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Video: What to expect from Florida in 2012

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Edward Aschoff and Michael DiRocco discuss Florida’s appearance on Day 2 of SEC media days.

Video: Slive on the future of the SEC

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SEC commissioner Mike Slive talks about the new academic standards set in college football as well as what the future holds for the playoff and champions bowl.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Gillislee has never started a game, rushed for 100 yards in a game, or carried the ball more than 59 times in a season.

But the senior running back is convinced he’s about to turn in one of the greatest seasons by a running back in Florida football history. Gillislee’s goal is 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns, the latter of which would break a record held by Tim Tebow (23 rushing TDs).

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Kim Klement/US PresswireFlorida running back Mike Gillislee is looking to make his senior year one to remember.
"I’ve got to make something happen for Florida to remember me," Gillislee said Wednesday at the Southeastern Conference’s annual media days.

That would certainly be a memorable season because only one other player in school history would have run for more yards in a single season: Emmitt Smith (1,599 yards in 1989). It also would make Gillislee just the eighth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season -- and the first since Ciatrick Fason did it in 2004.

"I’m all for it," UF coach Will Muschamp said. "I love his confidence."

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HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp is able to do something that a lot of college football coaches can't -- laugh at himself.

Muschamp did a lot of that when he saw the video that College Station, Texas, mayor Nancy Berry did in response to a comment Muschamp made about playing at Texas A&M. In fact, he loved the video (see below), in which he was photoshopped into various places around College Station.

"I thought it was really funny," Muschamp said Wednesday during the SEC's annual media days. "I thought it was great. It’s good that nobody’s so sensitive. Mayor Berry has a great sense of humor."

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Video: Florida coach Will Muschamp

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Florida coach Will Muschamp knows he has one of the strongest defenses in the league, but must rely on his offense to carry the load this year.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp maintains his belief that buck linebacker Ronald Powell will get on the field in 2012 despite suffering a torn ACL during the Gators’ spring game.

"He’ll play for us this year," Muschamp said Wednesday at SEC Media Days. "When that will be, I don’t know yet. There’s nobody that’s worked harder or handled the situation better or more mature than Ronald has."

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Kim Klement/US PresswireFlorida DE/LB Ronald Powell tore his ACL after a standout spring.
Muschamp said Powell, who had surgery on April 23, has been cleared for weight-room activities.

"He’s squatting, doing everything," Muschamp said. "(He has) been cleared for straight-ahead running."

Other injury updates:

Cornerback Jeremy Brown just can’t seem to catch a break. The redshirt junior, who has missed three seasons because of back and shoulder injuries, underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured wrist. Muschamp said Brown, who started 10 games in 2011, should be cleared for full contact by Sept. 1.

Receiver Stephen Alli is still recovering from spring surgery to repair a stress fracture in his leg. Muschamp said Alli should be cleared by the middle of August.

Freshman safety Marcus Maye is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Muschamp said Maye should be cleared by the first part of camp.

Muschamp: Keep game in Jacksonville

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HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp made it clear Wednesday that he's a fan of keeping the annual Florida-Georgia clash in Jacksonville every year.

And in doing so, he lobbed a subtle zinger in the direction of Georgia coach Mark Richt.

"It's a great tradition. Leave the game in Jacksonville. ... Coach [Vince] Dooley never complained about it being there," said Muschamp.

Richt has lobbied in the past, although not as much recently, to have the game rotate between the two campus sites or at least moved to Atlanta and played in the Georgia Dome on occasion.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida tight end A.C. Leonard caught only eight passes for 99 yards last season, so on the surface, his decision to transfer doesn't seem as if it would have much of an impact on the Gators in 2012.

But losing Leonard will hurt.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound sophomore was Florida's most talented tight end. He's got good hands and runs with the ball well after the catch. An early-season injury hurt his development, but he came on toward the end of the season, making all receptions in the final five games.

Redshirt junior Jordan Reed is the only tight end remaining on the roster who has caught a pass in college. He has 34 career catches for 386 yards and three touchdowns, but has been exclusively a tight end for only one season. He began his career at UF as a quarterback and he is still adapting to the position switch.

The other tight ends on the roster are redshirt freshman Clay Burton, sophomore Tevin Westbrook, and freshmen Kent Taylor and Colin Thompson. Westbrook was moved to tight end after spring practice. Taylor is more of a flex tight end and could be used at receiver if the Gators struggle there. Thompson is more of a blocking tight end.

Video: Florida DE Lerentee McCray

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Edward Aschoff talks with Florida defensive end Lerentee McCray at Day 2 of SEC media days.

Welcome to SEC media days, Day 2

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HOOVER, Ala. -- As we look ahead to Day 2 of the SEC media days, it's worth noting that we're officially in the new world of the 14-team SEC.

Missouri and Texas A&M made appearances on Day 1, and it's obvious that both teams are dead set on making a big splash in 2012.

On Wednesday, the festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. ET, and six teams are on the docket -- Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn and LSU.

A few of the things to watch Wednesday:
  • Florida coach Will Muschamp makes his second appearance at the SEC media days, and one of the first questions he's certain to field is who will be his quarterback this fall. Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel have been battling it out since the spring.
  • Arkansas running back Knile Davis is back for a second year in a row, although he missed all of last season with a fractured ankle. He's a prime candidate for comeback player of the year honors in the SEC.
  • Several of the league's top quarterbacks aren't attending the SEC media days, including Alabama's AJ McCarron, Georgia's Aaron Murray and Missouri's James Franklin. Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, coming off an impressive showing at the Manning Passing Academy, will be on hand Wednesday.
  • Closing out the day on the podium will be LSU's Les Miles, who's been known to send a few reporters scurrying for their dictionaries ... or wondering what in the heck he just said.

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