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Preview of SEC Football: October 25 Matchups

By on October 25th, 2014

Missouri Tigers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

The Missouri Tigers will enter the weekend coming off a 42-13 win over the Florida Gators last week. The Tigers only managed to gain 119 total yards on offense, but their defense forced six turnovers and they had two defensive touchdowns. Missouri is currently 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.  Vanderbilt will use its fourth starting quarterback on the season in this game but Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says the talent around that position is good.

“They have good receivers, great tight end… offensive line is very experienced so I think whoever is playing there will have a really good supporting cast, and we’ve got to be prepared, you know, for anybody to play at the position (quarterback),” Pinkel said.

Vanderbilt is coming off a close 21-20 win over Charleston Southern. The Commodores did not score at all during the second half of the game and the offense put up just 229 total yards. Vandy is 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the SEC. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason discusses the play of Missouri’s quarterback Maty Mauk.

“Maty Mauk has had streaks of greatness and days where he’s had to work himself out of some struggles, so I see this Missouri team as still a top 25 team. We’re going to have to bring our “A” game to be able to stand up to it, and we are looking forward to the task,” said Mason.

The game will be played at Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field in Columbia Missouri.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Alabama heads to Knoxville after rolling right over Texas A&M with a blowout 59-0 win. Alabama is 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in the SEC, only losing to Ole Miss.  Alabama coach Nick Saban says when his team does the little things, it tends to be successful.

” I think the most important thing for our team is, you know, choose your energy… be positive. You know, the effort, the toughness, the discipline, the execution, the attention to detail… those types of things,” said Saban. “You know, when we’ve done those things well we’ve been pretty effective, and when we haven’t we haven’t done very well.”

The Vols are coming into this game on the opposite side of the spectrum off a 34-3 loss against Ole Miss. Tennessee is coming into the game unranked against their number four ranked opponent with a 3-4 overall record while going 0-3 in the SEC.

” This will be another great challenge. Another top five football team and very deservingly so. Very, very complete football team. You know, we talk about in our football program with our young players, teaching them to play complimentary football. When you look at Alabama they play complementary football in terms of offense, defense, and special teams all working together,” said Tennessee head coach Butch Jones.

Auburn Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

The number five Auburn Tigers are coming off their bye week to host the South Carolina  Gamecocks. The Tigers are 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC so far this season.  The game will be big for both teams as Auburn is looking to bounce back from a 38-23 loss against number one Mississippi State two weeks ago to keep fighting for the SEC West as well as one of the top four spots to go to the college football playoff while South Carolina wants to stay alive in the open SEC East.

“We’re coming off an off week, which was really good for our players and coaches and playing a very talented South Carolina team and we know we are going to have to play well to win,” said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.

South Carolina is currently 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the SEC.  They are coming off a 41-10 win against Furman last weekend.

” We got to slow them down, we got to make some tackles, we got to hopefully force some punts, maybe get a turnover and try to get in a good close ball game with Auburn this Saturday night,” said Steve Spurrier, head coach for the Gamecocks.

Ole Miss Rebels vs. LSU Tigers

The number 24 LSU Tigers host the number 3 Ole Miss Rebels in Tiger Stadium Saturday night.

LSU is heading into the game 6-2 coming off a 41-3 win against Kentucky last weekend. The last time LSU met with Ole Miss the Tigers fell short losing by three. According to head coach Les Miles his team is constantly improving and Ole Miss will be a great test for his team.

” They’re very good in all three phases and that’s really the key. They have done  a good job offensively, very good defensively and special teams,” said Miles.

The Rebels are coming off a 34-3 win over Tennessee last weekend and the Rebel defense has played very well, giving up only 10.6 points a game.  Ole miss is currently 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in conference play.

“They’re (LSU) playing quite a few talented young kids and the more they got on the field in these environments , the better off they’re going to be,” said Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze. “Also I do think they’ve somewhat, like we all do as coaches, we figure out what our strengths are and start leaning on them quite a bit more.”

