Chomping at the Bit is Joseph Morgan's weekly take on Florida Gators football. This series will consist of reactions to the current season, as well as any other Gator news.
Current Record: 0-0
Current Ranking: #3
Next Game: Sept. 4, Miami (OH)
Chris Rainey: "We got rid of the prima donnas."
On the first day of preseason camp, Chris Rainey made headlines when he said this about last year's team:
"I guess we got rid of the prima donnas—all the selfish cats. That's probably it right there. Guys who were worried about themselves or worried about trying to get to the NFL."
Rainey also expressed frustration regarding the Gators' poor performance against Alabama in last season's 32-13 loss in the SEC Championship Game.
"I can't stop thinking about it. I think about it every day. We got embarrassed. We looked like a high school team out there. And every time they show the video, it's like, 'Dang, was that us for real?'"
Rainey's comments are very encouraging because he is becoming a vocal leader on a team in need of just that, especially after losing Tim Tebow, Brandon Spikes, Joe Haden, and others.
Hopefully, Rainey's feelings will translate into on-field success for the senior running back and his teammates as a talented Florida team faces the challenge of playing up to their No. 3 preseason ranking.
Will Hill, Janoris Jenkins named to Jim Thorpe Award Watch List; Ahmad Black snubbed
Will Hill and Janoris Jenkins were both named to the preseason watch list for the 2010 Jim Thorpe Award and for good reason.
Hill recorded 33 tackles (23 solo) and 1.5 sacks for Florida last season and Jenkins played great as the cornerback opposite Joe Haden, racking up 29 tackles (24 solo) and two interceptions.
However, another deserving Gator and a legitimate contender to win the Jim Thorpe Award, Ahmad Black, was left off the watch list.
Black was snubbed despite recording 57 tackles (28 solo) last season and intercepting eight passes over the last two seasons for Florida.
A different kind of halo for Tim Tebow
Former Florida Gator and current Denver Bronco Tim Tebow was a victim of some creative, yet unfortunate hazing by his teammates last week.
The Broncos players hazed the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by shaving Tebow's head in a monk-style haircut.
If you want to see for yourself (Most of you have probably already seen it), follow this link: http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/friar-tebow-denver-rookie-qb-gets-haircut-hazing-28800
The beauty of Tebow's haircut is that not only will a helmet cover his hideous head, but should he be assigned to clipboard-holding duties, a nice Broncos visor should cover his remaining hair and he'll simply look bald.
Note to Dez Bryant: You might want to start carrying Roy Williams' pads before he catches you off-guard with a razor.
Gators predicted to win SEC East at SEC Media Days
Yes, it's old news that the SEC media picked the Gators to advance to a third consecutive SEC Championship Game, but it's still relevant until the conference schedule starts, so here goes.
Florida is certainly talented enough to win the SEC East, especially with a loaded secondary and an offense loaded with playmakers.
However, the Gators' chances of getting to Atlanta will hinge on how effective John Brantley will be in replacing Tim Tebow at quarterback.
Brantley's high school numbers are an indicator that he'll do very well, and it helps that he'll have speedsters like Jeffrey Demps, Chris Rainey, and Deonte Thompson to feed the ball to.
As for the competition, South Carolina will be a legitimate contender for the SEC East crown and Mark Richt and Georgia could make the race interesting, especially if redshirt freshman Aaron Murray has a breakout year for the 'Dawgs.
The way I see it, the SEC East could very well be decided by the outcome of the Gamecocks' visit "the Swamp" November 13.