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05/02/2019 02:55 PM
Former UF QB Jalon Jones accused of sexual battery

Days after UF quarterback Jalon Jones’ surprising decision to transfer, police reports surfaced Thursday stating the freshman had been accused of sexual battery of two women.

According to a University of Florida Police Department report, two UF female students allege Jones assaulted them during...

04/27/2019 07:25 PM
Former UF DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson among three Gators selected on Day 3 of NFL draft

Five Florida Gators left school early for the NFL draft, for better or for worse.

It might have taken longer than expected, but by the end of Day 3 of the draft on Saturday all of them had heard their names called.

Projected as a second- or third-round pick, defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson...

05/01/2019 08:15 AM
UF freshman QB Jalon Jones transferring

The Florida Gators are losing quarterback Jalon Jones before he even begins his first season.

Jones has decided to transfer, a source confirmed, after enrolling early in January and going through spring practices with coach Dan Mullen’s squad.

Jones ended the spring fourth on the depth chart behind...

04/27/2019 06:00 AM
Several former Gators brace for tense final day of NFL draft

The NFL draft has not gone according to plan for some former Florida Gators.

Right tackle Jawaan Taylor fell from the top 10 to the second round seemingly due to medical concerns he told Jacksonville reporters “were definitely false” after the Jaguars selected him with the No. 35 pick.


04/26/2019 06:55 PM
Former Gators' OT Jawaan Taylor selected No. 35 by Jacksonville Jaguars

Former UF offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor ended up with the Jacksonville Jaguars, after all.

It was just a day later than most expected.

The Jags traded up three spots Friday night to the No. 35 spot in the NFL draft, ending Taylor’s long wait and landing a right tackle analysts agreed was the best...

04/25/2019 08:45 PM
Gators fail to produce first-round draft pick, ending six-year run

The second round of the NFL draft promises to be a better one for the Florida Gators.

Three former players — offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and pass rusher Jachai Polite — are expected to be selected during Friday night’s second and third rounds.

But Day...

04/24/2019 05:30 PM
NFL draft prospect Jawaan Taylor builds on remarkable transformation, slated to be first-round pick for Gators

The black ink was fresh and beaded with sweat on the left side of right tackle Jawaan Taylor’s thick 20-inch neck.

A tattoo of a five-pointed crown symbolized the aspirations of a hard-working 21-year-old hoping to become NFL royalty.

“Just a young king, just trying to make it,” the former Gator...

04/23/2019 09:55 AM
Florida Gators football staff member arrested, charged with cyberstalking former girlfriend

Florida Gators assistant director of player personnel Otis Yelverton has been arrested and charged with cyberstalking his former girlfriend.

Yelverton has been placed on leave following the third-degree felony charge of aggravated stalking. The 51-year-old currently was in Alachua County Jail with...

04/23/2019 12:40 PM
Former Gators forward Keith Stone transferring to Hurricanes

Hurricanes men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga has had success in recent years turning transfer players into valuable contributors at Miami.

He’s hoping that trend will continue with another transfer — former Florida Gators forward Keith Stone — set to join the Hurricanes next season.

Stone, a...

04/22/2019 12:50 PM
Gators podcast: Wrapping up spring football
We look back at the Florida Gators' spring game while also looking forward as to what it means over the summer and heading into fall camp. We also talk about the new basketball team additions and can't resist talking about Tiger Woods at The Masters.

04/18/2019 08:05 PM
UF receiver Trevon Grimes develops into play-making threat for Gators

UF receiver Trevon Grimes scored his first touchdown to kick off the 2018 campaign for the Gators.

Grimes’ next trip to the end zone did not arrive until 10 games later in the regular season finale.

In between, the talented South Florida native would continue to adjust to new surroundings, teammates...

04/17/2019 06:45 PM
Gators add three to depleted men's basketball roster

UF coach Mike White’s team improved its inside game, backcourt depth and, eventually, the Gators’ athleticism off the wing with a trio of players who signed on Wednesday.

A recent exodus left White with four scholarships available and a chance to upgrade the team’s roster following a 20-16 season...

04/13/2019 04:45 PM
Led by QB Feleipe Franks, Gators put up record 95 points during spring game

Knowing spring games are about entertainment and not winning, UF coach Dan Mullen wants the Gators’ annual Orange & Blue Debut to be fun.

It kind of depended on what side of the ball you were on Saturday in the Swamp.

The Gators’ offense had its way against a defense lining up in a vanilla scheme,...

