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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Blog: Gator Report

  1. Gators lose another recruit


    One of the top football recruits in the state of Georgia who had orally committed to Florida has decided to reopen the recruitment process.

    Adonis Thomas, a 4-star LB from Central Gwinnett High School, said on Twitter Thursday night: "After talking things over with my family and other close relatives I've decided it's best for me to open back up my recruitment."

    Thomas had chosen Florida over Alabama this past August. According to the Atlanta Journal-Counstitution, he made his first visit to Gainesville during the Gators' abysmal 42+13 loss to Missouri....

  2. Gators guard Michael Frazier a preseason All SEC first team pick


    Florida junior G Michael Frazier II on Wednesday was selected to the preseason All-SEC First Team.

    Frazier, the only returning starter from last season's 36-3 Final Four team, averaged 12.4 points per game as a sophomore, while setting a school record for 3-pointers made in a season with 118. He was twice named SEC Player of the Week, and shot 10-for-15 from 3-point range in the SEC Tournament....

  3. Treon Harris to start for Gators; investigation details emerge


    GAINESVILLE — Treon Harris became Florida's starting quarterback Wednesday as embattled coach Will Muschamp tries to salvage the Gators season — and maybe his job — as they prepare for a Nov. 1 game against rival Georgia.

    The freshman replaces junior Jeff Driskel as the starter for the Gators (3-3, 2-3 SEC).

    "He has a knack for making plays and making some good things happen for our football team," Muschamp said of the Miami native. "We've struggled with production at the quarterback position, and that's been an issue for us, along with others. But that's been a huge issue for us. He's a guy that has a knack for making plays....

    Florida Gators quarterback Treon Harris runs the ball during the fourth quarter of Saturday's blowout loss to Missouri at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  4. Flroida names Treon Harris as new starting QB for Georgia game


    Florida coach Will Muschamp said today that freshman QB Treon Harris will be the starting QB for the Gators' game vs. Georgia game on Nov. 1, replacing fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel.

    "Treon Harris will start the Georgia game," Muschamp said. "He’s getting all the reps right now. Jeff (Driskel) certainly is going to have a role in that game."

    Harris has played in three games this season with his most playing time coming in this past Saturday's 42-13 loss to Missouri, in which he split time with Driskel. ...

  5. Tim Tebow says Gators lack confidence, heart


    Tim Tebow once gave a speech so impassioned it is now immortalized on a plaque outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

    He won a Heisman Trophy and played on two national championship teams with the Gators.

    So if anyone is qualified to criticize what's happening with the program right now, he's probably among them.

    Tebow, now an analyst on the SEC Network, said on a radio interview Tuesday morning on Jacksonville's 1010XL that the Gators lack confidence on offense and aren't playing with the heart former Florida teams have had....

  6. Steve Spurrier not interested in returning to Gainesville


    In the midst of Florida's 42-13 loss to Missouri Saturday night, members of the national media - and some fans - began openly speculating about whom would replace Florida coach Will Muschamp.

    Yes, at that point the feeling was that there was no doubt Muschamp was going to be fired.

    One of the names that showed up among people's lists was former Florida Heisman Trophy winner and former Gators head coach Steve Spurrier....

  7. Florida's Foley says no plans to fire Muschamp


    GAINESVILLE — For those who thought Florida's abysmal performance in Saturday night's 42-13 loss to Missouri would lead to Will Muschamp's firing this week, that's not the case after all.

    On Monday afternoon, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley publicly ended that speculation, saying Muschamp is going nowhere — at least right now.

    Foley reiterated what he's said the past several months and heading into fall camp: Muschamp will be evaluated on his body of work this season. And since the season isn't over, neither is the evaluation process....

    Florida AD Jeremy Foley reiterated what he's said the past several months and heading into fall camp: Will Muschamp will be evaluated on his body of work this season. And since the season isn't over, neither is the evaluation process. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
  8. It's early, but Billy Donovan likes what he's seeing so far


    If football season is starting to get you down, take heart: basketball season is just around the corner.

