Antonya English, Times Staff Writer

Antonya English

Antonya English has covered University of Florida sports for the Times since 2001, a tenure that has included three head football coaches and three national champions. A former news reporter, she moved to the sports department at the Gainesville Sun in 1993 for what she thought would be a short stint, and never looked back. She came to the Times from the Dallas Morning News in 1997.

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E-mail: english@tampabay.com

Blog: Gator Report

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  1. Jeff Driskel confident as Gators close camp

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    GAINESVILLE — As Florida closes fall camp today, offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said QB Jeff Driskel will begin the season more confident than when the two first met last spring.

    "I guess since I've been here, he's a confident guy," Roper said about what has changed with Driskel. "He's got a great look in his eye. He's a bright-eyed guy. I don't think he's ever lacked confidence. I think where you see the confidence growing is in understanding what we're doing offensively. The more understanding you have, the faster you can make decisions, the faster you can play, which you have to be able to play fast and be decisive."...

  2. Gators Antonio Morrison vowing to put last season in the past

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    After a tumultuous and disappointing 2013 season, Florida LB Antonio Morrison is ready to put the past behind and focus on the prseent.

    Morrison's weight is down from 240 pounds to about 220 pounds, and he said he's much more comfortable in the Gators' offense.

    "I’ve been having a pretty good camp," Morrison said. "I got great knowledge of the defense. Lost a lot of weight so I’m moving a lot better this camp and feel good where I’m at."...

  3. Gators OL Tyler Moore hopes move inside is beneficial

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    After missing multiple games last season due to injuries - including a season-ending broken elbow suffered in a scooter accident - Florida OL Tyler Moore is back healthy in the Gators' fall camp.

    Moore said Tuesday he no longer rides a scooter since the accident for obvious reasons, but said it's not easy getting around.

    “It’s hard not to ride them because the parking here is not the greatest," Moore said. "You’ve got to be able to get to campus, especially when you have to get up every day and be here at 6 a.m."...

  4. USF Bulls drop names from players' uniforms

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    TAMPA — In an otherwise innocent effort to create team unity, coach Willie Taggart might have created a firestorm among the USF fan base with his confirmation Monday the Bulls will not have names on the back of their jerseys this season.

    Instead, THE TEAM will be listed above the numbers.

    "We're going to represent the Bulls," Taggart said before Monday evening's workout. "That's not to say that (the names) won't come back some time, but our football team is focusing on the team. That's where it needs to be."...

    The back of USF’s jerseys will look like this in 2014. Bulls fans reacted quickly — positively and negatively — on social media.
  5. Still no backup QB as Gators prepare to end fall camp

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    With three days remaining before fall football camp concludes, Florida coach Will Muschamp said the Gators are still in search of a backup QB, but in many ways he's pleased with the way camp is progressing.

    Listen as he breaks down Monday's scrimmage and updates injuries, including the season-ending injury to freshman Thomas Holley, who will undergo hip surgery.

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  6. Gators have high hopes for TE Jake McGee

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    GAINESVILLE — When Jake McGee first visited Gainesville in late spring, he was in search of a new school at which to finish his collegiate football career. His host, Florida junior quarterback Jeff Driskel, was well aware of how valuable a big-time tight end like McGee could be to the Gators' struggling offense.

    But Driskel played it cool. He didn't put on the full-court press. Instead, he let the situation speak for itself....

    UF tight end Jake McGee, a fifth-year senior, led Virginia last year with 43 receptions for 395 yards. He graduated in May.
  7. Florida releases 2014-15 men's basketball schedule

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    Florida opens its men's basketball season Nov. 14 against William & Mary and closes March 7 at Kentucky in the schedule released Friday.

    A highlight is a Jan. 3 home game against defending national champion Connecticut, which beat the Gators in last season's NCAA Tournament semifinals.

    Also, 17 of the Gators' 18 SEC games are on national TV.

    The schedule:

    NOVEMBER:

    14 — William & Mary, SEC; 17 — Miami, 7, ESPNU; 21 — Louisiana-Monroe, TBA; 26 — Georgetown (Battle for Atlantis Tournament, Bahamas), 9:30; 28 — TBD (Battle for Atlantis, Bahamas)...

