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10/19/2017 07:35 PM
UF basketball team checks in at No. 7 in coaches’ poll

UF’s run to the 2017 Elite Eight has ramped up expectations entering coach Mike White’s third season.

The Gators checked in at No. 7 in the USA Today coaches’ poll. One of the 32 coaches voting cast a first-place vote for the Gators, who joined No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Michigan and No. 5 Arizona as the...

10/18/2017 06:40 PM
UF coach Jim McElwain says Gators are coping with a surprising surge of injuries

Injuries are piling up for the Florida Gators at a rate Jim McElwain said he’s never experienced as a coach.

Defensive end Jordan Sherit’s underwent season-ending surgery to his right hip to end the redshirt senior’s college career.

McElwain called Sherit’s injury “a bad deal.” No player was performing...

10/18/2017 07:50 PM
Gators try to rebound from brutal start to season during bye week

Four days after walking off the field after another loss, the Texas A&M band's fight song reverberating throughout his home stadium, UF linebacker Kylan Johnson was asked to assess the Gators’ season.

“It's been kind of a rough ride,” Johnson said. “But I feel like it's only gonna get better from...

10/15/2017 06:46 PM
UF coach Jim McElwain says frustrated Gators will spend bye focusing on improvement

The sobering reality of what just happened appeared to overtake Jim McElwain.

The third-year Florida coach appeared to choose his words carefully while describing the second heartbreaking loss by the Gators in as many weeks, trying not let his emotions get the best of him.

But clearly, there was...

10/15/2017 04:45 PM
Gator Dre Massey scores special touchdown during UF loss to Texas A&M

Dre Massey extended his right arm. Then, in the early stages of the fourth quarter, he finally found the end zone.

“That touchdown meant everything to him,” offensive lineman Martez Ivey said. “That’s a special moment for him right there.”

The road has been a long one for Massey, a former junior...

10/14/2017 11:00 PM
UF offense disappears in second half as Texas A&M rallies for 19-17 win over Gators

Florida debuted new uniforms that were supposed to mimic the alligator's ability to camouflage itself. Unfortunately, it worked too well as the Gators’ offense disappeared in the second half of a critical another game.

Kellen Mond accounted for 232 yards and a touchdown and Daniel LaCamera booted...

10/14/2017 10:25 PM
Gators' doggish offense stinks it up again against Texas A&M

“You got to understand this. I believe I can win with my dog Clarabelle,” Jim McElwain bragged in his first presser as coach of the University of Florida Gators.

Ouch. It is an infamous “Oh, no he didn’t” moment etched in McElwain’s very spotty résumé as an “offensive guru.”

Those quote marks and...

10/13/2017 04:35 PM
Gator Nation turns to Geezer Nation over cool, new uniforms

Running off at the typewriter …

Those UF fans who are complaining about the cool new alligator-themed uniforms should stop referring to themselves as Florida Gators and start referring to themselves as Florida Geezers. The players love the new duds and the recruits love them, but some of the fuddy-duddy...

10/19/2017 07:45 PM
UF's Laird Veatch brings a new perspective as Gators overhaul facilities

As UF quarterback Feleipe Franks’ high-flying spiral headed his way, Laird Veatch stood at the edge of the south end zone sensing something special was in the air.

“I had this view of the ball and the receiver converging. ‘This might happen, this might happen,’” Veatch recalled thinking. “It was...

10/13/2017 03:00 PM
Gators face Texas A&M in must-win game for both teams

Mired in an up-and-down season, UF coach Jim McElwain and the Gators still see hope, possibility and even another shot at an SEC championship.

“Everything is still out in front of us,” McElwain said.

The view is supported by the conference standings, but little else, entering Saturday’s visit from...

10/12/2017 07:35 PM
Veteran Gator Jordan Sherit is a key leader for UF defensive line

Last season, during the third quarter of Florida’s loss to Florida State, Jordan Sherit’s knee gave out.

The Gators had two games left on their schedule — an SEC title game against top-ranked Alabama and a bowl game against Iowa — and Sherit couldn’t play in either of them. He had to go through...

10/12/2017 06:00 PM
UF tight ends look to pitch in, help Gators' offense

UF tight end DeAndre Goolsby finished last season with a flourish and was poised for a big senior year.

Instead, Goolsby sat out the Gators’ first game with a leg injury and since has just three catches. This after totaling nine catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns during the final two games...

10/13/2017 03:00 PM
Gators look to avoid back-to-back losses when Texas A&M visits the Swamp

Texas A&M at UF, 7 p.m.

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium


Weather: 78 degrees, 10 percent rain chance

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

Quick slant: The Gators are 13-2 at home under Jim McElwain. UF leads the series 2-1, winning 20-17 in 2012 in College Station...

