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Antonya English

Gator golfer T.J. Vogel earns weekly honor

Florida junior T.J. Vogel has been named SEC Co-Golfer of the Week, sharing the honor with Justin Thomas of Alabama.

It is Vogel's first weekly honor from the SEC after winning his second individual title of the season at the Charleston Shootout this past weekend. Vogel put together rounds of 69, 65 and 72 to help the Gators win their third tournament title of the season.

Vogel has finished inside the top-8 of his last six tournaments, including a stretch of first, second and first in his three spring events.

The Gators return to action on Friday, March 9, when they compete in the S.H. Collegiate Masters at Southern Highlands in Las Vegas.

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Florida forward Jennifer George named First Team All-SEC

Jennifer George, the Florida junior forward who has had a breakout season this year, today was named a First Team All-SEC selection, the league office announced this morning.

George's teammate, Deana Allen was named Sixth Woman of the Year, along with Kentucky's Keyla Snowden.

George leads the Gators in scoring (12.8), rebounding (9.0) and field goal percentage (54.6). She is also second on the team in blocked shots (47).

Her run of eight consecutive double-doubles this season tied for fourth-longest in Florida history. She currently ranks No. 6 in career blocked shots at UF (129).

Allen, a senior, averages 7.8 points (fifth on the team) and 4.9 rebounds off the bench. …

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Florida Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Danny Wuerffel, the former Florida Heisman Trophy winner who led the Gators to their first football national championship, is among 76 players on the 2012 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of FAme, the National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today.

The Hall of Fame Class will be announced live in New York City during a noon press conference on May 15, and those selected will be  -inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, 2012 at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City.  Florida WR Carlos Alvarez was inducted in 2011.

"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.86 million people have played college football," NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell said. "The Hall's requirement of being a First Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,900 individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today's group of 76 names means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are proud to announce their names today."  …

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Gators in search of more passion, emotion in critical game against Vanderbilt

Three days after its upset loss on the road to Georgia this past weekend, the Florida men's basketball team is back on the road tonight in a key game against Vanderbilt.

The Gators are currently second in the SEC, followed by Vanderbilt in third. Florida coach Billy Donovan said what he needs most from his team rignt now is more passion and energy in their play. Afterall, this is the final week of the regular season and tournament play begins next week.

“I don’t know even if we were in the place where I wanted to be mentally even in the (Georgia) game, because we were a step slow, a step late, we missed shots, we had decent looks,'' Donovan said. "I don’t think that we played with the fire and the passion that I would like to see out of our team. I think we’ve shown signs of doing that during the year more often than not, but there’s a maturity that comes with the next day, the next day, the next day, the next day, of being able to get yourself to that place where you can do that all the time and not have these dips, so to speak. And that’s an area that I think that each one of them, internally, needs to look at what they can do energy-wise to bring a better energy level.” …

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Florida women win SEC Indoor Track and Field Championship; men finish second

So muchh for not living up to the Florida program's standards. After struggling most of last season, the Florida women's track and field team rebounded in grand fashion this past weekend.

The No. 6 Gator women's track and field team won the 2012 SEC Indoor Championship - its second indoor league team title in the past three years, and seventh overall.

The UF women scored 132 total points to win the championship, while No. 2 LSU finished second with 109 points and No. 4 Arkansas was third with 99.

Arkansas won the men's team title with 151 points, while the No. 2 Gators were second with 137 and No. 24 Georgia placed third with 85.5.

"These ladies had a team-only meeting last April," Holloway said. "They made the decision that they were going to get better and get better in a hurry, and they were second at SEC Outdoors. They sat down in the fall and they talked about what we were capable of doing and how we were going to get it done, and I think what you saw this weekend was a byproduct of that." …

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Florida women close regular season on the road at Tennessee today

NOTE: Check out video from UF coach Amanda Butler previewing the game.

The Florida women's basketball team will play its regular season finale today against Tennessee in Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.

The game will be televised live on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. This will be Florida's ninth nationall-ranked opponent this season.

Tennessee is expecting a soid-out crowd, but Florida has five seniors who have played in Thompson-Boling before, and they are hoping that veteran experience will be beneficial.

“We’re expecting an unbelievable environment in Knoxville on Sunday,” senior guard Jordan Jones said. “Most of us are use to it having played there the last three years. Andrea (Vilaró Aragonés, UF’s lone freshman) might be a little shocked by it, but we’ll share our experiences with her about it as much as we can. It’s a huge game for us to continue to build our postseason resume. It’s a big game for them because it’s Senior Night and we have to be ready. Everyone’s eyes will be on this game and it’s our chance to show everyone in the country what we can do.” …

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Gators' Preston Tucker sets school RBI record

Florida senior Preston Tucker became Florida’s career RBI leader on Saturday, breaking the recored previously held by former Gator Brad Wilkerson (1996-98).

Tucker hit a two-out solo homerun in the third inning to set the new school record.

“It means a lot,'' Tucker said about breaking the record. "It’s really cool since it was previously held by Brad Wilkerson who played in the Big Leagues for a ton of years. And, you know, it means a lot knowing that the guys in front of me have been on base a whole lot -- going back to Avery Barnes and Matt den Dekker too, and the guys hitting in front of me this year. We’ve had a great team through the last four years and it means a lot to me.”

Tucker, a former Tampa Plant standout, now has 215 RBI in 205 games. He was 2-for-4 in a 5-1 win over William & Mary on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a little relief and felt good, especially since we were only up one at that point,'' Tucker said. "I got the record; it feels great and now I can just continue to have good at-bats.” 

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Despite upset loss to Georgia, Florida secures SEC Tournament bye

No. 11 Florida's 76-62 upset loss at Georgia on Saturday may be an indication of some pressing problems for the Gators as they near the end of the final season, but it didn't hamper their chances for a bye in the SEC Tournament.

