Hello everyone. Let's get started.
What College Football Players who Plays for Florida Now will play in the NFL in 2013?
Chris -- There are several seniors who will get drafted (LB Jon Bostic, OT Xavier Nixon, RB Mike Gillislee, K Caleb Sturgis, LB Lerentee McCray) and several other underclassmen who could declare early and would get drafted (S Matt Elam, DT Sharrif Floyd, DE Dominique Easley).
I am Just Curious are there any Florida College Football Players that are Fathers? If so who?
Chris -- Several UF players have children, but I'm not sure giving names would be appropriate.
Hey mike! I was just wondering, with all these big games we've been winning at home with big time recruits in attendance, why haven't we picked up any commitments? Also, does Jarvis jones play and impact the game this weekend?
UF Freshman -- The Gators' class is pretty full and the staff is being selective in who they pursue now. Plus, some of the big-time players have yet to decide on any school. As for Jones, he is hobbled by an ankle injury, but Mark Richt said today that Jones would play.
What's your prediction for the game this weekend? Do you think the UF offense will finally get going in a big way against Georgia's D?
Joe -- I don't expect UF to start throwing it around like Spurrier is calling plays, if that's what you're asking. UF is going to pound the football and throw play-action, but I don't expect the Gators to go wide open.
Mike, you've been reluctant in the past to label the Gators as legitimate conference/national title contenders? Are you ready to go all in now?
Tony -- Absolutely. They've proven they're legit. Road wins at Texas A&M an Tennessee, a dismantling of SC, and the way they're playing on defense and not turning the ball over on offense makes me a believer.
if the gators continue to play like they are as of now, in your best opinion, what are the odds that the gators pull the sec championship and go onto the BCS national championship?
Robby -- It's one thing to win the division and beat FSU, it's another thing to beat Alabama. I think UF might give the Crimson Tide the best game of anybody in the SEC but Bama is really, really, really good. As good as the title teams. I'd say 25 percent UF beats the Tide.
How big of a break will it be to Florida against UGA that they were able to manhandle USC as early as they did? Did players rest? Any advantages over it having been a 1 score nail biter down to the end? Any disadvantages for UGA from the way their game versus UK ended up?
Cody -- I don't think the SC game has anything to do with Saturday's game. UF's starters played well into the fourth quarter so I don't know if they got any rest. The team is deeper and that has helped keep guys fresher for the fourth quarter. The Kentucky game for Georgia may actually be an advantage for the Bulldogs because Shawn Williams came out and ripped his team. You can bet the Bulldogs will respond this week. What better way to do that than to stuff the Gators?
Is the home team allowed to host recruits at the "Cocktail Party" like they are at the Red River Rivalry?
Tony -- Yes it is. However, both schools have agreed not to host recruits at this game.
I believe our Dline and LB's match up well with Gurshall just like USC's did. Do you see UGA trying to air it out against our DB's to get the W?
CP -- Georgia's going to try to run the ball, just like UF will try to do, and Marshall and Gurley are pretty good backs. It'll be tough for UF to shut them down. Georgia likes the matchup with the WRs and UF's DBs so I'm sure they'll take some shots. But I don't see Murray throwing it 40 times unless they're behind big.
Are you surprised Urban Meyer hasn't been able to pluck more recruits out of Florida given his winning history in the state?
Jeff -- Not really. You've got to take care of your own area first and that's what he's doing. Plus, Jimbo Fisher and Will Muschamp are pretty good recruiters so it'll be hard to pry a kid away from either one of those guys.
whats up with the run defense will it still be great against georgia
stephen -- It'll be hard to stop Gurley and Marshall, but UF did a good job last week against Lattimore. It's all on the DL. They were moved around a bit by Vandy and Stacy was able to gain some yards. They didn't move last week and SC struggled to run the ball.
What is the latest on the recruiting front?
Bill -- not to be a copout, but GatorNation's recruiting guru Derek Tyson is having a chat tonight and he'll have much more info than I will. Here's the link. If you can't join the chat the transcript will be up there for a while.http://insider.espn.go.com/insider/florida/forums/_/chompions-club#!/topic/1351095056-918-120
UGA likes to hit the big play downfield. I think UF's DBs are too much for the UGA WRs. Any chance UGA just dinks and dunks?
David -- I think Georgia will mix it up. If they're not having success going down the field then they'll try some shorter passes. They'll take some shots down the field early, though, to test the coverage.
Just thinking about our amazing 2010 recruiting class. What happened to lots of those kids? Why haven't we seen most of them by now?
Jon --Floyd, Easley, Green, Watkins are starters. Powell would be a starter were it not for the torn ACL. There are several big contributors from that class, too: Riggs, Taylor, Silberman, Orr, Burton, Patton, Dunbar and Ball. Not bad. There have been six guys who transferred. A pretty good class, though.
will Florida's run defense system thats working great will that still be great against georgia's running game
stephen -- Depends on how the DL performs. It can't get moved around like it did against Vandy. Played pretty well last week.
