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Antonya English

Florida - LSU to be a matchup of two top 10 teams

Saturday's SEC showdown between Florida and LSU will be a matchup of two undefeated top 10 teams, based on this week's Associated Press poll.

The Gators, who had a bye week this past week, moved up one spot to No. 10 in this week's poll. LSU, which struggled early before finishing with a 38-22 win over Towson, fell one spot to No. 4.

Florida State moved up to No. 3, the spot previously held by LSU. Alabama remains the unanimous No. 1, followed by Oregon at No. 2.

The Gators (4-0) will host LSU (5-0) Saturday at 3:30 p.m., at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. The game will be nationally televised on CBS.

The full AP top 25 poll:

1 Alabama
2 Oregon
3 Florida State 
4 LSU
5 Georgia 
6 South Carolina 
7 Kansas State 
8 West Virginia 
9 Notre Dame 
10 Florida 
11 Texas 
12 Ohio State 
13 USC 3-1 
14 Oregon State 
15 Clemson 
15 TCU 
17 Oklahoma 
18 Stanford 
19 Louisville 
20 Mississippi State 
21 Nebraska 
22 Rutgers 
23 Washington 
24 Northwestern 
25 UCLA 

Dropped from rankings: Michigan State 20, Boise State 24, Baylor 25

   

 


 

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Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis among 50 Division I semifinalists for prestigious national scholar-athlete award

Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis is among 50 student-athletes from Divison I schools named as semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy which recognizes the top football scholar-athlete in the nation, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today.

There are 147 candidates from five football divisions including: . 50 nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division IA); 35 nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision; 12 nominees from the Division II; 41 omninees from the Division III;  and nine nominees from the NAIA.

A fifth-year senior, Sturgis received his bachelor's degree in sport management in December 2011 with a 3.32 GPA. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Management program at UF where he has a 3.84 GPA and is on track to graduate in December. He has also been named the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times. Sturgis leads the Gators in scoring with 38 points and is 8-for-10 in field goals and a perfect 14-for14 on PAT's. He connected on two 51-yard field goals in the first two games of the season and has made seven field goals of 50-yards or more in his career, which is the most in UF history. …

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Florida Gators running back Mike Gillislee added to Maxwell Watch List

Florida senior RB Mike Gillislee has been added to the Maxwell Award Watch List, announced today by the Maxwell Football Club.

Gillislee is the SEC's second-leading rusher, totaling 402 yards on 69 carries through the Gators' first four games. He also has five rushing touchdowns, ranking sixth in the SEC in scoring among non-kickers.

Gillislee now has 214 carries for 1,322 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. Gillislee had 56 carries through the first three games, equaling the total number of carries that he had during the 2011 season.

Gillislee had his first career 100-yard rushing game in the season opener against Bowling Green, totaling 148 yards on 24 carries (6.2 avg) and scoring two touchdowns. He scored two touchdowns at Texas A&M, becoming the first Gator to rush for at least two touchdowns in two-straight games since Tim Tebow in 2008 against Georgia and Vanderbilt. Gillislee recorded his second career 100-yard game and second of the season with 18 carries for 115 yards (6.4 avg) in the win at Tennessee. …

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Florida Gators running back Mike Gillislee added to Maxwell Watch List

Florida senior RB Mike Gillislee has been added to the Maxwell Award Watch List, announced today by the Maxwell Football Club.

Gillislee is the SEC's second-leading rusher, totaling 402 yards on 69 carries through the Gators' first four games. He also has five rushing touchdowns, ranking sixth in the SEC in scoring among non-kickers.

Gillislee now has 214 carries for 1,322 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. Gillislee had 56 carries through the first three games, equaling the total number of carries that he had during the 2011 season.

Gillislee had his first career 100-yard rushing game in the season opener against Bowling Green, totaling 148 yards on 24 carries (6.2 avg) and scoring two touchdowns. He scored two touchdowns at Texas A&M, becoming the first Gator to rush for at least two touchdowns in two-straight games since Tim Tebow in 2008 against Georgia and Vanderbilt. Gillislee recorded his second career 100-yard game and second of the season with 18 carries for 115 yards (6.4 avg) in the win at Tennessee. …

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Open week allows for extra work for Gators' young players

With an open date this week, Florida coach Will Muschamp and his staff have taken the opportunity to get extra practice time strictly for the younger Gator players.

