Graduate transfer Canyon Barry scored a season-high 27 points, redshirt freshman Keith Stone added a career-best 17 off the bench and No. 23 Florida defeated Georgia 80-76 in overtime on Saturday to remain undefeated in SEC play.
Florida returns all of its major skill position players and nine offensive linemen with significant playing experience. The main issue for head coach Jim McElwain heading into Year 3: Finding a quarterback.
Randy Shannon, who served as Miami Hurricanes coach from 2007 to 2010, was named the University of Florida’s full-time defensive coodinator after the Gators’ sterling performance in Monday’s Outback Bowl.
The young, backup-laden defense looked like it had fun in its 30-3 Outback Bowl win, the offense found some occasional success, and the youth movement in the Gators’ 2016 season finale showed potential for what’s to come with this football team next season.
Senior UF linebacker Jarrad Davis has played in one game since re-injuring his ankle at Arkansas. He’s a game-time decision to play the final game of his career -- No. 20 UF’s Outback Bowl against No. 21 Iowa -- but he plans to make an impact either way.
The newly renovated Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center will make its debut Wednesday when the Florida Gators (8-3) host Arkansas-Little Rock (9-3). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Randy Shannon, the former head coach at Miami who with 25 years of coaching experience, will serve as the Florida Gators’ interim defensive coordinator for the Outback Bowl. From there, head coach Jim McElwain will make a decision on how to fill the position full time.
With Geoff Collins on his way to his first head coaching gig, University of Florida coach Jim McElwain said he plans to have a new defensive coordinator announced by Monday. Former UM coach Randy Shannon is a candidate.
Despite a late rally from Florida, Florida State pulled away with an 83-78 victory on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee behind a game-high 24 points from sophomore Dwayne Bacon and an extra 16 points from Terrance Mann.