Chomping at Bits: Florida may get some injured players back for the Outback Bowl

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Florida may get some injured players back for the bowl game: Jim McElwain said that there was a chance that Luke Del Rio and Alex Anzalone could be available to play in the Outback Bowl. He noted that he would be able to provide more injury updates once practices start in Tampa next week. ( Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun ; Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country )

Randy Shannon officially named interim defensive coordinator for Outback Bowl: The move was already heavily reported , but Jim McElwain officially announced it on Monday. As previously reported, Mark DeBastiani, a defensive quality control assistant, will coach linebackers for the bowl. McElwain also noted that Shannon is “absolutely” a candidate for the full-time DC job. ( Scott Carter, Florida Gators ; Robbie Andreu , Gainesville Sun ; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel ) “We’re not going to make any full-time decisions on that until after the bowl game. There is no timeframe.” — Mac on staffing — Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) December 19, 2016 Jim McElwain’s Monday press conference link:

Mike White praises Gators’ road perseverance: Florida finally will play at home tomorrow after 11 games on the road. ( Chris Harry, Florida Gators ) Happy holidays, #Gators ! The guys & I are looking forward to coming home on Wednesday. See you there! pic.twitter.com/weQhvAuMbG — Michael White (@MikeWhiteUF) December 19, 2016 Jim McElwain doesn’t expect any Gators to sit out bowl game: LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey have both ended their college careers in order to focus on the NFL Draft and won’t play in their bowl games. ( Nick de la Torre, Gator Country )

Three Gators named to preseason baseball All-American team: Alex Faedo was named to the first team, JJ Schwarz was named to the second team, and Dalton Guthrie was named to the third team. ( Daniel Apple, Florida Gators )

Profile of Florida OL commit Kadeem Telfort: Telfort discusses his official visit to UF and pursuit from other schools. ( Ryan Young, SEC Country )

Gators in the NFL – Week 15: Deonte Thompson had his first 100-yard game on Sunday, and also returned four kickoffs for 87 yards. ( Kelsey Bibik, Florida Gators )

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