Florida Rumors & News

  • Five-star DT Thomas Holley out for season, will redshirt for Florida

    Miami Herald "Five-star freshman defensive tackle Thomas Holley underwent season-ending surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum stemming from a high school sports hernia injury, coach Will Muschamp announced. Holley, the nation’s No. 18 overall player according to 247Sports, is expected to be sidelined..." August 19

  • Gators land another Georgia prospect in OG Brandon Sandifer

    Orlando Sentinel "The Florida Gators landed a third straight commitment from Mark Richt's backyard Wednesday night when Warner Robbins (Ga.) Northside offensive guard Brandon Sandifer committed to the Gators. He announced his decision via his Twitter account @_bsandifer, "I am proud to say that next year I will..." August 14

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III (bone bruise) day-to-day after scuffle

    CBSSports.com "Florida fans got a scare at an open practice on Thursday night, as a team scuffle resulted in star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III getting carted off the field. According to the Associated Press, wide receivers and cornerbacks began to tussle during "Oklahoma" drills. The preseason All-SEC..." August 08

  • Urban Meyer: 'I still don't get' why Tim Tebow is out of NFL

    NFL.com "NFL training camps are in full bloom and Tim Tebow is still waiting for a team to call him. He's going on a year of being out of the league, and Urban Meyer says he doesn't understand why that's the case for the QB he coached to stardom at Florida. "I still don't get that part of it," Meyer..." July 29

  • Hybrid WR/TE Kalif Jackson commits to Gators

    Alligator Army "After losing four commitments and gaining just one over the last 10 days on the recruiting trail, Florida got back on the positive side of the ledger on Tuesday, picking up a commitment from Jacksonville wide receiver Kalif Jackson. Jackson, who plays for Fletcher High in Jacksonsville, is a..." July 29

  • Gator TE Colin Thompson reportedly transferring to Temple

    Philly.com "FORMER ARCHBISHOP Wood tight end Colin Thompson is transferring to Temple after two injury-plagued seasons at Florida, sources familiar with the situation confirmed. Rated as one of the top players at his position in the recruiting class of 2012, he never caught a pass for the Gators. He played..." July 23

  • Florida commit Deontai Williams flips to Georgia

    Alligator Army "Usually, on the recruiting trail, it's Florida doing the flipping. On Saturday, Georgia played the Gators' game, as former Florida commitment Deontai Williams flipped to the Dawgs, according to 247Sports reporter Rusty Mansell ($). Williams, who attends Trinity Christian School in Jacksonville..." July 20

  • SEC defines QB 'strike zone' for defenders

    ESPN.com "In a move to further protect players from dangerous hits, the SEC has defined a "strike zone" from below the neck to above the knees in which an unabated defender may attempt to tackle an "offensive player in a passing posture." "This is a player safety issue," said Steve Shaw, the SEC's..." July 17

  • UF's Vernon Hargreaves III calls Jeff Driskel 'the best quarterback in college football'

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "UF's All-SEC cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III faced some of the nation's top quarterbacks as a freshman in 2013. Hargreaves wonders if the best of them all might have been on the Gators' sideline as their season unraveled. With Jeff Driskel out for the final nine games after suffering a..." July 16

  • Florida CB Jalen Tabor cited for marijuana possession in May, had prosecution deferred

    Alligator Army "Florida freshman cornerback Jalen Tabor was cited for marijuana possession on May 27, 247Sports' Thomas Goldkamp reports. Goldkamp also notes that Tabor reached a deferred prosecution agreement on June 3. The Gainesville Police Department report on Tabor's citation notes that he was arrested..." July 15

  • Florida coach Will Muschamp is on fire and it's not because he's winning

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Thanks to truckloads of TV money annually being dumped on major conferences, college football is increasingly a ridiculously fickle business, especially in the SEC. If you're hired as a head football coach in this league, you normally sign a five-year deal. Translated: Improvement is..." July 15

  • Four-star LB Jerome Baker commits to Florida over Ohio State

    SI - College Football "Urban Meyer and Ohio State were unable to keep one of the top recruits in Ohio home. Four-star linebacker and class of 2015 recruit Jerome Baker spurned the Buckeyes and verbally committed to the Florida Gators on Friday morning on a Bleacher Report video. Baker is a consensus four-star recruit..." July 13

