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Gators-UGA and FSU-Canes rivalries lead our primer

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Week 10 of the college football season will have some exciting games in the state of Florida. We get two rivalries with the Gators and Georgia and the Noles and Canes. Meanwhile, UCF will continue to fight for their AAC lives against Houston and FAU will also be playing for their chances to win the C-USA.

The Gators are set to play their biggest game of the season. The LSU game was big but didnโ€™t decide their SEC East fate like this game can. Georgia has been inconsistent for a few weeks before they just had their bye week. Coming into this game, everyone knows both teams have strong defenses.

The question is: which offense can score to win? Coming into the game, it looks like itโ€™s Florida with a better offense. The Gators have dropped two in a row to the Dawgs and in both games, struggled to score. If Florida and QB Kyle Trask can get points on the board, the Gators should be the team going home happy.

Florida State and Miami will link up today and “oh, how the mighty have fallen.” A game that used to decide how national championships were won is now representing who might not make a bowl game.

The Noles and Hurricanes have both been bad for stretches of 2019. Inconsistency has killed both teams and will be a theme for this game. The winner will be whoever gets the most consistent offense.

Can Cam Akers, off a four TD performance last week, lead the Noles to some scoring drives? Can Alex Hornibrook provide some consistency at quarterback back to back weeks? For Miami with Jarren Willians back, can he supply a couple of scoring drives for the Canes to get downfield? Can they get Brevin Jordan and Jeff Thomas back involved in the offense?

There may be some bad blood on the field in this one, too.

As for UCF, their offense hit stride last week at Temple. All phases of the game were at work as they put up 63 points destroying the Owls. They will now face a Houston team that has given up at least 24 points every game.

Last week Houston got killed on the ground by SMU. UCF just happens to have a stable of backs that can all break off a huge run. After that, they also have the Dillon Gabriel to Gabe Davis connection that has been one of the best in all of college football. Expect for a lot of points to be scored here with an over-under of a whopping 71.

Finally, Florida Atlantic will be playing one of their biggest games in a few seasons. The Owls sit behind Western Kentucky in the east division of the C-USA. They just so happen to be traveling to them this week.

The Hilltoppers have a strong defense ranking in the top 20. Before losing to Marshall last week, they held four opponents in a row under 20 points. The Owls offense will need to be up to the task led by QB Chris Robinson. Lane Kiffin will look to unlock some good offense and lead his team to the upset to set up another big game next week against rival FIU.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Floridaโ€™s football teams.

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Three state receivers look to make Senior Bowl impression

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A trio of Florida collegiate pass catchers will look to make an impact at Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, and it’s very possible that one will be selected the opening night the NFL Draft in April.

First, the Gators have a duo of receivers working out for the South team in this week. As wideouts, Van Jefferson and Tyrie Cleveland have been going through practices and getting attention this week. Obviously, their experience against SEC competition is a key to helping them prepare to take on the North squad Saturday afternoon on the NFL Network.

Cleveland was a late add to the South roster only being notified on late Monday afternoon about the prospect of joining the senior All-Stars in Mobile.

And, as profiled earlier this week, both Florida guys are anxious to demonstrate what they can do and are grateful that they have each other in Alabama for the experience.

“I’ve seen Mr. Nagy (director of the Senior Bowl), and I heard him say something about Tyrie, so I was like, I was trying to creep in to see what he was talking about,” Jefferson admitted to the site.

“Then he looked at me and said ‘I invited your boy!’, and I asked who and he said ‘Tyrie!’, and so I went and called Tyrie, I’m like ‘Tyrie, where you at?’, and Tyrie’s already in Mobile, so my man, my dawg is here, so it’s just got the week much better, I’m excited to go out there and practice with him for the last time, play in a game with him for the last time, it’s exciting.”ย 

Jefferson, who’s the son of former NFL receiver Shawn Jefferson, had two solid but not spectacular seasons in Gainesville after transferring from Ole Miss catching for just over 1,100 yards and 12 TDs in 23 games.

Likewise, Cleveland does not have fantastic numbers and some of that had to do with the shaky quarterback play at times during his career at Florida.

Still, they are both large bodied and Cleveland ran a sub 4.4 (unofficial), 40 yard dash this week, too.

Now, the probable first round pick from the state as a receiver is FAU tight end, Harrison Bryant. While he’s not a household name on the national scale, Bryant has outstanding hands and put up monster numbers for a tight end in 2019.

Flourishing and former coach Lane Kiffin’s system Bryant (above) led all tight ends in FBS with 65 catches, 1,004 yards and 7 TDs, as the FAU owls rolled to a second Conference USA championship in 3 years.

Bryant also has some raving about his route running, hands and his blocking from the practices this week in Mobile, too:

Sure, there will be a lot more time for scrutiny of these guys after the Senior Bowl is played from the scouting combine to their individual workouts and team interviews. Still, they are three names to keep an eye on Saturday and beyond, as the draft process continues.

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Former Gators QB Franks transfers to Arkansas

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Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks has decided on a new spot for his final year of eligibility and he won’t even leave the SEC. The Gators starting quarterback on and off for the last three years announced on Monday night that he will be transferring to the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Frank’s ended several weeks of speculation as to where he might land by announcing his plans on social media:

Franks help lead the Gators resurgence two years ago under first-year coach Dan Mullen, including a Peach Bowl New Year’s Six game victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Florida finished 10-3 with momentum headed into this season.

However, with sky high expectations for Franks, Mullen and the Gators this past season (they were a preseason top 10 team)ย  Franks played inconsistently for a lot of the early part of the season. Then, things ended horrifically as Franks suffered a nasty fractured leg at Kentucky ending his season.

The 6’6 Franks finished his Gator career with 28 starts 4,500+ yards passing and 28 TDs. However, his at times poor play, including crucial interceptions enraged Gator fans. Next, he announced December 1st that he would be transferring for one more season, as a graduate to be eligible immediately.

Arkansas is in desperation to rebuild after having fired coach Chad Morris after two horrible seasons. They hired Georgia former offensive line coach Sam Pittman at their head coach and Franks will be playing for new offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, who spent last season with FSU.

Arkansas is in desperate need of a quality proven quarterback, as they had just three scholarship signal caller options in senior Jack Lindsey, redshirt-sophomore John Stephen Jones and redshirt-freshman K.J. Jefferson. Jones, who is the grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, is considered the most experienced of the group. But to show how bad it is, he’s thrown for just 106 yards and 2 touchdowns with 2 interceptions in six career games.

So, clearly Franks, if/when fully healed from the ankle fracture will be heavily counted on for 2020.

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