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Florida Gators recruiting: UF a “dream school” for Zipperer

Before Friday Night Lights takes place in the Swamp the Florida Gators hosted a “Sensational Sophomore night Thursday in the indoor practice facility. One of the big targets, literally and figuratively Thursday night was 2019 tight end recruit Keon Zipperer, who came in at 6-1, 235 pounds.

The Gators picked up a 2018 tight end commitment earlier on in the day Thursday, but the position is one that Florida knows it needs to continue loading up on and the Gators are very interested in Zipperer. The feeling is mutual.

“It’s my dream school,” he said of UF. “I gotta come to...

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Chris Williamson no longer with Florida Gators

Junior defensive back Chris Williamson is no longer with the Florida Gators football team and will transfer, multiple sources told Gator Country.

Williamson played in 14 games, making one start in 2017 (UMass), throughout his first two seasons in Gainesville. Most of Williamson’s time was spent playing on special teams. He had five tackles in two seasons.

Entering his third season, the Gainesville, Georgia native was facing stiff competition from a deep class of cornerbacks from the 2017 signing class. The Gators signed five defensive backs in 2017 and have three redshirt freshman,...

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BREAKING: Marcell Harris to miss 2017 season with torn Achilles

The Florida Gators will be without their leading tackler from a year ago when they kickoff the 2017 season.

Redshirt senior safety Marcell Harris will miss the 2017 season after tearing his Achilles tendon. Harris suffered the injury in a team running session on Wednesday.

"As a coach this is one of the hardest things you are faced with," Jim McElwain said in a release. "Here is a kid who has made great personal growth during his time here and has really matured both on and off the field. It is tough to see a player invest so much in himself and his teammates and have this happen, but I...

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Four Obscure Areas the Florida Gators Need Improvement

Over the past five years (oh yeah, I celebrated my five year Gator Country anniversary on July 12), I have tried to explore every statistical avenue when it came to the Florida Gators football team. I have looked at positives and negatives, individual and team, and team and opponent – all to varying angles.

However, rarely have we explored the “obscure”. Now, what is considered obscure? I’ve classified them as things that you may overlook when looking up statistics online and in reality play a much bigger role than you may imagine. Or, in one case, just a really, really weird case...

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Florida Gators are top-10 in revenue nationally

According to USA Today’s annual database, the Florida Gators athletic program made $141 million dollars, eighth best in the country. Florida trailed Texas A&M, Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma and LSU.

The Gators made, according to the database, $141,441,109 in the 2015-16 year, while spending just $121,307,116. The $20.1 million dollar surplus was second best in the SEC, trailing only Texas A&M ($57.2 million). The $20.1 million dollar surplus ranked third national.

The UAA recently approved a $128.2 million...

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Five Florida Gators to attend first joint SAAC, SEC Leadership Council Meeting

In 2016 the Southeastern Conference and commissioner Greg Sankey announced a new initiative. Sankey created the Southeastern Conference Student-Athlete Leadership Councils and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The idea is to allow student-athletes to have a bigger say in programming on their respective campuses. The meetings will be held in Birmingham, Alabama beginning Friday.

A total of 69 student-athletes, including 28 SAAC representatives from all 14 SEC institutions will participate, including five Florida Gators. Martez Ivey (football), Kevarrius Hayes (basketball),...

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Florida Gators name LSU as 2017 Homecoming opponent

The Florida Gators rivalry with the LSU Tigers reached new heights in 2016 but Jim McElwain decided to turn it up to eleven in 2017.

On Thursday the Gators announced that LSU would be its homecoming opponent, something Tigers’ fans and players surely won’t like.

There has been bad blood between the interdivisional rivals for some time but the back-and-forth over a postponed game last year due to the threat of Hurricane Matthews cranked up the tension.

Florida was reluctant to move the game away from Gainesville early on in the week as projections for the Hurricane were far from...

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Opinion: Why Justin Fields Should Take His Time

If you have spent any time on Twitter, Florida Gators message boards, or just living anywhere near a sports fan – then you will know that about six football programs are living on the edge of their seats hoping for a commitment from 5-star quarterback Justin Fields. Fields, Mr. All-Everything on the camp circuit, is considering Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Penn State after backing off a seven-month commitment to Penn State.

