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Brown enjoys his first visit to the Florida Gators

Last weekend it was junior day for the Florida Gators and most prospects that visited were from in state, but one prospect traveled a long way to visit Gainesville.

That prospect was running back Leddie Brown (6-0, 210, Smyrna, DE. High) who made the long trek from Delaware down to Florida.

“It went great, I liked it,” Brown said. “I got to see the practices and see how everything works there. We toured the campus and got to see where the students live and stuff. And we got to see the dorms and stuff. I talked to most of the coaches too.”

During the multiple days on campus,...

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Florida Gators basketball: 2016-17 season in review

It is finally sinking in that Florida Gators basketball season is over. Florida finished the season with a 27-9 overall record while playing the seventh-ranked strength of schedule in the country.

The Gators were road warriors to start the season, playing their first 11 games away from home while Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center was in the final stages of reconstruction. Florida was 8-3 over that span, with its three losses coming to strong opponents in Gonzaga, Duke and Florida State.

Florida won the very first game to be played in Exactech Arena over Little Rock...

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Offensive explosion leads Florida Gators softball to 15-7 win

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Florida Gators lucky to have versatile coach like Tim Skipper

Tim Skipper probably knew the conversation was coming even before Jim McElwain asked to speak to him. He’s in tuned with how volatile the coaching circuit is and he undoubtedly had read or heard the reports that the Florida Gators were interested in bringing JaJuan Seider on to its staff.

When the time finally came to meet with McElwain and discuss moving from coaching running backs to coaching linebackers, it wasn’t much of a conversation.

“I’m happy to be a Gator,” Skipper said after practice on Wednesday. “I said that when I first came here. It doesn’t matter what I’m...

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Johnson excited about future of Florida Gators basketball

Versatility and size are two attributes that come in handy in the game of basketball. A combination of both makes for a dangerous player. Florida is getting a guy with both in class of 2017 forward Chase Johnson. The 6’8 big man from Huntington Prep in West Virginia will be bringing a unique skill set to Gainesville.

The way Johnson loves to play is the same way that the Gators look to play. Johnson wants to run the floor and make plays. The ability to shoot the ball well from distance makes him difficult to guard.

“I like to get up and down the floor. I feel that I’m really...

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Jackson looking for answers from the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators only signed one tight end in the 2017 class after Zech Byrd didn’t sign with the Gators on signing day.

That means the Gators are looking to add at least one in this year’s class and on Saturday tight end Jarrett Jackson (6-4, 257, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. High) visited Florida.

“The visit went well, just a couple of things that I’m waiting to find out about,” Jackson said of his Florida visit. “It went great overall but there’s still some question about where I’m going to play at in college. I got to learn a little bit about the school,...

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Stevenson has UF as his leader: Florida Gators recruiting

An interesting thing for the Florida Gators recruiting classes is that the 2019 class has the exact same amount of commits as the 2018 class does.

This speaks volumes to the way Jim McElwain and his staff have continued to recruit players earlier in the process.

On Saturday, the Gators hosted several 2019 prospects on campus including defensive back Tyrique Stevenson (6-0, 175, Homestead, FL. South Dade) who enjoyed his visit.

“It was a great visit, I loved it up there,” Stevenson said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “We visited the locker room, we went to practice and...

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Massey’s road to a speedy ACL recovery for Florida Gators

Nothing in life has ever come easy for Florida Gators wide receiver Dre Massey.

From moving around a lot as a child, to losing his father in a car accident at a young age, to paving his way out of Holmes Community College and finally landing at the University of Florida, all the obstacles Massey has faced in his life have given him the strength to endure whatever new challenges are thrown his way.

The most recent hurdle to add to his list came last fall, in the very first game of his Division I football career. His mother traveled all the way from Greenville, South Carolina, to see her...

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Jachai Polite Could be Florida Gators Next Great Lineman

Could sophomore Jachai Polite be the next great Florida Gators defensive tackle?

