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Florida Gators’ Matt Jones is back, adding to wealth at running back
Because of injuries and illness, running back Matt Jones of Florida was limited to 79 rushing attempts in a half-dozen games last season. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

5:02 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Florida running back Matt Jones was mostly miserable last season. Jones, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior, missed considerable time with a viral infection, rushed back for the second game of the season and then injured his knee a few weeks later. He didn’t think things could get any worse. But with ...

Central Florida deserves better when it comes to AP preseason poll

7:25 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Everybody just automatically figures that the Florida Gators will get a lot better and the Central Florida Knights will get a lot worse. Check the freshly released Associated Press college football preseason poll, the one with defending national champion Florida State on top. Scroll down about a mile and you’ll ...

Gators still looking for backup QB behind Jeff Driskel
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is injured in the first quarter against Tennessee last season. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

7:23 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Will Muschamp still has a lot of decisions to make before Florida begins its season, but the fourth-year head coach is hoping his players will sort out the majority of his issues on the field. Less than two weeks until the Aug. 30 opener, Muschamp has yet to finalize the ...

Florida Gators’ new tight end already has bonded with Jeff Driskel
Quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) and tight end Jake McGee arrive at Media Day this month in Gainesville. McGee (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) is expected to play a key role in Florida’s revamped offense. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

When tight end Jake McGee transferred to Florida this summer, coaches arranged for him to live with quarterback Jeff Driskel. The two formed an instant bond. By the end of the season, they might be best friends. McGee is expected to play a key role in Florida’s revamped offense, a ...

Recruiting Insider: New Canes assistant will be a factor on, off field

Updated: 11:57 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014

It is halftime of a Miami Northwestern High home game in the late 1990s. Offensive coordinator Tim “Ice” Harris is pacing back and forth in front of sullen players. The team is behind on the scoreboard and in need of a lift.“My family’s right there, bro. I’ve got to protect ...

New coordinator Kurt Roper bringing spread offense to Florida Gators
UF offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

7:33 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014

Brent Pease’s final call as Florida’s offensive coordinator was a Skyler Mornhinweg crossing pass to wide receiver Solomon Patton.The play resulted in a 3-yard loss and the Gators were forced to punt once again. It was a fitting way for Pease to leave Gainesville as his offense averaged 316.7 yards ...

Reptile in hand means much-needed recruit in the Swamp for Gators
George Brown Jr., University of Florida commit

4:43 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

It wasn’t as memorable as “Georgia recruit with a bulldog,” but here’s a tip of the hat to new Florida commit George Brown Jr. for announcing his decision with style. At a ceremony at his high school, Brown, a three-star offensive lineman from Cincinnati, was set to pick from three ...

Commitment Issues: Scholarship offers, commitments not being honored

College football coaches are handing out more scholarship offers than ever, but those offers have never meant less. Verbal commitments have always been non-binding until players signed letters of intent on national signing day. But with offers coming sooner and in great number, players are being forced to commit earlier and schools are finding it harder to honor offers.

Florida Gators have a lot of ground to make up in recruiting wars
Florida coach Will Muschamp talks with another coach during the Gators’ loss to Miami last season. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

5:06 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014

No seat in college football is hotter than that of Florida’s Will Muschamp. While the Gators coach said at last week’s SEC meetings that he will get his program turned around from its 4-8 season, it’s clear he has plenty of work to do in recruiting as well.No team is ...

Top-rated defensive end recruit Josh Sweat impressed with Seminoles
Palm Beach Gardens LB Tevon Coney, who many thought was headed to play at Florida, recently expressed a strong interest in Louisville.

3:58 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014

Florida State’s recruiting class doesn’t look overly impressive today — most of FSU’s 13 commits are three-star prospects — but the defending national champs aren’t worried. The Seminoles have had the No. 1 recruiting class in the ACC (per Rivals.com) for the last six years. They know they can close. ...

Former Dwyer star Curt Maggitt anxious to return to Tennessee lineup
Dwyer football players (from left) Curt Maggitt, Jacoby Brissett and Nick O’Leary at National Signing Day in 2011. Maggitt signed with Tennessee, while Brissett signed with Florida before transferring to North Carolina State and O’Leary signed with Florida State. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post )

7:56 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014

When Curt Maggitt turned down an opportunity to play for coach Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators in 2011, he also lost the chance to reunite with four of his former Dwyer High School teammates.Gerald Christian, Robert Clark and Matt Elam all packed their bags for Gainesville after earning a ...

 Having quarterback Jeff Driskel healthy is key to Florida’s hopes
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is injured in the first quarter against Tennessee last season. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Updated: 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In 2013, the Florida football program suffered its first losing season since 1979. Coincidentally, 2013 marked the first time that three different quarterbacks started multiple games for the Gators since 1979.Heading into the 2014 season, the Gators and their fans hope a consistent and healthy Jeff Driskel under center will ...

Florida coach Will Muschamp: Pressure comes with the territory
Florida coach Will Muschamp talks with another coach during the Gators’ loss to Miami last season. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

8:27 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014

If Will Muschamp is feeling pressure about his job security, he isn’t showing it. Muschamp never wavered in his confidence in the Florida football program Monday at SEC Media Days.“This is probably the most complete team we’ve had since I’ve been at the University of Florida,” Muschamp said in his ...

The Opening 2014: Florida, Miami and Florida State targets shine

5:36 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014

You are a top football recruit. How about an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Oregon, oodles of customized Nike gear, coaching from current and former college and pro stars and face time on ESPN?Talk about an easy sell.That’s the winning formula for The Opening, held last weekend at sponsor Nike’s campus ...

Highly-rated WR Sam Bruce could pick Miami or FSU Tuesday

Updated: 9:55 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014

Just as Florida State and Miami fans never stop bickering, the recruiters at both programs never stop battling for top talent. The latest jockeying between the Hurricanes and Seminoles is over Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas receiver Sam Bruce, who will announce his commitment at 9 p.m. Tuesday on 560 WQAM’s ...

Murder suspect Aaron Hernandez in calendar of ex-Gator football stars
A view of the images from the 2014 University of Florida Gators wall calendar, featuring many former Gators football stars, that's widely available for retail sale. (Twitter.com)

Updated: 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Former University of Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez is in the news again, and not because of his many legal troubles. The ex-new England Patriot, who has been charged with murdering three people in two separate incidents, is the featured athlete for the month of July in the 2014 Florida ...

FSU’s Okaro White, UF’s Patric Young lead state NBA draft hopefuls
Florida State’s Okaro White (middle) battles Georgia Tech’s Lance Storrs (left) and Iman Shumpert for a rebound during an ACC contest in 2011. (Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com)

2:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Okaro White knows the drill: NBA teams aren’t willing to give up too much. But the former Florida State forward has worked out for a half dozen NBA teams and he has received plenty of positive feedback in advance of Thursday night’s two-round NBA draft (ESPN, 7 p.m.). “They are ...

Former Gator Brett Stegmaier a surprising U.S. Open qualifier

8:19 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Jupiter Dunes teaching pro Jeff Leishman could turn out to be the best thing to happen to the long-sputtering golf career of former Florida Gator Brett Stegmaier. Stegmaier, 30, who won an individual SEC Championship while at UF for coach Buddy Alexander and has always been mentioned by Alexander alongside ...

County’s top prospects drafted, opt for college

9:05 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014

After capping off a memorable career at Palm Beach Gardens this year, JJ Schwarz knew he had a tough decision in front of him. “It’s really hard to make a decision because there are two good options in front of you and you have to decide which one is best ...

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