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Arkansas heads to Tennessee for an SEC Showdown

By on October 2nd, 2015
FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2015, file photo, Arkansas' Alex Collins (3) and Keon Hatcher (4) celebrate after Hatcher's touchdown during the NCAA college football game against UTEP at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. The Razorbacks beat the Miners, 48-13. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker, File)

Arkansas’ Alex Collins (3) and Keon Hatcher (4) celebrate after Hatcher’s touchdown during the NCAA college football game against UTEP at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. The Razorbacks beat the Miners, 48-13. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker, File)

Who needs this win more? Butch Jones and the 2-2 Volunteers, who just blew a late lead in the Swamp, or Bret Bielema and the 1-3 Razorbacks, who have lost three in a row and are looking for their first SEC victory this season.

Tennessee doesn’t have a loss as bad as the Arkansas home defeat against Toledo, but the Vols have blown two big leads for their two losses, 17 points against Oklahoma and a 13 point fourth quarter one against Florida.

Regardless of the past, both teams have to focus on the future, and right now Tennessee offensively seems to be headed in the right direction with junior QB Joshua Dobbs and sophomore running back Jalen Hurd. The two have combined for over 600 yards on the ground, with Hurd averaging 100 a game and Dobbs also throwing for 557 yards and five TDs in the air.

“He is very versatile, I thought he did a good job of managing the offense Saturday,” Vols coach Butch Jones said about Dobbs, “With the run game and the run pulls and some things he did that way, he continues to develop in all faces.”

With still a lot of work to do especially in the passing game, Tennessee’s month of October only gets more challenging, as they host #8 Georgia next week, followed by a trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium to take on #13 Alabama. Arkansas has the pleasure of being in the SEC West, which means trips to the Crimson Tide, the Rebels and LSU.

Jones spoke about how difficult this match up will be against Arkansas.

“Playing a very, very talented Arkansas football team, Bret has done a really good job there, you can see his mentality. Very big up front as we all know, they can run the football, but I think Brandon Allen is one of the best quarterbacks in our conference.”

The Razorbacks are no slouch offensively, led by South Plantation’s Alex Collins rushing for 125 yards per game, and senior Brandon Allen, who has thrown for over 1,100 yards through four games. Tennessee’s struggles have come defensively late in games, as witnessed by blowing big leads against Oklahoma and Florida.

The Volunteers rank 18th in the nation in rushing offense, with an average of 248 yards on the ground per game, but they will be taking on an extremely stout rush defense in Arkansas that is ranked 17th against the run, allowing only 93 rushing yards per game. Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema spoke about this specific match up.

“I’m impressed with their quarterback and their running back on offense, #11 and #1 are very, very good football players, kind of makes their whole thing go.”

Kickoff from Neyland Stadium in Tennessee is at 7 p.m. on Saturday in a game that will be broadcasted on ESPN2.

Jones on Dobbs

Jones on Arkansas

Bielema on Tennessee Offense

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Kentucky vs. Eastern Kentucky Preview

By on October 2nd, 2015
Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles, center, celebrates his touchdown with teammates Kyle Meadows, left, and C.J. Conrad during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles, center, celebrates his touchdown with teammates Kyle Meadows, left, and C.J. Conrad during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

The Kentucky football team has a chance to start the season strong, and that’s an understatement.

The Wildcats are 3-1 to start the year, and are getting decent production on the offensive side of the ball when compared to the entire the Southeastern Conference.

Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles has the seventh most passing yards in SEC, and Stanley “Boom” Williams has the seventh most rushing yards in the conference.

However, EKU isn’t a talentless team; it is full of talented transfers from throughout the nation.

Bennie Coney, who transferred from Cincinnati, will be playing at quarterback for EKU.

The Colonels also have Adam Lane rushing the ball this season. Lane, who transferred from the University of Florida, played well for the Gators late last season. The former Gator won the MVP award in the Birmingham Bowl, and is now an important part of a run heavy offense for the Colonels.

However, even if Kentucky’s defense hasn’t been the best in the SEC (ranked 8th in total defense), the hope from Kentucky faithful is that their Wildcats will be able to defeat this in state rival.

Eastern Kentucky has lost 15 straight games against power conference teams as Kentucky looks to improve to 4-1 on the season.

