Neil Blackmon

Neil Blackmon covers Florida football and the SEC for SaturdayDownSouth.com. An attorney and two-time graduate of the University of Florida, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America. He also coaches basketball. You can follow him on Twitter @nwblackmon.

Recent Comments
I picked Alabama to win the national championship. Don't know who the "You" that you're referring to is here.
Ridiculous. Was told he received more FWAA All-American votes than All-SEC votes.
I think it is less that and more "2 loss season plus routed by Clemson in national title game" the prior year. The bar is that high, which is something, but the bar is always high for dynasties.
Yeah I saw 23 at Bovada Sunday. Turned out to be an error, but the piece had been submitted. Thanks Tide!
Had this Alabama fan read the piece, he would have seen where it called Mac's story a "mirror image" of Trask.
Hey Kirby-- I only take two honorable mentions per school. Cleveland graded out higher nationally at guard than the other linemen did at their spots, so I went that direction. Very easily could have gone Ojulari, and probably will next week.
All fair points, leeland. Personally I dislike the word "moist." I find it gross. Yeats didn't like the word "circle. He wrote that it reminded him too much of emptiness, for whatever reason. He preferred "gyre", which really doesn't mean the same thing but he was Yeats so folks rolled with it. Vanderbilt is not surreal. Ole Miss is, or maybe just the fact Faulkner lived in a place that also housed folks like Ross Barnett is surreal. I'll ask Wright Thompson the next time I'm in town.
The use of "surreal" in the title was not my choice. You may not understand this, as you are but a leghumper, but authors tend to not decide on titles. We title articles, and then our editors do something called "edit" those articles, usually to make them more appealable to search engines. In the body of the piece, I use the word "surreal" twice. And of course while leeland may not like the author's use of the word, it fits perfectly here, as a senior night against LSU played in front of 20,000 socially distanced fans will certainly feel dreamlike and bizarre, which, at least per my old friend Webster, is how we define the word "surreal." Fun times here on ye olde comments board.
Trask is special. Jones is special. Both are special. You have to be to be one of the best 5 players in the best league in America.
They'd rather have Matt Corral not throw 6 picks against Arkansas.
Burrow said the closest game they played last year regardless of score was Florida. I'm not sure this team, which can't stop air defensively, is going to make you laugh and laugh and laugh. I just wonder how much Florida covers by.
Agreed Battered. Jimbo needs to develop perimeter WR talent again- for some reason that's been an issue dating back to the late FSU days. But wow is that roster exciting.
Excellent work by you leeland. I especially enjoyed where you used surreal even more than the 2 times I did in the piece to supposedly prove some point about how you don't like the word surreal.
Also to Ethan White's absence post-COVID.
You have to respect the self-confidence a UGA fan has to come on a Florida piece and comment about Florida losing in Atlanta though. "Hey, I know my team got smoked by both these teams but let me tell you about how to beat them..."
Scribe: Spurrier arrived at Florida at a dark time. No doubt. Just not as dark as when Mullen arrived. Spurrier has often said he was left with a loaded roster, even after Emmitt left. Mullen had... the 7th most talented roster in the SEC. While I don't share folks views on the 84 national title (Florida should claim it the way Alabama claims all of their titles), the reality is the 2010s was the worst decade for UF football since the 70s from a winning percentage standpoint. Mullen inherited a cultural tire fire and arrived at a time when Georgia was ascendant and the greatest coach in the history of the sport was still at Alabama. What he's doing is remarkable. And of course I never compared him to Spurrier.
Yep. There's a reason Mullen has long been considered the best head coach in the SEC other than Nick. He's just demanding excellence at an institution capable of winning more than 8-9 games a year now. Probably won't be enough this December vs. the Tide, but it's been a while since Florida had a very good head coach.
All correct. Henderson and Grimes definitely faster.
Corral has been in the top 10 at times this season. Throwing 6 interceptions against the best secondary he played is instructive
There are A LOT of OL in the honorable mention section.
I think it is Mac Jones. But you wonder if Najee swipes some votes fro him...
Analytics say I am not wrong and I've watched every Arkansas game. They are last in the Power 5 in pressures allowed on passing downs. "Shaky" was being nice.