  • 2014 Florida calendar features Aaron Hernandez

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions finally have someone they can laugh at regarding calendar blunders. Anyone who purchased the 2014 University of Florida calendar and flipped the page to July today saw an oversized image of former Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez. Via the Associated Press, school officials claim..." July 01

  • Florida transfer TE could be looking to play closer to home

    College Football Talk "All has not exactly gone to plan for tight end Colin Thompson. Two years at Florida have been littered with injuries, limiting him to appear in just three games combined between the last two football seasons since committing to play for the Gators. Now the Pennsylvania native could be looking to..." June 23

  • Injured Gators' tight end Colin Thompson to transfer

    Orlando Sentinel "Gators' tight end Colin Thompson has decided to transfer following two injury plagued seasons at UF, the school confirmed. Thompson, 21, was a highly rated prospect out of Warminsiter, Pa., but never made a catch for coach Will Muschamp because of multiple foot injuries. Thompson's decision..." June 21

  • Ex-Gator Marqui Hawkins to transfer to AUB

    NCAA Football Zone "Earlier it was reported that Freshman Marqui Hawkins would be transferring from Florida. We have learned that his new destination will be UAB. Hawkins will have to sit out a year before he can continue his career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Conference USA." June 17

  • Sources: Possible recruiting violation preceded Joker Phillips' resignation at Florida

    Yahoo! Sports "Former University of Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips resigned this week after the NCAA received a photo of the coach sitting in a restaurant with a high school recruit during a mandated dead period in recruiting, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports. Three sources told Yahoo Sports..." June 14

  • Joker Phillips resigns as Florida's wide receivers coach

    SI.com "Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips has resigned, the school announced on Wednesday. Phillips, who was Kentucky's head coach from 2010-12, came to Florida after being fired in Lexington. Gators coach Will Muschamp moved quickly to replace Phillips, elevating former Florida quarterback..." June 11

  • Former Clemson QB Chad Kelly visits Alabama

    Alabama.com "Former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly visited Alabama this weekend. Kelly, the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, posted a photo on his Facebook account from his unofficial visit to Alabama. He visited the school with a few of his East Mississippi Community College teammates,..." June 05

  • Will Muschamp said he would like Gators to stop scheduling FCS opponents

    Orlando Sentinel "Coach Will Muschamp said he would like to see the Gators stop scheduling Football Championship Subdivision opponents in the future. Muschamp said games against FCS competition hurt a team's strength of schedule - a key component in determining who plays in the new four-team college football..." May 27

  • U.Va. tight end Jake McGee is transferring to Florida

    Hampton Roads "Tight end Jake McGee, who announced recently that he was transferring from the University of Virginia, will play next fall at Florida, he announced via Twitter this afternoon. “I will be playing my 5th year at The University of Florida. GO Gators!” wrote McGee, who has graduated from Virginia..." May 09

  • Four-star QB Torrance Gibson announces his top 15

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Four-star quarterback Torrance Gibson of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage may be one of Ohio State's top quarterback targets in the 2015 recruiting class. But the Buckeyes aren't Gibson's top school. At least not yet. Gibson released his top 15 in order Monday night, and Ohio State..." May 06

  • West Orange transfer Jalen Julius commits to Florida

    Orlando Sentinel "West Orange athlete Jalen Julius, who transferred to the Winter Garden school from Orlando Evans earlier this spring, has committed to the Florida Gators 2015 recruiting class. Julius, a 4.31-second 40-yard dash speedster who can do a lot of different things on the football field, is being..." May 01

  • Gators coach Will Muschamp: Program is not 'out of control'

    Orlando Sentinel "You can accuse Florida Gators football coach Will Muschamp of lacking in many areas last season: A lack of offensive imagination, a lack of offensive playmakers and, mostly, a lack of victories. However, a lack of discipline and accountability within his program isn't something I've ever..." April 25