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LSU Looks to Defend Death Valley from Eastern Michigan

By on October 2nd, 2015
LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

The LSU Tigers (3-0) are coming off an historic victory over Syracuse last week as they gear up for the Eastern Michigan Eagles Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Tiger running back Leonard Fournette smashed his previous career-high of 228 yards he set just a week before against Auburn with a 244 yard performance against the Orange. This also means that he is the first running back in LSU’s history to run for 200 yards or more in back to back games, not to mention he had two touchdowns in this game on a 14 yard run and a 62 yard run.

But even through Fournette had a big day, he could have had an even bigger one if it wasn’t for the excessive amount of penalties LSU had in the game, as the Tigers committed 14 penalties, one of which took away a Fournette 87 yard touchdown.

“We were sloppy in our penalties,” LSU head coach Les Miles said. “Some corrections need to be made, I think our guys are looking forward to that; I think they want to be a dominant football team.”

Also in the Syracuse game, even though quarterback Brandon Harris had a 50 percent completion percentage, he had a season high in passing yards with 157 yards in the air.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-3) have been struggling as of late losing two in a row and giving up 58 points to their last opponent Army.

The Eagles also rank last in rushing defense in all of FBS giving up 373.3 yards per game. So this game is particularly not looking good for them as they go up against Fournette who is number three in rushing yards in the FBS with 631 yards on the ground.

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Les Miles


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Missouri Turns to Lock Against South Carolina

By on October 2nd, 2015
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk looks for a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the game 21-13. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk looks for a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the game 21-13. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

The Missouri Tigers will be without starting quarterback Maty Mauk as they meet with the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday. With their starter suspended, the Tigers turn to freshman quarterback Drew Lock.

“He’s very excited about it,” notes Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel. “He’s got some experience. I think that’s going to help him.”

The Tigers are undefeated at home this season, and look to Lock to lead them to another victory.  In limited playing time this season, Lock has thrown for 225 yards and a touchdown with one interception.

“He moves in the pocket well,” says Pinkel. “I think he has pretty good instinct back there, you know. He doesn’t have Maty’s footspeed, but not too many quarterbacks do.”

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has not started a season with a 2-3 record since 2005, but he does not expect the Tigers to go down easily even without their starting quarterback.

“Coach Pinkel and his staff do just about as good a job as anybody getting their team ready to play and playing smart…” Spurrier remarks. “They do things the right way.”

The Gamecocks are coming off a 31-14 win against the UCF Knights, while the Tigers come off a road loss at Kentucky, their first loss of the season.  Missouri has home field advantage for Saturday’s contest in Colombia.

“We’re excited about playing South Carolina, and playing a very very good football team,” said Pinkel. “Steve Spurrier’s are well-coached teams. We’ve had some great battles against them.”

The Tigers and Gamecocks match up begins on Saturday at noon.

Pinkel on Drew

Pinkel on Drew 2

Spurrier on Missouri

Pinkel on South Carolina

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Florida Volleyball Loses on the Road to Missouri

By on October 1st, 2015

The Florida volleyball team lost its second straight SEC match up Wednesday night as they fall in five sets to Missouri on the road.  This despite the fact that Florida won the first two sets of the night, only to lose the last three.

Florida won the first set 25-22 and the second 25-20 but Missouri turned the game around in the third set, defeating the Gators 25-21 while taking the fourth set 25-19.  The fifth and final set of the game was won by the Tigers 15-10.

Missouri’s team statistics showed in part why they defeated Florida.

Kills: Mizzou 62 Florida 55

Digs: Mizzou 58 Florida 52

Service Aces: Mizzou 9 Florida 5

Hitting percentage: Mizzou .230 Florida .208

Blocks: Mizzou 11 Florida 13

After this second SEC loss, Florida is now 1-2 in their conference and 9-3 overall.  The Gators will be on the road again this Sunday to face Arkansas who is 2-0 in the SEC and 12-2 overall.  The match is set for 4:00 PM and live coverage begins at 3:50 PM on ESPN Gainesville 95.3 FM.

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Gators Continue Preparation for Ole Miss

By on October 1st, 2015
McElwain, Gators Prepare for Ole Miss

McElwain, Gators Prepare for Ole Miss

The 25th-ranked Florida Gators and third-ranked Ole Miss Rebels will meet this Saturday night. The last time two top-25 teams met in the Swamp was in 2012 when Florida dominated the South Carolina Gamecocks 44-11 on their way to an 11-1 regular season record and a Sugar Bowl berth. The Gators were favored in that match up with South Carolina, but come in to this game against Ole Miss as the underdogs at home.

