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Recruiting: Miami Hurricanes have No. 1 recruiting class, Mark Pope a five-star per Rivals

Mark Pope, considered one of the best wide receivers in the 2018 class, is bound for Miami. (247Sports) [ UM earns No. 18 preseason ranking ] [ Monday morning practice observations ] [ Richt on QB race, injury updates ] [ Video: Monday report from The...
Jarvis Landry on OBJ injury: ‘This is why I hate preseason bull—-‘

Jarvis Landry on OBJ injury: ‘This is why I hate preseason bull—-‘

Jarvis Landry was not happy when his close friend was injured on Monday. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) Philadelphia – When New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. injured his knee in Monday night’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry did not hold back. “This is why I hate preseason bull—-,” Landry tweeted. Beckham...
Former castoff Jesse Davis vying for starting job with Miami Dolphins

Former castoff Jesse Davis vying for starting job with Miami Dolphins

Jesse Davis is in the mix for a starting job. (Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA–The name Jesse Davis probably doesn’t sound familiar to Dolphins fans even though he’s been with the team since last November. Turns out, he’s one of this season’s training camp surprises. Davis, who withstood two-plus years of practice squad duty, is in the mix to be an opening day...
Browns players kneel in prayer during national anthem

Browns players kneel in prayer during national anthem

Kneeling and bowing their heads, the Cleveland Browns bonded over something bigger than football. More than a dozen players formed a circle on the team's sideline Monday night and prayed in silent protest during the national anthem. The group, which included veterans, rookies, starters and backups, gathered in front of some water coolers and behind their teammates who stood on the sideline shortly...
To tackle or not to tackle in practice? Miami Dolphins, Steelers a study in contrasts

To tackle or not to tackle in practice? Miami Dolphins, Steelers a study in contrasts

Dolphins guard Ted Larsen (62), who has a biceps tear, works against guard Isaac Asiata (68) in Davie. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) Coaches know going hard in practice carries risks and rewards. So does going easy. Still, it was hard to read Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback this week, on how both the Steelers and Seahawks go after one another in their...
Dolphins QB Jay Cutler on retirement: “I always missed the game”

Dolphins QB Jay Cutler on retirement: “I always missed the game”

Jay Cutler was happy in retirement, but still had the itch to play. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) PHILADELPHIA—One of the main takeaways from Jay Cutler’s initial press conference with the Dolphins was how content he was with the retired life, but he wasn’t totally comfortable leaving his football career behind. That was evident in part by him pursuing a broadcasting opportunity...
Actual good news! Miami Dolphins safety Nate Allen (groin) returns

Actual good news! Miami Dolphins safety Nate Allen (groin) returns

Miami Dolphins safety Nate Allen warms up during training camp at the Miami Dolphins training facility in early August. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS) PHILADELPHIA — Missing nearly two weeks with a groin injury won’t help safety Nate Allen in his quest to mesh with safety Reshad Jones. But Allen returned to the practice field for a joint practice...
Ex-teammate Chris Long explains quirky Dolphins DE William Hayes

Ex-teammate Chris Long explains quirky Dolphins DE William Hayes

Miami Dolphins DE William Hayes probably is suspicious of the eclipse. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) PHILADELPHIA—As far as disappointments go, this is one of the biggest: Dolphins defensive lineman William Hayes did not speak to the media today, the day of the solar eclipse. Hayes, who has theories on many scientific matters, was not available to discuss the rare event...
Miami Dolphins’ Byron Maxwell: I want to prove Philadelphia Eagles wrong

Miami Dolphins’ Byron Maxwell: I want to prove Philadelphia Eagles wrong

Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West runs the ball as Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso attempt to defend. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) PHILADELPHIA — Byron Maxwell is not shy to admit how he feels about the Philadelphia Eagles. “I would be lying if I told you I don’t want to do better than the Eagles,” Maxwell said after...
Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler to get extended playing time vs. Eagles

Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler to get extended playing time vs. Eagles