Yes. That’s it. Thanks for reading!

No, but seriously, he could.

The sophomore defensive tackle from Daytona Beach, Fla. came to the University of Florida has an unheralded, or rather under-reported on, recruit. A three-star out of Mainland High School, Polite committed in November of his senior year over schools like Southern California, Missouri, and Georgia Tech. He was expected to potentially contribute in a few years, but not earlier. He was expected to be a quicker than normal defensive tackle,...

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Jarrad Davis turns heads, solidifies draft status at pro day

Jarrad Davis knew that his ankle wasn’t ready to go but as a senior for the Florida Gators native of Kingsland Georgia, he couldn’t imagine not playing in his final Florida-Georgia game.

So he played.

Davis tallied seven tackles that Saturday but playing in that game, and the following week against Missouri took its toll.

“Playing that Georgia week, that was my week, I couldn’t miss that week,” he said following Florida’s pro day on Tuesday. “Then I felt like I set myself back a little bit doing that, coming back so fast.

Davis missed the next three games. He tried to...

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Rivera blasts Florida Gators past FSU, 4-1

JACKSONVILLE — Mike Rivera entered Tuesday night’s game hitting just .234. The junior catcher had struggled at the plate all season but stepped up to the plate in the first inning with an opportunity to break the game open.

Rivera worked the count to 2-2 and got a changeup from Florida State starter Andrew Karp. Rivera waited back and hit the ball high to left field, carrying over the wall and into the waiting arms of a young fan to give Florida a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, leading the Gators’ path to a 4-1 win.

“I did watch it,” Rivera said with a laugh. “Usually if...

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Smith joins the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 picked up its third member of the class on Tuesday morning when it received a new commitment.

Safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) gave the news that he was committing to Florida this morning.

“I want to announce that I’ll be spending the next four year at the University of Florida,” Smith said.

Smith visited the Gators two weekends ago and that was him and his family fell in love with Florida.

“This was my third time up here so I was letting my mom and granddad enjoy it,” he said. “They loved...

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Burney experiences a different visit to the Florida Gators

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain talked about how big of a Saturday it was for the Gators to host so many prospects on campus at his Monday press conference. McElwain said the Gators even added in some stuff at practice for prospects to see and that included athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) who got to see some of the new coaches for the first time.

“It went great, it was a different experience from the last few times I’ve been there,” Burney said of Saturday’s visit. “Finally getting to a practice, I had never been to one before. Just...

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A dream come true for DB Thomas: Florida Gators recruiting

Several prospects picked up offers for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 on Saturday during the Gators junior day and that included one instate prospects.

Defensive back Juanyeh Thomas (6-2, 182, Niceville, FL. High) was one of those guys and he liked watching the Gators practice.

“It was great, I loved the facilities and I love the coaches,” Thomas said of the visit to Florida on Saturday. “The best part of it all was practice. I love the field tempo of their practices. We got to do a lot, though; we toured the facilities, went on the game field and then watched...

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Gators think Antonneous Clayton is ready to “turn some heads”

Every morning that Antonneous Clayton wakes up he’s thinking about what has to be done that day. There are weights, class, film and practice and, of course, he has to eat.

Clayton arrived at Florida a heralded five-start prospect but at 215 pounds he wasn’t anywhere near where he needed to be to play defensive line in the Southeastern Conference.

“I wasn’t that SEC body that I wanted to have,” he said Monday. “I was highly ranked but when I got here those stars didn’t mean nothing. I still had a huge learning curve.”

Clayton was a star lineman for Dooley County High...

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Newbauer hired as Florida Gators women’s basketball coach

Special report on the Florida Gators women's basketball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Cameron Newbauer will be the 10th head coach of the University of Florida women's basketball program, Athletics Director Scott Stricklin announced Monday.

Newbauer (38), spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Belmont University, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Under Newbauer, the Bruins reached the postseason three times, including NCAA Tournament berths the last two seasons.