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

The number one Mississippi State Bulldogs are in Kentucky to take on the Wildcats. The undefeated Bulldogs are coming off their bye week, after beating Auburn the previous week, 38-23.  MSU leads the SEC in yards per game, averaging 529.7, while Kentucky averages 415.4.

“We’re coming off a bye last week, so we had the opportunity to get some guys rested. Both physically and mentally rested. And I think our guys have really responded this week very, very well with a good week of practice. Got right back to work on Monday. Came out with a lot of energy and fired up,” said MSU head coach Dan Mullen.

The Wildcats are coming of a 41-3 loss to LSU which brought their record to 5-2.

” [They are] Very balanced and like I said i think they (Bulldogs) present a lot of problems because they can certainly be as physical as they want to be, but also have the ability to spread you out and throw it around a little bit too,” said Mark Stoops, head coach for the Wildcats.

According to Stoops his team will have to improve, especially when it comes to Mississippi State’s front seven who create a lot of negative yardage plays.

Other SEC teams

Arkansas will host Alabama Birmingham, while Florida, Georgia, and Texas A&M all have their bye weeks.

Click here for audio from SEC head coaches:

Pinkel on Vanderbilt’s offense.

Mason on Maty Mauk.

Saban on team’s attitude going into the game.

Jone’s preview of Alabama.

Malzahn on facing South Carolina after a bye week.

Spurrier on facing Auburn.

Miles on Ole Miss being well rounded.

Freeze on why LSU has been so successful recently.

Mullen talks about preparation for this week.

Stoops on why MSU presents problems for its opponents.


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Gator Volleyball Keeps Rolling; Sweeps Missouri

By on October 25th, 2014

The Orange and Blue used a balanced offensive attack and stellar defense Friday as the eighth ranked Florida volleyball team blanked Missouri (25-17, 25-19, 25-13) in front of the Gator faithful at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center to improve to 15-3 on the season and complete the first portion of the SEC slate an undefeated 9-0.

Rhamat Alhassan (14), Gabby Mallette (11) and Živa Recek (11) notched double-digit kills, senior Holly Pole led the Florida back row with 13 digs, while Florida’s service reception was yet again on point with no reception errors for the fourth time in conference play.

Alhassan added a service ace and two assists, along with a .591 hitting percentage to the match. Junior Mackenzie Dagostino added 35 kills and eight digs, while senior Taylor Unroe added eight digs of her own.

With only six lead changes throughout the match (five of them coming in the second set) the Gators took control early and often; including a stretch of at least five consecutive points in all three sets.

Florida out-blocked Mizzou, 5-2, and limited the Tigers to a .168 hitting efficiency on the match. Missouri became the seventh sweep in SEC play for Florida and UF’s 12th opponent this season to hit under .197, including eight of nine SEC opponents thus far.

But Gator head coach Mary Wise was quick to say that it was an all-around team effort.

“This was a match where, as good as our back row play continues to be, our offense matched it,” Wise said.

UF improved to 4-2 all-time against Missouri and will now set its sights on its second meeting with Mississippi State (6-18, 1-8 SEC) Sunday with first serve slated for 1:30 p.m. from the O’Dome Sunday. You can catch the match on ESPN 850 WRUF.

For postgame comments from coach Wise and Mackenzie Dagostino, click below:

Wise recaps the Missouri match

Wise on the play of Holly Pole

Wise on the all-around team effort of the team

Dagostino recaps the Missouri match

Dagostino talks about the team’s growth on defense

Dagostino talks about the stregnth of the Gator’s depth

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Gator Soccer Wins On Senior Night, Beats Tennessee 3-1

By on October 25th, 2014

The Florida soccer team conceded a goal in the first five minutes to the Tennessee Volunteers but scored three unanswered goals to win 3-1 on Senior Night.

