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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,...

03/28/2019 04:30 PM
Mike White pleased with Gators' effort to close season, eager to see UF improve

The Sweet 16 began Thursday with four SEC teams remaining for the first time since 1996, and Florida rival FSU still alive.

Earlier in the day, UF coach Mike White met with reporters to discuss his team’s second-round exit last weekend, the subsequent spate of transfers this week and what lies...

03/27/2019 03:40 PM
DeAundrae Ballard leaving Florida Gators' basketball team

Sophomore guard Deaundrae Ballard will transfer from UF, the school announced. He is the third player to leave the Gators’ program in two days.

A four-star prospect from Atlanta, Ballard was considered a key signing in 2017. But Ballard’s questionable shot selection and inconsistent defensive performance...

03/27/2019 03:00 PM
Former UF pass rusher Jachai Polite's struggles continue at Gators' Pro Day

Jachai Polite still has time, but he lost his first chance to wash away an epic fail at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Polite’s performance Wednesday at UF’s Pro Day in the Gators’ indoor practice facility did not make anyone forget his shockingly underwhelming — and potentially costly — performance...

03/26/2019 02:55 PM
Keith Stone, Mike Okaura leaving Florida Gators' basketball program

Florida Gators’ forward Keith Stone and guard Mike Okauru will transfer, leaving coach Mike White with three scholarships available entering the offseason.

UF announced Tuesday Stone, a redshirt junior from Deerfield Beach, will leave school following his anticipated graduation this spring. Okauru,...

03/23/2019 07:45 PM
Gators can't stop potent Michigan, fall in second round of NCAA Tournament

While Florida hustled and defended with its season on the line, Michigan used Saturday’s NCAA Tournament second-round match-up to show it was Sweet 16-worthy yet again.

The No. 2 seed Wolverines (30-6) stifled coach Mike White’s Gators inside a sold-out Wells Fargo Arena, 64-49, ending Florida’s...

03/22/2019 07:00 PM
Fate of Gators' Sweet 16 dreams depend on defensive showdown with No. 2 seed Michigan

Florida coach Mike White was blunt assessing his squad’s shortcomings ahead of its NCAA Tournament second-round matchup.

After almost blowing an 18-point second-half lead in Thursday’s opener against Nevada and getting comfortable with gutting out win-or-go-home games, the No. 10 seed Gators won’t...

03/21/2019 10:10 PM
Gators survive Nevada rally, earn 70-61 victory in first round of NCAA Tournament

What would Florida’s roller-coaster season be without a nerve-racking finish in the NCAA Tournament?

The Gators nearly sped past Mountain West favorite Nevada in Thursday’s first round with a dominant defensive performance inside a packed Wells Fargo Arena, but a near-collapse kept the Wolf Pack...

03/19/2019 08:15 PM
Surging Gators enter NCAA Tournament chasing a deep postseason run

Sitting at 12-11 and facing the distinct possibility of a losing season, the Florida Gators had little hope and two left feet.

Six weeks later, coach Mike White’s squad has found its stride and looks to make a run in the NCAA Tournament, beginning Thursday in Des Moines against Nevada.

“Weird year,”...

03/19/2019 04:05 PM
UF freshman CB Chris Steele forced to grow up quickly for Gators

UF cornerback Chris Steele has lined up with the Gators’ starting defense while Marco Wilson recovers from an ACL tear.

Each day, the team’s veteran receivers have reminded Steele he still is a first-year freshman. But those growing pains should pay off next season for the highest-rated member...

03/17/2019 09:00 PM
Gators receive No. 10 seed, to face No. 7 seed Nevada in Iowa to open NCAA Tournament

The Florida Gators’ late surge propelled them into the NCAA Tournament.

UF (19-15) is a No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 seed Nevada (29-4) on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6:50 p.m. and will air on TNT.

The Gators seemed unlikely to make any postseason tournament...

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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