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08/21/2016 06:22 PM
Talented UF tailbacks battle for snaps, chance to shine in Gators' offense

Jordan Scarlett plants his right foot and takes one step forward, but something stops him.

Behind him stretches an elastic band, well over 10 feet, attached to his waist and impeding his momentum.

Steadily, he takes one step forward and then another, and as he receives the command from his coach,...

08/21/2016 11:56 AM
FSU, Florida earn spots in preseason AP top 25 poll

Florida State and Florida found their ways into the preseason Associated press top 25 poll, with the Seminoles nabbing the No. 4 spot and the Gators coming in at No. 25.

The last time the Seminoles opened a season ranked in the top 5 was in 2014 when the team began atop the rankings and it's the...

08/19/2016 02:48 PM
Gators' coach Jim McElwain embraces 'chaos' of recent weeks

UF coach Jim McElwain said he finds comfort amid the distractions of the past week or two.

Receiver Antonio Callaway's high-profile Title IX hearing and cornerback Jalen Tabor's recent suspension made national headlines for the Gators' best offensive and defensive player.

McElwain is using his...

08/19/2016 12:29 PM
McElwain: 'Felt it was time' to name Del Rio Gators' starting QB

Luke Del Rio had to go to three schools and endure four preseason camps to finally to get his shot to be a starting quarterback.

Del Rio called his chance to lead the Gators a "long time coming," a day after Jim McElwain tabbed him the starter for the team's Sept. 3 opener against UMass.

"I feel...

08/17/2016 09:55 AM
UF star Jalen Tabor, tight end C'yontai Lewis suspended after fight

UF All-SEC cornerback Jalen Tabor and tight end C'yontai Lewis have been suspended for fighting and will miss the Gators' season opener.

Two players got into a serious altercation at Tuesday's practice, a source confirmed Wednesday to the Orlando Sentinel.

Later in the day on Twitter, Tabor and...

08/16/2016 07:49 PM
Apopka's Martez Ivey ready to help UF O-line after tough freshman season

UF sophomore offensive lineman Martez Ivey recalls the moment he realized his days dominating at Apopka High were a distant memory.

It did not take Ivey long.

"My first game — against Kentucky," he said Tuesday. "I was going up to a linebacker and I thought I had him. I thought I had him cut off....

08/12/2016 06:03 PM
Gators star receiver Antonio Callaway found not responsible at Title IX sexual assault hearing

GAINESVILLE – After a tense six months that put Florida Gators star receiver Antonio Callaway's football future in jeopardy, UF determined Friday he did not commit sexual assault or violate the school's code of conduct.

Callaway’s accuser is weighing her next step, including whether she will pursue...

08/11/2016 08:08 AM
UF DT Caleb Brantley 'a force to block' in 2016 for Gators

The football snapped and UF defensive tackle Caleb Brantley was in the backfield before guard Tyler Jordan barely was out of his stance.

It was the first snap of the first drill on the first day of preseason practices last Thursday, but Brantley has no time to waste this season.

"I can’t wait to...

08/10/2016 04:28 PM
Gators' Mark Thompson driven to quickly hit 1,000-yard milestone

Mark Thompson began to laugh, as if the question posed to him was nothing more than a fly he lazily brushed off his shoulder.

"It's my goal to have 1,000 yards by the bye week," he said.

Yes, one of Florida's newest running backs — a 6-foot-2, 237-pound junior college transfer — believes he will...

08/09/2016 07:38 AM
Gators legend Tim Tebow seeks a comeback - in baseball

Tim Tebow looks to prove it is never too late for a comeback.

But Tebow is switching sports - to baseball - during his latest return to professional sports. 

ESPN reports Tebow, who turns 29 Sunday, has been training for the past year in Arizona and California. He plans to hold a workout for 30...

08/08/2016 10:00 AM
Gators release non-conference schedule in men's basketball

The ongoing renovation of the University of Florida's O'Connell Center forced the men's basketball team to play "home" games on the road this fall, making scheduling trickier than ever.

The pieces all finally fell in place, and on Monday UF released the the Gators' 13 game non-conference schedule.


08/05/2016 11:49 AM
Woman accusing Gators star Antonio Callaway of sexual assault boycotts hearing

The woman who accused UF star receiver Antonio Callaway of sexual assault in December will not participate in Callaway’s Title IX hearing because the school appointed a former Gator athlete and current football booster to handle the case, the accuser’s attorney said Friday.

John Clune, of Boulder,...

08/04/2016 11:00 PM
College Football Countdown: No. 21 Florida

Orlando Sentinel college insider Matt Murschel ranked all 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country entering the 2015-16 season. The Sentinel staff takes a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. 128 to our projected No. 1 team.