  • Hawkins to transfer from Florida

    The Gainesville Sun "Florida receiver/safety Marqui Hawkins is transferring from the school, the redshirt freshman told The Sun on Wednesday. He did not see any action last season and was moved to defensive back during spring practice. Hawkins signed with the Gators as a receiver in 2013 and wants to play the..." April 24

  • Loucheiz Purifoy was caught with drugs, avoided arrest

    Pro Football Talk "Loucheiz Purifoy, a former Florida cornerback who is expected to be drafted next month, reportedly was caught with drugs last month and avoided arrest by agreeing to work as a police informant. Now the matter of how Purifoy avoided arrest is the subject of an investigation. The Gainesville Sun..." April 20

  • Ex-Gator Tyler Murphy dual threat for Boston College

    Boston Herald "Tyler Murphy is a multi-dimensional quarterback with a dual purpose for the Boston College football program. Murphy, a graduate transfer from Florida, is the perfect stopgap quarterback for BC’s immediate needs. He has the tools and game experience to keep the Eagles competitive in a transition..." April 03

  • Gators aim to push past losing season as they open spring football

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Gators return to the practice field this week for the first time since November looking to put their first losing season since 1979 behind them. Hope springs eternal with the opening of spring practices on Wednesday. The Gators have 15 practices, including the April 12 Orange and Blue game,..." March 19

  • Florida receiver Debose not charged in shooting

    Florida Today "University of Florida receiver Andre Debose has not been charged for his involvement in a shooting outside of a friend’s house. The resident, John Honeycutt, 23, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Debose, 23, Victor Watkins, 24, and Kristan Lipham were having dinner at..." March 19

  • Receiver Solomon Patton shines in rain during Gators' Pro Day

    Fox Sports Florida "He could have been distracted by the rainy weather or wet footballs or slippery turf. Or bummed that more than a dozen family and friends came Monday for his Pro Day workout and planned a sunny cookout after he was done. None of those uncontrollable factors bothered Solomon Patton. He returned..." March 18

  • ‘highly unlikely’ alcohol will be served at Florida-Georgia game

    College Football Talk "For those in the general public looking to add spirits to the in-game World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party experience, it appears that you’ll have to continue the time-honored tradition of sneaking the stuff in. Or drowning in it beforehand. Citing a source with knowledge of the situation,..." March 15

  • SEC Outlook: A&M's potential 1-2 punch, Ole Miss pass rush and Vandy's 3-4

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The loss of Johnny Manziel and Ben Malena at Texas A&M opens the door for a pair of returning running backs to make their mark. Implementing new schemes, changing positions and coming back from injury are also what spring practice is about. RBs could supply Aggies with 1-2 punch With so much..." March 13

  • Gators’ Andre Debose gets a sixth season

    College Football Talk "As expected, Andre Debose will extend his playing career at Florida for one more season. The Gators confirmed via Twitter Wednesday night that the NCAA approved the wide receiver’s medical hardship waiver. As a result, Debose has received a sixth season of eligibility and will play for the..." March 13

  • Muschamp sees UF quarterback Jeff Driskel thriving in shotgun formation for Gators

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "A shotgun wedding rarely ends well. But UF coach Will Muschamp is counting on quarterback Jeff Driskel and Kurt Roper's up-tempo scheme to form a perfect union a season after the Gators' offense finished last in the SEC in 2013. Roper will place Driskel in the shotgun formation and highlight..." March 12

  • Gators have lots to do this spring

    Florida Today "The University of Florida will begin its spring football practices next Wednesday, the fourth for Will Muschamp as the Gators coach and perhaps the most important anyone has had during their tenure here. Muschamp led Florida to an 11-win season two years ago and a BCS bowl only to tumble to 4-8..." March 12

  • Florida banged up entering spring practices

    ESPN.com "Florida coach Will Muschamp on Tuesday said the Gators will open spring practice March 19 with nine players out due to injury, including three starters. Junior running back Matt Jones (torn meniscus) and senior defensive tackle Leon Orr (fractured wrist) were starters in 2013, while senior wide..." March 12

