Florida Gators Will Play Freshmen Early And Often During 2012 Football Season

The Florida Gators will play a number of true freshmen during the 2012 football season and that trend will start during Saturday’s opener against Bowling Green. It’s not surprising* as it’s become quite the frequent occurrence not only at Florida, but around the nation.

Among those expected to contribute and even see time in the first game are running back Matt Jones, wide receivers Raphael Andrades and Latroy Pittman, tight end Kent Taylor, offensive linemen Jessamen Dunker and D.J. Humphries, defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard, linebackers Dante Fowler Jr. and Antonio Morrison, and defensive back Brian Poole.

We’re far past the days where a redshirt season was the norm. In today’s college football world, you redshirt if you’re hurt or you’re really, truly not ready to see the field. Otherwise, game experience is a desire of coaching staffs across the nation. The Florida freshman will earn valuable playing time in 2012 and (hopefully) be more prepared for 2013 and beyond.

*We should just go ahead and add a new category to the mix – Things That Don’t Surprise Anyone But Are Still Considered “Newsworthy.”

Recruit Report: Antonio Morrison, LB, Bolingbrook

The latest recruit report is up over at Alligator Army.
This time around I cover the newest Florida commit – Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, IL) linebacker Antonio Morrison. On tape, Morrison looks dangerous in defending the run game. He is a great technique tackler who can line up at any linebacker spot, which is probably the reason recruiting services can’t agree which position to list him at. As an inside linebacker on Rivals, he ranks highly. As an outside linebacker on Scout, he’s further down the list.
The Gators get a player with great size and physique for his age. Morrison is strong beyond that size and should fit nicely into a defense that plans on rotating between the 4-3 and the 3-4.

Florida Gators Add Antonio Morrison

Will Muschamp and the Florida coaching staff have added commitment no. 16 to the mix. On Wednesday, Antonio Morrison chose the Gators over Alabama, Tennessee and a number of others.

Rivals ranks the inside linebacker as the no. 8 prospect at the position while Scout disagrees and puts him as the nation’s no. 50 OLB. Those rankings may be a little far apart for your liking, but be assured Florida got the player they wanted.
Muschamp has put together a nice trio of linebackers as part of the 2012 recruiting class and Morrison may have been the final piece. He is fast for a player his size and a solid tackler who can man any of the linebacker positions. Along with Lorenzo Phillips and Jeremi Powell, the position has a bright future.
The news may keep coming, but we’ll have to wait another day. One of the nation’s top players – D.J. Humphries – will announce his decision on Friday and Florida is among the finalists.

Did Antonio Morrison Commit? Are The Gators The Choice?

Some seem to think Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, IL) inside linebacker Antonio Morrison committed to Florida on Tuesday. Others aren’t so sure. There is definitely news and while some are ready to say that news it good for the Gators others say we may not officially hear it until some time later this week.
Morrison is a four-star inside linebacker according to Rivals. He has received offers from many of the nation’s top programs and has recently been said to be looking at Michigan State. However, the SEC was looking at him as well and Alabama and Florida thought would fit into their systems nicely.
All signs point to us finding out whatever the news is sometime this week.