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04/30/2016 01:19 PM
Gators Morrison, Robinson go back-to-back in fourth round of NFL draft

Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison and receiver Demarcus Robinson each entered the NFL draft with as many questions as answers.

Morrison's toughness and production level were offset by his injury history. Robinson's talent was undermined by his four suspensions and admission at the NFL Scouting...

04/29/2016 09:00 PM
Gators defensive lineman Jon Bullard waits, lands with Chicago Bears at No. 72

Jon Bullard waited an extra year to live his NFL dream.

Friday night, the Gators defensive lineman had to wait again.

Bullard had hoped to slip into the first round of the NFL draft after a spectacular senior season. Instead, he slipped all the way into the third round until the Chicago Bears selected...

04/28/2016 11:48 AM
Gators DBs Vernon Hargreaves III, Keanu Neal selected in first round of NFL draft

It was a good night for DBU.

The Florida Gators backed up its claim to the fictional title of Defensive Back University.

UF cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and safety Keanu Neal each were selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft Thursday night in Chicago.

Hargreaves landed with his hometown...

04/26/2016 07:55 PM
Gator Keanu Neal's athleticism, poise make him strong NFL Draft prospect

GAINESVILLE — Strong safety Keanu Neal watched the quarterback's eyes, listened to the cadence of his voice and tried to pick up on whatever he could.

Hall of Famer John Elway made a career of fooling defensive backs and was interested to see how Neal would react.

Even three seasons competing in...

04/25/2016 11:56 PM
Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes to play in Orlando in 2019

The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes will renew their dormant rivalry series, facing off in the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium in 2019.

After months of speculation, Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis announced an agreement Tuesday between the schools, Florida Citrus Sports and...

04/25/2016 05:03 PM
Former Gator Jeff Driskel bounces back, awaits NFL Draft

For the second time in three years, a quarterback from Oviedo is waiting to learn his NFL Draft fate. Things were easy for the last guy.

Oviedo High product Blake Bortles, fresh off a record-setting season at UCF, was invited to New York in 2014 for the draft. He took the stage after only two other...

04/24/2016 02:18 PM
Logan Shore leads No. 2 UF baseball to series win over Georgia

GAINESVILLE -- After striking out the final batter he faced on Friday, Logan Shore let out a shout of excitement, pumping his right fist before hugging catcher Mike Rivera.

Not only did the junior throw a complete-game shutout to even No. 2 Florida's series with Georgia, but the 6-0 win also marked...

04/14/2016 06:06 PM
Mix of veterans, rookies help Gators push for fourth consecutive gymnastics national title

GAINESVILLE — Bridget Sloan has already created her legacy.

Jenny Rowland is just beginning to build hers.

Sloan, a UF senior gymnast and former Olympic silver medalist, has been a mainstay during Florida's first three national title runs. She has the accolades, the experience and the swagger sought...

04/12/2016 08:50 PM
No. 4 Florida State baseball falls to No. 3 UF

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State could not overcome several self-inflicted blunders from its pitchers against rival Florida.

The No. 4 Seminoles (22-9) fell to the No. 3 Gators (30-5) 8-2 Tuesday night at Dick Howser Stadium as Florida completed a three-game sweep of the season series. The contest drew...

04/08/2016 06:12 PM
Three things we learned from Orange & Blue Debut

Three things we learned from Orange & Blue Debut

1. The quarterback competition is over.

Luke Del Rio entered the spring ahead of the competition and a month later has a stranglehold on the job following a near-flawless performance.

Del Rio finished 10-of-11 passing for 176 yards, two touchdowns...

04/09/2016 05:19 PM
Pictures: Florida Gators spring football game

Check out pictures from the Florida Gators' spring game known as the Orange and Blue Debut.

04/08/2016 09:42 PM
Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro shines during spring game

GAINESVILLE – Eddy Pineiro went through his usual pre-kick routine – the familiar set of deliberate moves the 20-year-old has done throughout much of his football career.

As he lined up to kick the first of four field goals during Florida’s spring game Friday night, his thoughts drifted back to...

04/08/2016 10:20 PM
Luke Del Rio distances himself in Gators' quarterback race during spring game

GAINESVILLE — Luke Del Rio entered spring practice the front-runner, Austin Appleby the stopgap, Feleipe Franks the blue-chip recruit and Kyle Trask the project in a crowded Florida Gators’ quarterback room.

As Friday night’s Orange & Blue Debut arrived the pecking order had been blurred.

