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Kelvin Taylor will likely be heavily featured in offensive gameplan: With Treon Harris struggling, and Jordan Scarlett suspended, it would stand to reason that Taylor will be the focal point of Florida's offense in Friday's bowl game. The Gators have had difficulties passing of late and Michigan boasts the nation's number one pass efficiency defense. The game will also be Taylor's last in a Florida uniform. He will be finishing his career as a Gator in the Citrus Bowl, just like his father did. Taylor needs 15 more yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark this season. His 13 touchdowns this season are the most by a Florida running back since his father scored 13 in 1997. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post; Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country; Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)
Offensive line will benefit in the future from growing pains: The Gators will start three first year freshmen on the offensive line against Michigan: right tackle Fred Johnson, and guards Martez Ivey and Tyler Jordan. While the unit struggles some now, Jim McElwain sees a bright future for the line with the experience as the younger players gain valuable experience. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)
Senior Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock ready to play in home state: Rudock was injured in Michigan's season finale against Ohio State but will be available and ready to play in Friday's bowl game. Rudock attended high school at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale before playing at Iowa, and eventually transferring to Michigan for his final year. Rudock threw for a career high 440 yards and six touchdowns in Michigan's overtime win against Indiana in November, becoming only the second Big Ten player to throw for over 400 yards and six touchdowns in a game in the last 20 years. Florida's defense has noticed the work of Rudock, and receivers Amara Darboh, Jehu Chesson, and tight end Jake Butt, on film. Each of those three players have at least 45 catches and 600 yards this season. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)
Dwayne Haskins exploring his options: The Maryland quarterback commit, who has been pursued by Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier during their time at Florida, is weighing his options. Haskins says he has interest in Florida, assumed Will Grier would not be returning, and talks to McElwain weekly. He also has interest in Ohio State, Texas A&M, and LSU, in addition to Maryland. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)
Jim McElwain hints that Will Grier was looking for guarantees: The quote in question is below. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)
"This is what I don't think anybody understands, look I will never beg someone to do anything. You got to have it in your heart. To be successful at anything in life, it's got to be a passion, OK? And sometimes in life we all maybe look for... hmmm, what to say, maybe sure things you know? Guarantees. There are no guarantees." - Florida coach Jim McElwain
Florida women's basketball back in action tonight: The Gators will look to earn their 12th straight win tonight when they take on UCF in the Southeastern Conference - American Athletic Conference Challenge at 7:00 p.m. A win tonight would tie the second longest winning streak in program history. (Florida Gators)
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