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Chomping at Bits: Randy Shannon excelled as Florida’s interim defensive coordinator

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The Gators allowed the fewest points in a bowl game in school history.

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Randy Shannon has earned the defensive coordinator job: Shannon called a game in which the Gators allowed the fewest points in a bowl game in school history, this despite having eight starters out with injuries. Players praised Shannon’s approach and how he set them up for success, and Jim McElwain discussed Shannon’s game plan. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Gators end year with convincing win: The Outback Bowl was one of the Gators’ best overall performances of the season, despite injuries. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald)

Florida transitioning to 2017 season: Departure announcements have begun. Quincy Wilson and David Sharpe will enter the NFL Draft, Duke Dawson will return for his senior season, and Cameron Dillard will transfer. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Gators pick up first SEC win in new O’Dome: Florida forced 21 turnovers in their fourth consecutive win, holding off Ole Miss 70-63. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Canyon Barry ties season-high points total: Barry had 20 points in the Gators’ win. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald)

Florida recruiting: Jim McElwain notes that playing a lot of younger players this year should help with recruiting. 5-star DT Aubrey Solomon, an Alabama lean, will visit the Gators, and 4-star CB Elijah Blade reaffirms his commitment to UF. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Jim McElwain wants offensive line to be more physical: McElwain notes that the Gators need to generate more push up front. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Outback Steakhouse in Gainesville runs out of bloomin’ onions: Do we have Alligator Army commenters to thank for that? (Andrew Astleford, SEC Country)

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