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- BREAKING: 4-STAR DL Kendall Jackson Decommitts
On Saturday, Billy Napier and the Gators experienced yet another loss on a game day with changes to the upcoming recruiting class. Kendall Jackson, a three-star defensive lineman/edge who is from Gainesville (Fla.) Buchholz, had been committed to the Gators since June 12. However, he opted to reopen his recruitment, sharing the decision on his social media. In expressing gratitude to Coach Billy Napier and others for the opportunity, Jackson cited extensive prayer and family discussions as reasons for decommitting from the University of Florida. Jackson, a local prospect, received an offer from Florida last summer and remained a regular visitor to the campus. Despite committing in June, he attended every home game in Gainesville and explored official visits to Florida, Arkansas and Miami before ultimately choosing the Gators. Notably, Jackson is part of a trend where recruits, including four-star edge Jamonta Waller, four-star defensive back Wardell Mack, and four-star Nasir Johnson, have recently reconsidered their commitments to the Gators. Following Jackson's decommitment, Florida's 2024 class now stands at 19 commitments. Nonetheless, the class is still high-profile, led by three five-star prospects: LJ McCray, DJ Lagway, and Xavier Filsaime. The class also features other highly-rated recruits in various positions from around the country. Billy and company will look to hold down their current roster while making sure the future remains bright in Gainesville.
- The Buddy Martin Show: Urban Meyer Best Fridays in Football
Why Urban Meyer thinks Graham Mertz coming back for 2024 is a BIG DEAL for Billy Napier. Meyer also comments on DJ Lagway and what its like transitioning 2 big QB's. "Gotta let em Play" The Best Fridays in Football with Buddy Martin and Brenden Martin.
- Maybe It's Time To Exorcise The Demons
It seems but a distant memory now, however, but as Georgia is playing for a third national championship it reminds me of the days when the Gators dominated college football and had a shot to win three nattys in four years. Just when it starts to feel like the magic is becoming an enduring inalienable right, POOF! It goes up in smoke. Smoke that seemingly can never come within your grasp again. A gentle breeze converts life into a tornado. “If a butterfly flaps its wings in Africa…” It’s like some mystical force suddenly intrudes to turn a dream into a nightmare and the perception that the hero has become a zero. Some might even label it a curse. For certain it is almost a line of demarcation that can cause a reversal of fortune. It seems but a distant memory now, however, but as Georgia is playing for a third straight national championship it reminds me of the days when the Gators dominated college football and had shot to win three nattys in four years. Many times I’ve talked with Urban Meyer and written about that fateful moment in 2009 when, if he had beaten Nick Saban‘s team, it would be Florida’s coach at the top of the heap and not Alabama‘s. It began unraveling just a few days before the SEC title game when one of the stars of the defense was arrested in Gainesville, inebriated and passed out at a traffic light. The odd part about that was Carlos Dunlap wasn’t even a drinker and had only consumed alcohol at his teammates’ birthday party. Obviously, he wasn’t able to handle it. He was kicked off the team the week of the SEC championship game. Florida was smacked down, 32-13, by an Alabama team so consumed and angry about losing to the Gators the year before that it had seethed for 364 days. “That was the year I couldn’t eat or sleep,” Meyer recalled of his traumatic 2009 post-season. “I lost about 40 pounds.” Health issues led to his retirement, unretirement and eventual career change to TV before he went back into coaching at Ohio State where he won a third natty. Gator football dominance became a distant memory. Except for a brief blip under Jim McElwain and Dan Mullen, the Gators became only an afterthought as a casual visitor to Atlanta. But for Alabama, it was the juice Nick Saban needed to jumpstart the Tide back on track for national prominence. The Associated Press described it almost as that line of demarcation. Return with us now unto yesteryear (from the AP files): “With Mark Ingram and Greg McElroy leading an emphatic 32-13 chomping of top-ranked Florida on Saturday, No. 2 Alabama again stands supreme in the Southeastern Conference. More important, the Tide is just one win away from an even bigger title -- its first national crown since 1992. "Everyone had to buy into not to be denied in this game," Saban said, getting back to business after a raucous celebration at the Georgia Dome. "To be a champion, that's what you had to do. I've never been prouder of a group of players." "They seemed like they wanted it a whole lot," Florida cornerback Joe Haden said. The Alabama defense held (Tim) Tebow in check and left him crying at the end. "It's tough. You know it's not how you want to go out," Tebow said. "They were just better than us today." Then there was the curse of the Thrown Shoe. On Dec, 12, 2020, the Florida Gators, boasting a 9-1 record as Eastern Division champions, were on the cusp of improving to 10-1 and facing Alabama in the SECCG. Then the shoe throw heard around the world. led to an eerie Edgar Alan Poe night with fog rolling into Ben Hill Griffin and some weird bounces of the ball in LSU’s favor and a Tiger upset. The next week Mullen’s team was no match for the Crimson Tide and that’s when the cookies started to crumble. The Gators have now posted three straight losing seasons with a humiliating 17-24 record, as well as being outscored in three bowl games 114 – 40. On the other hand, at least they GOT to a bowl. Now we are left to the guesswork of the transfer portal as Billy Napier goes into the third year of a reclamation project, needing not only to hold together his highly regarded 2024 DJ Lagway class, but to seek out good players in the portal and “re-recruit” the players on his squad. Yhe portal flurry will begin with full-fledged madness on Monday. Round one went to Napier when he got a re-commitment from quarterback Graham Mertz, one of the portal gems and his prized pick. This gives him the luxury of bringing Lagway along slowly. Now maybe he can focus on hauling in four or five offensive lineman who can help Napier and Rob Sale plug up the holes in that Swiss cheese offensive line. Somehow Napier needs to find some mojo magic to flip the script and break a five-game losing streak heading into that death sentence of a 2024 schedule. Maybe what they really need is an exorcism, with a good shoe-burning at mid-field, prevailing on Dunlap to hold the torch.