The Gators (12-4, 7-2) honored nine seniors, including defender Tessa Andujar, who scored Florida’s second goal off a penalty kick in the 75th minute.

“These seniors have done so much for us and I think it was up to us to make sure we sent them out on a good note,” said Florida head coach Becky Burleigh. “I think the most important thing is that we sort of rediscovered ourselves again tonight. We had lacked a little bit of urgency in last weekend’s games and that was not at all evident tonight. I think they played hard on both sides of the ball.”

The Gators worked the Volunteer defense all night long despite trailing 1-0 through the first 70 minutes of play. Florida had 27 shots compared to Tennessee’s nine.

Gator sophomore forward Savannah Jordan scored two goals to increase her season total to 13.

“We have great seniors on our team – a bunch of them in fact, and it was great to get a win for them tonight,” said Jordan. “Moving forward from here, it gives us a good boost going into Sunday’s game and getting ready to go into the SEC Tournament.”

The Gators will travel to Baton Rouge for their next game when they take on LSU on Sunday at 2 p.m.

For audio from the above quotes, click below:

Florida head coach Becky Burleigh says the team returned to form after their two-game losing skid

F Savannah Jordan is happy get a win for the seniors

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Buchholz Travels To Take On Fletcher, Thursday Night Football Results, More High School Football Games Tonight

By on October 25th, 2014

The Buchholz Bobcats (3-4, 1-1) look to move closer to securing a playoff spot tonight when they travel to Neptune Beach to battle the Fletcher Senators (4-3, 1-1).

The Bobcats have an opportunity to have surpass their win total from last year with a victory but they’ll be challenged by a Fletcher squad that has double-digit win totals the last three years.

“(Fletcher is) big up front, they’ve got three or four kids not a lot of people have. They have a receiver committed to Florida,” said coach Buchholz head coach Mark Whittemore, referring to Fletcher senior wideout Kalif Jackson. “They’re going to have a running back that is above-average. They’ve had some of the best running backs in high school history here in the state.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

** The Eastside Rams took care of business against the Dunnellon Tigers with a 31-21 victory at Citizen’s Field. Rams improve to 3-5 and 3-2 in district play. However, the Rams have been eliminated from playoff contention after North Marion won their district game against Santa Fe 35-28 in a triple overtime thriller.  The Colts clinch a 5A-5 playoff berth along with the undefeated Suwannee Bulldogs.

** The Gainesville Hurricanes (4-3, 3-0) travel to Inverness to take on the Citrus Hurricanes (4-3, 1-1) in a district game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

** The Dixie County Bears (6-0, 2-0) host the Newberry Panthers (4-4, 2-1) in district action. Kickoff coming at 7:30 p.m.

** The Chiefland Indians (4-4, 1-1) travel for a district game to take on the Union County Tigers (5-2, 1-1). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

** The Lafayette Hornets (4-3, 1-1) travel to take on the P.K. Younge Blue Wave (4-2, 0-2). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

For audio from the above quotes, click below:

Buchholz head coach Mark Whittemore says Fletcher has a lot of talented athletes


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Gator Volleyball Prepares for SEC Homestand; Welcome Missouri and Mississippi State

By on October 24th, 2014

The eighth ranked Gator volleyball team will be back in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center this weekend for a two-match home stand when Florida hosts Missouri (13-9, 5-4 SEC) Friday and Mississippi State (6-17, 1-7 SEC) Sunday.

Florida (14-3, 8-0 SEC) has won nine consecutive matches heading into the weekend, thanks in part to senior Maddy Monserez, who earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for her play against South Carolina and Arkansas.

The Gators now sit alone atop the conference standings, after Kentucky registered its first SEC loss against LSU on Sunday.

But head coach Mary Wise is quick to say that her squad is not becoming complacent.

“It’s not about the end result,” Wise said. “It’s about where we are today and trying to be a better Gator team today, than where we were yesterday. And regardless of the results, and that we’re not going to be so driven on the final outcome, we are embracing the moment of opportunities to get better, and that’s how we’re staying focused.”