Jay Cutler should get significant playing time Thursday. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) PHILADELPHIA—Jay Cutler’s annual preseason routine usually includes an extended run in the third game, and that’s likely what the Dolphins will do with him against Thursday against the Eagles. Cutler and coach Adam Gase will confer about the best plan for him after playing...
How to watch and listen to Dolphins, Eagles exhibition game

How to watch and listen to Dolphins, Eagles exhibition game

The Miami Dolphins are spending the week in Philadelphia ahead of their Week 3 preseason game against the Eagles. The two teams are participating in joint practices leading up to the game on Thursday night at 7:00 EST. Here are the local television stations the game can be viewed on.  WFOR (CBS/4 - Miami)WPEC (CBS/12 - West Palm Beach)WZVN (ABC/7 - Fort Myers)WFTV (ABC/9 - Orlando) The exhibiton...
Miami Dolphins LB Rey Maualuga says he plays like Maui from Moana

Miami Dolphins LB Rey Maualuga says he plays like Maui from Moana

  Separated at birth? Rey Maualuga, linebacker. Maui, demigod. (Getty Images/Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA — What can Miami Dolphins fans expect from linebacker Rey Maualuga? “Ever seen Maui from Moana?” Maualuga said. “How crazy he is? Yeaaah. About that.” Maui is the boisterous demigod of the South Pacific, played in the Disney movie by Dwayne Johnson. Maualaga...
Racegoer turns 40-cent bet into $259,573 at Florida track

Racegoer turns 40-cent bet into $259,573 at Florida track

A racegoer who placed a 40-cent bet at a Florida racetrack was rewarded with a $259,573.34 payoff. The unidentified person bought a ticket that includes six numbers, which represent a horse in each of the final six races of the day at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, according to the Orlando Sentinel. All six horses on the ticket won their races Saturday, resulting in the jackpot for the lucky...
Miami Dolphins guard Kraig Urbik (knee) likely to miss opener

Miami Dolphins guard Kraig Urbik (knee) likely to miss opener

Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore motions to a teammate during the first half against the Buffalo Bills as Kraig Urbik prepares to snap the ball. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) PHILADELPHIA — Miami Dolphins guard Kraig Urbik, the projected starter at left guard, is not expected to be available for the season-opener against Tampa Bay, coach Adam Gase said Monday....
Boldin turns focus from NFL to bridging racial divisions

Boldin turns focus from NFL to bridging racial divisions

Anquan Boldin didn't decide overnight he was going to quit football in order to speak out against longstanding concerns over inequality in America. The recent deadly and racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, did, however, become the tipping point that caused Boldin to reassess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver's decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons. "I...
FSU’s roster contains 6th best ‘NFL-caliber talent’

FSU’s roster contains 6th best ‘NFL-caliber talent’

This year’s Florida State roster is keeping the tradition of highly-talented future NFL players to come out of Tallahassee alive and well.  According to NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein, the Seminoles roster has the sixth most “NFL-caliber talent” in college football. “The Seminoles had just six players drafted over the last two seasons, but keep in mind that...
Florida State ranked No. 3 in first AP Top 25 poll

Florida State ranked No. 3 in first AP Top 25 poll

Florida State will begin the season ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.  The Seminoles received four first-place votes in the first poll after finishing the 2016 season ranked No. 8 in the AP poll.  Florida State will open up the season against No. 1 Alabama in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, which can officially be captioned as the two highest ranked teams to ever...
Miami Hurricanes football earns preseason ranking for first time since 2010

Miami Hurricanes football earns preseason ranking for first time since 2010

Mark Richt (Getty Images) [ Monday morning practice observations ] [ Richt on QB race, injury updates ] CORAL GABLES — They don’t have a starting quarterback — yet — but Miami is a top-25 team. The Hurricanes were ranked 18th in the preseason Associated Press poll, which was released...
Dolphins fans welcome linebacker Rey Maualuga to Miami

