Tuesday Report

Florida center Mike Degory told Coach Ron Zook he'll remain a Gator and will not look into the NFL....

Although he has never led reporters to believe otherwise, Florida C Mike Degory has made Coach Ron Zook certain the sophomore will return for another season with the Gators.

Degory, perhaps the most likely of anyone on the roster to consider an early departure, told Zook he had no intentions of even looking into the possibility.

"Mike Degory is a guy that could," Zook said. "But he's told me on more than one occasion that he's staying. He told me there's no way he was leaving."

Zook also said at this point he doesn't expect to lose any of his staff after this season, as well.


Florida senior CB Keiwan Ratliff and senior TE Ben Troupe were named Associated Press All-Americans on Monday.

Ratliff, selected to the first team, is the 24th Gator to snag the honor in the program's history.

"Ben Troupe, a year ago, wasn't even a household name like he is now," Zook said. "And Keiwan didn't even play defense in the spring except for the spring game. They did the things they needed to do to become the players they are."


As the recruiting season heats up, Zook said his comfort level has allowed for a more confident, organized process.

"It's not easier, but the one thing that helps is that we're able to have a much better feel for who you're recruiting," Zook said. "When you first come in, you're scrambling to just keep your head above water."

Zook said it has also helped that the Gators have proven age isn't a factor when it comes to playing time at Florida.

"They know we're not afraid to play freshmen," Zook said.


While players were unavailable Tuesday because of finals, Zook said the team has remained energized through this point in bowl preperations....Jonathan Colon (back) remains questionable for the Outback Bowl.

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