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Tuesday July 30, 2013 A Gators get-ready video, Muschamp, Easley, Floyd, Gillislee and more tidbits

Updated: 1:52pm, July 30

This video should get you ready for some football -- Gators football.

There is something about this time of year in Gainesville when you just feel it.

You instinctively know it’s almost that time of year.

The stores in the mall have the latest orange-and-blue fashion statements on display. University Avenue, after its normal summer break from constant foot and scooter traffic, starts to get more crowded by the day as students begin flowing back into town. And the August heat that can be unbearable has already stopped in for its stay.

Add ‘em all up, and you know what I’m talking about. Football season is near.

In fact, the Gators’ season opener against Toledo is only 32 days away.

The Gators report for camp later this week and hold their first practice Friday.

After a few days away to get ready for the season, glad to be back in a town that oozes football fever this time of year.

Also glad that it’s that time of year when more attention will be paid to college football games than which parties college football players were told to leave over the weekend.

Having said that, here are some recent links you may have missed that discuss Gators football:

--Gators to have four open practices during camp writes’s Antonya English.

--A look at how’s college football staff projects each conference and how the Gators stack up in the SEC East. blogger Chris Low writes about next step for Gators under third-year coach Will Muschamp.

--Muschamp recently received a raise via

--Former Gators defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd might see some time on special teams as a rookie for Minnesota writes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer-Press.

--Former Gators running back Mike Gillislee, a rookie with Miami, had a good scrimmage Monday night according to this story from the Palm Beach Post.

--Florida removed former tight end Aaron Hernandez’s brick outside The Swamp writes Brett McMurphy of

--In another story that is not about football but that could impact the Gators early in the season, linebacker Antonio Morrison had recent charges dropped for an off-the-field incident writes David Jones of Florida Today.

--Gators senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley is ready for a fantastic finale writes UF beat writer Michael DiRocco.

--Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel recently sat down with the Orlando Sentinel and told his hometown paper he embraces greater expectations writes Sentinel reporter Edgar Thompson.

--Gators senior offensive lineman Jon Halapio knows how to finish blocks writes writer Chase Goodbread.

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