Belmont won 35 of its last 36 games against Ohio Valley Conference opponents - a run that included league tournament...

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Florida Gators Pro Day preview

The NFL will descend on Gainesville Tuesday for the Florida Gators Pro Day.

Florida, once again, is loaded with talent and representatives are expected to be in attendance from all 32 NFL organizations. The Gators had eight players invited to the NFL Combine last month, including five juniors that declared early for the draft.

“I’m really excited for our guys to go get in front of those scouts again for some of them and first time for others, and have an opportunity to put on a good show for that,” McElwain said. “There are going to be tons of people here, everything from NFL...

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Tyler Jordan answers the call from Jim McElwain

The Florida Gators offensive line has taken a lot of criticism the past several years. Two years ago the unit let up more sacks than any other offensive line in the SEC (45) but they bounced back in 2016 allowing just (28), cutting the average down by more than a full sack a game.

Part of the jump in production was the consistency created by returning offensive linemen and in 2016 the Gators will return every starting offensive lineman except left tackle David Sharpe.

Tyler Jordan has played in 25-of-27 games since he arrived on campus, including four starts as a freshman and 11 as a...

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Davis made Saturday’s visit a success for Barnes: Florida Gators

Offensive lineman William Barnes (6-4, 312, Apopka, FL. High) has been on the Florida Gators campus several times but Saturday’s visit was different.

On Saturday, Barnes got to watch new Gators offensive line coach in person and he says that his visit was a success to Gainesville.

“It was definitely a great visit, I enjoyed it a lot,” Barnes said of his visit to Florida. “Getting to watch Coach Brad Davis coach and getting to talk to Coach Mac is always great. It was just a good visit.”

Barnes was impressed by Davis’ coaching style and the way Florida practiced during...

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Gregory likes the Florida Gators coaches and atmosphere

Saturday was a very busy for the Florida Gators coaching staff as they held a spring practice and a junior day.

One of the prospects on campus for that junior day was receiver Demarcus Gregory (6-3, 196, Duncan, SC. Byrnes) who enjoyed his time on campus.

“It went good, I loved the campus, it was really nice,” Gregory said of his Florida visit on Saturday. “I was able to talk to the coaches. I talked to Coach [Kerry] Dixon and Coach [Jim] McElwain one-on-one. We also toured the campus.”

Gregory got the chance to watch Florida practice and he was able to evaluate how Dixon...

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Florida Gators softball wins series and game 2 against AU

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida softball team clinched the series for the ninth-consecutive time against Auburn with a 7-0 victory in the second game Sunday, March 26, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators have won every three-game series dating back to the 2005 season.

Sophomore Kelly Barnhill fueled the Gators (29-1, 7-0 SEC) to their 20th-straight victory behind a season-high 16 strikeouts. Barnhill limited a potent Tigers (27-5, 2-3 SEC) offense to just two hits, both of which recorded by Kasey...

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Florida Gators fall short of Final Four vs. South Carolina

The Florida Gators basketball season came to an end on Sunday with a 77-70 loss to South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Final. The Gators found themselves on the other end of a hard-fought game as they could not close things out in the final minutes.

Florida’s chances seemed good after playing a relatively poor first half and still taking a 40-33 lead into halftime. A strong start to the second half could have been all the Gators needed to run away with the game, but that story did not play out.

South Carolina cut Florida’s lead to just one point less than four minutes...

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South Carolina ends the Florida Gators basketball season

With a Final Four appearance on the line, the (4) Florida Gators (27-9) could not close out the game against the (7) South Carolina Gamecocks (26-10). The two familiar opponents battled it out to the very end, but the Gamecocks outlasted the Gators in the final minutes.

South Carolina advances to its first Final Four appearance in school history with the 77-70 win over Florida.

After a mostly evenly matched first half, the Gators pulled ahead in the final minutes of the half to go to the locker room with a 40-33 lead.