The Gators are 3-2 all-time against Mizzou, the defending SEC Champions as Missouri took both meetings in 2013. UF swept the Bulldogs in Starkville October 5th and is now an undefeated 44-0 against MSU, 35-0 under head coach Mary Wise.

First serve between the Gators and Tigers is slated for 7 p.m., while Florida and MSU will tilt at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to wrap up the weekend.

You can catch both matches on ESPN 850 WRUF.

For comments from coach Wise, click below:

Wise on avoiding complacency during this nine match win streak

Wise on facing a much different Missouri team than last season

Wise on the improved play of outside hitters Gabby Mallette and Ziva Recek

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Friday Sports Update (10/24)

By on October 24th, 2014

College football, high school football, NFL, the World Series, Gator sports and more in our Friday Sports Update…

** A couple of college football games last night sees Miami crush Virginia Tech 30-6 and nationally ranked East Carolina top Connecticut 31-21.   Tonight, Oregon faces Cal, Cincinnati tangles with South Florida and BYU takes on Boise State.

** It hasn’t been a good week for Gator football.   After losing a verbal commitment earlier in the week, it loses another according to numerous reports as Georgia linebacker Adonis Thomas has re-opened his recruiting.   Another potential recruit, linebacker Tevon Coney, chose Notre Dame over Florida and Miami yesterday as well.

** In high school football last night, Eastside tops Dunnellon 31-21 and Santa Fe loses 35-28 to North Marion.   More games on tap for tonight throughout the area.

** In the NFL, Denver beats San Diego 35-21.

** The World Series resumes tonight with Game 3 in San Francisco; the Series is tied 1-1 after two games in Kansas City.

** Gator volleyball and soccer are in action at home Friday.   Volleyball is home Sunday while soccer is at LSU.

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Gator Soccer Hosts Vols for Senior Day

By on October 23rd, 2014

The Florida soccer team will host the Tennessee Volunteers tomorrow night for the team’s annual Senior Day. The Gators will enjoy returning home after two tough conference road losses, but losing a group of seniors that has meant so much for the program will be bittersweet.

The senior class consists of nine Gators, all of whom have contributed to Florida’s success over the past four years.

The nine include Tessa Andujar, Annie Bobbit, Taylor Burk, Lindsey Cooper, Jillian Graff, Karina Gutsche, Lauren Silver, Havana Solaun, and Annie Speese, a group that head coach Becky Burleigh talks very highly of.

“This is an unbelievable senior class,” says Burleigh. “They are a group that we’re heavily indebted to for the culture of our program.”

Her words are tough to argue with the team’s record at 65-22-2 since the arrival of this senior class.

The Gators (11-4) find themselves ranked seventh in the nation as they prepare to take on the Vols (7-8-1). Despite such a high ranking, Florida won’t be taking Tennessee lightly.

“They’re fighting for their lives,” Burleigh says of the Volunteers. “Those are the teams that are most dangerous. Those are the teams that scare me more than the top ranked teams. So for us, it’s about getting back on track.”

The Gators will need to do just that after dropping their conference record to 6-2 this past weekend. Florida will expect huge play out of sophomore forward Savannah Jordan who leads the team in goals with 11, as well as the teams assist leader, senior Tessa Andujar.

One thing Burleigh isn’t concerned about going into tomorrow night’s game, however, is her team’s motivation.

“I think our whole team is going to be very motivated Friday because, first of all, coming off of the two losses, but second of all because of Senior Day,” says Burleigh. “I know that they’re going to be motivated and I know that the other players are going to be really motivated to send them off in a good way.”

The match is set to begin Friday night at 7 PM.

To hear Becky Burleigh, click on the links below.

