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Chomping at Bits: Updates on Gator injuries, quarterback options, and punt returner changes

Florida interim head coach Randy Shannon previewed UAB with the media yesterday.

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Injuries continue to pile up: Center T.J. McCoy is out for the season and Malik Zaire is day-to-day ahead of UAB. McCoy is the second starting offensive lineman that the Gators have lost for the season in the last two weeks. Feleipe Franks will get the start for now due to Zaire’s potential unavailability. Shannon also noted that Dre Massey is Florida’s third option at quarterback, not Kadarius Toney, because Massey has repped more at the position recently due to Toney’s lingering injury. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Brandon Powell likely off punt returns: Wide receivers Freddie Swain and Dre Massey will handle the duties against UAB. Interim head coach Randy Shannon explains that Powell has a tendency to lean right when catching the ball, instead of catching it forward. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

You can watch Shannon’s comments to the media in their entirety at the link below:

Florida vs. Florida State to kickoff at noon: The Gators’ season finale will air on ESPN. (Katie Callahan, Florida Gators)

Feleipe Franks showed improvement against South Carolina: While his performance may not be statistically significant, there was some evidence of Franks making it to his second or third reads this time. (Will Miles, SEC Country)

Gators not taking UAB lightly: The 7-3 Blazers are explosive on offense, and can set a single-season school win record as an FBS program with a victory over Florida on Saturday. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Comparing Chip Kelly and Scott Frost: A look at two of Florida fans’ favorite coaching candidates. (Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

UF women’s basketball hosts Arkansas State: The Gators play game two of a three-game home stand tonight at 7:00 p.m. (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida Gators)

Freshmen quietly help in season opening win: Freshman Mike Okauru finished with 13 points in his 16 minutes off the bench. Deaundre Ballard also scored 14 points in 20 minutes of action, with Chase Johnson tallying nine points in nine minutes. (Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

Egor Koulechov stars in Florida’s opener: I rolled my eyes so hard at the headline of the first linked article. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

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