HOOVER, Ala. — On the third pitch of the game Eric Cole hit a hard chopper off of Brady Singer’s right throwing hand for a leadoff single. Seven pitches later Chad Spanberger launched a 2-2 fastball out of the Hoover Met and that was just the beginning of the worst loss the Gators (42-16) suffered all season. The Razorbacks (42-16) advanced to the SEC Tournament final with a 16-0 run rule win over Florida.
Singer walked the next batter after the home run and Kevin O’Sullivan went to the mound to check on his sophomore hurler.
“I asked him multiple times about (his hand),”...
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The Florida Gators long awaited blockbuster 2017 season opener against the Michigan Wolverines on September 2 finally has an official kickoff time.
ESPN announced on Thursday that the AdvoCare Classic between the Gators and Wolverines will kickoff their seasons at 3:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and will air live nationally on ABC. The Florida-Michigan game will precede a matchup between Florida State and Alabama (in Atlanta) at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Florida and Michigan...
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It almost felt wrong to look at this season’s Florida Gators softball schedule and not see the Alabama Crimson Tide on it. Softball fans were deprived of one of the most iconic matchups not only in the SEC but in all of college softball.
“I think the one thing with the way the formula of the league schedule is it seems like every year you have someone you’re accustomed to playing every year, not on your schedule,” head coach Time Walton said of not playing Alabama in the regular season. “We’ve played them a bunch in the past few years. We’ve had some very meaningful...
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Guard Marvin Price a 2019 prospect has had an impressive spring for the DC Blue Devils in the UAA circuit. Price is already a highly coveted prospect who many schools are prioritizing early on. Price caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his recruiting process and the upcoming Florida visit he has scheduled.
Price plays a physical style of basketball. Being in attack mode is a normal thing for Price who always looks to be the aggressor.
“My playing is very physical,” Price said. “I have a high motor. I attack the basketball well and rebound good for my size. I need to...
Read the rest here: Price plans to visit Florida Gators basketball soon
The Florida Gators are in desperate need of a kick and punt returner – so much so, that it may be one of their biggest question marks heading into the summer.
Under Jim McElwain and special teams coordinator Greg Nord, the Gators have struggled in the punt and kick return game. They have only returned one kick for a touchdown in the past two seasons, after having seven in the previous six seasons, and besides two touchdowns by Antonio Callaway on punt return in 2015, the Gators have little reason to be proud of the return game.
The Gators ranked 39th in kick return, lead mostly by...
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The Florida Gators earned the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament, which starts Tuesday, May 23. Earning the No. 1 seed comes along with a first round bye. Here is a complete schedule for the 2017 SEC Tournament.
The Gators' first game will be Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET vs. the winner of Game 3 (Ole Miss vs. Auburn)
TUESDAY (single elimination) (all times are eastern standard)
Game 1 | 10:30 a.m. | No. 11 South Carolina vs. No. 6 Vanderbilt | SEC Network |
Game 2 | 2:00 p.m. | No. 10 Missouri vs. No. 7 Texas A&M | SEC Network |
Game 3 | 5:30 p.m. | No. 9 Ole Miss vs. No. 8 Auburn |...
Read the rest here: 2017 SEC baseball Tournament complete schedule
Team Loaded(VA) has been one of the hottest teams in the Adidas circuit, and a lot of that has to do with the strong play from point guard Jaelin Llewellyn. The Canadian point guard has been very efficient and has made a statement through 8 games in the Adidas Gauntlet. Llewellyn caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his spring and his reaction to his recent Florida offer.
Llewellyn prides himself on being a playmaker. Not only can he set up his teammates to score, but he has the ability to score at a high rate himself.
“I’m a point guard that loves to get teammates involved...
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Special report on the Florida Gators women's tennis team:
ATHENS, Ga. – Top-seeded Florida won the doubles point for the 25th time this season and earned a spot in the NCAA Championships Final Four for the 25th time in program history.
The Gators carried that momentum of winning the initial team point and knocked off ninth-seeded Oklahoma State, 4-1, in the NCAA Quarterfinals played at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex Sunday afternoon.
Sunday's match was the second time this season the two programs squared off, with Florida (27-3) capturing the 4-2 decision in Gainesville back on...
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Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round for the 10th time in program history after the team downed Oklahoma State 5-0 in game seven of the NCAA Gainesville Regional.
The Gators (53-7) were upended 1-0 in the first game of the day by the Cowgirls (38-25) but rebounded with resounding force in a winner take all contest.
Senior Delanie Gourley (20-4) received the nod to start in the circle for the final game and set the tone as she struck out the side on just 12...
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After a slow start the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats poured in on the No. 5 Florida Gators, taking the opening game of final series of the season 12-4.
Kentucky ( 38-16/19-9 SEC) clawed out 20 hits, tied for the most against a SEC opponent this season (South Carolina) and second most on the season. The win tied the Cats and Gators (38-15/19-9 SEC) atop the SEC, joined with LSU, who beat Mississippi State 3-1.
Alex Faedo started off the game in complete control. He gave up two singles in the first but left unscathed. He gave up two more singles in the second but stranded both runners. Faedo...