Muschamp said this week is all about improvement for the Gators, not so much about preparing for LSU. And part of that improvement includes getting some young guys extra reps in a Tuesday mini-scrimmage.

"We did some 3-on-3, we did some 1-on-1 with the receivers and DB’s, which we do every Monday during game week,'' Muschamp said. "And we put the ball down and scrimmaged about 20 snaps and it was productive. It was very simple, we just wanted to see the guys take on blocks, block, get their hands inside and have good hand placement and pad level. We wanted to see some of the young defensive guys tackle and that sort of thing.''

The Gators have already a significant number of freshman, and Muschamp said that's part of his belief that the best players will get playing time. He said several showed signs of improvement in this week's scrimmage. …

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Gators may get LB Jelani Jenkins back for LSU game

It's possible Florida could have junior LB Jelani Jenkins back in the its lineup for the Oct. 6 LSU game, Florida coach Will Muschamp said today.

Jenkins broke his thumb early in the Texas A&M game and has not played since. 

"He's going to see a specialist on Friday and they are going to remove the pin from his thumb,'' Muschamp said. "If he were to play it would be in a cast, and again that goes back to pain level and comfort level of playing with the cast. There will be some sort of covering if he's able to play. And right now, we feel like he should be able to go. But again you never know until the guy looks at it. So I don't want to sit there and say he's going right now. I'm not ready to say that.''

Muschamp said if Jenkins is able to return, and it's still only a possibility right now, he's uncertain how well he'll be able to play with a cast. …

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Gators land fourth straight Top 8 baseball recruiting class

Florida's 2012 baseball recruiting class has been named No. 7 in the nation in Collegiate Baseball's 30th annual ranking of NCAA Division I baseball recruiting classes, the publication released today.

The Gators' 11 recruits include 10 freshmen and one transfer. UF's ranking for sixth-year head coach Kevin O’Sullivan marks its fourth-consecutive time in the top 8 on the publication's list, after being No. 1 in 2009, No. 5 in 2010 and No. 8 in 2011.

"This ranking is a credit to the players and how hard each of them worked during their high school careers and it also recognizes the outstanding effort of our coaching staff during the recruiting process,” O’Sullivan said. “These players have performed at a high level and we are counting on them contributing right away for us. The state of Florida in particular possessed a wealth of talent and we were fortunate to have many of these student-athletes come to the University of Florida."

Florida finished the 2011-12 season at 47-20 overall and advanced to the NCAA College World Series for the third-straight season. The Gators also reached the 40-win plateau for the 21st time in school history and the fourth-straight year. …

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Gators to spend open week working on correcting their own problems

 LSU can wait.

The Gators and Tigers will meet in Gainesville on Oct. 6, but for the majority of this open week for the Gators, the emphasis will be on - the Gators.

Florida coach Will Muschamp gave his team Monday off and said the remainder of this week's practices will be spent trying to correct some of the issues that have been problems during the first four weeks.

"There are some things we need to clean up,'' Muschamp said. "Obviously, short yardage and goal line — until the last game — has not been what we want. We're going to study that. Third down and red zone, we always rep one-minute in the open date to have opportunities to put our players in situations. We had situations that came up (Saturday). We need to get three points there. That's something,  Jeff needs to get rid of the football. Those are things where we're going to try and create those opportunities for our players.''

Floirda is fourth in rushing offense in the SEC with 224.5 yards per game, but Muschamp is looking for a little more help to enhance the running game even more. …

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Gators expect to get injured payers back for LSU game

Florida OL Chaz Green (Tampa Catholic) missed his second straight game with an ankle injury on Saturday, but is expected to be ready to play vs. LSU, coach Will Muschamp said Monday. Gator DL Dominique Easley (knee), WR/RB Trey Burton (back spasms) and TE Jordan Reed (head injury) are also expected to be ready for the LSU game. 

“How much they will do this week, we'll determine that as the week goes, but I think all of those guys should be fine,’’ Muschamp said. 

LB Jelani Jenkins (broken thumb) is expected to meet with doctors this week. But his status for next week is still unknown.

"Jelani Jenkins I'll know more later in the week, I don't right now,'' Muschamp said. "I don't have the information right now, so I think he sees the doctor Wednesday.''