But with...

04/08/2016 09:30 PM
Luke Del Rio answers burning questions about Gators' QB quandary

GAINESVILLE — When you have two quarterbacks, you have none, the coaching adage goes.

When you have four, well, it's probably a dumpster fire.

And so the challenges await University of Florida Fire Chief/Head Football Coach Jim McElwain, who is issuing casting calls this spring in the hopes that...

04/08/2016 10:33 PM
Young Gator Kylan Johnson headlines group of improving UF linebackers

GAINESVILLE — Kylan Johnson kept his eyes locked on quarterback Feleipe Franks.

Florida’s freshman signal caller had just closed out the first half of Friday’s Orange and Blue Debut on a sour note, getting sacked on his first play from scrimmage before ending the half with an interception.


04/08/2016 10:16 PM
Gators land commitment from Miami Southridge tight end Kemore Gamble

The Florida Gators received a commitment Friday night after the Orange and Blue Debut spring football game.

Kemore Gamble, a 2017 tight end out of Miami Southridge, pledged to the Gators.

Gamble (6-foot-4, 216 pounds) is the fourth commitment to the Gators 2017 recruiting class. He is ranked as...

04/07/2016 06:14 PM
Gators' offense hopes to produce fireworks during Orange & Blue Debut

GAINESVILLE — Jim McElwain believes his chicken wings are without compare and he's eager to prove it.

Only he won't get the chance.

McElwain has to coach a football game Friday night, forcing him to sit out the inaugural Swamp Wing Cook-Off — one of the festivities surrounding the Florida Gators'...

04/06/2016 05:03 PM
UF's stout, deep defensive line the backbone of the Gators' 2016 defense

GAINESVILLE — All-SEC cornerback Jalen Tabor is the centerpiece, but the guts of the Florida Gators' defense no longer resides on the back end, with the team's secondary.

The focus has shifted up front, where a vast collection of big bodies with diverse skill sets gives the Gators a chance to be...

04/05/2016 05:56 PM
Tabor says Gators must prove they can compete with top programs

A 10-win season was quite an achievement for UF coach Jim McElwain's 2015 Gators.

The four losses stick more with All-SEC cornerback Jalen Tabor.

The Gators failed to break through against the quartet of marquee programs on the schedule. Florida won its first SEC East title since 2009 but also...

04/05/2016 01:47 PM
Gators' Devin Robinson will enter NBA draft with option to return to UF under new rule

GAINESVILLE — The loss of Dorian Finney-Smith could be Devin Robinson's gain next season for the Florida Gators.

But first, Robinson will have to decide whether to return for his junior season or enter the NBA draft.

Robinson at least will dip his toe in to test the NBA waters because of a rule...

04/05/2016 02:06 PM
Gators to face Duke in men's basketball in Madison Square Garden

The Florida Gators will face national powerhouse Duke during the 2016 Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden, a source confirmed Tuesday.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports first reported the news of a matchup that seemed inevitable when the Florida Gators hired Mike White last spring.

Duke's longtime...

04/04/2016 11:57 AM
Quarterbacks 'took some steps back' during Gators' scrimmage

The Florida Gators' quarterback race has become more of a standstill as spring football practice enters its final week.

Coach Jim McElwain said each of team's four quarterbacks had his "moments" during Friday's closed scrimmage in the Swamp. Yet, McElwain was not impressed with the overall play...

04/04/2016 01:26 PM
Gators' sophomore Devin Robinson likely to test NBA waters

The loss of Dorian Finney-Smith could be Devin Robinson's gain next season for the Florida Gators.

But first, Robinson will have to decide whether to return for his junior season.

Coach Mike White said Monday Robinson could take advantage of a rule change allowing underclassmen more flexibility...

04/03/2016 07:05 PM
No. 2 Gators rally to sweep baseball series with No. 1 Texas A&M

GAINESVILLE — With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Gators rallied.

Trailing top-ranked Texas A&M 7-6 in the series finale, No. 2 Florida did not back down.

A pair of walks to Jonathan India and Dalton Guthrie set the stage.

After a Buddy Reed infield single tied the game, sophomore...

04/02/2016 06:49 PM
Tim Tebow already a better presidential candidate than Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

Tim Tebow recently opened the door to a future in politics someday.

If only that day were today.

My fellow Americans, I nominate Tim Tebow for president over the loudmouths and liars like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton who currently rule our pathetic political landscape.

Tippecanoe and Tebow,...

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