04/13/2019 05:00 PM
Three things we learned during the Florida Gators' spring game

The Florida Gators wrapped up spring football workouts with a scrimmage heavy on offensive plays designed to entertain fans.

But the spring game still offered insight into the Gators’ progress. Here are three things we learned during the scrimmage:

1. The battle at backup QB is more interesting...

04/12/2019 11:55 AM
UF freshman Andrew Nembhard declares for NBA draft

UF point guard Andrew Nembhard declared Friday for the NBA draft, with the option to return for his sophomore season.

The 6-foot-5, 191-pound Nembhard was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team after coming to UF from Montverde Academy near Orlando. A native of Canada, Nembhard averaged 8 points,...

04/12/2019 10:00 AM
Five things to watch during Gators' spring game

The Florida Gators ended last season with a flourish, capped by a 41-15 beat-down of Michigan during the Peach Bowl and a top-10 ranking. The spring game, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in the Swamp, will offer fans a chance to see how Dan Mullen’s squad is building on the success.

Here are five...

04/11/2019 09:10 PM
Todd Grantham: Jachai Polite a first-round talent who should have stayed at UF

UF defensive coordinator Todd Grantham warned Jachai Polite about leaving early for the NFL draft.

Polite, though, had his own ideas.

Ignoring Grantham’s counsel could cost the 21-year-old Polite millions of dollars in a couple of weeks.

“Yeah that was my advice, only because there’s a lot of factors...

04/10/2019 04:30 AM
UF senior linebacker David Reese revered by fellow Gators

UF freshman Mohamoud Diabate first knew him as “Mr. Reese.”

The salutation was a sign of respect from an 18-year-old for fellow linebacker David Reese’s stature and seniority.

“I’m like, ‘Mohamoud, I don’t need to talk to you like that, man,’” Reese recalled.

Diabate’s words also were a reminder...

04/11/2019 05:05 PM
Gators pass catchers compete to make each other better

When UF receiver Van Jefferson looks over his shoulder, it usually is for a football.

These days, it also could be a fellow Gator looking to make his case for every receiver’s coveted possession.

The competition this spring has been fierce among Jefferson and his fellow pass catchers. It could...

04/08/2019 01:20 PM
UF coach Dan Mullen might get creative with Gators' spring-game attendance

UF coach Dan Mullen likes to have fun during the spring game, with cameos from former players, trick plays and maybe even a poke at an opponent.

Mullen has yet to iron out many of the details for the Gators’ spring game, set for 1 p.m. Saturday in the Swamp. But UF’s second-year head coach plans...

04/04/2019 08:45 PM
Growth of UF O-line could be key to Gators' success

Practice had ended and Sanders Football Practice Field was deserted, other than a small huddle at the 50-yard line as the sun began to make its way to the horizon.

Florida Gators’ assistant coach John Hevesy was just getting started.

With the Aug. 24 season opener against Miami still months away,...

04/04/2019 03:00 PM
UF's Dan Mullen says Georgia playing catch-up to Gators by scheduling FSU

Georgia’s decision to schedule a home-and-home series with Florida State in 2027 and 2028 created buzz this week.

The move, along with a home-and-home with Clemson in 2032 and 2033, was lauded as a sign of aggressive scheduling by the Bulldogs during an age when top programs often first consider...

04/04/2019 02:20 PM
UF coach Dan Mullen hopes to honor his late father by helping others be good dads

Robert Mullen did not inspire his son Dan’s love of football.

Mullen did not have much of a background in the game. But once his oldest boy became involved in it, Mullen quickly became a football fan and a fixture at Dan Mullen’s games.

On Thursday, Mullen recalled his father’s support, his joie...

03/30/2019 12:45 PM
Gators defense looks to take next step under coordinator Todd Grantham

Forty-eight hours removed from a two-interception day, Brian Edwards wondered for a moment what might have been.

The Florida Gators’ cornerback is glad he does not have to find out.

Following a brief flirtation with the NFL in February, Todd Grantham is back to direct the UF defense — big news...

03/28/2019 08:25 PM
UF QB Feleipe Franks comfortable, in command as he distances himself in Gators' starting race

To a man on Thursday, UF quarterbacks Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and Emory Jones each said he feels more comfortable in Year 2 of Dan Mullen’s offense.

“Now is totally different than last spring,” Franks said.

A year ago, Franks was the face of a 4-7 season, during which he lost his confidence,...

2019 Football Schedule

8/31 Miami (Orl) TBD
9/07 UT Martin TBD
9/28 Towson TBD
10/12 @LSU TBD
10/19 @ SO CAR TBD
11/30 FSU TBD

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