Any chances we see classless Richt pull an 07 and send his team out again to celebrate like they just won the NC? Have you ever seen anything remotely close to that in all your years of covering the NCAA?
CP -- I don't think there's a chance that'll happen this year. If it did, I guarantee you this team wouldn't be as mature about it as the 2007 team. Easley would have to be pulled off about 5 guys. That's something I've never seen before, and I'm glad, because that was a dangerous situation and things could have gotten out of control quickly.
How much will our offense have to rely on Jeff Driskel this Saturday?
Sam -- Well, he is the QB, but I'm assuming you mean in terms of running the ball. I expect him to approach 10 carries, most of which will come out of the zone read.
Does Jeff Driskel duplicate the success I had my second year in Gainesville on the field?
Tim -- I don't know about that. But I do know this: He's faster than you. :)
More a general college football question, but at this point in the season, which coach has the the tougher job keeping his team's focus/drive, a coach whose team is surpassing all preseason expectations and is recently getting media/BCS love(Muschamp), or a coach like Nick Saban who has a team that is going along, as expected, rolling over everyone in their path so far?
Chris -- Interesting question. I'll say Saban, and I'll use a basketball example. In 2007, the Gators hoops team was expected to win it all since all those guys were back. It's tough to go through a season with expectations to win a title and get everyone's best shot. It wears on the players. Any little thing that goes wrong gets blown out of proportion. I thought Billy did his best coaching job that second year and not the first title year.
Just of curiosity, why don't the teams like doing it?
Tony -- Well, think of it this way: Why take a chance on having a recruit at the game that more than likely is also being recruited by Florida and have him watch you get beat by your biggest rival? And vice versa for Florida.
In your opinion from watching the games, how much are these sacks driskel is taking on the receivers more then him and the online. granted he should throw it away, can the receivers be counted on?
Jay -- Most of Driskel's early sacks were because he held onto the ball too long or ran out of bounds with it (Texas A&M). The OL/backs are responsible for some, especially last week when the Gamecocks blitzed up the middle. But there have been coverage sacks, too, because the WRs just aren't getting open. I've been very critical of the WRs, but they have made some plays here and there this season. UF desperately needs a big-time WR though.
I beleive UF should keep finding ways to get the ball in Hnes hands as much as possible seems like hes a hard matchup for any defense.Also i beleive Joyer should be involved in the offense more..what are yout thoughts?
CS -- agree on Hines. He should get 5-10 touches a game in my opinion. As for Joyer, he's become a very good blocker. Let him do what he does best and plow some holes open for Gillislee. However, I do think he can be involved more in the passing game.
This is off topic, but I have been an insider for over a year now and I was just wondering how you post to the Chompions club forum? There are no reply or add comment buttons.
Matt -- There should be. Check with the ESPN tech support people. There should be a link at the bottom of the page.
Murray showed he was shaky in the pocket versus South Carolina. Will Mushcamp bring the heat as much as possible to try to rattle him and force turnovers?
Keenan -- I think the Gators will blitz selectively. If you do it all the time the Bulldogs can adjust. They'd really rather get pressure with just four rushers, but this group hasn't been able to do that consistently.
Do you think this Florida team can come from behind if Georgia gets up more than 1 score early in the game?
David -- Absolutely. The Gators did it against Texas A&M. Now, if UF is down by 14 points in the fourth quarter, that might be too much. The offense isn't equipped to play from behind.
Who you got this weekend and why?
Brandon -- I believe UF will win. Close game, 24-17 or so. The Gators will win the game because of special teams, whether it's field position, a turnover, a big return. They have a big advantage there.
Mike, can my boys & I finally get some love from you?
Quinton (riiiggghhht) -- You made a great play last week and seem to have become the No. 1 option at WR. Gotta see more of that on a consistent basis. The WRs have performed better than I thought they would.
Mike Farrell over at Rivals said "Pennsylvania linebacker Alex Anzalone is going to become a Florida Gator, I feel very confident about that now. Anzalone, one of the top 50 prospects in the country, remains committed to Notre Dame.However, after he took a visit to Gainesville for the Gators game against LSU, I think he's pretty much a done deal to play for Will Muschamp. Anzalone had previously committed to Ohio State but de-committed from the Buckeyes after an unofficial visit to Florida."Do you agree that Anzalone will be a Gator?
Matt -- From talking to Derek Tyson, our recruiting guy, that's the feeling that everyone is getting.
Does Andre Debose fall under the Russell Shepard category of "potential unfulfilled" or is it just a product of the system?
JD -- Potential unfulfilled.
Do you think the Florida coaching staff is going hard after Marcell Harris, even though they already have 2 safeties committed, because they plan on playing Washington at corner/nickel? Barring transfers, the safety position is stacked after adding Washington and Neal. If Washington does play corner, do you see Poole winning a job at safety? Or are the Gators just trying to gain size at every DB position?
Matt -- You can never have too many DBs or QBs on your roster. DBs are the guys who generally play a lot of special teams. Poole will have a shot at safety next year but he'll have to battle Showers and Gorman.