After Fields de-committed from Penn State, he quickly visited Auburn, Georgia, Florida State, and Florida and fans expected a quick...

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Dawson, Harris, Ivey representing Florida Gators at SEC Media Days

With SEC Media Days just days away the SEC announced all 42 student-athletes that will join their 14 respective head coaches in Hoover, Alabama next week.

Jim McElwain picked three Florida Gators to accompany him and represent the University of Florida. Seniors Marcell Harris and Duke Dawson, as well as junior Martez Ivey.

This will be the first year since 2009 that the Gators aren’t featured on the first day (Monday) of the week. Florida will be up on Tuesday, along with Georgia, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

Harris and Dawson both played some of their best football last season...

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Who will the Florida Gators take to SEC Media Days?

It’s hard to believe but SEC Media Days are just around the corner and the Florida Gators are less than 60 days away from taking on Michigan to kick off the 2017 football season.

It may just be “talking season” to Steve Spurrier but the week that the SEC schools descend upon Hoover, Alabama for Media Days is sort of the official, unofficial start of the college football season. Every word, glance, stare, answer or non-answer will be scrutinized and picked apart during the week. In recent years it’s even become a fashion show, and not just with the players, coaches, namely

Florida Gators bring “Rally Cup” back home from College World Series

Traditions and superstitions in the game of baseball are some of the most unique in all of sports. From players avoiding stepping on the foul line, post-season hairstyles and colors, to rally caps, nearly every team relies on something to bring it good luck. But the Rally Cup? That’s a new one.

Winning a championship in any sport requires talent and good coaching, but it also takes a little bit of luck. For the Florida Gators, freshman pitcher Garrett Milchin’s used paper PowerAde cup became the source of good fortune in the College World Series Finals.

The unlikely story of this...

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A long, trying season ends with the Florida Gators on top

OMAHA, Neb. — The bus holding the Florida Gators is silent. It’s March 19 and nobody dares to utter a word as a chartered bus trucks through dark roads somewhere in Alabama.

The Gators had just been swept in the opening weekend of SEC play, outscored 22-9 by Auburn.

There’s doubt.

This team was following up teams that went to Omaha. Mike Rivera remembers his freshman year, wide-eyed in Omaha, looking around the clubhouse. Richie Martin, A.J. Puk, Logan Shore, Dane Dunning, Josh Tobias, Pete Alonso and Harrison Bader are all sitting there, favorites to win it...

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Gators enjoy giving Kevin O’Sullivan his first National Championship

OMAHA, Neb — Surrounded by his family Kevin O’Sullivan couldn’t help but smile.

O’Sullivan has gone through a lot on and off the field in the last year, making this moment, watching his players celebrate with their families, watching Brad Weitzel and Craig Bell, coaches that have been with him every step of the way take in the moment.

Winning the final game of the college baseball season is hard. O’Sullivan had never done it until Deacon Liput’s throw to JJ Schwarz beat Beau Jordan to first base.

“It's hard to describe in words. To be able to first have...

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Florida Gators beat LSU to win first ever CWS Final game

OMAHA, Neb — Florida Gators pitcher Brady Singer walked off the mound with a small vile filled to the brim with dirt from the mound at TD Ameritrade Park and a game used baseball. He found his mother, Jacquelyn, and handed her both.

When you throw seven innings and strike out a College World Series Final record with 12 strikeouts on your way to earning a win, you can do those kinds of things.

Florida stuck to its formula of dominant pitching and timely hitting to come away with a 4-3 win over the LSU Tigers, Florida’s first CWS Final win in school history.

Singer...

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Brady Singer hopes to bring Gators one game closer to a National Championship

OMAHA, Neb. — Brady Singer’s road to pitching the first game of the College World Series Championship Series started last Friday.

After throwing seven scoreless against Louisville to pick up his eighth win of the season on Tuesday the sophomore from Eustis doesn’t do much on Wednesday. He’ll throw and run, these days pitcher’s run as much if not more than they actually throw. He throws lightly on Thursday but Friday is when the real work begins.

“I threw a full bullpen on Friday off the mound. I’ll lightly toss Saturday,” Singer told Gator Country when...