    The Gators kicked off practice this past Friday and coach Billy Donovan said it's early, but he likes what he's seen so far.

    Florida has to replace four starters from last year's Final Four team.

    Hear some of what Donovan had to say today about the first few practices:


  9. Will Muschamp is going nowhere - right now


    For those Florida fans that were hoping Will Muschamp would be fired by now - or at least sometime this week - you're not going to get your wish.

    Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley on Monday reiterated what he said all summer and heading into this season. Muschamp will be evaluated on the basis of his body of work. And since the season isn't over, neither is the evaluation process.

    At least not yet....

  10. The stat that's killing Will Muschamp


    Following the Gators' 42-13 loss to a struggling Missouri team Saturday night, talk about Florida coach Will Muschamp's job status has been non-stop among fans on talk radio and social media.

    And the grocery store, church, you name it.

    So many things went wrong in the Missouri game to help bolster the argument that perhaps Muschamp isn't the man for the job.

    But one stat in particular seems to have fans on social media just losing it....

    According to ESPN's Stats and Info department, Will Muschamp is the only Division I coach to lose a game in the last 10 years when his defense has given up fewer than 120 yards to the opponent.
  11. Florida Gators routed at home by Missouri


    GAINESVILLE — When Saturday night's homecoming game began, Florida still had dreams of winning an SEC East Division championship.

    But after a 42-13 trouncing by Missouri in front of 89,117 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the Gators' championship dreams are over. And unless they can regroup from back-to-back SEC losses, so too might be the remainder of their season.

    For now, questions about whether the Gators can beat Georgia for the first time in four years, or make it to a bowl game after missing out last season, will take a back seat to the most pressing question of all: Can coach Will Muschamp retain his job?...

    Missouri defensive lineman Markus Golden does a Gator chomp after scoring a touchdown off a fumble in the third quarter.
  12. Florida QB Jeff Driskel leaves injured, comes back


    GAINESVILLE — Florida QB Jeff Driskel's troubled season continued Saturday night. With 3:21 remaining in the first half, the junior from Oviedo suffered an ankle injury while being sacked. Driskel remained on the ground for more than a minute before he was helped up and went directly to the locker room.

    He returned after halftime and started the second half.

    It was part of another tough night for Driskel, who started the game, but shared time with freshman Treon Harris, who entered on the Gators' third possession....

    Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is helped off the field after being tackled during the second quarter. He returned later.
  13. College football preview: Florida vs. Missouri, 7 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2, 620-AM


    Florida vs. Missouri, 7, ESPN2, 620-AM

    Missouri (4-2, 1-1 SEC) is coming off a home loss to Georgia, but is trying to win its eighth consecutive road game dating to last season, and its second straight over the Gators. Under coach Gary Pinkel, the Tigers are 7-2 in games following a loss since joining the SEC. Florida (3-2, 2-2) is in a must-win situation, needing victories in its final four SEC games to have a chance at the East championship....

  14. Mississippi State's Dan Mullen wants fans to respect the coaches they have, including Will Muschamp


    Dan Mullen knows you're out there, Gator fans.

    He knows some of you are jumping on the "Hire Dan Mullen" bandwagon.

    He also remembers many of you wanted him fired during his tenure as Florida's offensive coordinator from 2005 - 2008.

    Mullen, now the head coach at No. 1 ranked Mississippi State, spoke on a Mississippi radio show Head to Head and was asked about Florida fans wanting him to return to Gainesville as the head coach....

  15. Despite his struggles, Gators wary of Missouri's Maty Mauk


    It's fair to say Missouri QB Maty Mauk has not had the kind of season he'd hoped for - so far.

    Mauk had a breakout game against the Gators last season, but enters Saturday night's game vs. Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium fresh off a 34-0 loss to Georgia.

    In that game, Mauk was 9-of-21 for 97 yards and had four interceptions and one fumble.

    “It’s frustrating but there’s adversity and I know coach (Gary) Pinkel says the same stuff, its how you fight back," Mauk said. "Our guys are ready to go. Yeah people are upset but it’s going to be a different week for us and we’re going to come out fighting."...