- "GatorBait Media: "If you ain't a Gator you must be GatorBait
Welcome to GatorBait Media At GatorBait Media, we are all about providing exclusive content and an unparalleled viewing experience for our beloved Florida Gator Fans. Our articles, featuring writers such as Buddy Martin and Franz Beard, are insightful and informative, and our daily news updates keep you up-to-date on all things Florida Gators. With a GatorBait account, you can enjoy custom photos, forums to interact with other fans, and even The Buddy Martin Show. Join the GatorBait community and never miss a beat. Click Below to get started or to create a free GatorBaitMedia.com account. Log in/Sign Up Franz Beard UF basketball: Gators snatched defeat from jaws of victory Kyle Curtis TRANSFER PORTAL: Caleb Douglas Plans to Enter the Transfer Portal Matthew Quartararo FLORIDA FOOTBALL: Max Brown Enters Transfer Portal Franz Beard High-scoring Gators face Wake Forest in SEC-ACC Challenge The Buddy Martin Show: Shane Matthews & Franz Beard Shane Mathews, Franz Beard with host Buddy Martin talk about the fallout from the recent firings in Gainesville. Tyrese Samuel Named SEC Player of the Week Florida Gators forward Tyrese Samuel was named the SEC Player of the Week after a pair of tremendous performances at the NIT Season Tip-Off. Post-Game Analysis: Florida Gators (5-7, 3-5) vs. FSU (12-0, 8-0) lorida goes cold in the second half to fall to Florida State in the BackUp Bowl. Subscribe to GatorBait Email Updates First Name Last Name Please Use Your Gatorbait Log in Email Address Subscribe To Email Updates Thanks for submitting! 2023 Gator Football Schedule | Weekly Depth Charts THE BUDDY MARTIN SHOW The Buddy Martin Show 2023 Play Video Play Video 01:11:51 Breaking: The latest Florida Gator Football update revealed Florida Gator Football News A flurry of activity already as faces change on Napier’s roster for 2024 and the Transfer Portal is heating up. Ali Peek Wilbur weighs in on the changes for another edition of Sweet & Sour with David Moulton. #floridagators #floridagatorsfootball #billynapier #gatorsfootball #trasnferportal #gatorsfootball #collegefootball Play Video Play Video 01:02:35 Florida Football: Who's In, Who's Out Florida Gators Football Podcast Play Video Play Video 01:11:28 Florida Gators Coaches Fired: Shocking fallout discussion with Shane Mathews and Franz Beard In this video, Shane Mathews and Franz Beard talk about the fallout from the firing of the Florida Gators coaches. The two discuss the circumstances leading up to the coaching changes, as well as the aftermath. This is a bombshell video! It's shocking to hear Shane Mathews and Franz Beard talk about the firing of the Florida Gators coaches. The two give a detailed account of the events that led up to the coaching changes, as well as the aftermath. This is sure to be a controversial video, so be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section! 2 Florida Gators Fired! Shane Mathews, Franz Beard talk about the fallout. Play Video Play Video 29:49 Defending the Spread Option: Unlocking Urban Meyer's Strategies Florida Gators Football Podcast: Urban Meyer on Best Fridays on Football Show with Buddy Martin and Brenden Martin. Meyer was asked if there ever was a time he thought it was ok to go for a touchdown at the end of the game instead of field goal similar to the situation Billy Napier and the Florida Gators were in last Saturday against the Missouri Tigers. Meyer also breaks down how to defend again the spread option and how it is an effect offensive stradgey to win a game if you are not the better team. We also check on the big rivalry games of week 14 cfb and who are his top 4 teams to be in the playoffs. Best Fridays in Football with Urban Meyer Week 13 will coming soon in its entity. Check out https://www.gatorbaitmedia.com to stay updated to the best Florida Gators Football information online this weekend against FSU. #BuddyMartinShow #FloridaGatorsFootball #FloridaGatorsFootballNewsToday #GatorsFootball #UrbanMeyer #FloridaGatorFootball #TheBestFridaysInFootball #floridagators #floridagatorsfootball #billynapier #urbanmeyer #gatorsfootball #collegefootball #gators Play Video Play Video 02:15 Urban Meyer's Shocking Answer: Touchdown or Field Goal to Win? Florida Gators Football Florida Gators Football Podcast: Urban Meyer on Best Fridays on Football Show with Buddy Martin and Brenden Martin. Meyer