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10/20/2016 07:16 PM
Gators' defense lineman Caleb Brantley makes an impact, strives to do more

GAINESVILLE — There was something bothering Caleb Brantley.

As he bounded out of the team's locker room minutes after Florida defeated Vanderbilt on Oct. 1, there was no hiding the displeasure he had for his stats: one solo tackle, no sacks, no tackles for loss.

Before the season began, there was...

10/16/2016 05:39 PM
UF QB Luke Del Rio looks to shake off miscues against Missouri

GAINESVILLE — UF coach Jim McElwain was at a loss for answers about quarterback Luke Del Rio's disappointing day.

Was it rust of a four-week layoff, a sore knee, wet and windy conditions or something else that turned Del Rio's highly anticipated return into a dud Saturday against Missouri?


10/15/2016 08:05 PM
Defense sparks Florida in rout of Missouri

UF juniors Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson are teammates, bookend cornerbacks and close friends, but at the same the fiercest of competitors. 

Wilson was not about to let Tabor steal the show during Saturday’s 40-14 homecoming win against Missouri in the Swamp.

A 39-yard pick-six by Tabor broke open...

10/15/2016 11:18 PM
UF linebacker Jarrad Davis' injury a costly blow for Gators

GAINESVILLE — Florida’s linebacking corps was already razor thin.

On Saturday, it was dealt a piercing blow.

After Jarrad Davis plunged head first into Missouri running back Damarea Crockett, combining with teammate Alex Anzalone for the tackle, Davis didn’t get up.

Trainers rushed out to the field...

10/15/2016 06:38 PM
Blog rewind: Florida 40, Missouri 14 - Final
The Gators return after an unplanned week off to host SEC East rival Tigers. Don't see the live feed? Click here.

10/14/2016 11:57 AM
Gators host Missouri looking to avenge 2014 homecoming debacle

GAINESVILLE — Oct. 18, 2014, was a good day for Jim McElwain and his coaching future.

Colorado State's 16-13 decision against Utah State was the breakthrough win the Rams needed during McElwain's third season in Fort Collins.

Meanwhile, two time zones away in Gainesville, the Gators' 42-13 homecoming...

10/12/2016 06:16 PM
UF QB Luke Del Rio returns looking to ignite struggling Gators offense

GAINESVILLE — UF center Cam Dillard said the Gators' offense is close — a mental lapse, a missed blocked or an unforced error from consistently reaching the end zone.

"We just need to focus more," he said. "More focus on attention to detail, on your assignment and things like that — because everything's...

10/11/2016 06:20 PM
UF CB Jalen Tabor said Gators didn't dodge LSU

Jalen Tabor and the Florida Gators believe they are one terrible half of football from being among the nation’s top teams.

UF’s loquacious cornerback also admits the outside perception of the program surely is not so flattering.

“Oh no, they don’t think like that,” he said.

Since being overrun...

10/10/2016 10:46 AM
UF coach Jim McElwain said criticism following LSU cancellation 'shocks me'

UF coach Jim McElwain said the Gators wanted to play LSU and any implication otherwise "shocks me."

Much of the blow-back following last Thursday's decision to cancel Saturday's game due to Hurricane Matthew focused on the Gators' role in postponing the game.

LSU athletics director Joe Alleva fanned...

10/08/2016 04:01 PM
SEC Commish Sankey said UF-LSU game 'needs to be played'

The Florida-LSU game will be played this season if SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has anything to do with it.

Late Thursday afternoon, the league office postponed Saturday's scheduled matchup in the Swamp due to Hurricane Matthew, raising the possibility the longstanding rivalry game would not be...

10/06/2016 06:40 PM
Florida-LSU game postponed due to Hurricane Matthew

GAINESVILLE - The last season Florida and LSU did not meet in football John Reeves and Carlos Alvarez were setting SEC passing records for the Gators.

Now for the first time since 1971, the Gators and Tigers might not play a football game after deciding to cancel Saturday’s noon visit from LSU...

10/04/2016 07:32 PM
Gators eager to get best of Leonard Fournette, formidable LSU run game

GAINESVILLE – UF linebacker Alex Anzalone remembers the 140 yards, the two touchdowns and the 20-yard burst to the right sideline.

Leonard Fournette was only a freshman, and Anzalone was just a sophomore. But two years later, Fournette's performance during Florida's Oct. 11, 2014, loss to LSU is...

10/03/2016 06:57 PM
Jim McElwain takes responsibility for Gators' sputtering offense

GAINESVILLE — Will Muschamp's Florida teams did not win enough games or score enough points.

Jim McElwain was hired to fix the problem.

McElwain soon delivered the 2015 SEC East title. But beginning with last November's 9-7 win against Vanderbilt to clinch the division, the Gators too often have...