  • Terms of new Florida offensive coordinator's contract released

    USA Today "Florida vowed to do something about its troubled offense after a 4-8 season last fall and records show the Gators put their money where their mouth is. New offensive coordinator Kurt Roper's contract obtained Wednesday reveals that he received a three-year deal worth a total of more than $2..." March 06

  • Gators, ‘Noles extend rivalry through 2018

    College Football Talk "Late last week, Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox publicly addressed the importance of keeping in-state rival Florida on its future schedules. With that heated in-state rivalry set to expire this year, both programs have agreed on the importance. The Gators confirmed Thursday morning..." February 27

  • Watkins shines at NFL Combine

    Miami Herald "While former Gators cornerbacks Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy garnered attention in draft gurus Todd McShay and Mel Kiper's initial first round mocks, it was Florida's most consistent -- and versatile -- defensive back last season who impressed during the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine...." February 26

  • Florida coach Will Muschamp must adapt to survive

    Sports On Earth "Florida probably will be ranked in the preseason Top 25 come August, an idea that is totally ridiculous and based mostly on the program's historical cachet, yet somehow it still seems reasonable. I did it myself in January, allowing the Gators to share the 25th spot with fellow underachiever..." February 20

  • Florida DB Cody Riggs transferring to Notre Dame

    Chicago Sun-Times "Notre Dame’s secondary is getting a boost from the SEC. Cody Riggs, a defensive back who started all 12 games last year for Florida, will transfer to Notre Dame. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play for the Irish this fall. “I am very thankful for this opportunity,” Riggs said..." February 20

  • Florida DB Cody Riggs transfers to Notre Dame

    CSN Chicago "Notre Dame dipped into the SEC to add depth to its 2014 secondary. Cody Riggs, who spent four years playing cornerback and safety for the Florida Gators, committed Wednesday to play his final year of eligibility at Notre Dame. Riggs will graduate from Florida in May, enroll at Notre Dame in..." February 19

  • Ole Miss, Utah both get letters of intent from D.J. Law

    USA Today "Both Ole Miss and Utah are claiming it received a National Letter of Intent from Florida athlete D.J. Law. Ole Miss first announced the signature at 8:23 a.m. today. Utah announced at 3:36 p.m. (central) that he had signed with it. An Ole Miss spokesman said the school is looking into it...." February 06

  • Floirda Safety Cody Riggs to transfer

    The Gainesville Sun "Florida coach Will Muschamp confirmed Wednesday afternoon that senior starting safety Cody Riggs has decided to transfer. It was first reported by The Sun earlier in the day. Riggs wants to go transfer to a school where he’ll have a chance to play the wide cornerback position, an opportunity he..." February 06

  • Once a Gator commit, five-star WR Ermon Lane signs with ‘Noles

    College Football Talk "Earlier today, Florida flipped a quarterback commitment away from Florida State. A couple of hours later, the Seminoles somewhat turned the tables on their in-state rivals at a different position. In a move that wasn’t completely unexpected, five-star wide receiver Ermon Lane confirmed in a..." February 05

  • Treon Harris flips to Florida

    247 Sports "Florida landed a commitment from four-star athlete Treon Harris, flipping the dual-threat quarterback from Florida State on National Signing Day" February 05

  • Despite off year, Florida Gators closing in on top-ranked recruiting class

    Miami Herald "The Florida Gators tumbled to their first losing season in 34 years, but that hasn’t scared away many of the nation’s top-ranked high school prospects. While embattled coach Will Muschamp struggled to win football games in 2013, his proficiency to flip star recruits and build another stellar..." February 01

  • Lincoln’s Holley flips from Penn State to Florida

    New York Post "Lincoln All-American defensive tackle Thomas Holley changed his commitment from Penn State to Florida on Wednesday morning, his coach Shawn O’Connor told The Post. The news isn’t necessarily surprising after Bill O’Brien left State College to take a head coaching job with the NFL’s Houston..." January 17

  • Thomas Holley commits to Gators

    ESPN.com "Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp has flipped an ESPN 300 commitment for the third time in the past week. The No. 51 prospect in the country, defensive tackle Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln), switched his commitment Wednesday from Penn State to Florida. Last week, five-star..." January 15

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