Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Colleges

Lakewood's Dante Fowler Jr. earns praise with Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp always preaches that an injury to one player is an opportunity for another. Former Lakewood High star Dante Fowler Jr. took that philosophy to heart on Saturday.

Fowler earned his first start at linebacker for the Gators, and along with fellow freshman Jonathan Bullard, the two gave Florida fans a glimpse of a promising future at that position. Fowler had five tackles and a sack and Bullard had three tackles and a key sack on Missouri's James Franklin that resulted in a 9-yard loss and ended a third and 21 on UF's 35-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

"Jonathan Bullard is a young man that's going to be a heck of a football player here, he's just getting started," Muschamp said. "He made a couple of really nice plays, and Dante made some really nice plays in the run game also, and had a nice sack. I'm very proud of those two young guys coming along."

Florida OL Chaz Green, a Tampa native, said he didn't know Fowler before he came to UF, but he knew quickly how good he would be.

"He's going to be a real good player," Green said. "Just blocking him from Day 1, we were like, 'This guy is good.' I'm happy to see what he's going to do the next few years."

INJURY UPDATE: The Gators began the day with injured players, and left Florida Field with more. LT Xavier Nixon (knee) and LB Lerentee McCray (ankle) did not play after being game-time decisions. "I didn't feel like they could go," Muschamp said. WR/KR Andre Debose (knee) and K Caleb Sturgis (ankle) both sustained injuries in Thursday's practice. Sturgis tried a field goal that was blocked (which was low) then had swelling and did not return. OL Jon Halapio, OL James Wilson, RB Mack Brown and S Matt Elam were injured in the game. "I don't know the extent of those injuries at this point," Muschamp said, adding that Elam's was a neck injury but he thought he would be fine.

CO-CHAMPS: Florida will share the SEC East title with Georgia, but Muschamp wasn't all that thrilled to hear the Gators would be receiving a trophy.

"At the end of the day, when I took this job understanding fully that the expectation was to go to Atlanta and win a championship," he said. "I've made my comment on how I feel about your season if that's not accomplished (said it would not be a successful season). We've made strides, but we're not where we want to be."

NOT INTERESTED: The majority of UF players said they had no plans to watch the Georgia-Ole Miss game, despite the implications for the Gators. A Bulldogs' loss would have sent Florida to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. Coincidentally, Muschamp's wife, Carol, is an Ole Miss graduate.

NUMBERS GAME: Kendial Lawrence's 1-yard TD for Missouri in the first half was the only TD the Gators gave up at home this season in SEC play. … Florida has as many wins in conference play as it had total last season. … The Gators gave up just 24 points in four SEC home games.

Comments
Louisville must vacate 2013 basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

Louisville must vacate 2013 basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville must vacate its 2013 men’s basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel’s decision to uphold sanctions against the men’s program in the sex scandal case. The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 victories including the c...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Center Molly Franson’s value to UT is easily quantifiable

Center Molly Franson’s value to UT is easily quantifiable

TAMPA — Coaches often point to "intangibles" — the subtle positive qualities that usually don’t show up in the boxscore — when praising their key players.But University of Tampa women’s basketball coach Tom Jessee has a different definition when desc...
Published: 02/13/18
FSU holds off rally in hard-fought win over Louisville

FSU holds off rally in hard-fought win over Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Terance Mann couldn’t mope over two missed free throws that could have sealed Florida State’s victory. There was still work to do on the other end to make sure Louisville didn’t take advantage. The junior guard quickly redeemed hims...
Updated one month ago
No. 23 Florida clobbered at home by Alabama

No. 23 Florida clobbered at home by Alabama

GAINESVILLE — Mike White hung his head.Florida’s coach scuffed his shoes against the hardwood, screamed into his hands and watched as his team let Saturday’s game slip away.With Alabama on a seven-point run 11 minutes into the second half, the Gators...
Updated one month ago

USF Bulls fall to Memphis

TAMPA — From its two-point home loss against UCF to its victory at Tulane, USF recently had provided its fan base encouragement in spurts. Similarly, its interior defense against Memphis on Wednesday night also came and went.With 6-foot-3 Tigers guar...
Updated one month ago
Florida’s shooting goes cold in road loss to Georgia

Florida’s shooting goes cold in road loss to Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. — The repeated misses were bad for No. 23 Florida. The failure to rebound them made the offensive struggles even more painful. Yante Maten scored 20 and Georgia recovered after blowing a halftime lead to beat the Gators 72-60 on Tuesday n...
Updated one month ago

Florida State beats Miami in OT despite 17 Hurricanes 3-pointers

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton and Miami’s Jim Larranaga both have at least 33 years of college basketball coaching experience under their belts.Both might have experienced a first during their matchup Saturday.FSU and Miami needed a ...
Updated one month ago
Chris Chiozza scores 20 as No. 20 Florida routs Baylor

Chris Chiozza scores 20 as No. 20 Florida routs Baylor

GAINESVILLE — Florida point guard Chris Chiozza was feeling it, so he went with the flow.A pass-first point guard by nature, Chiozza decided to stay aggressive as a scorer and see what happened.The Gators were glad he did.Chiozza finished the 20th-ra...
Updated one month ago
Pro Bowl to honor UCF for undefeated season

Pro Bowl to honor UCF for undefeated season

ORLANDO — The NFL plans to recognize UCF’s 13-0 season during today’s Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.Players have been invited to walk out on the field for a celebration after the first quarter."When we thought about UCF and the amazing season the...
Updated one month ago
Michigan State athletic director retires in wake of scathing ESPN report

Michigan State athletic director retires in wake of scathing ESPN report

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis announced his retirement Friday, the day an explosive ESPN story detailing a number of allegations of sexual assault and violent attacks on women occurred with Spartan athletes.Hollis...
Updated one month ago