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Podcast: Recapping the Florida Gators 31-29 lost to Alabama
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators 31-29 lost to Alabama on Saturday afternoon.
Andrew Spivey and David Soderquist breakdown how the Gators looked on offense behind Emory Jones and how the Gators ran the ball at will on Saturday.
Andrew and David also breakdown the defense and the keys to the game and what Florida must improve on going forward.
Podcast: Previewing Florida vs. Alabama in the Swamp
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we preview the Florida Gators big game against number 1 ranked Alabama on Saturday in the Swamp.
Andrew Spivey and David Soderquist breakdown the keys for the Gators to pull off the upset on Saturday on both offense and defense.
Andrew and David also give you three players to watch for the Gators on Saturday, plus we pick the game.
Podcast: Recapping the Florida Gators 42-20 win over USF
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators 42-20 win over USF on Saturday in Tampa.
Andrew Spivey and David Soderquist breakdown the Gators win on Saturday and how the offense looked with both Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson.
Andrew and David also bring you the latest injury news surrounding the Gators as they prepare for Alabama on Saturday.
Podcast: Recapping the Florida Gators win over FAU
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators 35-14 win over FAU on Saturday night.
Andrew Spivey and David Soderquist breakdown on the Gators looked on offense on Saturday and who stood out to them.
Andrew and David also breakdown how the Gators defense improved on Saturday as they now look ahead to Saturday’s game against USF.
David: What’s up, folks of Gator Country? This is none other than your boy David Soderquist, along with Andrew Spivey. Andrew, we had quite a week of college football wrapped up in the books. Lot of teams struggled coming out of the first game of the season, and a lot of teams who actually looked impressive in Week 1 as well.
The first and foremost, we have to break down our takeaways from Gainesville, FL. The Florida Gators defeated the fighting Willy Taggarts here, 35-14. Now, Andrew, I know we talked a little bit last night on the phone about the game. I got to watch some of the highlights and go over the stat lines, but taking away what you did from the naked eye, what did you, first off, think about the crowd, because the crowd was pretty packed. The student section was sold out over there. I looked over there. It was completely sold out. Secondly, what was your overall basic takeaways, first off, just from the offense as a whole?
Andrew: First off, how have we missed the crowd? Again, you take it for granted. In our lifetime, have we ever not seen, obviously, Florida’s had 70,000 for some games, 80,000 for some games, but we just take for granted what it is. You even saw it. FAU had some trouble at different times in the game getting calls in. Took a couple timeouts because of the crowd noise. Really crowd noise all around the country. Florida State, for instance, that was an electric crowd. I will say this. Good for them with Bobby Bowden being honored. Good for them. Good for them to sell it out and honor Bobby in that way. That’s coming from a guy who’s not a Florida State guy. I don’t care anything about them. Can’t stand them. If they lose every game for the next 50 years, I’ll be perfectly fine. It was good to see the atmosphere. It’s good to see the atmosphere in general.
Offensively, there was some struggles, but you put up 553 yards. It’s tough for me to say the offense struggled. To put it in perspective, and not to toot my own horn, not to toot the podcast’s own horn, but we said it. We said it last week. This team’s going to be 60-40, 70-30, run to pass. It is what it is. If you’re expecting anything else from this offense, you’re going to get disappointed all year. You might as well turn the TV off and cut off all your Florida Gator football stuff, because it’s just not. Maybe next year, but not this year with Emory Jones. I’m not saying that to get on the Emory Jones train. We’ll back that up in a little bit. We’ll talk about the Emory/Anthony Richardson battle a little bit.
When you look at the stats, 400 yards rushing and 153 yards passing. 153 yards passing is bad, really bad, but, again, when you put it in perspective that this team was going to be more of a run first offense, they had 400 yards of rushing. Most since the Cocktail Party in 2014 when Willy Muschamp decided he wasn’t going to bring any air for the football and throw it. It’s tough for me to say that the offense struggled. I said it on the podcast on Friday, I wanted to see the offensive line just get up and mash.
David: They did.
Andrew: For the most part of the game, they mashed.
David: Yeah. You said 400 yards total rushing, which actually leads the nation for Week 1. #1 in rushing. 400 yards. A big part of that, and a lot of people were talking about it, and I was too. I was right there, right beside the tunnel. I got a bunch of good videos. It was a great atmosphere around there.
