Florida Gators Bait & Bits: Vandy on 4th QB, Gator Basketball Exhibition, WR making Big Blocks

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‘Dores going with redshirt frosh QB: The Commodores (3-6) will be giving redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary the start on Saturday. He replaces Patton Robinette, the former starter who missed the past two games due to a concussion. Robinette is healthy, but after McCrary threw 5 touchdown passes in Vandy’s win against Old Dominion last week, first-year head coach Derek Mason is giving him the offense. Vanderbilt has had a musical chairs operation at QB, with McCrary being their fourth starter this season. (Daily News Journal)

Bits

Hard court tuneup: After a closed scrimmage with Virginia Commonwealth University last weekend, the Florida Gator Basketball team will look to continue building cohesion and its game plan when it hosts Division II Barry University tonight at the O’Connell Center. (GatorZone)

Gators highly motivated for Vandy: Coming off of the upset of No.9 Georgia, the Gator’s know the SEC East is still a possibility. But not if they suffer another upset at the hands of Vanderbilt, as they did last year. Head coach Will Muschamp says his team knows it needs to “take care of our business.” (GatorZone)

The hero with zero: With only six pass attempts against Georgia, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson ended the game with a zero on the stat line. But for the Gator running backs, he was a hero, making big blocks down the field to spring runners for extra yardage. (GatorZone)

Gators will run a ton, but throw more: After just six pass attempts against Georgia on Saturday,  Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said that the Gators would throw it more in upcoming games.  However, center Max Garcia said that the game plan would be to run first, and throw when needed. (Adam Silverstein, Only Gators)

Competition in Gator backfield forms bond: Gator running backs Kelvin Taylor and Matt Jones both can’t be on the field at the same time, so they are in essence competing for playing time and against each other. But don’t tell them that, as the two backs have formed a bond and believe they work well together. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

13 straight for Gator volleyball: The Gators remain undefeated in SEC play after being Tennessee in straight sets on Sunday, boosting their record to 18-3, 12-0 in conference.  The performance earned the Gators their thirteenth straight win and an SEC defensive player of the week award for senior libero Holly Pole. (GatorZone)