Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) reacts to making a three-pointer during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Bait & Bits: Chandler Parsons, Manning Passing Academy, and More Watch Lists

Welcome to Bait & Bits, a series on Hail Florida Hail that will feature one “bait” about an opposing school and some bits about the Florida Gators. Have any links that you want on Bait & Bits? Tweet it at us @HailFloridaHail or @BrettKaplan13 or email it to us at [email protected].


Georgia WR Chris ConleyI’m not the biggest fan of Georgia and I really hope we beat the snot out of them this fall. It’s been three years since that happened after dominating them since 1990. But you have to respect a player who makes a 26 minute film about Star Wars. Bulldogs WR Chris Conley did just that. Hopefully, he won’t have as much fun this fall when the Gators and Dawgs square off. Check out the video here:


More Gators on Preseason Awards Watch Lists. Vernon Hargreaves and Dante Fowler are both on the Bednarik watch list, now they join each other on the Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronco Nagurski Trophy honors college football’s top defensive player. Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries was also named to the Outland Trophy Watch List, which honors the nation’s best interior lineman. (GatorZone)

Jeff Driskel a Counselor at Manning Passing Academy. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel will once again be a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy starting Thursday. He’s one of 40 college QBs invited to take part. New offensive coordinator Kurt Roper will likely come up, seeing as he helped mentor both Eli Manning and Peyton Manning. (Scott Carter, GatorZone)

New OL Coach Mike Summers Draws Praise. New offensive line coach Mike Summers has been around college football for a long time now, about 34 years. He’s had a lot of success and many of his former pupils praise his coaching efforts. (Zach Abolverdi, GatorSports)

QB Recruit Sheriron Jones Draws Praise at Elite 11. Gators quarterback commit Sheriron Jones put on a show on the opening day of the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp. He showed great timing, poise, and footwork. Jones is the No. 7 rated dual-threat QB of the 2015 recruiting class. (Patrick Schmidt, FanSided)

Florida Target Byron Cowart Dominating at The Opening. Defensive end Byron Cowart just might be the top-rated player of the 2015 recruiting class when all is said and done. He’s big, physical, and dominating, even against top competition at The Opening. The good news for Florida? Cowart, from Armwood High School in Seffner, FL, might be leaning toward staying close to home and attending UF. (Patrick Schmidt, FanSided)

Chandler Parsons Signs Offer Sheet with Dallas Mavericks. Houston Rockets and former Gators power forward Chandler Parsons is about to become a very rich man. Parsons signed an offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks for three years and $45 million. The Rockets have three days to match the offer or Parsons is officially a Mav. (Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News)

Cox Cable to Carry SEC Network from Inception. Those of you in Gainesville and wherever Cox Cable is the primary source of television got some good news. Cox will carry the SEC Network starting August 14th, the first day the new network will air. (GatorZone)

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Tags: Bronco Nagurski Trophy Byron Cowart Chandler Parsons Chris Conley Dante Fowler DJ Humphries Elite 11 Florida Gators Jeff Driskel Kurt Roper Manning Passing Academy Mike Summers Outland Trophy SEC Network Sheriron Jones The Opening Vernon Hargreaves

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