Dolphins fans welcome linebacker Rey Maualuga to Miami

Over the weekend, the Miami Dolphins signed veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga to a one-year deal. He has played eight NFL seasons, all with the Bengals, and recorded 343 career tackles.  The loss of rookie Raekwon McMillan to a season-ending knee injury, led to a much-needed addition to the Dolphins’ linebacking corps.  Dolphins fans seem happy the 30-year-old is taking his talents to...
Seminoles enduring ‘dog days of summer’

Seminoles enduring ‘dog days of summer’

After only a few steps, he began breathing heavily and only kept walking so he could find some shade. The Tallahassee heat was so brutal Thursday it made even Jimbo Fisher’s dog, Romeo, uncomfortable for the five minutes he observed Florida State’s practice. The appearance of Fisher’s two-year-old German Shepherd unofficially marked what’s become the “dog days of summer...
BREAKING: Teen reportedly fired stun gun at Park Vista football game

BREAKING: Teen reportedly fired stun gun at Park Vista football game

A West Palm Beach teen was arrested Friday night after she reportedly fired a stun gun while at the Park Vista High School football game, school police records show. A teacher told a school officer during the preseason game against Pahokee High School that he’d seen a girl with bright pink hair set off a stun gun. MORE: RB Washington powers Pahokee past Park Vista in preseason HS football The...
First-round pick Bam Adebayo says Miami Heat initiation has been ‘welcoming’

First-round pick Bam Adebayo says Miami Heat initiation has been ‘welcoming’

MIAMI — Working out with Udonis Haslem has become a rite of passage for new Heat players. Haslem invited Rodney McGruder, Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Luke Babbitt and Willie Reed to work out with him before their first season with the Heat last summer. This offseason, Haslem made sure to introduce Heat first-round pick Bam Adebayo to the workouts that have allowed...
CBSSports.com’s outlook on Hurricanes’ 2017 season

CBSSports.com’s outlook on Hurricanes’ 2017 season

With under two weeks until the the nation kicks off the college football season, CBSSports.com previewed the Atlantic Coast Conference and broke down which teams it believed would play for the conference championship and which teams were overrated and underrated.  Miami was the only to team to fit the bill in all three categories.  CBSSports’ Chip Patterson agreed with many other media...
Learning curve has started for Miami Heat rookies Derrick Walton Jr., Matt Williams Jr.

Learning curve has started for Miami Heat rookies Derrick Walton Jr., Matt Williams Jr.

Derrick Walton Jr., shown here at the Heat’s ‘Back To School’ event Monday, is the first Heat player to sign a two-way contract. (Anthony Chiang/Palm Beach Post). MIAMI – Students from all over Miami-Dade County may have started school today, but learning how to become a member of the Miami Heat started one month ago for two of the team&rsquo...
Giancarlo Stanton’s quest for 60: 8/21/17

Giancarlo Stanton’s quest for 60: 8/21/17

Giancarlo Stanton’s big bat returned on Sunday afternoon as the Miami Marlins slugger launched his MLB-leading 45th home run of the season against the Mets. Stanton busted the game wide open when he hit a three-run blast to left field to put the Marlins ahead 5-1. They went on to win 6-4. Stanton now has 19 home runs since the All-Star break, which is a new Marlins record for most homers...
Miami Hurricanes practice notes: Kc McDermott, Ahmmon Richards missing early

Miami Hurricanes practice notes: Kc McDermott, Ahmmon Richards missing early

  N’Kosi Perry throws during a drill at Monday’s practice. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post) CORAL GABLES — Two starters were missing from the start of Monday’s practice, the first after Saturday’s scrimmage. Left tackle  Kc McDermott was conditioning on a stationary bike. Wide receiver  Ahmmon Richards was not spotted...
NFL fans react to Roger Goodell’s contract extension 

NFL fans react to Roger Goodell’s contract extension 

It never gets old. Every time Roger Goodell steps to the podium on NFL draft night, he is greeted by hundreds of booing fans. And for the next seven years, he is going to get the same type of treatment According to reports, Goodell and the NFL are close to finalizing a five-year contract extension that will run until 2024.  The NFL commissioner has been highly criticized during his tenure as...
Roger Goodell, NFL close to finalizing five-year extension 