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The Florida Gators dominated the Southeast Region in this year’s NFCA D1 All-Region Teams, with seven players on the list between First Team and Second Team. In-state rival FSU was just behind Florida with six players receiving honors.
Sophomore pitcher Kelly Barnhill was named one of two pitchers on First-Team. This one was a no-brainer as Barnhill has not only been the best pitcher in the region but the best in the country all year long.
Barnhill is chasing records this season and even breaking some records already set by her. She has posted a 22-1 record with a nation-leading 0.33...
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Florida Gators junior receiver Antonio Callaway was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana early Saturday morning.
Gainesville Police officers stopped a black Mercedes SUV for a seatbelt violation. Callaway was sitting in the back seat behind the driver. When the officer approached the vehicle he reported smelling the odor of marijuana. After asking Callaway to exit the vehicle officers found a bag of marijuana weighing approximately seven grams in Callaway’s front pocket. Another passenger, 40-year old Kendrick Lamount Williams was also found with marijuana on his person and both...
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It’s a huge period of time for the Florida Gators recruiting staff and every coaching staff in America as the recruiting evaluation period is currently under way.
For the last few weeks through the end of May, the Gators coaches will be visiting prospects around the country and watching them practice.
Gator Country’s members have a lot of questions about how the 2018 class will shake out and who are the top prospects that the Gators are after right now. We answer your questions in this week’s Florida Gators recruiting mailbag.
Well let’s dive right in to this week’s...
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It’s business as usual for the Florida Gators softball team as it prepares for 2017 post-season play. For the third consecutive year and the fifth time in history, the Gators are the No. 1 overall seed in the national tournament, a feat no team but Florida has ever accomplished more than once.
“There’s a lot to be said about doing something like that,” said head coach Tim Walton. “That tells you a lot about your whole body of work. That tells you about what you did all season long from February all the way until May. I don’t know that it’s helped us in some of the seeding...
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The Florida Gators have filled its Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs role with former Kansas State Deputy Director of Athletics, Laird Veatch.
Veatch fills the role that was vacated by Chip Howard in April. Howard spent 28 years in Florida’s Athletic Department. Veatch will start on July 1.
“Needless to say the impact of Chip leaving the UAA will be significant,” said Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin. “Chip’s been invaluable in assisting with my transition to Florida, and I’ll miss him as both a colleague and a friend.”
Read the rest here: Florida Gators fill vacancy on UAA staff, welcome Laird Veatch
I can’t think of many recruits who have had a better spring than 1Family forward Nassir Little. Little has shown off his versatility and playmaking ability through two sessions of the Adidas Gauntlet. His impressive showing so far this spring has resulted in him receiving 13 offers in the month of April. Little caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his spring and his recruiting process.
Little has showcased his ability to score at all three levels on offense this spring. He has averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds per game through two sessions. Little has really worked on his...
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The tight end position is one of the positions that has struggled the most for the Florida Gators the last few years and that has led the staff to look for several prospects in this year’s class.
With one already committed, the Gators offered tight end John Fitzpatrick (6-6, 230, Atlanta, GA. Marist School) after visiting his school on Thursday.
“They offered me as a tight end today [Thursday],” Fitzpatrick said of Florida. “Coach [Greg] Nord came by my school and then later I talked to Coach [Chris] Rumph and he explained that they were really excited about me and wanted to...
Read the rest here: An interested Fitzpatrick picks up Florida Gators offer
Jason Williams goes up against Dan Cross.
Al Horford battles Patric Young.
Devin Robins faces off with Chandler Parsons.
Dametri Hill collides with Udonis Haslem.
And Joakim Noah takes on legendary Neal Walk.
We can dream, right?
Well, much of the Nuttin’ But Net community has done just that --- conjuring up a fantasy draft during which eight fans drafted All-Time Gator Dream Teams. Those teams consist of players ranging from the programs very first team captain, Paul Beeler, to today’s stars—Chris Chiozza and Kevaughn. And virtually every super-hoopster in between ---...
Read the rest here: Bill Koss chimes in on Legendary Hoops Contest!
Special report on Florida Gators athletics
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida athletics once again posted high marks across the board in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, announced Wednesday by the NCAA. Every Gator team scored above a 970 out of 1,000.
Last week, four Florida teams were celebrated as their APR scores were in the top 10 percent of their sport. Women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis all scored a perfect 1,000, while men’s basketball was also recognized with a 990 that rated among the top 10 percent.
“In athletics, we keep score, not just on the playing field...
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Tre Mann is a local Florida prospect who is really starting to catch the attention of coaching staffs from all around the country. The class of 2019 point guard from the Villages High School, has been impressive for the E1T1 16u squad so far in the travel season. Mann recently caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about travel ball and his recruiting process.
Mann is a balanced point guard who can help the team in several ways. He has the ability to knock down big shots as well as setting others up for scoring opportunities.
“I am an all-around point guard,” Mann said. “I can...