was asked if there ever was a time he thought it was ok to go for a touchdown at the end of the game instead of field goal similar to the situation Billy Napier and the Florida Gators were in last Saturday against the Missouri Tigers. Stayed tuned for the rest of the podcast today where we discuss: Meyer also breaks down how to defend again the spread option and how it is an effect offensive stradgey to win a game if you are not the better team. We also check on the big rivalry games of week 14 cfb and who are his top 4 teams to be in the playoffs. Best Fridays in Football with Urban Meyer Week 13 will coming soon in its entity. Check out https://www.gatorbaitmedia.com to stay updated to the best Florida Gators Football information online this weekend against FSU. #BuddyMartinShow #FloridaGatorsFootball #FloridaGatorsFootballNewsToday #GatorsFootball #UrbanMeyer #FloridaGatorFootball #TheBestFridaysInFootball #floridagators #floridagatorsfootball #billynapier #urbanmeyer #gatorsfootball # Play Video Play Video 56:48 Ignite Your Thanksgiving Spirit with Florida Gators Football Florida Gators Football Thanksgiving edition of the Buddy Martin Show! In this episode, we dive deep into the Florida Gators' preparation for their highly-anticipated Saturday game against the Florida State Seminoles. Special guests Alley Peak, Wilbur, and David Moulton bring their expert insights, making this a must-watch for all Gator fans. Buddy Martin, with his keen eye for detail and in-depth analysis, leads the discussion on strategy, player performances, and what to expect in the upcoming showdown. Don't miss out on the latest buzz around Gators football as we bring you exclusive content right from the heart of the action. Check out our website for more Gators content: https://www.gatorbaitmedia.com #FloridaGators #GatorsFootball #UFvsFSU #CollegeFootball #GatorsPodcast #ThanksgivingFootball #SECFootball Tune in for a unique blend of football talk and festive spirit, right here on the Buddy Martin Show!florida gators footballflorida gators football recruiting Play Video Play Video 01:14:06 Unveiling the Rivalry: Florida Gators vs FSU Football onight on Gator Bait Media, we gear up for a thrilling weekend as the Florida Gators face off against the Seminoles. The spotlight is on Max Brown – will he be the Gators' David with his slingshot in this critical showdown? We delve deep into his potential to lead the team in the absence of Graham Mertz. But that's not all! We're also counting down to the 'Wild Wild West' of the transfer portal, set to begin in just 13 days. How will this impact college football's landscape? Plus, we bring you exclusive insights on DJ Lagway's rise to a five-star recruit by On3 Recruiting and what this means for the Gators in 2024. Join us for an in-depth analysis, strategic discussions, and the latest buzz surrounding Florida football. It's a night of predictions, strategies, and the future of the Gators – a show you can't afford to miss Play Video Play Video 01:12:17 Shane Matthews & Chris Doering: Florida Gators vs FSU Preview Florida Gators Football Podcast: Join Buddy Martin and Brenden Martin in an engaging discussion about the Florida Gators upcoming clash with the Florida State Seminoles. Special guests Shane Matthews from Pod up with Matthews, Chris Doering from the SEC Network, and Franz Beard from GatorBaitMedia.com bring their expert analysis to the #GatorTalk Round Table. This week's focus: Can the Gators secure a victory against the Seminoles? Delve into QB1 Max Brown's capabilities, defensive strategies, and how the team can bounce back after their loss to the Missouri Tigers. For more Gator news and articles, visit https://www.gatorbaitemedia.com. Tune in for this insightful conversation! #floridagators #gators #collegefootball #gatornation #gogators Play Video Play Video 02:55 Get the latest on Graham Mertz's injury | Billy Napier's Q&A | FSU Billy Napier at Monday Press Conference post game Recap on #floridagatorsfootball vs Missouri Tigers game recap and look ahead to FSU game and what to expect in the #Swamp For more Florida Gator Football News | https://www.GatorBaitMedia.com #billynapier #floridagatorsfootball #floridagators #gatorsfootball #collegefootball #floridagators #floridagatorsfootball #billynapier #gators #urbanmeyer #collegefootball #gatorsfootball Load More
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