Burleigh 1

Burleigh 2

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Thursday Sports Update (10/23)

By on October 23rd, 2014

A new starting quarterback for Florida, the World Series gets tied up, more college football and NFL and high school football too in our Thursday Sports Update…

** Freshman Treon Harris will get the start for the Florida football team when it plays Georgia next week; the announcement made by coach Will Muschamp on the SEC Teleconference Wednesday.

** Georgia may have star running back Todd Gurley back for that game as well as the school has officially filed with the NCAA to have Gurley reinstated after he sat out two games while an investigation took place into alleged autographs Gurley may have signed that appeared on for sale websites.

** NFL football tonight as the Denver Broncos facing the San Diego Chargers in a key AFC West game.

** College football tonight has nationally ranked East Carolina facing Connecticut and Miami facing Virginia Tech in the ACC.

** In local high school football, some games are being played tonight.   Eastside is hosting Dunnellon and Santa Fe is at North Marion.

** The World Series is now tied at one game each after the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 last night.   Game 3 Friday in San Francisco.

** The Gator men’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the SEC behind Kentucky in a media poll at SEC Media Days yesterday.   Florida guard Michael Frazier II was named a first team All-SEC player as well.

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Florida Quarterback Treon Harris Will Start Against Georgia

By on October 22nd, 2014

Florida football coach Will Muschamp has named Treon Harris the starter at quarterback for next weekend’s matchup against SEC rival Georgia.

“We’ve got an open week where he is getting a bunch of reps. Right now we felt like that was the best move moving forward,” Muschamp said today on the SEC Teleconference.

In last Saturday’s heartbreaking 42-13 loss at home against Missouri, Harris led the Gators on both of their scoring drives to help UF prevent its first shutout since 1988. The true freshman from Booker T. Washington is 12-of-18 for 263 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and according to Muschamp has proved that he can make a difference for the Gators.

“Treon, you saw what he did late in the game,” Muschamp said. “He has a knack for making plays and making good things happen for our football team. We’ve struggled with production at the quarterback position and that’s been an issue for us.”

Harris replaces fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel who has continuously struggled; compiling 12 turnovers in the last four games. However, Muschamp added that Driskel will still see playing time.

“Treon is getting all the reps right now, and Jeff is certainly going to have a role in the game,” he emphasized.

“Jeff’s a guy that’s an experienced player for us. We’ll continue to move forward with Jeff playing a role on our football team as quarterback, and what that role will be we’ll see moving forward.”

But for now, Muschamp’s number one priority is to help the Florida football program get back on on track and win games.

“We need to win games, that’s the bottom line. We look forward to our preparation this week – as well as next week and get ready to take on Georgia.”

Harris will have a bye week to help prepare for his debut as Florida’s starter before facing the 9th ranked Georgia Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) on November 1st in Jacksonville.

To hear audio from Muschamp’s on the SEC Teleconference,  please click below: 

Muschamp on Harris starting

Harris will start for Fl vs Georgia

Muschamp on team needing to win games


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Wednesday Sports Update (10/22)

By on October 22nd, 2014

Game 1 of the World Series, a former football Gator criticizes the offense, a former Gator released in the NFL and more in our Wednesday Sports Update…

** Game 1 of the World Series goes to the San Francisco Giants over the Kansas City Royals 8-1 as Madison Bumgarner goes seven strong innings to get the win for the Giants.    Game 2 tonight in Kansas City.

** The UF women’s basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the SEC this year in the annual preseason media poll.   South Carolina was picked to win the league.

** Former Gator quarterback Tim Tebow is critical of UF’s offense.   On a Jacksonville radio station, Tebow says the offense lacks leadership and does not have an identity.

** A UF football verbal commitment has flipped his allegiance; linebacker Jerome Baker from Ohio has flipped to Ohio State from Florida.

** Former Gator wide receiver Solomon Patton was released by the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Dallas Cowboys release defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad.

** The Santa Fe Saints volleyball team, in its first year of existence, clinches a spot in the State Tournament after getting a win over Lake Sumpter State College last night.

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