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Top prospect in Ohio commits to Florida

Posted on 13 July 2014 by Allen

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The Gators went into Ohio and took the best linebacker into the state back to the Swamp with them. 4 star linebacker Jerome Baker chose Florida over the Buckeyes, Seminoles, Volunteers, and many others to commit to Will Muschamp on Friday. The 6’1 205 lb prospect will look to finish up his high school career with Benedictine this fall.

Baker was thought to be a shoo-in for the Buckeyes but turned a lot of heads by selecting the Gators.

It was a rough week for Ohio State who thought they had Baker who was Ohio’s #1 prospect. They also whiffed on LJ Scott who picked the Spartans over the Buckeyes last week as well. But if Will Muschamp has another bad year next year it wouldn’t surprise me to see Meyer eventually turn Baker back up north to Ohio State. The recruiting wars aren’t over until the NLI is signed. Commits flip all the time.

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Florida and Miami agree to home and home series beginning in 2015

Posted on 01 July 2014 by Allen

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For the first time since 2009, the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators will meet on the hardwood as both schools have agreed to a home-and-home men’s basketball series. Florida will host the first game Nov. 17, while Miami will host the return game at BankUnited Center during the 2015-16 season.

Florida leads the all-time series 45-22. November’s nonconference matchup will be the first meeting since March 20, 2009 – a 74-60 loss at Florida in the second round of the NIT. The Canes haven’t hosted the Gators since Dec. 22, 2005 – a 77-67 Florida win. Miami last defeated Florida on Dec. 4, 2004, a 72-65 win in Gainesville.

Miami finished the 2013-14 season with a 17-16 overall record and the Hurricanes are 66-36 in three seasons under head coach Jim Larrañaga.

The Canes welcome nine newcomers to the 2014-15 roster, which includes six recruits – Kamari Murphy, Ja’Quan Newton, James Palmer, Omar Sherman, Joe Thomas and Ivan Cruz Uceda – along with two Big 12 transfers – Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan – and redshirt freshman Deandre Burnett, who sat out the 2013-14 season with an injury.

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Joker Phillips resigns, Muschamp names Leak Receivers Coach

Posted on 11 June 2014 by Allen

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Will Muschamp today announced the resignation of Joker Phillips. The former Kentucky coach had been the receivers since joining Florida in December 2012 after leaving the Kentucky program.

Muchamp wasted no time in announcing Phillip’s successor. Former Gators quarterback Chris Leak will now take over as Gator’s receivers coach. Leak had been an offensive graduate assistant and is best known for winning bringing a National Championship to Gainesville during Tim Tebow’s freshman year.

It’s not yet known why Phillips resigned although he did cite personal reasons.

Florida finished a disappointing 4-8 and lost their last seven games to finish out the year. After losses to Georgia Southern in November many thought that Muschamp would lose his job but he is back for 2014 and the pressure will definitely be on. Maybe that had something to do with the change at receivers coach.

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Florida pitching dominates in 7-2 win over Gamecocks

Posted on 23 May 2014 by Allen

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Bobby Poyner threw five shutout innings and Taylor Gushue tied the game with a two-run single in the third inning to propel the Florida baseball team to a 7-2 win over South Carolina on Thursday afternoon. With the win, the Gators stay alive in the 2014 SEC Tournament and will play again Friday night against Mississippi State, who lost to Kentucky 7-6 in 12 innings on Thursday.

After falling behind early for the second day in a row, the Gators used a three-run third inning to take the lead and the Florida pitching staff shut down South Carolina for the rest of the day, allowing just two hits over the final six innings with no runs.

The Gamecocks got on the board first in the second inning, plating a run after a pair of doubles. They extended their lead in the third with a home run by Kyle Martin.

In the bottom half of the third, Florida’s Casey Turgeon started a two-out rally with an infield single to second base. An error and hit batter loaded the bases for Gushue, who stroked a single up the middle to plate two runs. Braden Mattson followed with a bunt single that scored Harrison Bader from third base to give the Gators a 3-2 lead.

Florida added another pair of runs in the fourth inning. After starting the inning with back-to-back walks, Turgeon hit a one-out single to right field to score Justin Shafer. Richie Martin singled through the left side, bringing Josh Tobias home for a 5-2 Gator lead.

Tobias provided an insurance run in the sixth inning, hitting his third home run of the season into the bullpen in left field. The Gators final run came in the eighth, as Turgeon singled for the third time on the day and Shafer scored after he got on base with a single.

Freshman starter A.J. Puk pitched four innings and allowed two runs. He also had a single after entering the game as the designated hitter in the fifth inning.

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3 Gators drafted on last day of Draft

Posted on 11 May 2014 by Allen

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Three former University of Florida football players were selected on day three of the 2014 NFL Draft. Defensive back Jaylen Watkins was selected with the first pick of the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles, linebacker Ronald Powell was taken in the fifth round by the New Orleans Saints and offensive lineman Jon Halapio was selected by the New England Patriots in the sixth round.

They join defensive lineman Dominique Easley (first round, New England) to total four Gators drafted in 2014.

Watkins is the 13th Gator all-time selected by the Eagles, and will join former UF receiver Riley Cooper in Philadelphia. With Watkins’ selection on Saturday, UF has had three defensive backs selected in the last two drafts — Matt Elam and Josh Evans were taken in 2013. Watkins is the first Florida cornerback drafted since Joe Haden in 2010.

Powell is the first Gator drafted by the Saints since 1998 (Fred Weary, 4th round) and just the sixth UF player ever selected by the franchise. He is the third UF linebacker picked in the past two drafts, joining Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins from 2013.

Halapio is the first offensive lineman selected from Florida since Mike Pouncey was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2011.

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