Friday Night Links: FNL, Madden, Pro Combat Jerseys, UNC, And More

We rarely post on the weekends around these parts. One Eyed Willy has offspring and I have an XBOX. Unless something monumental (and by monumental, I mean monumental to us) happens, it’s typically quiet at the TBG home office on Saturdays and Sundays.

Because of that, we have created this weekly installment for you. Friday Night Links honors Florida’s annual camp – Friday Night Lights (see how that works?) – and provides you with reading material to get you through your weekend. When it’s posted, you are probably happy houring it up somewhere without a care in the world, so it waits patiently for you. You may have seen some of these stories throughout the week, you may not have. We hope you enjoy and orange and blue your way through the weekend. Remember, there aren’t that many more left before they’re filled with football.
Let the links begin…
Do NOT go for two in the first half of a game. Just don’t do it. (Smart Football)
Shameless self promotion, but it’s a Friday Night Lights recap of sorts. (Alligator Army)
The NFL is back and there are 10 reasons you should be excited. (SB Nation)
First Rhaheim Ledbetter committed. Now Carlos Watkins is seriously interested. Florida could be looking at a North Carolina trifecta. (Only Gators Get Out Alive)

No pro combat jerseys this year. Thank you! (Alligator Army)

Some prospects won’t change their mind about UNC. Butch Davis may be gone, but one recruit remains committed to the Tar Heels. (Rivals)
You already knew this, but it’s not wise to always trust what you read. Especially on Twitter. (Jason Schreier)
If you ever collected sports cards, you know there were some very odd versions created over the years. In 1995, Fleer had one of their own. (SB Nation)
Who should replace Butch Davis? (Every Day Should Be Saturday)
Oklahoma State has new uniforms. What do you think? (Nike Blog)
A little bit of the Bulls for you. Jamius Gunsby left USF for Georgia Military College. He left Georgia Military College after three weeks. (USF Sports Bulletin)
Chad Ochocinco is now a member of the New England Patriots. Former Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez is too. Hernandez wears no. 85. I think you know where this is going. (ESPN)
And finally, how to put together your preseason preview pieces. (Team Speed Kills)

The Long Snapper (2/1/10)

La Grange (La Grange, GA) quarterback Jamius Gunsby made it official this weekend.  He will sign with USF on National Signing Day.  Gunsby had previously mentioned if all went well on his official visit to Tampa, he would most likely commit to the Bulls.  The QB had a great time at USF and said he felt extremely comfortable with the school and the coaching staff.  If Evan Landi does indeed move to wide receiver full-time as rumors suggest, Gunsby could find himself as the primary backup to starting quarterback B.J. Daniels from day one.  Go back and take a look at Gunsby’s highlight video and get excited. Despite not receiving a lot of national attention, he looks like he could end up being a great player for the Bulls.
USF also picked up a commitment from Thomas County Central (Thomasville, GA) safety Reshard Cliett over the weekend.  Cliett is considering a diamond in the rough and had been recruited by Skip Holtz while he was still the head coach at ECU.  Although not highly recruited, Bulls’ coaches believe they have something of a project in Cliett.  With his speed and height (6’2”), USF may look to bulk him up and move him to outside linebacker.
Big time prospect Todd Chandler may be back in the mix for the Bulls.  After committing to Miami early in the process, Chandler made the switch to USF back in December.  Following the commitment, Chandler started to waiver.  He mentioned taking a number of official visits, but also said he remained committed at times.  Eventually, the defensive tackle dropped off of USF’s list and Louisville was rumored to be the leader.  Now Chandler appears to be done.  He has mentioned the recruiting process is over for him and on National Signing Day he will decided between USF, Colorado State, Louisville, and Syracuse.  Good money says the Bulls and Cardinals lead the pack.
The Senior Bowl didn’t give us the best picture of Tim Tebow the NFL quarterback: 8-of-12 for 50 yards with one carry for four yards and two fumbles.  After that “ehh” performance, we might as well do our best to talk up the former Florida star.  To many pro scouts, the actual game doesn’t matter.  It’s the week of practice they look at.  And while there were those teams that shied away from Tebow after seeing him in person, there were also those that noted he improved over the course of the week.  Not tremendously, but enough to make them think at the very least.  Tebow may never be a star quarterback in the NFL, but he could be turned into a contributor and someone who plays a large role in the offense.  It’ll be a long process, but Tebow showed he can learn.  20 years from now, we may not remember him as an All-Pro, Hall of Fame quarterback, but we may remember him as a solid force that helped his team do the most important thing.  Win.
For those of you who aren’t as obsessed as the rest of us, but still want updates, I’ll be typing away feverously throughout National Signing Day, but you have to do a little work to get it.  I’ll be providing updates as fast as my fingers allow on both The Bull Gator’s Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the day.  So become a fan or follow me and get updates on who ends up where.  For those of you not so inclined, the Twitter widget in the left of the two menu bars provides my last five updates, so make sure you come back here often.  I’m sure they’ll be a story or two posted afterwards as well.  And definitely make sure to come back throughout the week after National Signing Day as I profile each and every recruit who signs with Florida and USF.