Florida returned to the court without the intensity it had to close...

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Seventh inning rally pushes Florida Gators softball past AU

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It came down to the final at-bat and aggressive base running as junior Nicole DeWitt provided a walk-off single to complete the comeback and give the No. 2-ranked University of Florida softball team a 4-3 win over No. 4 Auburn in the initial game of the series Saturday, March 25 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Alex Voss scored the tying run from second base while redshirt-freshman Sophia Reynoso raced home from first base for the go-ahead run. DeWitt’s game-winning single hit off the outstretched glove of...

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Brady Singer goes the distance, Gators take series over LSU

Brady Singer is already being looked at as a potential first round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Saturday he showed it, throwing his first career complete game as the No. 12 Florida Gators (16-8, 2-3 SEC) beat No. 5 LSU (17-7, 3-2 SEC) 8-1 on Saturday.

Singer (3-1, 1.58) was dominant, holding the SEC’s second-best offense to just six hits. LSU manager Paul Mainieri has seen some great pitchers during his 10 years at LSU and more than 30 years coaching at the college level.

“I now know what it feels like for other teams that played against Aaron Nola,” Mainieri said of his former...

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Florida Gators lacrosse takes down no.13 Denver

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida women's lacrosse team (8-1, 2-0) took down the No. 13 Denver Pioneers (7-2, 1-1), 15-8 on Saturday afternoon to extend their winning streak to eight games.

The 15 goals scored by the Gators were the most Denver had allowed in a game all season. Entering today's tilt, the Pioneers ranked seventh in the NCAA in only allowing 7.75 goals per game, with a season high of just 10.

Florida used a 9-1 run stretching over 21 minutes of game action to take command of the game after being in a 2-2...

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Emotionally exhausted Florida Gators challenged by a quick turnaround

It’s been less than 24 hours since Chris Chiozza drained the buzzer beater to save the season and send Florida Gators basketball to the Elite Eight. It is also less than 24 hours before the Gators take the court at Madison Square Garden once again.

The Gators are coming off the greatest win of the season and fighting complete emotional exhaustion in preparation for what will be the most significant Florida basketball game since 2014.

When the Gators arrived back at their hotel early Saturday morning after 2 a.m., players’ phones were still blowing up, especially Chiozza’s. The hero...

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Ladson newest member of the Florida Gators recruiting class

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 picked up its third commit on Saturday afternoon.

2019 receiver Frank Ladson (6-4, 170, Miami, FL. Southridge) committed to Florida while on campus on Saturday for the Gators junior day.

"Florida always been one of my top schools," Ladson said. "With my favorite college WR Antonio Callaway being there and getting a feel for the school and coaches it felt like the right thing to do."

Ladson committed to Gators head coach Jim McElwain and the head man was excited to hear the news.

He said welcome to the family," he said of McElwain's...

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Elite Eight preview: Florida Gators vs South Carolina

What to know: (4) Florida Gators vs. (7) South Carolina Gamecocks

Game Information
When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:20 p.m. (ET)
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
Records: Florida (27-8, 14-4 SEC); South Carolina (25-10, 12-6 SEC)
Coaches: Mike White- 48-23 (2nd season at Florida), 149-63 (6th season overall); Frank Martin- 95-73 (5th season at South Carolina), 212-127 (10th season overall)
TV: CBS
Radio: Gator IMG Sports...

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Florida Gators advance to Elite Eight after instant classic

There is no way to write a better script than the one that played out between (4) Florida and (8) Wisconsin in Madison Square Garden from late Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning.

The game will forever be remembered as one of the most exciting and improbable finishes in NCAA Tournament history. After 10 lead changes, seven ties and three blown double-digit leads between the two teams, two seasons on the line came down to four seconds in overtime.

Four seconds was all Chris Chiozza needed to get down the court, get a three off and send up a quick prayer. The Gators...

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