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Wednesdays With Dr. Football … and one to go

Wednesdays With Dr. Football comes back after another week off and this is the penultimate one. But we’re going to have so much stuff going on during the season you won’t miss it. 1. It’s one thing to predict the teams that will make it to the College Football Playoff or who will win each conference or each division. Here’s an exercise for you — try picking the bottom four teams in the SEC this year. Last year, they were… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, the last one of July

Wednesdays With Dr. Football is taking a final summer break next week if by taking a break you mean driving to the Panhandle to speak to Gator Clubs. 1. Is it me or is Florida getting too much love during the talking season? I’m as bullish as anyone on the 2014 Florida team. I think the talent is there for a really good season but the schedule is difficult. It just seems that everyone has that opinion, that Florida has… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, is it August yet?

Wednesdays With Dr. Football comes at you a bit late because today there is so much going on. My gosh, football season must be around the corner. 1. I was watching a couple of interviews with Charlie Strong during Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday and it’s pretty clear he has taken a lot of Urban Meyer with him. He has cordoned off the Hook ‘Em display in the locker room and players can’t get near it until they’ve earned… Read More »

SEC Media Days: Ranking the presentations

As I wrote for the Friday paper, there wasn’t a lot of sizzle to these SEC Media Days. The coaches really were the show because of the lack of name players. How’d the coaches do? Well, it’s time to rank the 14 SEC coaches based on their presentations in the main media room at Media Days. 1. Steve Spurrier: The ball coach cracked us up a few times. The stuff about the Alamo was classic Spurrier. “I always thought Davy… Read More »

The return of Wednesdays With Dr. Football

After a week in St. Augustine and a week focused on the Bob Dooley Invitational, Wednesday’s With Dr. Football returns and will be with you until the start of the season. It’s football time. 1. I submitted my All-SEC ballot on Tuesday. It was weird because we had to vote for eight offensive linemen and six linebackers and four running backs and rank them. Anyway, the Gators I had on there were Jeff Driskel, Vernon Hargreaves III, Dante Fowler Jr.,… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, Vol. VI

This is the last Wednesdays With Dr. Football for a couple of weeks as I have some vacation coming. But it will resume live from Hoover, Ala., during SEC Media Days. 1. So I put on Twitter that I was going to list the five Florida players who must come through for this to be a big season and asked for responses, And, of course, Will Muschamp’s name came up. So did Jeremy Foley’s. Some of you are not going… Read More »

Wednesday’s With Dr. Football, Vol. V

Wednesdays With Dr. Football is a weekly feature to help you get through the summer until the real football kicks off. 1. I have known Chris Leak since I went to his home in Charlotte, N.C, and sat with him and his dad for hours before his freshman season. So I hope this move that Florida made will not backfire. I understand that we are less than four weeks from SEC Media Days and it would be difficult to go… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, Vol. IV

It’s time for Wednesdays With Dr. Football to help you get closer to the start of the season.  1. The preseason all-everything teams are coming at you faster than a tailgater on 34th St. and I caution you to take them with a spoonful of skepticism. They are like the early-season polls — almost irrelevant, but necessary. I looked back at last year’s preseason team that we picked in Hoover and we didn’t fare too poorly. On offense. We had… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, Vol. III

It’s time for Wednesday’s with Dr. Football, your weekly summer football fix. But first, a shout-out to the Gator softball team. LOUDER! Ohh-ohh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ohh. 1. With so many teams replacing quarterbacks, the SEC race is as open as it has been in awhile. And I’m not just talking about the top. What’s a person to do about Missouri, which lost so much talent? And Texas A&M, which kicked two players off a bad defense on Tuesday? Or Georgia, which has already… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, Vol. II

Wednesdays With Dr. Football is a weekly online feature that will continue until the start of football season. 1. I’m not sure when the love/hate relationship began for Florida fans with quarterback Jeff Driskel. Was it the Sugar Bowl when he had three turnovers and the Gators lost to Louisville? Or was it the Miami game when he made three bad throws and threw for 291 yards? Both were debilitating losses for the Gator Nation and there are plenty of… Read More »