offensive mind among the SEC East head coaching ranks. (Brandon Adams, SEC Country)

Gators seek improved guard play: Coach Mike White wants to get point guards Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza on track this season. He knows that improved guard play would help Florida as they seek to upset No. 1 Michigan State on the road Saturday. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

"It's the hardest position to play. Both these guys, Chris and Kasey, are great young men. They're awesome guys to be around that want to win and are very receptive to everything we have to say. They're better players than what they're showing." - Florida head coach Mike White

Florida women's basketball wins eighth straight: The Gators notched a 91-75 road win over Wisconsin. Florida's guards combined for 75 points. Simone Westbrook and freshman Eleanna Christinaki had career-best point totals, scoring 18 and 21, respectively. Cassie Peoples scored a season-best 20 points, and senior January Miller scored 10 points, including the 800th of her career. (GatorZoneEthan Bauer, Independent Florida Alligator)

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