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11/18/2017 07:55 PM
UF defeats UAB 36-7, ending Gators' five-game skid

In the stands, chants for Chip Kelly came from the UF student section.

On the field, the Gators were busy settling for too many field goals.

While most of the attention Saturday in the Swamp was focused on the team’s future coach, whoever he might be, the Gators were finishing out a forgettable...

11/18/2017 08:45 PM
Three things we learned during Gators' 36-7 win against UAB

Three things we learned during Gators’ 36-7 win against UAB:

1. Enjoy kicker Eddy Piñeiro’s final game in the Swamp next weekend against FSU.

Piñeiro, a redshirt junior, claimed he did not realize until recently he would eligible to enter the NFL Draft.

Now that he knows, Piñeiro is as good as...

11/18/2017 11:45 AM
UF kicker Eddy Piñeiro delivers one of best games of his career

About one month ago, during Florida’s game against LSU, UF kicker Eddy Piñeiro missed an extra point. The Gators lost by one.

Looking back now, Piñeiro said he was glad he missed.

“That miss was the biggest blessing in my life,” Piñeiro said on Saturday.

Pineiro said he used it as motivation to...

11/18/2017 09:05 PM
Whether it's Chip Kelly or not, new Gators coach must clean up McElwain's monumental mess

A word of advice for Chip Kelly, Scott Frost, Dan Mullen or whoever the poor soul is who inherits the smoldering tire fire that former Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain has left behind:

You better be an offensive genius, a defensive mastermind, a relentless recruiter, a strength and conditioning...

11/17/2017 12:50 PM
Struggling Gators playing for pride when resurgent UAB visits the Swamp Saturday

UAB was supposed to offer a breather for coach Jim McElwain’s Florida Gators.

Veterans would make short work of the Blazers and younger players would get a chance to strut their stuff in the Swamp during mop-up time.

Until recently, this had become a tradition on the third Saturday each November...

11/17/2017 12:00 PM
UF hosts UAB, Gators seek first win since Sept. 30 against Vanderbilt

UF vs. UAB, 4 p.m.

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

TV: SEC Network

Weather: 78 degrees, no rain chance

Online: orlandosentinel.com/gators; @osgators on Twitter.

Quick slant: UF is 17-0 against Conference USA foes since 2000. UAB seeks a program record eight Football Bowl Subdivision wins. The Gators...

11/16/2017 11:40 AM
UF punter Johnny Townsend snubbed for prestigious award

Johnny Townsend is the nation’s second-leading punter and might be the Florida Gators’ MVP, but that was not enough to sway voters for the prestigious Ray Guy Award.

Townsend was not among 10 semifinalists announced Thursday for the award given annually to college football’s top punter.


11/16/2017 08:45 PM
No. 8 Gators rout North Florida 108-68 for second straight 40-point win

UF sharpshooter Egor Koulechov stole the show on Monday night.

Three days following the Gators’ season opener, everyone else joined in as the nation’s No. 8 team made quick work of overmatched and exhausted North Florida.

Playing their fourth road game in six days, the Ospreys (0-4) did not stand...

11/15/2017 10:05 AM
For Gators, Chip Kelly is a big fish, but can he survive in the Swamp?

Chip Kelly checks one box and only one box if indeed he becomes the next head coach of the Florida Gators.

Don’t get me wrong, the box he checks is a VERY big box, but it’s still only one box.

Kelly, who is considered a serious candidate for the UF job left vacated after Jim McElwain was fired...

11/15/2017 06:55 PM
UF linebacker David Reese emerges as Gators’ leader during difficult season

UF middle linebacker David Reese did not plan to do it or even want to do it, but somebody had to do it.

Reese’s tough words for his teammates after some of them had quit during a dispiriting 45-16 loss Nov. 4 at Missouri were bold coming from a 19-year-old.

“I feel like this is something that...

11/15/2017 04:55 PM
UF's Egor Koulechov moving past his dazzling Gators' debut

UF coach Mike White does not know what Egor Koulechov will do for encore following his 34-point debut Sunday against Gardner-Webb.

White is confident Koulechov will not try to do much when the No. 8 Gators (1-0) host North Florida Thursday night.

“I don’t think he’s going to be caught up on how...

11/14/2017 06:55 PM
Gators focused on strong finishes with two home games left this season

UF interim coach Randy Shannon said the Gators have found motivation beyond making a bowl game.

“At this point, guys are not thinking about bowls or we cannot go to the bowl,” Shannon said. “The only thing they’re thinking about is coming back to the Swamp, two home games that they can go and play...

11/13/2017 08:35 PM
UF newcomer Egor Koulechov leads Gators to rout of Gardner-Webb

All shooting guard Egor Koulechov could do was smile.

He was not alone on Monday night.

A UF fan base starved for excitement and offense lately was treated to plenty of both during the No. 8 Gators’ 116-74 season-opening win against Gardner Webb.