10/01/2016 11:36 AM
Three things we learned during Gators' 13-6 win at Vanderbilt

Check out the top three things we learned during Florida's 13-6 win at Vanderbilt.

1. The Gators' run defense suddenly is underwhelming.

Vanderbilt entered Saturday 12th in the SEC in rushing offense, but it got the best of the SEC's second-ranked run defense.

The Commodores finished with 147 rushing...

10/01/2016 05:31 PM
Florida escapes with a win at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Coach Jim McElwain said what every Florida fan has been thinking the past two weeks.

Coming off a second-half collapse at Tennessee, the Gators were pushed around, beaten to the punch and lucky to have escaped with a 13-6 win at Vanderbilt Saturday.

“I’m sick of seeing it,” McElwain...

10/01/2016 05:57 PM
Gators' defense comes up big at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Quincy Wilson aimed his left foot toward the quarterback, waited for the ball to be snapped and bolted past the receiver.

A few seconds later, Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur was blindsided by the sophomore cornerback, who slammed him to the ground for an 8-yard loss.


10/01/2016 02:57 PM
Blog rewind: Florida gets by Vanderbilt
The Gators look to rebound from a disappointing loss against the struggling Commodores. Don't see the live feed? Click here.

09/30/2016 04:29 PM
Florida Gators eager to bounce back from painful loss, defeat Vanderbilt

GAINESVILLE — UF safety Marcus Maye grabbed his iPad as soon as he boarded the airplane in Tennessee for a long trip home.

But Maye did not start streaming videos or listening to music. He and his fellow defenders flipped on a horror film, hoping to find answers by re-watching a 38-28 Florida loss...

09/29/2016 11:56 AM
With Gators up next, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason hopes progress translates into wins

GAINESVILLE — The past two seasons, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has taken victories where he could find them.

Rarely did the incremental progress translate to wins.

Now Mason hopes, perhaps needs during Year Three in Nashville, to deliver success everyone can appreciate.

"I definitely think this...

09/28/2016 06:50 PM
UF QB Luke Del Rio returns to practice, may help at Vanderbilt

GAINESVILLE — UF quarterback Luke Del Rio returned to practice Wednesday and could serve as Austin Appleby's emergency backup Saturday at Vanderbilt.

The key to Del Rio's availability is how the sprained left knee suffered Sept. 17 against North Texas responds to practice, UF coach Jim McElwain...

09/28/2016 03:08 PM
UF baseball coach Kevin O'Sullivan inks 10-year, $12.5-million deal

Florida's Kevin O'Sullivan is now the highest-paid baseball coach in the nation and will not be going anywhere for a long, long time.

O'Sullivan has signed a 10-year deal that will pay him $1.25 million annually and included a $500,000 signing bonus, the school confirmed Wednesday.


09/27/2016 09:33 AM
Scott Stricklin embraces new role as Gators' athletics director

New UF athletics director Scott Stricklin already has circled the date - and warned the Gators had better be ready.

The Florida football team will visit the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the fall of 2018.

“Mississippi State is going to be good that year, so we got to get going,” Stricklin deadpanned.


09/27/2016 08:09 AM
Austin Appleby positioned to rekindle Gators’ quarterback competition with Luke Del Rio

Backup quarterback Austin Appleby sees a critical opportunity for the Florida Gators.

He also views Saturday’s visit Vanderbilt as an audition for himself.

With starter Luke Del Rio expected to sit out at least one more game with a knee injury, Appleby hopes to rekindle a quarterback competition...

09/26/2016 06:01 PM
Gators' Oct. 8 visit from LSU slated for noon on ESPN

The Florida Gators will host LSU Oct. 8 at noon on ESPN.

This longtime rivalry dates to 1971 and has been one of the SEC’s showcase matchups between East and West “crossover” foes since the league split into divisions in 1992. The game routinely has been shown at 3:30 p.m. on CBS or at night.


09/25/2016 05:43 PM
UF backup QB Austin Appleby shows promise during Gators loss at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Injured UF starter Luke Del Rio took the field first at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium, wearing full uniform and a left knee brace.

Backup quarterback Austin Appleby joined him and began warming up.

The momentary suspense soon ended when Del Rio stepped aside, put on a headset and...

2016 Football Schedule

9/10 KENTUCKY W 45-7
9/17 NORTH TEXAS W 32-0
9/24 @ TENNESSEE L 28-38
10/01 @ VANDERBILT W 13-6
10/08 LSU Rescheduled
10/15 MISSOURI W 40-14
10/29 GEORGIA (JAX) 3:30p
11/19 @ LSU TBD
12/3 SECC Game TBD
TBD Bowl Game TBD

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