The Gators will have quarterback Treon Harris and defensive back Jalen Tabor back this week after both served their one game suspensions last week. While Harris is eligible to play this Saturday, Jim McElwain and staff decided to allow Will Grier to start his fourth consecutive game. McElwain, however, did say that he expects both guys to be prepared for this one.

“He (Grier) had a pretty good week, Treon had a really good week as well,” McElwain noted. “Both guys are ready to go.”

The flu bug is still continuing to affect a number of Gators players. On Monday, McElwain stated that nine players were dealing with flu-like symptoms. While McElwain believes the bug has run its course he won’t make any excuses for someone not being able to play.

“This stuff has been hitting us pretty quick and who knows come game time where we’re going to be,” McElwain said. “At the same time, if somebody can’t be there, somebody else will.”

Last week against Tennessee, the Gators pulled off a comeback for the ages, scoring two touchdowns in a little over four minutes of play to win 28-27. The wide receivers played a big role in the victory combining on 16 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by the 63-yard touchdown by freshman Antonio Callaway. The wide receiver coaching position has been a revolving door at Florida with seven coaches in seven years. Kerry Dixon II was brought in to provide some stability to that position and according to Dixon, the most important aspect of his job comes off the field.

“That inconsistency sometimes hurts you,” Dixon said. “I think the consistency with me in the room this year has been preaching the message that you do care about the players, because in this game now-a-days, it’s more they want to know that you care.”

The receivers will have their work cut out for them trying to get open against an Ole Miss secondary who leads the SEC in interceptions.

The offensive line will also have its hands full trying to contain Robert Nkemdiche and the other members of the Ole Miss defensive line. While the unit has only totaled three sacks on the season, McElwain is still worried about their disruptiveness.

“The guys they’re(the offensive line) playing against this week are probably licking their chops,” McElwain joked. “Probably think they’re going to set an NCAA record for sacks.”

The Gators and Rebels will kickoff on Saturday night at 7:00 in the Swamp.

McElwain on Quarterback Prep

McElwain on Flu Bug

Dixon on Showing He Cares

McElwain on Ole Miss DL

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New Men’s Basketball head coach Mike White getting ready for the season

By on October 1st, 2015

The Florida men’s basketball team officially begins practices Friday for the upcoming season.  New coach Mike White and his staff will be entering their first season in the O’Dome, and are hoping to make some positive changes to the team.

“We hope to be equally as good in the half court, got to communicate at a higher level defensively, got to block more shots, take more advantage of our speed,” White said of the improvements that need to be made.  “Offensively we talked about our shooting percentage that needs to go up, our turnover margin has to get a little bit better.”

Not everything has to be changed though, according to White. The defense, which averaged seven steals and four blocks per game, has a solid base that White wants to build on.

“I was really impressed with how well they defended, last year’s team, especially in the half court. We had the 11th ranked defense in the country last year, and that’s considering not having a big shot blocker.”

Coach White is hoping to create his new game plan using the already existing speed and talent of the players, and push them to get even stronger. Keeping the pace of the game in Florida’s favor is a key to winning under White’s strategy. With the staff, team, and potential at UF, this is something White sees as possible.

“The one thing that we do know is we have all the support in the world. We have all of the resources to be successful, we have good players, we have a plan in place, so we’re about halfway there.”

Florida basketball will bring in the season with the Gator Madness event on Friday night. This event will feature both the men’s and women’s teams and will start at 9 pm in the O’Connell Center.

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Taylor Dominant Since Incident and McGee Grows In Offense

By on October 1st, 2015
Taylor has scored a touchdown in every game this season

Taylor has scored a touchdown in every game this season

The Florida Gator football team has opened up the season with four straight wins including a come from behind victory against SEC rival Tennessee last week. The Gators last win was enough to place them in the AP Top 25 for the first time this season.  Much of the Gator success this season can be credited to junior running back Kelvin Taylor.

Taylor started the season off strong against New Mexico State, but it was the second game of the year against East Carolina where he made headlines. After scoring a touchdown, Taylor did a throat slashing gesture and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Florida coach Jim McElwain blew up on Taylor on the sidelines and the infamous incident gained national attention.

Taylor talks specifically about that play and what he took from it.

“At the end of the day I should have never done it because it’s all about the team. We can’t celebrate in college so I should have never done anything period. I learned my lesson for sure to just always throw the ball back to the referee and give them nothing to throw a flag about, so yea I’ve matured a whole lot.”