With the school’s football program piling up losses...

11/13/2017 02:15 PM
UF QB Feleipe Franks in line for another shot as Gators' starter

UF redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks is in line for yet another shot as the Gators’ starting quarterback.

UF interim coach Randy Shannon said Monday he expects Franks to start during Saturday’s visit against UAB as Malik Zaire recovers from a left knee injury.

“Whenever we feel like Malik is ready,...

11/13/2017 11:55 AM
FSU, UF kickoff set for noon on Nov. 25

Florida State and Florida, both in the midst of their worst seasons in recent memory, will get an early kickoff for their annual college football rivalry game this season.

The Gators will host the Seminoles at noon on Nov. 25 and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Florida State will look to extend...

11/12/2017 05:55 PM
UF QB Feleipe Franks shows improvement coming off bench at South Carolina

Back in August, Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks braced himself for the twists and turns of his first college football season.

He never imagined the ride ahead. No one could have.

Suspensions, injuries, five straight losses and a head coaching change have left the 19-year-old’s head spinning...

11/12/2017 05:50 PM
UF center T.J. McCoy injured at South Carolina, further decimating Gators' O-line

UF center T.J. McCoy sustained an injury to his left foot Saturday at South Carolina to leave the team’s offensive line searching for more answers entering the final two games.

A week earlier, left guard Brett Heggie suffered a season-ending knee injury at Missouri, forcing the Gators to turn to...

11/11/2017 07:20 PM
UF drops fifth straight game with 28-20 loss at South Carolina

This time, the Florida Gators — those of them who remain — showed fight but still couldn’t score an elusive win.

A once vaunted defense was exposed and a struggling offense lost another starting quarterback. If Feleipe Franks had gone down Saturday at South Carolina, walk-on Nick Sproles of Winter...

11/11/2017 02:20 PM
Three things we learned during Gators' 28-20 loss at South Carolina

Three things we learned during Gators' 28-20 loss at South Carolina

1. The drop-off on defense has been farther and faster than expected.

Growing pains were expected, but the Gators have gone from a top-10 defense to one barely inside the top-50. UF has given up 115 points during the past three...

11/11/2017 11:15 PM
UF defense struggles during loss at South Carolina

Late in the third quarter, linebacker Vosean Joseph caught an interception on his back shoulder after making a smart cut in front of a South Carolina receiver.

But for every impressive play Joseph made, there seemed to be one that hurt Florida. Just a few drives earlier, Joseph was out of position...

11/10/2017 07:05 PM
Gators would be better off if they'd kept Will Muschamp, signed Lamar Jackson

Running off at the typewriter. …

As the failing, fading Florida Gators get ready to play Will Muschamp’s South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, who would have ever thought that three years ago we’d be saying, “You know, UF would have been much better off it had just kept Muschamp.”

Yes, the recently...

11/10/2017 06:15 PM
Former UF coach Will Muschamp looks to hand Gators fifth straight loss

This week, Will Muschamp cashed another check from UF, his former employer.

On Saturday, Muschamp — $787,500 richer — looks to deliver some payback.

Florida arrives looking for a new head coach almost three years since it fired Muschamp the day after he lost to South Carolina, his future employer.


11/10/2017 02:00 PM
Gators look to end four-game losing streak Saturday at South Carolina

UF at South Carolina, noon

Where: Williams-Brice Stadium


Weather: 55 degrees, no rain chance

Online: orlando.com/gators; @osgators on Twitter.

Quick slant: UF’s 6-6 tie with South Carolina in 1911 marks the Gators’ earliest meeting with a current SEC team. The Gamecocks are favored by seven...

11/09/2017 03:40 PM
Sharp-shooting Gators guard Egor Koulechov quickly winning over fans

Days in Israel started early for 13-year-old Egor Koulechov. Much work was to be done.

Koulechov fancied a future in basketball, but realized it was a long way off.

“I was really bad,” he said.

But Koulechov also was determined, and so was his father, Michael.

“I remember between like 8th and 9th...

11/09/2017 03:25 PM
Gators bolster backcourt with two top-rated guards

Mike White’s Florida Gators signed two of the nation’s top-rated guards, including Andrew Nembhard of Monteverde Academy.

The school announced Nembhard, a five-star prospect, and four-star shooting guard Noah Locke inked national letters of intent on Wednesday.

White’s Gators currently are ranked...

2017 Football Schedule

9/02 MICHIGAN(TX) L 17-33
9/09 N. COLORADO Cancelled
9/16 TENNESSEE W 26-20
9/23 @ KENTUCKY W 28-27
9/30 VANDERBILT W 38-24
10/07 LSU L 16-17
10/14 TEXAS A&M L 17-19
10/28 GEORGIA (JAX) L 7-42
11/4 @ MISSOURI L 16-45
11/11 @ S.CAROLINA L 20-28
11/18 UAB 4pm
12/2 SECC Game LOL

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