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Six Gators undergo offseason surgeries: A half dozen football players underwent surgeries this week for persistent injuries. Each of those players played in Florida's bowl game last week. The six Gators who underwent surgery are: offensive lineman Martez Ivey (shoulder), defensive tackle Joey Ivie (sports hernia), kicker Neil MacInnes (ACL), wide receiver Brandon Powell (foot), defensive end Jordan Sherit (knee), and cornerback Quincy Wilson (sports hernia). (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)
Jim McElwain talks recruiting: McElwain appeared on "The Paul Finebaum Show" and spoke about the Gators' recruiting momentum. He credited the administration with committing to facility improvements, primarily the new indoor practice facility, and noted that recruits were able to see the opportunity for early playing time in Florida's shortcomings this season. (Luis Torres, Independent Florida Alligator; Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)
McElwain will also appear on ESPN's "Megacast" coverage of the national championship game, and will be joined by a familiar face:
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Mike White frustrated with Florida's performance against Tennessee: White says that the Volunteers "destroyed" the Gators and were "better in every facet of the game." With Florida trailing by 30 points, White benched all five starters early in the second half. The Gators currently rank last in the SEC in almost every offensive category. White expressed disappointment in the team's effort, energy, and lack of adherence to the scouting reports. (Ian Cohen, Independent Florida Alligator)
"We've been a team that can't make a free throw and can't make a three, but we've fought every game and we've defended at a really high level. And I'm just disappointed that we didn't do that tonight to give us a chance." - Florida head coach Mike White after his team's 83-69 loss to Tennessee
Gators looking for answers: Ahead of facing a talented LSU team at home tomorrow, Florida needs to show improvement and correct the issues it displayed in its loss to Tennessee. The Gators have dropped to 1-3 on the road this season, with their lone road win coming in their season opener against Navy. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)
13 Florida commits named to Florida All-State Teams: Nine of those commits earned first team honors. The teams were chosen by newspaper editors and reporters. Notably, Florida's prized 2016 and 2017 quarterback commits, Feleipe Franks and Jake Allen, both made teams in their respective classifications. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)
Gators offer No. 1 JUCO recruit: Florida has thrown its hat in the ring for the nation's No. 1 JUCO recruit, a four star defensive end named Jonathan Kongbo, who recently decommitted from Tennessee. (Ryan Bartow, 247 Sports; Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)
Jenny Rowland era begins at Florida: Gators gymnastics will take the floor tonight for the first time under new head coach Jenny Rowland, against Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. Next Friday, the Gators will host UCLA in their home opener in the O'Connell Center. (Jim Harvin, Gainesville Sun; Scott Carter, Florida Gators)
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