Roger Goodell, NFL close to finalizing five-year extension 

Roger Goodell isn't leaving the NFL any time soon.  According to Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, the NFL and its commissioner are close to finalizing a five-year extension through 2024.  Goodell’s current deal runs through 2019. The 58-year-old succeeded Paul Tagliabue in September of 2006 as NFL commisioner and first joined the league as an intern back in 1982. The extension...
Former FSU great Anquan Bolden retires from NFL

Former FSU great Anquan Bolden retires from NFL

Former Florida State quarterback/wide receiver and 14-year NFL veteran Anquan Bolden has decided to hang up his football cleats for good. According to ESPN NFL reporter Jim Trotter, Bolden informed the Bills of his decision to retire on Sunday. Bolden spent just 13 days with the Bills after he signed a one-year deal with the team on Aug. 8. During his 14 years in the league, Bolden played for five...
Two FSU defensive backs part of best individual matchups to watch in 2017 season

Two FSU defensive backs part of best individual matchups to watch in 2017 season

With all the future NFL talent that will be running around in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 2, it is only fitting that two of the 10 best individual battles during the 2017 college football season will take place during that game.  NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah writes that during the G.O.A.T. -- aka, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Alabama and Florida State -- all eyes will be on...
Mark Richt wishes Georgia well on the upcoming season

Mark Richt wishes Georgia well on the upcoming season

Mark Richt is a class act. Despite parting ways from the University of Georgia in 2015, the Miami Hurricanes head coach still hopes nothing but the best for his former team.  Richt and Bulldogs agreed to go their separate ways in 2015 after 15 seasons together. Less than a week later, Richt was hired by his alma mater.  The Hurricanes open the season with Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 2 while...
Sunrise Report: Did the Dolphins address their offseason needs?

Sunrise Report: Did the Dolphins address their offseason needs?

Here are four things you should know to start your Monday off right... Jay Ajayi said earlier this preseason one of the areas he wanted to get better at was becoming a threat to catch passes out of the backfield. He feels like with new quarterback Jay Cutler, he can accomplish that goal according to The Post’s Jason Lieser. While in Chicago, Cutler continually targeted Matt Forte...
Anquan Boldin retiring after 14 seasons in NFL

Anquan Boldin retiring after 14 seasons in NFL

Anquan Boldin’s football career has come to an abrupt end. Less than two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills, the former Pahokee and Florida State University standout has decided to retire after 14 seasons in the National Football League, according to ESPN. During his NFL career, Boldin put up Hall of Fame numbers: 1,076 receptions for 13,779 yards. He ranks ninth on the NFL career list...
2006 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins’ Jay Cutler is only relevant quarterback

2006 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins’ Jay Cutler is only relevant quarterback

Cutler as a rookie at Denver Broncos photo day. (Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA—It looks ridiculous now, but at the time it didn’t seem so crazy for the Cardinals to choose Matt Leinart over Jay Cutler in the 2006 NFL Draft. Arizona had the No. 10 pick, and Rose Bowl hero Vince Young was already off the board. Leinart looked the part as well as anyone,...
Fact or Fiction: Which Dolphins’ assertions have proven correct?

Fact or Fiction: Which Dolphins’ assertions have proven correct?

We’ve listened to them all offseason. Were the Dolphins right about themselves? (Allen Eyestone/The Post) PHILADELPHIA–The offseason is a time for hope and promises, and this is the time of year we get our first shot at seeing which of those come true. The Dolphins are done with training camp and moving toward what many consider the most important preseason game...
Can Miami Dolphins defense overcome yards allowed with turnovers?

Can Miami Dolphins defense overcome yards allowed with turnovers?

Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell has 10 interceptions and eight forced fumbles over his last four NFL seasons. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) PHILADELPHIA — Only three NFL defenses allowed more yards than the Miami Dolphins in 2016. But when you close your eyes and think about Miami’s defense last season, that’s not what comes to mind. What comes to mind is Kiko...
FAU assistants have controversial baggage from previous stops

FAU assistants have controversial baggage from previous stops

After hearing his football team referred to as “Second Chance U” for its recent signings of transfers who were former top recruits, new Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin put his foot down Sunday and announced a name change. “We don’t refer to ourselves as ‘Second Chance U,’ ” Kiffin said. “We refer to ourselves as ‘LSU … Last Strike U.&rsquo...
For Briles and others, FAU is a second chance

For Briles and others, FAU is a second chance

Lane Kiffin is the head coach at LSU. No, not that one. Kiffin is still the coach at Florida Atlantic, which has a roster — and coaching staff — featuring many people who have encountered more than a few problems along their various circuitous routes to Boca Raton. So on Sunday at the Owls' annual preseason media day, Kiffin revealed that he's given FAU a new moniker. "We're LSU,"...
Stanton hits 45th HR, Conley fans 11, Marlins beat Mets 6-4

Stanton hits 45th HR, Conley fans 11, Marlins beat Mets 6-4

Mets rookie Amed Rosario learned a painful lesson: When speedy Dee Gordon is running, there's no time to waste. The 21-year-old shortstop scooped up a seventh-inning grounder Sunday and patted his glove with the ball before throwing to first base, allowing Gordon to beat the play for an infield single. New York ace Jacob deGrom (13-7) threw up his hands in disgust for a moment, and the mistake soon...
Miami Dolphins’ Jay Cutler, Jay Ajayi could be perfect fit

Miami Dolphins’ Jay Cutler, Jay Ajayi could be perfect fit

Matt Forte was always an option for Jay Cutler. (Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA–Here’s an idea that might work out well for the Miami Dolphins: Jay Ajayi believes the next step of his development is to become a top-level pass catcher out of the backfield, and his new quarterback has a propensity to use them. One of the things that has Ajayi excited about the arrival...
Five things to know about new Miami Dolphins linebacker Rey Maualuga

Five things to know about new Miami Dolphins linebacker Rey Maualuga

Rey Maualuga celebrates with Bengals fans in 2014. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Some things to know about linebacker Rey Maualuga, who signed with the Dolphins over the weekend: • The run-stopper the Dolphins need? When Maualuga, 30, was released by the Bengals in March, he had started all but 10 of his 114 career games and made 343 tackles. The Cincinnati...
Charles Barkley offers brutally honest take on Confederate statue debate

Charles Barkley offers brutally honest take on Confederate statue debate

Former basketball star Charles Barkley recently weighed in on an argument that has the entire nation riled up: the removal of Confederate statues. “I’m not going to waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues. ... I’m going to keep doing great things, No. 1 in the black community because I’m black,” Barkley said in an interview with Rick Karle of...
Montero shuts down Marlins in Mets' 8-1 win

Montero shuts down Marlins in Mets' 8-1 win

Rafael Montero gave the New York Mets another solid start and it paid off this time. Montero pitched six strong innings, Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki each hit long two-run homers to help the Mets snap a five-game losing streak with an 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. Dealing with wildness and inconsistency over the course of his four-year career, Montero struggled for much of...

Marlins trade pitcher Koehler to Blue Jays for minor leaguer

The Miami Marlins have traded pitcher Tom Koehler and cash the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Osman Gutierrez. The deal came Saturday night while Miami played the New York Mets. Koehler was 36-53 over his six-year career. The 31-year-old righty was 1-5 with a 7.92 ERA in 12 starts for Miami this season. Koehler was sent to Triple-A New Orleans for the second time this season after allowing...
Former JUCO players glad Florida Atlantic becoming Second Chance U

Former JUCO players glad Florida Atlantic becoming Second Chance U

After Lane Kiffin reached heavily into the junior college ranks for his first signing class at Florida Atlantic, some joked the Owls should take a hint from the Netflix miniseries and call themselves “Last Chance U.” With the program adding several Division I players who had either fallen out of favor or been dismissed from their programs, such as ex-Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle...
Francois ready to take next step in leading Seminoles offense