Today at No. 21: Florida

Coach: Jim McElwain...

08/04/2016 06:32 PM
UF QBs pass eyeball test for McElwain during Gators' first practice

Luke Del Rio and the Florida quarterbacks looked the part on Thursday, all the way down to the shiny, white cleats reminiscent of coach Jim McElwain’s all-time favorite at the position.

"Joe Willie (Namath)," McElwain, a former quarterback himself, said after his 2016 Gators opened practice. "I’m...

08/04/2016 06:17 PM
FSU, UF earn spots in preseason coaches' poll

Florida State opens preseason camp riding a wave of expectations, including a fourth-place ranking in the first coaches top 25 poll of season.

The Seminoles earned 1,351 points and one first-place vote in the rankings voted on by a national panel of coaches. It's the highest ranking to open the...

08/04/2016 06:00 PM
McElwain: 'Pace was outstanding' during Gators' opening practice

UF coach Jim McElwain was with pleased with the Gators' energy level and attention to detail on Day 1 of preseason camp. 

08/03/2016 06:13 PM
UF receiver Antonio Callaway will practice with Gators, conduct case still pending

GAINESVILLE — UF star receiver Antonio Callaway will return to the practice field Thursday, but his status for the Gators’ Sept. 3 season-opener remains in limbo.

UF coach Jim McElwain said during the Gators’ media day press conference Wednesday that Callaway’s code of conduct investigation stemming...

08/03/2016 07:29 AM
QB race among five questions facing Gators during preseason camp

Coach Jim McElwain surpassed expectations during Year 1 in Gainesville, leading the Gators to 10 wins and the SEC East title. But to many the last memory is a three-game losing streak to Florida State, Alabama and Michigan by a combined score of 97-24.

McElwain and his players are undeterred by...

07/29/2016 09:13 PM
Gators hire Steve Spurrier as ambassador; why isn't Bobby Bowden in same role at FSU?

Running off at the typewriter …

Glad to see Steve Spurrier is back with the Florida Gators where he belongs as an ambassador and consultant with Gators Boosters. As I told him on Friday, we can still call him the HBC — Head Ball Consultant.

What's unfortunate is that Bobby Bowden had been serving...

07/29/2016 08:56 AM
Steve Spurrier named ambassador and consultant to Gators athletics

Steve Spurrier spent the past 11 years coaching in South Carolina, but his heart always remained in Florida.

On Friday, Spurrier officially returned to his alma mater and team where he made his name as a player and later as a coach.

UF announced Spurrier will serve as an ambassador and consultant...

07/22/2016 10:16 PM
Gators snag commitment from LB James Houston IV at FNL

The Florida Gators landed the 11th commitment of the 2017 recruiting class with a pledge from Plantation American Heritage linebacker James Houston IV at Friday Night Lights, according to numerous reports. He picked the Gators over Wisconsin and 24 other scholarship offers.

Houston, a 6-foot-1,...

07/22/2016 05:12 PM
UF walk-on Cristian Garcia stops sexual assault

A UF walk-on turned hero early Thursday morning when he stopped a sexual assault behind a Gainesville bar, according to police.

Cristian Garcia, a fourth-year junior from Miami, works security at a Gainesville establishment, Cantina 101. At around 2:20 a.m. Thursday he was taking out garbage when...

07/19/2016 10:31 PM
UF star cornerback Jalen Tabor in his element during a day in New York City

GAINESVILLE — No spotlight is too bright, assignment too tough or city too big for UF All-SEC cornerback Jalen Tabor.

Tabor was in his element on Tuesday, putting on a one-man show in New York City.

Before he left Gainesville, Tabor tweeted he was, "Proud To Be Representing The Gator Brand In NYC"...

07/18/2016 08:13 AM
UF freshman receivers Tyrie Cleveland, Rick Wells accused of shooting BB gun at dorm

The Florida Gators' quiet offseason is over.

UF first-year freshmen receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells were arrested Sunday after being accused of firing BB guns and causing more than $1,000 in property damage at Keys Residential housing on the UF campus.

The two players currently are being...

07/14/2016 06:02 PM
LSU coach Les Miles, Tigers look to make most of his second chance

HOOVER, Ala. — LSU's Les Miles is the longest-tenured coach in the SEC.

He also is the most long-winded.

The 62-year-old's opening statement Thursday at SEC Media Days bled well into the second quarter, spanning 20:31.

Miles' meandering monologue spanned everything from the shootings in Baton Rouge,...

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