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The No. 5 Florida Gators (35-14) dropped yet another midweek matchup on Tuesday, this time to No. 23 USF (38-10), as a lack of pitching depth reared its ugly head in the 15-10 loss. It was a game that head coach Kevin O’Sullivan referred to as “just one of those nights”.
Freshman RHP Garrett Milchin got the start on the mound and in the batting order against the Bulls, the first time a Florida player has done so since AJ Puk in 2014. USF set the tone early with a two-run homer off the bat of Joe Genord in the top of the first inning.
Milchin managed to make it out of the second...
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The No. 7 Florida Gators (34-13, 15-8 SEC) baseball team relied on seven unanswered runs to come back and take the series over the Ole Miss Rebels (29-19, 11-12 SEC) with a 7-4 win on Saturday.
Until recent weeks, Florida’s offense has been unreliable and inconsistent to say the least, but it is finally starting to reach its stride. Now on an eight-game winning streak, the Gators are more confident than they have been all season.
With Saturday starter Brady Singer on the mound, the Rebels found a rhythm early. Leadoff batter Tate Blackman singled on the very first pitch of the game and...
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Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The University of Florida women's lacrosse team (17-2) claimed its fifth conference tournament title overall, its fourth conference title in a row, and third BIG EAST Tournament title in a row on Saturday. The Gators beat third-seeded Denver (14-4), by a score of 18-12.
The Gators scored 39 goals over the span of two tournament games, breaking their own record from 2015 for most goals scored in a BIG EAST Tournament.
Tournament Most Outstanding Player Mollie Stevens stuffed the stat sheet against the Pioneers,...
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The No. 7 Florida Gators (33-13, 14-8 SEC) defeated the Ole Miss Rebels (29-18, 11-11 SEC) 11-2 at home on Friday night in what head coach Kevin O’Sullivan called the most complete game his team has played all year.
The offense that sparked the most complete game of the year might not have come so easily without the best at bat of the year from Christian Hicks. No, it wasn’t a home run. Not even a base hit. It was a walk. A 15 pitch walk in the fourth inning that set the tone for the entire night.
The Gators struggled to find any kind of offense the first time around the order,...
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Keonte Kennedy has a reputation of being one of the top shooters in the 2018 recruiting class. Kennedy has upheld that reputation by shooting 45% from deep through two EYBL sessions. Despite being known as a great shooter, Kennedy is looking to prove that he is much more.
The 6’4 guard from Westlake High School is very confident in his shooting ability. Kennedy believes that he is versatile in scoring the ball, and isn’t just a catch and shoot player.
“I like to push the ball up the floor first and look for transition, but if that's not there pull it out and be able to execute a...
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Special on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 2 University of Florida women's lacrosse team claimed four major postseason awards and had 10 players named to the 2017 All-BIG EAST Conference teams on Wednesday, a day before the Gators (15-2) take the field against Temple in the BIG EAST Tournament held at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa.
Senior Mollie Stevens is the Attacker of the Year, senior Caroline Fitzgerald is the Defensive Player of the Year, and sophomore Haley Hicklen is the Goalkeeper of the Year. To top it all off the Gators coaching staff, under...
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As the April evaluation period concluded this past weekend, many prospects left college coaches with a strong impression. Kaden Archie, a guard from Midlothian(TX), is seeing his recruiting process heat up due in part to his showing in the first two Adidas Gauntlet sessions. Florida, Texas, SMU and LSU are the most recent teams to offer the talented guard from the Lone Star State. Archie recently caught up with GatorCountry.com to recap the Adidas Gauntlet and his recruiting process.
Archie is a very aggressive player who looks to attack the defense and make them uncomfortable. He also...
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Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida women's lacrosse team (15-2, 9-0) claimed its seventh consecutive conference championship, and third consecutive BIG EAST Championship, with a 15-3 victory over the Georgetown Hoyas (9-8, 7-2) on Saturday.
After a Hoya goal by Morgan Ryan tied the score at 2-2 with 23:08 remaining in the first half, the Gators went on an 11-0 run spanning over 35 minutes of game action to put the contest away.
Florida's defense smothered Georgetown all afternoon, limiting the Hoyas to just three goals on...
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University of Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley became the seventh Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the Cleveland Browns selected him 185th overall in the sixth round.
Brantley came to Florida as the ninth rated defensive tackle in the country out of Crescent City High School. He redshirted in 2013 before finally seeing action and playing in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman.
When Jim McElwain and the new coaching staff took over in 2015, Brantley assumed a starting role. With 29 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss, Pro Football Focus named him to Second Team...
Read the rest here: 2017 NFL Draft: Caleb Brantley drafted by Browns
University of Florida offensive lineman David Sharpe became the sixth Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the Oakland Raiders selected him 129th overall in the fourth round.
Sharpe came to Florida as a highly regarded offensive tackle out of Providence School in Jacksonville, Fla., and earned some playing time as a backup in the offensive line rotation as a freshman.
He earned a starting spot at left tackle as a sophomore in the 2015 season, starting 13 of 14 games. Sharpe was one of just two players to start every single game of the 2016 season for the...
Read the rest here: 2017 NFL Draft: David Sharpe drafted by Raiders