Francois ready to take next step in leading Seminoles offense

Deondre Francois showed promise in his first season as Florida State’s starting quarterback. He also displayed traits that are concerning but could be fine-tuned in time. As Francois begins his second season running the Seminoles offense, these are the big questions in Francois’ development: Can he take the next step, learning from his experience, improving his accuracy and making quicker...
11 members of Cleveland Browns kneel during national anthem

11 members of Cleveland Browns kneel during national anthem

Eleven members of the Browns knelt in protest during the national anthem before Monday night’s NFL preseason game between Cleveland and the New York Giants, the Plain Dealer reported.  According to the Plain Dealer, Those who took a knee were tight end Seth DeValve, running backs Duke Johnson Jr. and Terrence Magee, safeties Jabrill Peppers and Calvin Pryor, cornerback Jamar Taylor...
Sports teams poke fun at eclipse through social media

Sports teams poke fun at eclipse through social media

Several sports teams had some fun with Monday's solar eclipse, taking to social media to put their own spin on the celestial rarity. The Atlanta Hawks gleefully blocked out the Suns, who were only too happy to block them back. And there was a total eclipse of the Hart in Philadelphia. Let’s start in Atlanta, where the Hawks’ Twitter account noted that “in honor of the sun being blocked...

Jim McElwain tells UF pep rally crowd Gators are going to Dallas to ‘beat the heck out of Michigan’

Jim McElwain is feeling pretty good about his Gators squad. That much evident during a pep rally with University of Florida students on Sunday. The football program used Periscope to broadcast the event, which included a short address from McElwain to the student body. And the Gators coach didn’t disappoint. After giving a spirited speech about how The Swamp was the...
Tennessee Titans players enjoy eclipse after practice

Tennessee Titans players enjoy eclipse after practice

Members of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans were treated to a post-practice eclipse party Monday, and players laid on the field with pairs of glasses to view the celestial wonder, ESPN reported. Nashville was in the path of the solar eclipse that raced through the United States on Monday, and Titans players viewed it as Bruce Springsteen songs like “Blinded by the Light” and &ldquo...

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin favors more rotation in ‘suboptimal’ SEC scheduling

Monday’s historic total solar eclipse had a way of putting many things in perspective, and yes, it can also help to do that when it comes to college football scheduling. On Monday afternoon, Georgia football beat writer Marc Weiszer pointed out the fact that it would be another seven years before an eclipse of the same kind will be seen in the United States. However,...

Jim McElwain, Kevin Sumlin should be applauded for not ‘sticking to sports’

Florida’s Jim McElwain and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin recently sent powerful messages that extended beyond football. It would have been easy for the coaches to stay silent, but they spoke out in strong ways. It would have been simple to stick to the talking point of the moment before their season openers, but they made the wise choice to make their thoughts...

Projecting the Florida Gators’ offensive depth chart

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  — There aren’t many questions left to answer for Florida’s offense. Just the big one.   The Gators’ three-man quarterback competition remains the story of the preseason and, at some point, maybe Florida coach Jim McElwain will tell everybody who is taking the first snaps Sept. 2 against Michigan. But the rest...

Former Florida DE Dante Fowler charged with three misdemeanors stemming from July arrest

After a July arrest, former Florida and current Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler has been charged with three misdemeanors, including first-degree battery, NFL.com reported on Monday. Per court records obtained by NFL.com, Fowler was charged on Aug. 10 with battery, criminal mischief and petit theft. The former Gator was arrested on July 18 in St...

AP Poll: Florida Gators open 2017 season at No. 17

Florida football will open the 2017 season as the No. 17 team in the country in the Associated Press poll, which was released Monday. The Gators are the fifth-highest ranked team in the SEC to open the season, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 12 Auburn, No. 13 LSU and No. 16 Georgia. It’s the Gators’ highest preseason ranking in the AP poll since beginning the 2013 season...

Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain’s strategy directly responsible for his success in close games

The Florida Gators have been lucky the past two years. That’s the refrain from critics of Florida coach Jim McElwain, who see the offensive struggles combined with defensive excellence of the past two seasons as just a continuation of the Will Muschamp era. The only difference: Florida is 7-1 in close games — games decided by seven points or less — while Muschamp...