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Florida Gators in a SEC showdown for a National Championsip

OMAHA, Neb. — Paul Mainieri wasn’t afraid to admit he had a rooting interest in the late game on Saturday.

Mainieri’s LSU Tigers had just eliminated Oregon State from the College World Series 6-1 and back in the team hotel he tuned in to watch the Florida Gators take on TCU.

“Truth be told, I was rooting for Kevin and the Gators last night. I just think it's an awesome thing that these two SEC schools get to play for a national championship.”

This is LSU’s seventh trip to the CWS Championship. The previous six times the Tigers have played for a National...

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The CWS final is set the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers’ pitching is not

OMAHA, Neb — The stage is set for the College World Series Championship but the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers’ pitching rotations are far from it.

“I'm going to let Kevin pick our starter tomorrow,” LSU manager Paul Mainieri joked on Sunday.

LSU lost its second game of the tournament, and had to play its way out of the loser’s bracket. Florida’s pitching staff was set up perfectly before they stumbled against TCU on Friday, forcing the “if necessary” game on Saturday where they burned Alex Faedo.

The two teams will take different approached. Brady...

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Alex Faedo’s final chapter with the Florida Gators is his best

OMAHA, Neb — With a runner on base, a 2-0 count and the tying run in the on deck circle Kevin O’Sullivan made the walk from TD Ameritrade’s first base dugout to go get his starter out of the game.

Possibly for the final time.

Alex Faedo handed the ball to his coach and walked off the field in what could be his last start for the Florida Gators. In front of him Gator fans and TCU fans alike stood and clapped. Behind him laid countless hitters still wondering what they had just faced.

There isn’t another player on the team that knows Faedo as well as Mike...

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Florida Gators back in CWS Championship Series

OMAHA, Neb. — For the third time this NCAA Tournament the Florida Gators were forced into the “if necessary” game and for the third time they prevailed.

The formula on Saturday night against TCU is the same imperfect formula Florida has relied upon all season long — great starting pitching and timely hits.

Three runs was enough to send the Gators back to the College World Series Final for the third time in school history (2005, 2011, 2017), where they will meet a familiar foe in LSU.

Alex Faedo started getting ready for his Saturday start in the dugout on...

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Florida Gators shake up lineup before elimination game

OMAHA, Neb — In an attempt to wake up the bats Florida Gators manager Kevin O’Sullivan decided to shake up the starting lineup for Florida’s elimination game against TCU on Saturday night.

Ryan Larson will bat ninth tonight vs. TCU. He’s been the Gators’ leadoff hitter for the entire NCAA Tournament. Deacon Liput will now fill that leadoff role for Florida. He had been batting sixth in the lineup previously. Austin Langworthy and

O’Sullivan alluded to a change in the lineup after Florida’s 9-2 loss to TCU on Friday night.

“Probably need to look at the...

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Backs against the wall, Gators wouldn’t want anyone else on the mound

OMAHA, Neb. — One by one the Florida Gators walked up a long tunnel from the third base dugout past the batting cages and made a right towards their clubhouse. Other than metal spike clanging on concrete it was silent.

Nothing was said but heads weren’t hanging. This Florida team isn’t for the faint of heart. They’ve already played in an elimination game in a Regional and then again in the Super Regional. After a 9-2 loss on Friday night they’ll need to make it 3-0 in elimination games — after losing to the same team in the previous game — this NCAA Tournament...

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TCU hands Florida Gators 9-2 loss, forces elimination game Saturday

OMAHA, Neb — The 2017 Florida Gators haven’t made anything easy this season and that didn’t change in Omaha.

Facing elimination the TCU Horned Frogs pounded out nine runs on nine hits and four Frog pitchers combined on a five-hitter to force the “if necessary” game in bracket two.

For a while it looked like the game was being brought to you by the strikeout. Sophomore Jackson Kowar drew the start, his first College World Series appearance, and stuck out the first five batters he faced. Kowar was spotting his fastball on both sides of the plate and commanding...

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TCU hands Florida Gators 9-2 loss, forces elimination game Saturday

OMAHA, Neb — The 2017 Florida Gators haven’t made anything easy this season and that didn’t change in Omaha.

Facing elimination the TCU Horned Frogs pounded out nine runs on nine hits and four Frog pitchers combined on a five-hitter to force the “if necessary” game in bracket two.

For a while it looked like the game was being brought to you by the strikeout. Sophomore Jackson Kowar drew the start, his first College World Series appearance, and stuck out the first five batters he faced. Kowar was spotting his fastball on both sides of the plate and commanding...

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Hit a dinger, douse a coach: Florida Gators making baseball fun again

OMAHA, Neb. — Bethune-Cookman beat the Florida Gators 6-2 to force a game seven in the Gainesville Regional. It was the first time the Wildcats had beat Florida in 32 games.

Behind the scenes student manager Zach Cronin got an idea. With the Florida Gators facing elimination how could the training staff and graduate assistants take some pressure off the team. How could they make the season, heading into its 62nd game, fun again?

Before the final game against Bethune Cookman a new tradition was born. Hit a dinger, douse an assistant.

The idea was Cronin’s but it...

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Florida Gators CWS run hinging on Jackson Kowar

OMAHA, Neb. — Kevin O’Sullivan is the last of the Florida Gators still in TD Ameritrade. The players and the rest of his staff have retreated to the team bus that will take the Gators back to their hotel.

He's not in a rush. The bus isn't going to leave him at the stadium like he were Lane Kiffin.

For just the third time in 11 trips Florida is 2-0 in Omaha. O’Sullivan has gotten 14 innings from his starting pitchers including 20 strikeouts to just one earned run. He’s only had to use three pitchers out of the bullpen.

It’s a dream scenario but O’Sullivan,...

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Three Florida Gators named Athlon Sports preseason All-Americans

With the college football season just over two months away Athlon Sports released its annual list of preseason All-Americans.

Three Florida Gators were named to the second and third teams. Duke Dawson was named a second team All-American at cornerback and Eddy Pineiro was named the second team kicker. Punter Johnny Townsend was selected on the third team.

Dawson returns in 2017 for his senior season. He has played in 37 games during his career at Florida with 48 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss,...

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Florida Gators revelling their underdog role in College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. — There is no greater stage in College baseball than TD Ameritrade Park and the College World Series. The pressure of just stepping between the white lines can make a game you’ve played your entire life feel foreign and make your knees weak.

Then, when you’re stacked like the Florida Gators were in 2016, after you’ve beat up on every opponent you’ve faced all season people start talking. The guys out in the Las Vegas desert make you a favorite. Reporters’ questions come in bigger than softballs, praise is heaped on you and you start to listen to it....

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators vs Louisville Cardinals CWS game 2

OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida Gators arrive at TD Ameritrade park and prepare for their second game of the 2017 College World Series against the Louisville Cardinals.

The Gators and Cardinals are both 1-0 in the 2017 CWS and the winner of this game advances to the bracket championship.

To view a photo, click a thumbnail. Once it opens up, you can click right or left of the photo to go to the next one. Enjoy!

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Camrin Knight to transfer away from Florida Gators

The Florida Gators are welcoming in the 2017 recruiting class this week and saying goodbye to one as well.

Former tight end turned linebacker Camrin Knight will transfer away from the Florida Gators after two seasons of little action in Orange and Blue, Gator Country has confirmed a report from Thomas Goldkamp.

Knight appeared in eight games as a freshman in 2015 and four games as a sophomore in 2016. He did not record any statistics and was normally deployed as a blocking tight end on the line of scrimmage. Knight was asked to move from tight end to linebacker this past spring...

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Florida’s Rembrandt: Alex Faedo finishes his latest masterpiece

OMAHA, Neb. — Jim Schlossnagle has seen a lot of baseball in his 27 years as a coach. The performance he watched from Alex Faedo on Sunday was unlike anything he’d seen before.

Faedo had made 50 appearances in three years at Florida so Schlossnagle and the TCU Horned Frogs has a book on the junior hurler. It just, as Schlossnagle put it, didn’t matter.

“Having a game plan and executing against a great pitcher are two different things,” he said.

The canvas for one of Faedo’s masterpieces starts blank. He was the last Gator out of the clubhouse on Sunday. He...

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