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08/31/2016 02:04 PM
Gators hope to make mythical three-headed monster a reality at tailback

GAINESVILLE — The three-headed monster is a myth.

The idea of an indefatigable, unstoppable tailback trio can be a figment of the imaginations of coaches and players this time of year.

Then the games begin and it becomes clear there are not enough carries are available to keep every ball carrier...


08/30/2016 03:41 PM
Tim Tebow's baseball workout goes well, scouts say

Tim Tebow’s baseball tryout went well, good enough that one former major-league GM thinks the football player will get a chance to play big-league ball.

Tebow, the former Florida Gators Heisman winner, worked out in Los Angeles before 48 scouts representing 28 teams, according to Jerry Crasnick...


08/29/2016 11:03 AM
Gators WR Antonio Callaway cleared to play in season opener

UF sophomore Antonio Callaway’s difficult offseason ultimately did not cost the Gators’ star wide receiver any playing time.

Callaway has been cleared to play during the team’s season opener Saturday in the Swamp against UMass.

Coach Jim McElwain said he learned from university officials on Friday...


08/27/2016 02:39 PM
Gators star Jarrad Davis driven by passion for football, history as overlooked recruit

GAINESVILLE — Jarrad Davis carried the black, three-ring binder with him everywhere he went.

Davis was just 7 years old and playing his first season in pads, but he already knew he loved football. He wanted to keep the plays he drew up close to him at all times.

Davis' passion, commitment and talent...


08/26/2016 06:49 PM
Gator CeCe Jefferson driven to improve, add to UF's defensive line dominance

GAINESVILLE — At first, CeCe Jefferson thought it was a mistake.

His coach yelled out the number across Jefferson's jersey — but it was much too early in the game, the college freshman thought. He hadn't played since a shoulder injury sidelined him three games into his senior season in high school,...


08/26/2016 10:00 AM
Jersey DT Fred Hansard commits to Gators

The Florida Gators landed the 15th commitment to the 2017 recruiting class Friday when New Jersey defensive tackle Fred Hansard committed to UF via his Twitter account with a video link.

The video, produced by BleacherReport.com, shows Hansard rolling through New York City in a taxi until he eventually crosses...


08/25/2016 05:18 PM
UF receiver Dre Massey is Mr. Versatility for Gators

Florida junior-college transfer “Dre” Massey is a threat to run the football, pass it or catch it. He even can punt a football more than 40 yards.

The South Carolina native once accounted for 11 touchdowns — eight running, three passing — during an 83-70 win in high school.

“We were playing basketball,”...


08/26/2016 08:41 AM
Spurrier is right: Jeremy Foley should just stay on as Gators AD

When Jeremy Foley announced his intention to step down as Florida Gators Athletics Director effective  in October, he opened up the news conference by joking that he had flip-flopped and had a sudden change of heart -- much like former UF coaches Billy Donovan and Urban Meyer had in previous years.

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08/24/2016 04:04 PM
The Apprentice: Gators' Jim McElwain motivated by Steve Spurrier's return to UF

GAINESVILLE — After the Florida Gators named their football field in honor of the iconic Steve Spurrier during the offseason, I asked Jim McElwain if perhaps he dreamed of someday having his name immortally etched on something significant at UF.

McElwain just chuckled and replied: "I just hope...


08/24/2016 05:02 PM
Gators confident era of rough QB play has come to an end

Luke Del Rio was a Jacksonville middle-schooler when Florida quarterback Tim Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy.

Del Rio was a USC fan — the alma mater of his father, Jack, then the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

But Luke Del Rio also had an affinity for quarterbacks and an appreciation...


08/24/2016 04:10 PM
Florida Gators 2016 season preview

Check out the keys to the Florida Gators' 2016 football season:

Coach Jim McElwain's analysis

"I really like the vibe. The way they are going about their daily business is something that I really think is good. But at the same time, everybody in the country right now feels pretty good about themselves....


08/25/2016 07:40 PM
U.S. swimmer Lochte's legal troubles mount in Brazil with charge of false reporting

Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil.

The indictment...


08/24/2016 04:31 PM
SEC Preview: All eyes are on open race in East

It's business as usual in the rugged SEC West, where Alabama's Crimson Tide vie for their third straight division title and fourth in five years.

The real question in the nation's toughest football conference is who's next in the ever-changing East Division.

In coach Jim McElwain's first season,...


08/24/2016 04:34 PM
Blockbuster Season: State of Florida preps for big college football year

Florida State's showdown with Ole Miss at Orlando's Camping World Stadium is kicking off a special year in the Sunshine State.

The matchup between talented ACC and SEC teams caps one of the most intriguing college football opening weekends in recent memory.

And it also happens to be the opening...


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.

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2016 Football Schedule

9/03 MASSACHUSETTS 7:30p
9/10 KENTUCKY 3:30p
9/17 NORTH TEXAS 7:30p
9/24 @ TENNESSEE TBD
10/01 @ VANDERBILT TBD
10/08 LSU TBD
10/15 MISSOURI TBD
10/29 GEORGIA (JAX) 3:30p
11/5 @ ARKANSAS TBD
11/12 S.CAROLINA TBD
11/19 PRESBYTERIAN TBD
11/26 @ FLORIDA STATE TBD
12/3 SECC Game TBD
TBD Bowl Game TBD

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