10/11/2017 05:40 PM
UF coach Jim McElwain gives thumbs-up to new uniforms

A day after UF released new gator skin-pattern uniforms to mixed reviews, coach Jim McElwain gave the threads a thumbs up.

“The excitement of our team … the response recruiting and ultimately the demographic we’re looking at,” he said. “Man, the excitement has been unbelievable and the response...

10/10/2017 03:40 PM
Florida Gators' 'swamp' uniforms will make Aggies die of laughter

Things aren’t exactly going Florida’s way lately, so the Gators will apparently employ a new tactic against Texas A&M on Saturday.

Make the Aggies laugh so hard they can’t move.

The humor will be provided by the Gators’ alternate uniforms, which were unveiled Monday evening .

To be fair, there...

10/10/2017 08:00 PM
Gators’ rebuilding defense faces tough test from Texas A&M

Seven starters from last season are in the NFL, the leading tackler is recovering from season-ending surgery and the coordinator is halfway through his first season as a head coach.

The Florida Gators’ rebuilding defense was due for a dropoff. But no expected it to be so far, so fast.

The Gators...

10/09/2017 05:00 PM
UF coach Jim McElwain does not back down from criticism of his offense

Jim McElwain is not happy, either.

Two days after his offense stumbled during the final minutes of a 17-16 homecoming loss to LSU, UF’s head coach did not deny the obvious: his offense has major issues and must improve.

Fans and even former players took to social media to make sure McElwain is...

10/09/2017 07:15 PM
UF freshman phenom Kadarius Toney questionable for Texas A&M game

UF first-year freshman Kadarius Toney’s increasing workload is taking a toll.

Toney sustained shin and shoulder injuries against LSU and is questionable for Saturday’s visit from Texas A&M.

“Speaks to his toughness, he got banged up in the first quarter a couple different spots and finished the...

10/08/2017 01:40 PM
Top UF lineman Brett Heggie sustains concussion against LSU

The Florida Gators limped away from Saturday’s 17-16 loss to LSU with some potentially key injuries.

Redshirt freshman left guard Brett Heggie, named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week last week, sat out the second half due to concussion protocol.

On defense, senior safety Nick Washington injured...

10/08/2017 05:05 PM
Gators’ sluggish offense looks to pick up the pace

Trailing by a point and pinned on the 4-yard line, time was running out on the Florida Gators.

Yet no one seemed to be in a hurry during the final minutes of Saturday’s 17-16 loss LSU.

Play calls were slow to arrive from the sideline and players walked to the line of scrimmage as seconds ticked...

10/07/2017 07:50 PM
UF suffers painful loss to LSU on homecoming after rare errant kick

Since the time he stepped on the field at UF, placekicker Eddy Piñeiro has been automatic.

Line up an extra-point attempt and chalk up another one for the Gators.

Until Saturday.

With his team trailing 17-16 after rallying from a 14-point deficit during the span of nine minutes against LSU, Piñeiro...

10/07/2017 08:45 PM
Three things we learned during Gators' 17-16 home loss to LSU

Three things we learned during Gators' 17-16 loss against LSU:

1. The offense cannot survive on its run game alone.

The Gators rallied from a 17-3 deficit behind their offensive line and the one-two punch of tailbacks Lamical Perine and Malik Davis.

Ultimately, it was not enough Saturday. And it...

10/06/2017 04:45 PM
Gators' legend Tim Tebow recalls heyday of Florida-LSU rivalry

Gators’ legend Tim Tebow was there when the Florida-LSU game became the full-fledged rivalry it is now.

The seeds were sown during the Gators’ 2003 upset win with freshman Chris Leak at quarterback for UF and Nick Saban on the LSU sideline, coaching his first national championship team.

“I think...

10/06/2017 03:40 PM
Surging Florida Gators expect spirited effort from desperate LSU Tigers Saturday in Swamp

A tempest is brewing in Baton Rouge, with LSU coach Ed Orgeron at the center of a rising storm of scrutiny and second-guessing.

Last November, the fallout from Hurricane Matthew would inspire the Florida Gators to stun Orgeron’s Tigers at home.

On Saturday in the Swamp, a struggling LSU squad now...

10/06/2017 03:55 PM
No. 21 UF aims to build on momentum when Gators face struggling LSU

LSU at No. 21 UF, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium


Weather: 89 degrees, 80 percent rain chance

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

Quick slant: The Gators seek their second 4-0 SEC start under third-year coach Jim McElwain. LSU could open 0-2 in league play...

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 7:00pm
10/28 GEORGIA (JAX) 3:30pm
11/18 UAB TBD
12/2 SECC Game TBD

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