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Chomping at Bits: Gators know that they need to improve

Florida struggled with heavy underdog UMass before pulling away late.

UMass v Florida Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

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Gators know they must get better: Penalties and sloppy play will be much harder to overcome against most of the other teams on Florida’s schedule. The Gators host Kentucky on Saturday, and have not lost to the Wildcats in 29 years. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald)

Injuries to test depth: Dre Massey and Duke Dawson were injured on Saturday against UMass. Also noted is the offensive line’s poor play and that Florida played 11 true freshmen in the opener. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

One bright spot for the Gators on Saturday?: Kicker Eddy Pineiro. (Graham Hall, Gainesville Sun)

Actually, here’s a second bright spot: The return of linebacker Alex Anzalone. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Steve Spurrier’s homecoming: A look at the Head Ball Coach’s Saturday in The Swamp. (Chris Low, ESPN)

Recruits attend Florida’s opener: 5-star Ohio State CB commit Shaun Wade attended with his family. Also visiting were Florida QB commit Jake Allen, Michigan offensive tackle commit Kai-Leon Herbert, and Florida CB commit Marco Wilson, among others. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Florida Football with Jim McElwain to begin airing again: The program will air on FOX Sports Sun on Monday afternoons. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)

UF adds stadium chair to honor POW-MIA soldiers: The seat will remain empty to symbolize that those listed as POW or MIA will always have a seat waiting for them. Similar tributes have been added at many sports stadiums. Florida dedicated the seat and plaque during Saturday’s game. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Don’t forget who will be honored at this Saturday’s game:

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