Best prediction of UF vs. UGA
Robby -- UF wins close game, 24-17.
Michael, did you see the scouts inc preview of FL/GA and if so what did you think?
Mark -- I did and I agreed with their analysis but not their prediction. UF is a better team and Georgia has struggled on defense.
best all around player on gator defense
Rick -- Matt Elam.
True, but Texas and Oklahoma have done it for over 100 years and they recruit more head-2-head for Texas kids/players than Georgia and Florida do for the same recruits. Not trying to be argumentative, just saying that its worked to there advantage to host, and evens out in the long run.
Tony -- You're right somewhat, but remember that Texas is THE school in the state and they essentially get whatever recruit they want. That's something even Will Muschamp said.
What is the biggest key for florida to win this weekend?
Nick -- Don't turn the ball over and get behind by more than 10 points. If that happens, Georgia wins.
How long's it going to take to have consistency in the passing game? I just wonder how many big time wrs will come to Florida based on the style now, you need the success to get the wrs, but you have to have the wrs to have the success.
Brandon -- Getting WRs are the key. UF has several committed, including Ahmad Fulwood and Chris Thompson. They'll get WRs, don't worry.
I know this is a big rivalry. As a gator fan I am a little worried, however I just realized tha Ga hasn't shbeaten a winning team this year and really the only game that looks impressive is the vandy game. On paper, we should kill them. I know games aren't played on paper.
jack b -- You said the key word: rivalry. Can't discount anything in a rivalry game. But I think UF wins.
Which underclassmen for the gators do you think will be moving on to the NFL next draft?
josh -- I think Elam, Floyd, Easley and Jenkins declare.
Do you expect Peace to throw any trickery out there like against USC. That double handoff/reverse was sweet and I liked our DB getting the deep ball as well on offense. Any thoughts?
CP -- Pease will have something cooked up. I'm expecting Trey Burton to throw a pass out of the wildcat eventually, although I'm not a big fan of him in the wildcat. Driskel's a better runner and thrower. Just have him do it.
Will Gilly have a huge game against the pups this weekend? I feel as though he is destined for another break out game, comparable to the LSU game! Also like to know your thoughts on Mack Brown's potential, haven't seen to much from him this year for obvious reasons.
Justin -- Gilly will get his touches. They Gators will pound the ball and he's gonna get at least 18 carries. As for Mack Brown, solid back but I think he'll be passed on the depth chart next year by Jones, Lane and Taylor.
do you think that florida will keep at the number 2 spot on the rankings for a couple weeks or will they jump back to number three because kansas st will jump to number 2
stephen -- I think UF will drop when it goes through the run of Jax State and La-Lafayette. But it doesn't matter. If you go unbeaten it doesn't matter where you are in the rankings (top five, of course) because all you have to do is be in the top two and you'd get there if you beat Bama in the SEC title game.
In your oppinion do you think Easley will declare for the draft?
CS -- yes.
Will this weekend's game be Florida's DBs biggest challenge so far this season? Predictions on who gets the advantage if Georgia turns to the pass game?
Justin -- UT was a pretty big test. Patterson and Hunter are better than King and Mitchell. If GA is one-dimensional, that means the Gators shut down the run. That would favor Florida.
Do you think that Will Muschamp is somehow a reincarnation of Doug Dickey?
Jim -- Not unless he calls Fourth and Dumb II.
Mike - Great work as usual. Why all the media attention/fan questions about the Gators air attack? Winning is winning. Pease and Co. are calling smart games and doing what is working/necessary to win games. People need to lay of the stats and fancy numbers. W's are all that matters. Especially in year 2 of a new coaching staff and year 1 of a new Off. Coordinator
Andrew -- I was talking to some other writers this week and told them we were falling into the same trap we fell into in 2009. We killed that team's offense, play-calling, and Addazio. All they did was average similar numbers to 2008 and win every game until the SEC title game. That's what's happening now. Gators are winning and we keep saying, "Yeah, but there's going to be a game where they'll have to throw it 30 times ...." Maybe there won't be. The defense is that good and the offense is efficient. Winning matters most. Period.
Mike, do you see the Gators brining in any top WRs next year? The last time we had a great WR was Percy Harvin, and we need one to help with Driskell's development.
Alan -- Ahmad Fulwood out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny is a guy who has already committed. Chris Thompson out of Gainesville HS also has committed. Those two are guys to watch.
I used to hate the Burton wildcat as well, but it seems to be a better weapon this season. I just thinks it makes opposing defenses think instead of play.
David -- But when Burton's running it, it's 100 percent run. when Driskel runs it, a defense isn't quite sure if he's gonna run or throw. That makes the defense think more, I would think.
Mike, do you see Brissett staying or transferring next year?
Alan -- I think he leaves.
Wow, what a quick hour. Thanks everyone and we'll do it again next week at the same time.Hope everyone has a great time at the Fl-Ga game this weekend. Be safe.