Since that moment Taylor has been solid running the football.  He has been the featured back in each of the last two games where he is averaging 4.5 yards per rush. He has 37 total touches for 161 yards and three touchdowns the past two weeks. In last weekend’s game over Tennessee he eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the first time since Florida’s game against Georgia last season.

“I feel like it (being the featured back) just gives me more opportunities to make plays and I know every time I’m in the game I can take it to the house, so I just want to keep getting those opportunities” Taylor says.

Meanwhile, sixth year senior tight end Jake McGee has also come up big for the Gators lately including a couple key third and fourth down catches against Tennessee. He finished the game against the Volunteers with 5 catches for 57 yards. On the season McGee has 10 catches for 107 yards. McGee recorded no stats last season because he suffered a season ending injury in the first half of the season opener.

Jim McElwain’s offense features the tight ends often, which is something different than in past years under Muschamp.

McGee talks about the use of tight ends in this new offense.

“I mean it’s something he (McElwain) sort of told us in the beginning that we have a talented tight end room. It’s something you want to use as much as you can and we got a group of guys who can do a lot of different things, so he wants to use us the best he can. There’s a lot of really creative minds on offense, so I’m sure it will only continue to expand as we show that we can make plays.”

Up next for the Gators is a home SEC game against the third ranked Ole Miss Rebels. Kick off from the Swamp is set for 7 p.m.

To hear sound from Taylor and McGee click below:

Taylor on incident in ECU game

Taylor on relationship with Coach McElwain

Taylor talks about performance against Tennessee

Taylor on being the featured back

McGee on two minute offense

McGee talks about making key plays for the team

McGee talks about new offense featuring tight ends

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Gator Volleyball Travels To Missouri

By on September 30th, 2015

The Florida volleyball teams faces Missouri this Wednesday. The Gators are coming off a tough loss to Kentucky last Sunday that gives Florida a record of 9-2 overall.

Florida outside hitter Carli Snyder had 16 kills and 14 digs in their match up against Kentucky, and she says falling to the Wildcats was a learning experience.

“It’s not a total loss for us. I think we are going to go into practice more fired up than we would be if we had won this match,” she said.

Between all SEC teams, the Gators hold the top spot in three different categories with a .311 hitting percentage, a 14.32 average kills per set, and a 3.21 average blocks per set.

For the Missouri Tigers, playing the Gators will be their first SEC match up of the season. Missouri is currently 12-1 overall and follow closely behind Florida as they are ranked second in hitting with a percentage of .301.

Florida head coach Mary Wise says Missouri is a much improved team.

“They have one of the best outside hitters in the league amongst their other talented players,” she said.

Wise coached Missouri’s outside hitter Carly Kan in the World University Games and says she is one of her favorite players.

“She was one of our players that we couldn’t afford to have off the court in international volleyball and it’s true of this Missouri team again this year.”

The Gators take on the Tigers Wednesday at 8:00 PM in Columbia, Missouri. Live coverage of the game will begin at 7:50 PM on ESPN Gainesville 95.3 FM.

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Snyder says loss will motivate

Wise talks about Missouri’s team

Wise talks about Missouri’s Carly Kan

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Florida NFL Football Teams Flop

By on September 28th, 2015
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims (34) makes a run against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

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Sunday was not a good day of football for fans supporting any team in Florida.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Houston Texans 19 to 9.  Houston out gained the Bucs 186 yards to 57 on the ground.

“You can’t allow a team to run the football that way,” Bucs Coach Lovie Smith said. “We couldn’t establish our run, where they established their run, we couldn’t get ours going.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars were dominated by the New England Patriots, 51 to 17. LeGarrette Blount had three rushing touchdowns. The Jags remain optimistic though.

“We’ll learn from this, Jags Coach Gus Bradley said. “This game doesn’t validate us. This outcome doesn’t validate us, the journey validates us.”

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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The Miami Dolphins were really embarrassed at home against their AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills.  The Bills defense intercepted Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill three times in the first half and the Bills offense totaled 429 yards.

“It was not a good performance so certainly I take responsibility, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “This is a team, so players and coaches, we have to do a better job both of us.  We’ll work together and come up  with some solutions and play better football.”

Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin looks down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 41-14. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Gus Bradley

Joe Philbin

Lovie Smith




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