OL Matt Patchan (Armwood) has missed all four games with a strained pectoral muscle and slight muscle tera, but Muschamp said while there is no timetable for his return, he could be back in about three weeks. …

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Gators' Omar Hunter earns weekly SEC honor

Florida senior Omar Hunter has beend named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his career performance against Kentucky. It is the first SEC weekly award for Hunter, who started at nose tackle. 

Hunter had a career-high eight tackles in Florida's 38-0 win over Kentucky this past Saturday. It was Florida's 26th consecutive victory over Kentucky - the longest active win streak over a major conference opponent in the nation.

Hunter had a previous career-record of six tackles against Arkansas in 2009. He anchored a defense that helped lead the Gators’ shutout of an SEC opponent for the first time since 2001, when UF defeated Mississippi State 52-0. Hunter also played a key role on the Gators’ defensive line as it stopped the UK passing game, allowing just 60 passing yards and holding the Wildcats to 4-for-15 on third downs.

This is the third-consecutive weekly SEC award for the Gators: PK Caleb Sturgis and QB Jeff Driskel have also won awards in the previous two weeks.

 


 

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Florida-LSU to be afternoon game

CBS has announced that it will broadcast the Florida-LSU game at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 6.

It will be the first nationally-televised CBS game for the Gators this season.

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Gators rise three spots to No. 11 in AP poll

Following its shutout of Kentucky this past Saturday, Florida rose three spots in this week's Associated Press poll to No. 11. The Gators are ranked No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Gators began the season at No. 18.

Florida is undefeated for the third consective season and will have this week off before hosting LSU on Oct. 6.

LSU fell from No. 2 to No. 3 after its tough, two-point win over Auburn.

Six SEC teams are ranked in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls.  Four teams are ranked at the same spots in the top 10 in both polls – Alabama is No. 1, LSU No. 3, Georgia No. 5, and South Carolina, No. 6. Mississippi State is 19th in USA Today and 21st in AP.

 

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Jeff Driskel pleased, but not completely satisfied with play against Kentucky

With a 38-0 victory over Kentucky and his third consecutive SEC victory as the starting quarterback for the Gators, Jeff Driskel was prepared to give himself some credit on Saturday afternoon - but not too much. He's improving, he said, and that's what counts most.

"Every game is really a building block,’’ Driskel said. “The more experience, the more reps you get, the more you’ll learn. I did some nice things today, but there’s definitely some things that I’m going to have to clean up. I’m going to look back on film and say 'Oh I should have gone to this receiver or should have gotten the ball out faster.' But I think I did a nice job.''

Driskel was 18-of-27 for 203 yards with one interception - completing passes to nine different receivers. He also had 35 rushing yards.

More from Driskel following the Kentucky game

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Gators' all-everything player Trey Burton misses Kentucky game with back spasms

It is the game that still defines the Florida career of hybrid player Trey Burton – a six touchdown night against Kentucky in 2010.

But Burton did not get an opportunity to face the Wildcats on Saturday after being forced to sit out due to back spasms, coach Will Muschamp said.

"Trey Burton came in with back spasms Friday morning, we worked on him all day Friday, Friday night and into (Saturday) morning,” Muschamp said. “We did everything we could do to get him ready, but every time he planted his right foot he had pain shooting up his right hip. And that’s all it was.’’
Muschamp said Burton also had back spasms last season, but this time it was completely out of the blue.

“AP (head trainer Anthony Pass) texted me at 9:36, I remember when I got it and I said that ain’t good as much as Trey does for us, that’s tough because it doesn’t just affect offense,’’ Muschamp said. “I’ve gotta walk down to Durkin’s office (D.J. linebackers/special teams coach), and tell him and he’s under the desk.’’

Muschamp did not give a timetable for Burton's return, but the Gators have the benefit of a bye next week.

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Gators earn 38-0 shutout of Kentucky

With a balanced offensive attack of 200 rushing and 203 total passing yards, Florida earned a 38-0 victory over Kentucky Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.

The Gators are now 4-0 for the third consecutive season and will have a bye next week before hosting No. 2 LSU on Oct. 6.

Gators sophoore QB Jeff Driskel was 18-of-27 for 203 yards and one touchdown. He threw passes to nine different receivers.

"We're 4-0, got an opportunity to be 5-0 and that's what you're looking for,'' UF coach Will Muschamp said, adding the Gators have plenty of room for improvement.

Junior RB/WR Trey Burton did not play on Saturday because of back spasms that began on Friday evening, Muschamp said.

 

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