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  When Dante Zanders removed his name from the transfer portal in early January and returned to Florida football, it came with a vote of confidence from new head coach Billy Napier. "He told me, if I put my faith in him, he'd put his faith in me," Zanders said. "So that's what I did." An offseason position switch from defensive line back to tight end has rejuvenated Zanders, who is looking to carve out a role in the offense. At first, Zanders said he was nervous about the change, because at 6-foot-5 and 291 pounds, he felt he lost the agility needed to run routes.

But he slimmed down to 255 pounds through the spring and summer and now feels ready to take on the new job. "Napier asked me like, 'Hey, these guys are banged up and we need more tight ends in the room, is there any way you can help us?'" Zanders said last week. "I just stepped up. Same thing happened sophomore year when I went from tight end to defensive end. They asked me to move and I'm a team player so I'm just like ... Whatever is best for the team." In two seasons on defense, Zanders was a rotational player on the defensive front, finishing with a combined 11 tackles, half a tackle for loss and half a sack. He's taken his knowledge from playing defense back to his role on offense in camp. - Gainesville Sun


rSr/2023 TE Dante ZandersFlorida
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  Ohio State transfer quarterback Jack Miller drew praise Tuesday for his showing so far in Florida football fall camp. Head coach Billy Napier said that projected starting quarterback Anthony Richardson had been accurate and processing information well through the first week of camp. But Napier also pointed out that Miller has made strides since the spring. "Very pleased with Jack," Napier said Tuesday. "Yesterday in particular, we gave him a few reps with the first group just as a healthy experience for him. I thought he did some really good things, so you know, in this setting, at quarterback. "You're dependent on the players around you know, the offensive line, the tight ends and running backs, receivers. Jack's very capable, you know, and I would say this going all the way back to spring. He's moved our team."

A four-star Class of 2020 recruit from Scottsdale, Ariz., Miller transferred after C.J. Stroud won the starting job with the Buckeyes last fall and emerged as one of the nation's best quarterbacks. "The spring game, he threw a couple interceptions and all that, but he's consistently made the right decision," Napier said. "He's got arm talent. He's accurate, and he's a good athlete. So I think we made a really good decision there. Realize that he is a freshman, right? And he has four years to play." - Gainesville Sun


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  Florida announced a Name, Image and Likeness deal that will allow its student-athletes to profit off personalized T-shirts with their name and number sold through the Gator Sports Shop. The partnership involving Fanatics, OneTeam and the Florida Gators will allow student athletes to earn compensation and use official university trademarks on the T-shirts. The program is set to launch during the upcoming 2022-23 athletic season. Fall sports football, volleyball and soccer will jumpstart the program, while winter and spring sports such as men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball will be phased in throughout the year. In addition to being sold at the Gator Sports Shop, the merchandise will be sold on Fanatics.com and its network of sites around the country. - Gainesville Sun

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  The start of training camp saw players relocating to a team hotel, which meant Gervon Dexter had to say goodbye, temporarily, to his 13-week-old son, Gervon Jr. "That was probably one of my saddest days leaving him," said Florida's hulking defensive lineman. "I can't even explain how good it's been for me being a father. "I'm sure some of you guys know if you have kids, it's not about you anymore, it's about him now. Everything I do now is trying to set his life up for the better." Dexter lost his father, Gerald, in April 2020 at age 50. That was months before the five-star recruit played his first college game. The player's locker features a framed photo of his dad.

While Dexter is a draft-eligible junior with early-round potential, his rawness still shows. Through 25 games and 11 starts at Florida, he has 2.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. With third-round pick Zach Carter moving on to the Bengals, Dexter needs to ramp up his production on the defensive interior, shifting between tackle and strongside end. An opposing SEC coach told The Athletic in May that Dexter "looks like he was made in a lab" at 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds. But that coach said Dexter's struggles with pad level help offensive linemen move him "two gaps away from where he's supposed to be." - The Athletic


Jr/2024 DT Gervon DexterFlorida
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  Growing up near the Louisiana-Mississippi border in Greensburg, La. (population 1,018), new Florida offensive lineman O'Cyrus Torrence wasn't a hardcore SEC football fan. "I watched football, but I never thought too much about where I would play," Torrence said. "I just always kind of liked it. Towards the end of my high school years, I wanted to play SEC ball at LSU, but it kind of didn't pan out for me." Instead, Torrence wound up at Louisiana, where he developed into an all-Sun Belt conference standout under head coach Billy Napier and offensive line coach Rob Sale. When the opportunity came to follow Napier and Sale to Florida, Torrence didn't hesitate, transferring to UF. Torrence will suit up for the Gators this fall with two years of eligibility remaining. - Gainesville Sun

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  Two transfers that could have an immediate impact are Arizona State receiver Ricky Pearsall and right guard O'Cyrus Torrence. Pearsall is currently projected as second on the depth chart in the slot behind Trent Whittemore after finishing with a team-high 580 yards and 4 TDs. Torrence, at 6-foot-5 and 347 pounds, was named preseason first team All-SEC after transferring from Louisiana and is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the country. - Gainesville Sun

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  2022 PRESEASON PATRICK MANNELLY AWARD WATCHLIST: Marco Ortiz, Florida,...Ortiz is one of 25 players and one of two from the SEC (Wesley Schelling, Vanderbilt) to earn the preseason recognition. Phil Steele also named him Preseason All-American Fourth Team and Phil Steele All-SEC First Team as he didn't record a muffed snap all last year. Last season the native of Richmond, Va. earned the starting long snapping duties this season and was placed on scholarship following the Tennessee game. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member, Ortiz earned his bachelor's degree in degree in Health Education and Behavior this past spring. - Florida Football

rSr/2023 LS Marco OrtizFlorida
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Brenton Cox, Florida, Senior LB,...Cox has also collected All-SEC Preseason Second Team honors from Athlon, Phil Steele and the media at SEC Media Days. Cox Jr. owned team-best in TFLs (14.5), sacks (8.5) and quarterback hurries (12) last season. Starting all 13 games last year, he posted back-to-back games against Florida State and UCF with 4.0 TFLs totaling a loss of 48 yards. In the final five games of the 2021 season, Cox Jr. had 20 tackles, 11 TFLs, seven sacks and six QBHs. - Florida Football

rSr/2023 OLB Brenton Cox Jr.Florida
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: OT O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida,...Torrence collects another preseason nod as he was named a Preseason All-American by Phil Steele, Sporting News and Walter Camp. A native of Greensburg, La., he has earned preseason All-SEC honors by Athlon, Phil Steele, and media at SEC Media Days. A transfer from Louisiana, he was Shaun Alexander Freshman All-American and a two-time Joe Moore Award Semifinalist. The 2021 First Team All-Sun Belt selection, Torrence helped the Ragin' Cajuns offense ranked tied 10th nationally and first in the Sun Belt in rushing touchdowns (34), tied 18th in the country in total touchdowns (58), conference leaders and tied 23rd nationally in first downs (313). - Florida Football

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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: DT Gervon Dexter, Florida,...Dexter Sr. was also named a Preseason All-American by Sporting News and Walter Camp along with preseason All-SEC by Athlon, Phil Steele, and from the media at SEC Media Days. He started nine games and appeared in all 13 while ranking fifth in tackles with 51. The junior had 12 multi-tackle performances, including two games with nine vs. Alabama and UCF. He finished ranking second on the team with seven quarterback hurries. - Florida Football

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  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: Ventrell Miller, Florida,...Miller returns after missing the majority last year due to injury. He has played in 38 career games for the Orange and Blue posting 166 tackles, 15 TFLs, 7.5 sacks and six pass breakups. The Lakeland, Fla. native also is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient and SEC Defensive Player of the Week. In his freshman season, he recorded an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown against Idaho for the ninth-longest in school history. - Florida Football

rSr/2023 ILB Ventrell MillerFlorida
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  After last year's loss to Missouri, the Gators made a change. Former head coach and noted Tiger antagonist Dan Mullen was let go and Billy Napier was hired in his place. At his first media days in charge, Napier said he was excited to get started in Gainesville. "This group has embraced the work," Napier said. "I'm proud of our team. This team is not scared. They're tough, they love to compete. When you put the ball down, they're about it. I'm excited about training camp." Napier and the Gators will benefit from a solid quarterback in 2022, as Anthony Richardson is projected to be one of the top players in the nation at that position. The coach said he has been impressed by Richardson. "He has tremendous ability," Napier said. "He's working hard to develop, improve as a person, as a leader. He's working hard to increase his football IQ. His skill is developing. I think he's prime to have a phenomenal year." - Columbia Daily Tribune

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  In case you didn't keep tabs on Anthony Richardson's offseason, these were the pivotal moments for Florida's quarterback: He recovered from knee surgery, seized the starting job during spring practice, was cited for driving faster than 100 mph, uncorked a 73-yard throw at the Manning Passing Academy and, more recently, rebranded by un-branding. It's all part of a progression that first-year head coach Billy Napier contends is more important than arm strength or mechanics. "I think he's working hard on his leadership, his maturity, really growing up as a person, improving his character," Napier said Wednesday at SEC Media Days. "When you start talking about quarterback, we're not just talking about physical ability. We're talking about awareness. We're talking about the ability to influence the other people around you. To change the room when you walk in because of your credibility, your example."

A third-year sophomore with limited-but-dazzling experience, Richardson repeatedly has heard from Napier on the finer points of commanding a team. "I can't be careless anymore," he said. "Like people say, I'm the face of the program, so I need to act like it. I talk to Coach Napier almost every day, and he tells me I've got to move like a head coach. "There's a lot on my plate. There's a lot at stake for me and my family and the team, the university. So I have to move smart. I have to do the right thing every single day." - The Athletic


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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Nay'Quan Wright (Jr.), Florida,...In his redshirt sophomore year (2021), running back Nay'Quan Wright Saw action at running back in 12 game, carried 76 times for 326 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 14 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. - Florida Football

rJr/2024 RB NayQuan WrightFlorida
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  2022 PRESEASON RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCHLIST: Kingsley Eguakun, Florida,...Eguakun started in all 13 games at center...Helped the offense stay in the top-16 in total offense all year...Part of a line that only allowed 14 sacks/1.08 per game, tied for the seventh-lowest in FBS and second in the SEC. - Florida Football

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