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  09/11/21 - Emory JonesrJr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 211 (DS#15 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


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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 JonesrJr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 211 (DS#15 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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  09/06/21 - Zachary CarterrSr/2022, Florida, 6-3, 285 (DS#4 DT) + More +

  SEPT 6 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Zachary Carter, DL, Florida,...Had 4 tackles (3 solo), 3 TFL (25 yards), forced a fumble and a career high 3 sacks...Tied for second most sacks (3.0) and eighth in TFL (3.0) in week 1 by a player in the FBS...Tied for the lead in forced fumbles (1) in the SEC...Carter's first-quarter sack that resulted in a forced fumble gave him double-digit sacks for his career - 12.5 career sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss. - SEC Football

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  09/05/21 - Emory JonesrJr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 211 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Florida coach Dan Mullen insists he has no quarterback controversy: Emory Jones is the starter, and Anthony Richardson remains the backup following a 35-14 victory against Florida Atlantic on Saturday night in which one clearly outplayed the other. Jones was far from sharp in the Swamp, finishing with a touchdown and two interceptions in his first career start, but the fourth-year junior had some moments to build on moving forward. He did much of his damage with his legs, finishing with 74 of the team's 400 yards rushing.

Wearing the No. 15 that Tim Tebow made popular in Gainesville, Richardson looked more ready for the spotlight. He ran seven times for 160 yards, including a 73-yard score late in the game and an 11-yarder in which he broke three tackles and hurdled another defender. He missed his final five passes and finished 3-for-8 for 40 yards. "He's exciting with the ball in his hands, isn't he?" Mullen said of Richardson. "He's going to be a great player for us. I think you saw that tonight. His athleticism. He's a special guy with the ball in his hands." But Mullen made it clear that Jones has a better grasp of the entire offense right now and will keep his job. The outside noise, though, surely will be loud for the next week or two. "He went out there and did his thing," Jones said of Richardson. "I'm happy for him." - Florida/AP College Football


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  09/01/21 - Tyrone TruesdellrSr/2022, Florida, 6-2, 326 (DS#27 DT) + More +

  More than two weeks after entering the transfer portal, former Auburn defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell has found a new home at Florida. He's the third graduate transfer UF landed at the position this offseason and fills a "recruiting gap" with former Tigers teammate Daquan Newkirk and Antonio Valentino (Penn State), both of whom transferred in the spring. Following the departure of three senior defensive tackles, including Packers rookie T.J. Slaton, the Gators had no upperclassmen returning prior to the additions of Newkirk, Valentino and now Truesdell, who has immediate eligibility.

"I think you're looking at your depth and that was a position really, to me, it was a little bit of a recruiting gap in the middle that we've had from my first and second year here. Then you have some injuries and some guys not able to perform," Mullen said of adding Truesdell. "It was somebody that we looked at immediately at the start of training camp and it's just something that you look at the depth chart, where you're at, the needs, and you got a guy that started a lot of games in this league. "The opportunity for him to come in, I know it's kind of a late start, but being a veteran guy that's started in the league I think he's going to adapt really quick." Truesdell, a three-star recruit in the Class of 2017, entered the portal Aug. 11 prior to his fifth season at Auburn, including the last two years as a starter. - Gainesville Sun


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  08/31/21 - Emory JonesrJr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 211 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Jones has thrown for 613 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception on 55-of-86 passing (64 percent) in his UF career, while rushing for 514 yards and six touchdowns on 92 carries. He's been efficient and productive in a limited capacity, accounting for over 1,110 yards of total offense. Mullen is confident Jones can handle more of the playbook and will give him the freedom to make his own calls. "We put it all in on him," Mullen said. "It's not like he's a freshman or hasn't been around. That's part of the experience. He's played meaningful snaps in each of the last couple seasons. He's a guy that I feel pretty comfortable (with). We'll just throw the whole thing out of him and let him go." "I think he knows he has the ability (to audible) if he sees something that he likes or that's different that we weren't planning for. A lot of times you get into a game, especially one that you don't have much film to go watch, you have to be very flexible during the course of the game. He's a guy I have the confidence in that if he sees something, he can check to it and go take what he sees."