The league office confirmed late Saturday night that Florida has earned a bye in the SEC Tournament. In all remaining tiebreaker scenarios, Florida would be seeded no worse than 4th. The top four teams in the league earn a first-round bye in the tournament.

Florida (22-7, 10-4 SEC) will travel to play at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, then close out the regular season at home against Kentucky on March 4.

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Florida exercises one-year option on Will Muschamp's contract

Despite his 7-5 first season with the Gators, The University Athletic Association has exercised its right to a one-year contract extension for Flroida head football coach Will Muschamp.

Muschamp, who was hired in December 2010, originally signed a five-year contract worth approximatley $13.75 million.

"Coach Muschamp's original contract was for five years with an option year,'' UF Associate Athletic Director for Communications Steve McClain said. "The UAA exercised that option year in January, and he now has five years remaining on his current contract.''

The Gators finished 7-6, 3-5 in the SEC in Muschamp's first season.

 

 

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Florida men's track and field begins quest for second consecutive SEC title

The No. 2 Florida men's Track and Field team will begin its quest for a second consecutive SEC Indoor Championship today when the SEC Track and Field Championships begin in Lexington, Ky.

The No. Florida women are trying to earn their second title in three years. The three-day event begins today at 2:30 p.m.

The Gators return seven SEC Indoor Champions from last season, including junior sprinter Jeff Demps, (60m), senior multi-event athlete Gray Horn  (heptathlon), sophomore hurdler Eddie Lovett (60mH), junior sprinter Tony McQuay (200m), senior thrower Kemal Mesic (shot put), senior thrower Fidela James (weight throw) and sophomore distance runner Cory McGee (mile).

ESPN3.com will stream live the events on Saturday, from 2:05-7:30 p.m., and Sunday, from 1:25-5 p.m.

A full recap with the results of each day of the 2012 SEC Indoor Championships will be available on GatorZone.com<http://www.GatorZone.com>.

Hear Florida track and field coach Mike Holloway's thoughts on the Gators and the upcoming competition.

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Florida Gators forward Will Yeguete out for remainder of season

Florida sophomore F Will Yeguete is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday to repair a fractured left foot, and will miss the remainder of the season.

Yeguete suffered the injury during Tuesday night’s victory over Auburn. He had recently returned from missing two games after suffering his second concussion of the season on Feb. 11 against Tennessee.

Yeguete went from little-used role player last season, to a valuable defensive specialist for the Gators this year.  He averaged 6.3 rebounds and 4.4 points per game. Yeguete had 14 games this season with seven or more rebounds, and also started 10 games.
 

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Florida coach Will Muschamp to visit Tampa on May 22

The UF Alumni Association has announced the 2012 Gator Gathering schedule for Florida football coach Will Muschamp.

Muschamp, who is in his second season as the Gators' head coach, will appear in Tampa on Tuesday, March 22. The envet will be co-hosted by the Tampa Gator Club and the Pinellas County Gator Club.

The events are open to the general public, but a fee is required to attend. Proceeds enable host Gator Clubs to support numerous academic initiatives at the University of Florida.

More details will be released later.

Here is Muschamp's 2012 Gator Gathering schedule:

Gainesville – Thursday, April 19; Daytona Beach – Tuesday, April 24; Jacksonville – Tuesday, May 1; Sarasota – Thursday, May 3; Orlando – Tuesday, May 8; West Palm Beach – Thursday, May 10; Lakeland – Tuesday, May 15;  Atlanta – Wednesday, May 16; Tampa – Tuesday, May 22 and Destin – Thursday, May 24.

 

 


 

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Florida women in home finale against Mississippi State

The Florida women's basketball team will close out its home season with a game against Mississippi State.

The Gators (17-10, 7-7 SEC) remain in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament bid and currently have a five-game home winning streak, and are coming off a huge win over then-No. 18 Georgia this past Sunday. Florida is hoping to keep some momentum going after winning won four of its last six games - and six of its last 10.

Junior F Jennifer George leads the Gators with 12.9 points and 9.0 rebounds, which is second in the SEC. She has 13 double-doubles this season.

Florida coach Amanda Butler previews the Bulldogs here:

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Gators' Preston Tucker ties Florida's career RBI record

68.jpgFormer Tampa Plant standout Preston Tucker hit a lead-off home run in the fifth inning Wednesday night to move into a tie on Florida's career RBI list. The No. 1 Gators defeated No. 19 UCF 10-0. 

Tucker now has 214 career RBI, tying Brad Wilkerson’s school record set from 1996-98.

"It was just a fastball, down in the zone, but it cut hard to the plate so I got a pretty good swing on it,” Tucker said. “It barreled up and I hit it just about as hard as I could.”

In five games this season, Tucker is hitting .450 with three home runs, two doubles and six RBI.

Tucker will have an opportunity to take sole possession of the career record on Friday night, when the Gators host William & Mary.

 

[Photo: University of Florida]

 

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Gators will open two spring practices to the public

Florida will open spring football practice on March 14, and for the first time since his arrival coach Will Muschamp will open spring practice to the public.

Two practices, to be exact. 

The Gators will hold open practices on March 16 from 4:25 to 6:35 p.m. On March 17, practice will be open from 12:55 to 3 p.m.

The annual Orange and Blue game will be held on April 7, at 1 p.m., at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Students, Gator Boosters, Alumni Association members and F Club members will be admitted free. A limited number of free tickets is also available at Florida Farm Bureau agents' offices. Tickets are currently available for $5 in the Gator ticket office at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium or can be ordered online at GatorZone.com/tickets http://www.gatorzone.com/tickets.

 

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