The last time UF brought a new football and men’s basketball coach in the same year, neither lived up to expectations. As the Fall semester looms, Gator nation finds itself at a similar watershed.
Carson Cashion is a third-year sports journalism major at UF, and the sports editor at The Alligator for the 2022 summer semester. A native of Altamonte Springs, Carson spends his free time walking his dog, Baxter, and listening to good music. He is an avid Tennessee sports fan, and eagerly awaits watching one of his teams win a championship for the first time.
Gator nation rode high after a 3-1 start to the 2021 season, as Florida only fell to then-No. 1 Alabama in the opening month. The hot start was a distant memory after UF lost five of its last seven games to finish the season.
Billy Napier entered the week with plenty of questions surrounding Florida’s prowess on the recruiting trail. Concerns reached a fever pitch when coveted quarterback prospect Jaden Rashada opted to commit to Miami over UF.
While the impressive, 140,000-square-foot Southwest Recreation Center boasts rows of treadmills, an upstairs track and even its own smoothie bar, the true heart of Florida fitness lies nestled inside campus. It overlooks the Florida Pool and resides in the shadow of the Swamp.
Before the dentist could even pass an insurance claim, Langford was back on the field cracking homer No. 26.
After a lengthy rain delay, redshirt freshman Ryan Slater allowed four runs in the eighth inning to the Sooners, a back-breaking frame that the Gators failed to recover from, losing 5-4 in a game that came down to the final at-bat.