My buddy Joe that was with me there,
Podcast: Previewing the Florida Gators opener against FAU
GatorCountry brings you our Friday prediction podcast for the Florida Gators’ season opener against FAU at home on Saturday night.
Andrew Spivey and David Soderquist breakdown the keys for both teams as we look at the ways the Gators have the advantage in this game against the Owls.
Andrew and David also give you three players to watch for the Gators on Saturday, plus we predict several games around the country.
David: What’s up folks of Gator Country? This is your boy, David Soderquist, along with Andrew Spivey. Andrew, man, gearing up for FAU, the first game of the season. I’m pretty pumped and pretty excited. I’m excited to get down there, mainly to tailgate and to watch the game. I’ll be sitting down there where the Gators come out and taking a few videos. I’m pretty excited. I’ve never had seats there, so I’m ready to get down there.
Andrew: Dan Mullen said something on Wednesday. I knew it, but it didn’t really resonate with me that you really haven’t had a full crowd since the Orange Bowl.
Andrew: That’s over 600 days. Is the crowd going to be rocking and sold out for FAU? Absolutely not, but I think it’s going to be a good crowd on Saturday night in the Swamp. Dan Mullen said, “You can’t simulate that.” There’s no crowd noise you can pump into the stadium. I’m excited. I’m excited for football in general. You have Tennessee-Bowling Green on Thursday, and then you obviously have Miami and Alabama before the Florida game on Saturday. While Florida’s playing, you have Georgia-Clemson, and then you have Notre Dame that’s going to put the beatdown on FSU on Sunday night. That’s a little primetime football. Welcome to TV, FSU.
David: Welcome to mainstream TV. It hasn’t hit you in a while, has it?
Andrew: Yeah. Will we see the teacher with his book is the question?
David: I don’t know. He’ll probably slap them around a little bit with it.
Andrew: There’s a lot of good stuff. People always say, do you really want a tune up game, or do you want a top 10, top 25 matchup to start the year? There’s arguments both ways. There really is. For me personally, I love to see those top 25 matchups to start the year. Even Florida-Miami Week 0 two years ago I thought was good. Florida-Michigan a few years back when it was in AT&T stadium. I like it. I think it’s good for football. Nobody wants to watch Florida-FAU 50 times around the country.
David: When you’re starting the football season, you obviously want to have good games lined up on the slate. That’s usually what they try to do every year is get two or three of those good games in there. What I love about the first game of the season, and I mentioned it last week, you get games on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s Labor Day Weekend too, so you get an extra day off to watch all those games too.
Andrew: We’re taping this on Wednesday, and my man, Bill Clark, up at UAB going to kick off here in a little bit. That’ll be a good one. It wouldn’t be game week though if you didn’t have the depth chart that comes out.
David: The depth chart. The dreaded depth chart that everybody loves to hate, and some of the smarter people out there just already know what’s going to happen. It’s like when Steve Spurrier talked about how sometimes he would look at practice, and he’d be like, I’ll just pencil him in here. I’ll just pencil him in there. That’s kind of really what Dan Mullen does, right? He kind of just pencils somebody in there, and then tomorrow it could be somebody else. You might even see Demarkcus Bowman out there this week. You may not. He may release another depth chart before t
Podcast: Predictions for the 2021 football season for the Florida Gators
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we give you our predictions for the 2021 football season for the Florida Gators.
Andrew Spivey and David Soderquist give you a game by game prediction for the football season for the Florida Gators.
Andrew and David look at the tough match-ups for the Gators and give you the games to watch for the Gators this coming season.
David:What’s up, folks at Gator Country? This is your boy, David Soderquist, here along with Andrew Spivey. Gearing up for Week 1 of real actual college football this time in the SEC. A huge slate of games comes to you this Saturday, as Florida gears up to face the fighting Willy Taggarts of FAU in the Swamp. Today we’ll be doing a little season preview here for you folks before we officially are in game week, where we will preview FAU on next week’s episode. We might get a little bit into it today. Andrew, before we start this season preview, there’s some injury news on the cusp of Week 1. Would you like to go ahead and just give us the 411 real quick on that?