Opening with Michigan affects decision on Florida’s starting quarterback

Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s  daily Florida podcast with Gators beat writer Zach Abolverdi and UF broadcaster Jeff Cardozo. Instead of the typical cupcake opponent for Week 1, the Gators open the 2017 football season on the road against Michigan in AT&T Stadium on Sept. 2. In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, Abolverdi and Cardozo discuss...

Nation’s No. 1 OLB Channing Tindall will visit Florida again before deciding

As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the  latest Florida recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators. The nation’s...
The little golf course that could

The little golf course that could

Architecturally, Rob Collins said, the best golf holes are those in which success and failure reside in close quarters. Collins has an intimate understanding of success and failure. If you head a half-hour west of Chattanooga, Tennessee, exit Interstate 24 onto a quiet country road, turn down a dirt driveway, pull into a grass parking lot and see the locker room (a single blue port-a-potty) and the...
Replace Elliott? The Cowboys can’t

Replace Elliott? The Cowboys can’t

Ezekiel Elliott, the star running back, will be lost to the Dallas Cowboys for the first six games of the season, barring a successful appeal of his suspension for domestic violence. So how do the Cowboys replace the NFL’s leading rusher? As a rookie last season, Elliott rushed for 1,631 yards. He ran for more than 100 yards in seven games. He also led the league in rushing attempts, with 322...
What does Luke Kuechly see in Panthers' defense? Everything

What does Luke Kuechly see in Panthers' defense? Everything

Carolina Panthers safety Mike Adams is as wily a veteran as they come. So when Adams shaded a Tennessee Titans receiver to the inside of the field on an outside route, the receiver hardly knew what was happening before the ball, thrown by quarterback Marcus Mariota, flew to the sideline where that receiver was supposed to be, and dribbled incomplete. "Yeah, Mike!" screeched linebacker Luke...
Plenty of running backs, receivers could produce immediately

Plenty of running backs, receivers could produce immediately

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he learned long ago not to assume which of his freshmen would make the biggest impact each year.  How much someone might play in his first college season can depend on everything from his level of homesickness to the position needs of his new team.  "There are just so many different (factors)," Fisher said. "And position can have a big...
Redshirt freshman QBs could make huge impact in SEC

Redshirt freshman QBs could make huge impact in SEC

This could turn into a big year for redshirt freshman quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference.  It all depends on how a few preseason competitions turn out. Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M all have redshirt freshman quarterbacks bidding for starting spots. None of the three schools has named a starter.  Texas A&M's Nick Starkel has emerged as the likely front-runner in a race that also...
Preparing for the 2017 fantasy football season

Preparing for the 2017 fantasy football season

Football is back in full swing and that means the start of your fantasy league is right around the corner. August is an extremely important time for fantasy football prep. It is crucial to keep a watchful eye on player news out of training camp, preseason performances, injuries and positional battles.  In perhaps the biggest news of the offseason, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been...
W. Kentucky, Louisiana Tech the teams to beat in Conference USA

W. Kentucky, Louisiana Tech the teams to beat in Conference USA

The college football season kicks off Aug. 26 with a partial schedule featuring some wacky road trips — Hawaii at U-Mass.! Rice vs. Stanford in Sydney! To get you ready — and to make sure your team has its moment, however brief — we'll count down the days by ranking every Football Bowl Subdivision team by conference. The major subplots in Conference USA can best be illustrated...
The Falcons' new stadium has a Chick-fil-A, which won't be open for most Falcons games

The Falcons' new stadium has a Chick-fil-A, which won't be open for most Falcons games

Seeing as how Chick-fil-A's headquarters are located in Atlanta, it's only logical that the fast-food chain have a booth at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the stadium that's set to open for Falcons and Atlanta United games this month. But even though its NFL tenant plays most of its home games on Sundays, that doesn't mean Chick-fil-A is changing its six-days-per-week operating hours. As noted by ESPN's Darren...
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