  8. Healthy Gators ready for break

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    GAINESVILLE — Last year at this time Florida was well on its way to becoming a team with almost more injured starters than healthy ones. So after 15 straight practices this year, coach Will Muschamp said today's planned two-hour final open practice will begin at 11 a.m. and last approximately an hour. Players will wear helmets, no pads.

    The Gators have had only minor injuries, most recently a high ankle sprain for OL David Sharpe on Friday morning. Bryan Cox (shoulder sprain) is the only other player expected to miss today's practice. RB Matt Jones and OL Trip Thurman will return today. The Gators will get their first day off since Aug. 4 on Sunday, and the coaching staff will begin serious consideration about roster spots....

  9. Lack of depth on offensive line a major concern for Gators Will Muschamp

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    After 15 consecutive days of practice, Florida will participate in its final open practice of the season on Saturday morning, beginning at 9 a.m.

    With 14 days remaining before the season-opener against Idaho, Florida coach Will Muschamp said his biggest concerns are lack of depth on the lines of scrimmage.

    "Depth on both lines of scrimmage, especially on the offensive line," Muschamp said. "Again, I feel really comfortable probably with seven guys right now. We need to have eight or nine. That's a critical issue."...

  10. Gators DL Dante Fowler dishes on teammate and friend Joey Ivie

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    Florida DL Joey Ivie has been garnering rave reviews for his improved play during the Gators' fall camp, and teammate and friend Dante Fowler, Jr., said those comments have been well-earned.

    But Fowler said there's more to Ivie than people know. Namely, since he's been putting on weight, he's sorta become obsessed with how he looks.

    Listen to Fowler talk about what has made Ivie so good in fall camp - about about those looks. It's classic Fowler, you won't want to miss....

  11. D.J. Durkin likes what he's seeing from Gators defense

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    CHECK OUT VIDEO OF D.J. DURKIN BELOW

    Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin met with the media today for the first time since fall camp began.

    Durkin, who is beginning his second season as defensive coordinator, said he isn't concerned about the time CB Vernon Hagreaves has missed due to a bruised knee.

    “He just missed a handful of days,” Durkin said. “Unfortunately a lot of guys do that in training camp at some point. Vernon will be fine, he’s prepared really well, he’s a competitor. He’s hopping in as much as he can and he’s back to full speed right now so he’s got plenty of time to get himself ready."...

  12. SEC Network set to launch new era

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    When Justin Connolly met with the media during SEC Media Days last month, his ESPN network had an agreement with just two major carriers, Dish Network and Cox Communications.

    In less than a month, three other major carriers —DirectTV, Time Warner/Bright House and Comcast — agreed to carry the SEC Network. Bright House said it doesn't plan an immediate increase in subscriber fees....

    SEC Network coordinating producer Brett Austin, standing, with broadcasting crew Joe Tessitore, Tim Tebow, Kaylee Hartung, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum in their Charlotte-based studio.
  13. Gators DL Joey Ivie's upcoming season looks promising

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    With about 20 pounds of extra weight and a move inside on the DL, Pasco alum Joey Ivie is earning rave reviews from the Gators coaching staff during the early portion of fall camp.

    Ivie played in three of the Gators' final five games last season. He said the opportunity to play, even sparingly, instead of taking a redshirt year is what has given him an advantage in fall camp this season....

  14. Florida football staff eyes backup QB battle

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    GAINESVILLE — Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said Tuesday that he'll have to start narrowing the focus in his search for a backup quarterback soon.

    "We have a little bit more time," he said. "I think the biggest thing is deciding the strengths and weaknesses each guy has and decide from there. But we'll have to make decisions here pretty soon, through the week and into next week, and start trying to get more reps that way. I still think we're in a competitive situation. Let's keep battling and see what they learn because everything is so new to these guys."...

  15. Gators OC Kurt Roper likes what he sees so far in fall camp

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    Between the 15 spring practices and the first 1 1/2 weeks of fall camp, new Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper is pleased with the progress the Gators are making.

    He met with the media for the first time this fall today. Here is some of what he had to say: