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  12/17/21 - OCyrus TorrencerJr/2024, Florida, 6-5, 335 (DS#8 OG) + More +

  2021 ALL-SUN BELT FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - O'Cyrus Torrence, Louisiana (So., OL - Greensburg, La.),...Torrence, has appeared in 10 games this season at right guard and has been equally as productive for the O-Line, which was named a Joe Moore Award Semifinalist for the second consecutive season and ranks second in the league and 35th nationally in sacks allowed (1.67). - Louisiana Football

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  12/02/21 - Montrell JohnsonSo/2025, Florida, 5-09, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  2021 SUN BELT FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Montrell Johnson, Louisiana (Fr., RB - New Orleans, La.),...Johnson rushed for 776 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 64.67 yards per game while splitting time in the Louisiana backfield. The New Orleans, La., native ranked among the top 10 in the Sun Belt in rushing yards per game and points per game. - Sun Belt Football

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  11/27/21 - Anthony RichardsonrSo/2025, Florida, 6-3, 236 (DS#17 QB) + More +

  Anthony Richardson came off the bench and led Florida to a 24-21 victory over rival Florida State on Saturday that made the Gators bowl eligible a week after firing coach Dan Mullen. Richardson replaced turnover-prone Emory Jones early in third quarter and played significant snaps for the first time in a month. The dynamic freshman completed 5 of 7 passes for 55 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown to Justin Shorter that gave the Gators (6-6) some breathing room in a tight game. Dameon Pierce took over from there, going untouched for a 2-yard score after running around and through the Seminoles (5-7). His touchdown came four plays after Pierce was penalized 15 yards for continuing to participate without a helmet; it was ripped off during an 8-yard run. Pierce finished with 62 yards on the ground.

The Seminoles scored to make it close in the final minutes, but they botched an onside kick. Florida then ran out the clock for their third straight victory in the series. This one included a pregame skirmish, countless exchanges and numerous mistakes - six turnovers and 21 penalties for 196 yards. Those were hardly surprising considering it was two mediocre teams vying for bowl eligibility and bragging rights. Florida State, which entered the game as a 2½-point underdog despite winning its previous two games, will miss the postseason for the third time in four years. The Seminoles trailed 24-7 in the fourth before Treshaun Ward got loose for a 19-yard score. It was one of FSU's few highlights that didn't involve Jordan Travis. The quarterback battled through a right shoulder injury that twice forced him out of the game. He ran for a 9-yard touchdown in the second and scampered for 34 more in the fourth to set up Ward's score. He completed 18 of 29 passes for 202 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He ran 17 times for 102 yards and was sacked four times. - Florida/AP College Football


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  11/13/21 - Emory JonesrSr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 211 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  Florida coach Dan Mullen celebrated his team's 70-52 victory against lower-division Samford like nothing was wrong. He sang with his team, posed for pictures, shook hands with fans and then made excuses for one of the worst defensive performances in school history. It was more surreal than the Gators' first-half numbers Saturday. "Calling a win disappointing is disrespectful to the game and our players," Mullen said. Emory Jones accounted for 550 yards and seven touchdowns, delivering a career performance that may have - at least temporarily - saved Mullen's job. Although the Gators (5-5) ended a three-game skid, the offensive shootout in the Swamp felt more like a loss than any outcome in Mullen's four years in Gainesville.

Florida gave up a season-high 530 yards and its most points (42) ever in any half, and those defensive lapses came against a middle-of-the pack team from the Southern Conference and less than a week after Mullen fired two of his top assistants. Maybe defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and run game coordinator John Hevesy weren't the only problems. Mullen vowed to get Florida fixed following their departures that came after last week's 40-17 drubbing at South Carolina. No one expected it to happen overnight. But the Gators lacked energy Saturday, looked lost at times and trailed by as many as 14 points in a game they were favored to win by more than five touchdowns. "I don't know if people were nervous or what, but slow start," Gators linebacker Mohamoud Diabate said. "We were able to get going at halftime, get fired up and come out and finish the game." - Florida/AP College Football


(DS#28 QB) rSr/2023 QB Emory JonesFlorida
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  11/08/21 - Anthony RichardsonrSo/2025, Florida, 6-3, 236 (DS#17 QB) + More +

  Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, recovering from a concussion, injured a knee dancing in the team hotel the night before losing at South Carolina. Coach Dan Mullen said Monday that Richardson was "gimping around" the football facility Monday. The Gators (4-5) host Samford (4-5) on Saturday. Richardson had been cleared to play against the Gamecocks, who rolled to a 40-17 victory in which the Gators allowed a season-high 459 yards and their most points in series history. But Richardson tweaked a knee busting a move and landed on the bench at South Carolina. "His MRI came back clean," Mullen said. "He's fine...He did treatment all day Saturday but was fine to go play, could have played Saturday but having not practiced, coming off a concussion, and with that he was going to emergency-only situation." Richardson was knocked out of a 34-7 loss to top-ranked Georgia in Jacksonville following a hit to the head/neck area. Emory Jones regained his starting job against the Gamecocks and completed 17 of 30 passes for 258 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. - AP College Football

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  11/05/21 - Jack Miller IIIrSo/2025, Florida, 6-3, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Ohio State third-string quarterback Jack Miller III was suspended from the team after being arrested early Friday and cited for operating a vehicle while impaired. The redshirt freshman from Scottsdale, Arizona, was cited by the Ohio State Highway Patrol a few blocks from the Columbus campus around 1:30 a.m. Friday. The citation also lists a traffic violation. Miller was ordered to appear in court Nov. 12. It was unclear whether he has an attorney. His case wasn't yet listed in court records. Miller is a reserve behind C.J. Stroud and backup Kyle McCord. He has appeared in four games this season, going 7 for 14 for 101 yards for the sixth-ranked Buckeyes. Ohio State is at Nebraska on Saturday. - AP College Football

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  11/04/21 - Montrell JohnsonSo/2025, Florida, 5-09, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Montrell Johnson had two fourth-quarter touchdown runs and No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette scored all its points on its final three possessions to rally for a 21-17 victory over Georgia State on Thursday night. The Ragin' Cajuns (8-1, 6-0 Sun Belt) locked up the conference West Division title for the fourth straight season and won their eighth straight game after a season-opening loss at Texas. Louisiana-Lafayette also qualified for the Sun Belt championship game. Johnson ran for 98 yards, with scoring runs of 3 and 13 yards, the second with 2:32 left to cap a winning 71-yard drive. Louisiana-Lafayette held the Panthers on downs at midfield in the final minute.

Georgia State (4-5, 3-2), winless against the Cajuns in five meetings, took a 17-14 lead with 5:25 left on Tucker Gregg's 1-yard run. The Cajuns were shut out for most of the first three quarters by the two-touchdown-underdog Panthers, who took a 10-0 third-quarter lead on Darren Grainger's 37-yard scoring pass to tight end Roger Carter. Louisiana-Lafayette had scoring chances, driving inside the 10 twice in the first half, but failed on two fourth-down tries. Levi Lewis threw incomplete in the end zone on fourth down on Louisiana-Lafayette's first possession, and was sacked for a 6-yard loss on fourth down from the 6 just before halftime. - Louisiana-Lafayette/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) So/2025 RB Montrell JohnsonFlorida
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  10/25/21 - Montrell JohnsonSo/2025, Florida, 5-09, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Louisiana running back Montrell Johnson broke a 99-yard run against Arkansas State on Thursday, the second time in five days that an FBS player had a 99-yarder. The first was Ohio quarterback Armani Rogers, who covered that distance against Buffalo. Before those two runs, no one had gone 99 yards on a rushing attempt since Abdul Adams of Oklahoma against Baylor in 2017. - AP College Football

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  10/09/21 - Emory JonesrSr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 211 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  Emory Jones had a career-high four touchdowns passes, potentially quieting calls for backup Anthony Richardson, and No. 20 Florida routed woeful Vanderbilt 42-0 Saturday. It was a feel-good victory for the Gators on homecoming after a gut-wrenching loss at Kentucky essentially knocked coach Dan Mullen's team out of contention in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. Florida (4-2, 2-2 SEC) won its eighth straight in the series and its 30th in the last 31 meetings. The Commodores (2-4, 0-2) dropped their 15th consecutive league game.

Jones was the star of this one. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 273 yards, with TD passes to Ja'Quavion Fraziars, Trent Whittemore, Dameon Pierce and Jacob Copeland. Pierce also scored twice more on short runs. Richardson played sparingly for the second straight week. His first pass was intercepted. He returned the following series but ended up giving way to Jones until getting back on the field for mop-up duty in the fourth quarter. Vanderbilt had several chances to make it more competitive, but Alabama transfer Joseph Bulovas missed three field goals. He was errant from 39, 41 and 33 yards out. The Commodores also had a touchdown overturned when Chris Pierce failed to maintain possession on a fourth-down catch when he hit the ground in the second quarter. - Florida/AP College Football


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  09/27/21 - Emory JonesrSr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 211 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  SEPT 27 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Emory Jones, QB, Florida,...Set career-highs in passing yards (209), completions (21), and rushing yards (144)...With 209 yards passing and 144 yards rushing, Emory Jones became the first Gators player to pass for 200-plus yards and rush for 100-plus yards in the same game since Tim Tebow accomplished the feat on Nov. 21, 2009 vs. FIU...Jones' 144 yards rushing are the fourth-most by a Gators quarterback in a single game in the last 25 years and the third-most by any FBS quarterback this season...His 147 yards rushing was most by an SEC player this week. - SEC Football

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  09/26/21 - Emory JonesrSr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 211 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  Emory Jones had two touchdown passes to go with a career-high 144 yards rushing, leading No. 11 Florida to a 38-14 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night and extending nearly two decades of dominance in the series. The Gators (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) won their fifth straight and 16th in 17 years in a series that used to go a long way toward deciding the Eastern Division. First-year Tennessee coach Josh Heupel is trying to get it back there. The second half showed he's still got a way to go. The Gators, who bounced back from a gut-wrenching loss against top-ranked Alabama in the Swamp a week ago, scored on consecutive drives in the third quarter to turn a three-point game into comfortable lead. Jones was at his best during those possessions.

With dynamic backup Anthony Richardson still nursing a strained right hamstring, Jones completed three straight passes that set up a trick-play touchdown. Jones lateraled to Trent Whittemore, who found Kemore Gamble in the end zone for a 13-yard score. It was Florida's first trick-play TD in three years. Jones ran for 43 yards on Florida's next drive and capped it with a 9-yard TD pass to Rick Wells. Jones completed 21 of 27 passes for 209 yards on the night and ran 15 times, with a long of 49 yards. He became Florida's first QB to top 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing since Tim Tebow in 2009 against Florida State. Tebow accomplished the feat four times in four seasons. It was the first time Jones didn't have a turnover this season. - Florida/AP College Football


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  09/21/21 - Montrell JohnsonSo/2025, Florida, 5-09, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  SEPT 20 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Montrell Johnson, Louisiana, (Fr., RB - New Orleans, La.),...Ragin' Cajuns freshman running back Montrell Johnson rushed for a career-high 84 yards and four touchdowns in Louisiana's 49-14 victory over Ohio. The New Orleans, La., product is the first Ragin' Cajun to rush for four touchdowns in a single game since Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire each had four scores against Arkansas State on Oct. 21, 2014. Johnson is one of just six players in the nation with four rushing scores in a single game this season. - Sun Belt Football

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  09/11/21 - Emory JonesrSr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 211 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  Starter Emory Jones or backup Anthony Richardson. Florida coach Dan Mullen insists the 13th-ranked Gators (2-0) don't have a quarterback controversy or a reason to change the depth chart after Richardson outplayed Jones for the second straight game in a 42-20 rout of South Florida on Saturday. "We have two quarterbacks that are pretty talented guys that can make things happen on the field," Mullen said. "But there are a lot of things quarterbacks have to do." Jones and Richardson shared playing time, with each having his way in the opening half against a USF defense that allowed touchdowns on five consecutive possessions after producing a three-and-out to start the game. Jones threw a 35-yard TD pass to Xzavier Henderson and scored on a 33-yard run on the way to a 35-3 halftime lead before a crowd of 66,646 at Raymond James Stadium.

The redshirt junior from LaGrange, Georgia, was not nearly as effective the rest of the way, though, tossing a pair of interceptions and turning the ball over on downs on four straight possessions to begin the second half. "I thought (Jones) played much better this week than last week. I just thought we got sloppy in the second half," Mullen said. "I feel like I came out a little slow in the second half, which led to those two interceptions," Jones said. "Just bad decisions by me. I shouldn't have thrown those balls." Richardson, meanwhile, took an astounding passer rating of 917.2 into the fourth quarter after completing his first two attempts to Jacob Copeland on scoring plays of 75 and 41 yards before halftime. The 6-foot-4, 236-pound backup from Gainesville, Florida, completed his only pass of the second half for 36 yards to finish 3 of 3 for 152 yards, two TDs and a 745.6 rating that seemingly would be difficult for Mullen to ignore with top-ranked and defending champion Alabama visiting The Swamp next Saturday. - Florida/AP College Football


(DS#28 QB) rSr/2023 QB Emory JonesFlorida
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  09/11/21 - Jaydon HillrJr/2024, Florida, 6-0, 182 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Florida cornerback Jaydon Hill was charged with breaking into a car, stealing a debit card and making $1,700 in unauthorized purchases. Alachua County court records show Hill agreed last month to deferred prosecution on third-degree felony charges for unarmed burglary of an unoccupied vehicle, grand theft larceny of more than $750 and less than $5,000, and fraudulent and illegal use of credit cards. Hill will have the felonies dropped from his record if he completes 50 hours of community service, reimburses the stolen money to Mid-Florida Credit Union, pays $200 in prosecution fees and stays out of trouble for a year. Hill is sidelined this season after tearing a knee ligament during training camp. - AP College Football

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  09/09/21 - Emory JonesrSr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 211 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  Following a shaky first career start last Saturday, Gators quarterback Emory Jones took ownership of his performance in the postgame news conference and again during his media availability Monday. Jones accounted for nearly 200 yards of total offense and a touchdown pass in Florida's 35-14 win over FAU, but threw two interceptions and had a turnover on downs on fourth-and-goal. "I missed too many throws that I never miss," Jones said after the game. "It's me getting more comfortable, just being out there actually being excited. Got to lock in and get better every week." Jones vowed to get back in the lab and have better attention to detail, and he's done that this week according to Florida coach Dan Mullen.

During his appearance Wednesday on the SEC teleconference, Mullen offered his take on why Jones struggled in the season opener. "Overall, he played pretty well last Saturday, but made some errors that he's not used to making," Mullen said. "I don't know if trying to do too much is the word. Almost trying to be too perfect, too exact, mind is going in a million different directions trying to do too many things on the field instead of trusting your fundamentals, your techniques and doing what you're supposed to do. "I think this week in practice I've seen that. You've seen him this week, 'Make sure my feet are exact. Am I on balance? ... My mind's not trying to process a million things. My mind's focused on what's important and what I need to do.' I've seen that and that's a good step forward." - Gainesville Sun


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