- Gators leading tackler, LB Antonio Morrison, returning for senior season...Florida may have a new coaching staff in 2015, but its defense will look relatively the same next season as a second junior starter -- in as many days -- announced that he will be returning for his senior season. Linebacker Antonio Morrison, the Gators' leading tackler each of the last two seasons and the first Florida player to eclipse 100 tackles in a single season since 2010, announced Tuesday via the school that he plans to remain in college. "I'm returning to Florida and I will be getting my degree in 2015. That plays a big role in why I'm returning," Morrison said in a statement. "And as a leader of this team, I want to lead my team to Atlanta and possibly a national championship. Coach [Jim] McElwain has put together a great staff and I'm looking forward to working with them this year."
McElwain hired veteran Randy Shannon from Arkansas to coach UF's linebackers; Shannon will also serve as associate head coach and co-coordinator. Outgoing Florida (and reportedly, future Michigan) defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin served as the Gators' linebackers coach for the last five seasons. Morrison appeared to seriously injure his knee during the Birmingham Bowl; he was carted off the field and ruled out for the remainder of the game. The Gators have not yet provided an update on his health. He joins defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard in returning to Florida. Bullard, a five-star prospect and hybrid lineman who came on in a major way during the second half of the 2014 season, is the most experienced player on either side of the ball coming back to play for the Gators next season. - Adam Silverstein, CBSSports.com