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Chomping at Bits: Gators setting championship expectations

Florida players feel they can achieve big things in Dan Mullen’s second year.

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Gators have big expectations for Dan Mullen’s second year: Florida players are buying into Mullen’s “gator standard” message and setting championship goals following a successful ten-win turnaround season. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun) Feleipe Franks in particular has grown under Mullen’s tutelage after a rough start to his Florida career with Jim McElwain. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Franks is one of nation’s most improved passers: Statistically speaking, the sophomore QB’s passing efficiency had the third biggest jump in the nation. (Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times)

Gators possibly looking to add another top transfer: Florida has already signed Louisville grad transfer Jonathan Greenard and are now also in the running for the services of Georgia Tech grad transfer offensive lineman Parker Braun - another player near the top of 247Sports’ top-50 transfers list. (Bob Redman, 247Sports)

Why Florida’s 2019 schedule is one of the most intriguing in the SEC: Arguing that the Gators have a “juicy” slate ahead. (Connor O’Gara, Saturday Down South)

Cece Jefferson invited to NFL Combine: Junior draft entrant Vosean Joseph will also be attending. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247Sports)

Van Jefferson’s father advised him to return to school: Jefferson’s father, an NFL wide receivers coach, counseled his son to wait a year before entering the league. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Vegas thinks Florida has a decent chance at a national title in 2019: The Gators are given the eighth best odds so far. (Thomas Goldkamp. 247Sports)