Andrew:Kamar Wilcoxson looks like he’ll miss a good amount of time. Down with a meniscus tear. Probably the second biggest injury, the second most significant injury of the fall with Kamar going down and Jaydon Hill going down before with a torn ACL. Two big injuries out of fall camp. We’ll see how long it keeps Kamar out. Some are saying six weeks. Some are saying eight weeks. I don’t want to say it was a successful fall that only two guys got hurt, because that’s downgrading those two guys, but a successful fall in that you didn’t have a lot of injuries, and that’s a good thing. That’s what you want out of all camp. It was good.
There’s several small injuries. Jaydon Hill’s dealing with the famous high ankle sprain. We know how that is. That could be two weeks, six weeks, twelve weeks, two years. Then Daquan Newkirk, some are saying it’s a growing injury. Some are saying it’s a little bit of a hamstring injury. Both of those guys are probably questionable for the FAU game, at best. It’s FAU.
David:Right. I was telling fans on Twitter. It’s like, don’t worry. We’re against FAU, Willy Taggart, and a quarterback that’s throwing for 52% for his career. I think if Florida struggles in that game I’m going to be really optimistic about what the rest of the year is going to look like, if that happens. It’s nothing to worry about really, especially this early in the season. I would say if Daquan Newkirk’s injury isn’t as extensive as reported I would say you rest him and get him ready for Week 3 against Alabama. I just don’t think it’s time to start worrying all of a sudden. Hopefully Kamar Wilcoxson will be good by that LSU game.
Andrew:With Newkirk, you worry about him, because of his injuries in the past. That was always the thing at Auburn was he was always had a nagging injury that bothered him. If he’s not fully healthy, don’t risk in Game 1, potentially have something tear or something else, and then you’re looking at three, four, five, six weeks down the road. You don’t want that to happen. You need Daquan Newkirk against Alabama in the Swamp.
David:Right. You think we see big meat Game 1 then, Desmond Watson.
Andrew:I think so. I think so. That new three game rule for the redshirts helps Desmond. The way I look at it is this. Des has Game 1 and Game 2 to show everybody in the world that even though he’s 30, 40 pounds over what Dan Mullen wants him to be, he can still be effective in a game.
Andrew:If Des goes out there and wreaks havoc in Game 1 and Game 2, the redshirt rule won’t matter to Des. If Des goes out there and looks slow in Game 1 and Game 2, rule will matter for Des, and he’ll be on a redshirt rule losing weight the next six, seven, eight weeks.
David:From all the videos I have seen of Desmond Watson, he does move really quick for his size.
3 Tips to raise your game
I enjoy your pod but was noticing a few things that could sharpen it even more.
1. Pacing—your pace of speech is rather relaxed or we could say slow and stilted. It is not like the Gator offense of 2020, but more like Muschamp Offensive pace. Improve your pace and you improve the show.
2. Eliminate gaps—like a good defense you need to close the gap. It seems several times a show Nick is slow to respond to a question. A gap of 2-4 seconds is there. You need to clean that up to be an upper tier pod.
3. Preparation is key—Mullen would say preparing for each game is what sets you up for success. But you guys routinely have to ask “what is the spread?” Or “who do ‘they’ play next week”, etc?
Lay out what you need to know. Have the screens open or print out games of the week with spreads and/or the schedule with results. It keeps you from looking unprepared like the Gator D on the first play vs GA this year.
4. Intro Song—You opening is warm and friendly, but sounds less than professional. A cool opening song or Gator fight song would energy and professionalism. Of course, you could argue intros don’t effect the game & it is likely true. But they add a level of quality. Likewise your intro will not improve your content but will up your overall quality.
Just some ideas. Keep up the good work. Go Gators! — Blue Gator
No episodes since june 4th??
Hey guys miss your podcasts, but in Apple podcasts and Spotify, there are not new episodes since june 4th.
Come on guys...
Let me first say this. I am a member of the Gator Country forum online, and I love it. I appreciate all the work Spivey puts into actually following the team. He is consistently great in that area.
But man, you guys gotta work on your audio quality. It’s pretty clear that you are just using your phones and pulling the audio off of the Skype call, and it’s pretty rough. It’s been this way for years, and we’ve been saying this for years now. The thing is, this is a cheap and easy fix. The content used to be worth the listen regardless, but with Nick gone, I don’t believe you have found a good replacement yet, and the chemistry and knowledge just isn’t there like it used to be. Probably won’t listen much going forward. There are several other Gators podcasts that have worked on this stuff, while this one has remained static.