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Chomping at Bits: Florida football gearing up for opening weekend

The 2016 season begins Saturday.

NCAA Football: East Carolina at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Opening weekend is nearly upon us: It’s game week! Jim McElwain’s second season with the Gators kicks off Saturday. McElwain spoke about the upcoming season and Florida’s first game during yesterday’s press availability. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators; Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald)

Running back by committee: The starter at running back, according to yesterday’s depth chart, is Jordan Scarlett or Mark Thompson or Jordan Cronkrite. Jim McElwain says the depth chart means “nothing” and that “guys are going to play.” (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Preview of 2016 offense: The offense will hopefully be able to execute better this year. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Patrick Pinak, Independent Florida Alligator)

Jim McElwain hopes to have one freshman quarterback play: The head coach said that in a perfect scenario either Feleipe Franks or Kyle Trask would serve as the No. 3 quarterback this year while the other redshirted. (Jordan McPherson, Independent Florida Alligator; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Former UF quarterbacks Noah Brindise and Shane Matthews talk about the Gators’ recent offensive woes: The two discuss player development issues and offensive coordinator turnover. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Preview of 2016 defense: Plenty of talent should keep the Gators’ defense operating at a high level. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Highlights of Florida commits: Clips of Elijah Blades, Zachary Carter, Zech Byrd, Kemore Gamble, Shawn Davis, and Marco Wilson. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

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