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Gators reserve DB Edwards latest to transfer

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Monday morning has brought another transfer from the Florida Gators defense. This time it’s an experienced reserve, who is entering the NCAA transfer portal.

Junior-to-be Brian Edwards announced on social media that he is officially leaving Gainesville after two seasons:

This comes on the heels of Edwards having been arrested earlier this spring for alleged domestic violence with his girlfriend. However, charges were later dropped by the Alachua County State Attorney’s office. Gators coach Dan Mullen had said at the time that the legal proceedings with Edwards were ongoing, and that he would wait for everything to be resolved before taking a disciplinary action against Edwards.

Edwards from Miramar, FL, was primarily a special teams player in his two seasons with the Gators, but has appeared in 18 games, including registering seven tackles and a fumble recovery a year ago.

Edwards transfer comes on the heels of several other prominent departures, including highly-touted California defensive back Chris Steele who chose controversially to transfer from the Gators program earlier in the Spring. Steele was apparently upset with the forced roommate arrangement of being around Virginia freshman quarterback Jalen Jones.

Jones was accused of two separate incidents of a sexual assault on the same night in the dorm room he shared with Steele. Steele allegedly broke up one of the assaults in progress according to the police report. However, Gainesville police did not move forward with charges. Jones has also since departed via transfer.

Steele and his parents had met prior to the Jones incident with Mullen about wanting another roommate, and Steele was allegedly told at the time that it would not happen until the summer. That apparently did not sit well with the Steele’s.

Steele initially verbally committed to go back to the West Coast and play for Oregon, but at last check, he is slated to enroll at USC. That’s the program he was originally the “odds-on favorite” to play for them in the first place.

With Edwards announcing his departure, Florida has had nine players now leave their program through transfer or through dismissal for disciplinary reasons this off season. It also means that the Gators currently only have one defensive back on their roster with significant playing time, previously.

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Gators announced home and home series with Cal Friday

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The Florida Gators continued their philosophy of striking “home-and-home” deals with Power 5 opposition, when they announced on Friday that they will be doing so with the Cal-Berkley Bears out of the Pac-12 coming later in this decade.

The Gators made the announcement through their website and social media mid-day Friday that they will play Cal at home first and then travel to Berkeley the following year:

A.D. Scott Stricklin has broken up the long tradition that Florida would only play two home out of conference games in September and usually, against much lesser competition before entering SEC play. Stricklin has been very outspoken that in the age of the College Football Playoff, strength of schedule is emphasized and the selection committee holds schools responsible for not playing top-notch out of conference opponents, at least some of the time.

With that in mind, the Gators opened the 2019 season in Orlando against the Miami Hurricanes and won a sloppy game. And, they already have other Power 5 schools laid out to play home and away.

As we previously wrote, Florida will be playing the Texas Longhorns first in Gainesville in 2030 and then. return the game the following year in Austin.

Florida had previously announced last year that they will also play the Colorado Buffaloes out of the Pac-12, again with the first game in Gainesville in 2028 and then, returning it to Boulder the following season.

It’s interesting with Friday’s announcement that Stricklin and the football program are working backwards with the schedule. And, they will now play Cal before Colorado in September of 2026, and then will be opening on the Berkeley campus the following season.

Florida and Cal have only met two times, having played first in Gainesville in 1974 as the Gators wo 21 – 17 and then, they also met in Tampa to open the 1980 season with a Florida 41-13 blowout victory.

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Second National Signing Day recap for top state schools

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National Signing Day 2020 has come and gone, and several in state schools were able to improve their classes heading into spring ball. The University of Florida watched rival Georgia secure the number one overall class, but the Gators were still able to land the best class in the state with the number eight class overall.

The Gators officially signed former five-star receiver Justin Shorter from Penn State, and Florida stayed in the family today as well, Xzavier Henderson officially joined the Gators. He’s the ounger brother of  former DB C.J. Henderson.

Dan Mullen also able to dip into the state of Texas inking four-star DE Princely Umanmielen. It wasn’t all great news for the Gators, as they missed out on a few key guys, including losing out on arguably top state safety Avantae Williams to in state rival Miami. Overall it was a good cycle for the Gators both recruiting and in the transfer portal.

The Miami Hurricanes continued an impressive offseason on National Signing Day. The Canes made arguably the biggest move in the state by landing Williams and keeping him Florida. Williams became the highest rated Hurricane in the class and propelled the U to the number 13 spot.

Miami has the second-best class in the ACC behind Clemson. With an impressive offseason in the books, once again excitement will be in the air in Coral Gables. The question is: will they live up to it in year two for Manny Diaz?

Florida State and new coach Mike Norvell have been working hard to get this class rolling last minute. After a good early National Signing Day Norvell looked to keep the momentum going. The Noles took a big hit Wednesday though, with the loss of Venice four star WR, Malachi Wideman, who flipped to Tennessee.

The Noles came back from that by landing a handful of other recruits. They got the number six Juco running back La’Damian Webb, ass well as, Robert Scott, an offensive lineman and Corey Wren, an athlete/running back.

Replacing Cam Akers will be tough for Norvell and building the offensive line is a top priority. The former Memphis coach came in late like he did, yet he finishes with a decent class sitting at 22 on 24/7.

Now the work begins turning around the former powerhouse.

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