Mullen mentioned during preseason camp that Jones, due to his dual-threat ability, executes calls differently than Trask. Sometimes Jones will take chances that Trask didn't and miss, but when he hits, the result is often an explosive play. "He has so many different ways that he can make explosive plays that, you know, you're going to live with certain things," Mullen said of Jones. - Gainesville Sun


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  08/30/21 - Tyrone TruesdellrSr/2022, Florida, 6-2, 326 (DS#27 DT) + More +

  Former Auburn defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell has resurfaced at another SEC program ahead of the start of the 2021 season. Truesdell, who was set to be a super senior at Auburn this season but departed the program before the start of fall camp, was officially added to Florida's roster Monday morning. Truesdell will have one year of eligibility with the Gators after joining the team as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-2, 326-pounder was a four-year contributor and two-year starter for Auburn along the defensive line, and he was expected to be a major piece of the Tigers' defensive front this season under new defensive coordinator Derek Mason after he opted to take advantage of the NCAA's free year of eligibility and return to Auburn for a fifth season. After going through spring practices and summer workouts, however, Truesdell was not practicing with the team during the opening week of fall camp, and head coach Bryan Harsin later confirmed that Truesdell was no longer with the program. He is the second member of Auburn's 2020 starting defensive line to transfer to Florida, joining fellow defensive tackle Daquan Newkirk, who joined the Gators as a grad transfer in the spring. - Birmingham News


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  08/29/21 - Trent WhittemorerSo/2024, Florida, 6-3, 211 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  With his health back and an opening in the slot, Trent Whittemore is primed to play a more prominent role in Florida's receiving corps this season. After redshirting in 2019, the Gainesville native appeared in seven games last fall and had one of the best catches of the year vs. South Carolina. He also hauled in his first career touchdown against the Gamecocks and finished 2020 with 10 receptions for 128 yards. Best of all, he learned behind first-round pick Kadarius Toney, who produced the most single-season receiving yards (984) by a Gator since Riley Cooper in 2009.

"I was in a bit of a backup role to KT and it was just unbelievable to watch him every day in practice and in games. His poise, skill, obviously, and just gain from his experience," Whittemore said. "It was just great to be in that rotation, to get experienced for myself, catching balls from Kyle [Trask]. "I made a couple plays early in the year that were great for my confidence. It was a great experience to be out there on the field in big games, and it's something I can draw on in the years to come." Whittemore would have made more plays if not for the broken rib and punctured lung he suffered against Arkansas. He returned for the regular season finale after missing five games, but it took him longer to fully recover from the injury. - The Gainesville Sun


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  08/22/21 - Elijah BladesrSr/2022, Florida, 6-2, 183 (DS#58 CB) + More +

  The Florida football program welcomed two late additions to the roster Friday, with graduate transfer Elijah Blades and 2021 signee Tyreak Sapp reporting to campus for preseason training camp. Blades graduated from Texas A&M on Thursday and has officially enrolled at UF, while Sapp also joined the team after his high school transcript was approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse. The addition of the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Blades could help the Gators fill the void left by junior cornerback Jaydon Hill, a projected starter who tore his ACL last Sunday and will miss the season.

Blades, a former Florida commit in high school, was ranked the No. 4 JUCO player in 2019. He made six starts that fall for the Aggies and missed four games due to injury, finishing the season with 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three pass breakups before opting out last year. Blades will compete with fellow transfer Jadarrius Perkins and cornerbacks Avery Helm, Ethan Pouncey and Jason Marshall Jr., a five-star freshman, for the starting job opposite Kaiir Elam. Blades could also potentially line up at the STAR position, where the Gators lost starter Brad Stewart. - Gainesville Sun


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  08/21/21 - Jacob CopelandrJr/2023, Florida, 6-0, 202 (DS#17 WR) + More +

  With great power comes great responsibility. The same could be said for jersey No. 1 at the University of Florida. Some of the previous football players to wear No. 1 in orange and blue include safety Reggie Nelson (2006), receiver Percy Harvin (2007-08), defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (2013-15) and, more recently, defensive back CJ Henderson (2019) and receiver Kadarius Toney (2019-20). Linebacker Brenton Cox Jr. wears No. 1 on defense. Besides all wearing No. 1 these former Gator stars have something else in common- they were all first-round NFL draft picks.

Hoping to live up to that standard this season will be redshirt junior Jacob Copeland. "It's a really big privilege and I feel like I'll be accountable for everything that comes with the number," said Copeland, who wore No. 1 at Pensacola Escambia High School. Copeland started 11 games last season and finished the year with 435 yards and three touchdowns. His 23 receptions, however, were good enough for sixth on the team behind All-Americans Toney (70), Kyle Pitts (43), Trevon Grimes (38), Malik Davis (31) and Justin Shorter (25). With the top three on that list now in the NFL, Copeland knows it is finally his time to shine. His former teammates agree. "I actually spoke with all of them yesterday, last night," he said. "Talking to me about camp, making sure everything all right, making sure my mindset ready to go into the season and let me know that you've got to stay focused because this a big year ahead of me." - Gainesville Sun


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  08/21/21 - Kingsley EguakunrSo/2024, Florida, 6-3, 303 (DS#12 C) + More +

  With the season opener two weeks away, Florida's offensive line appears to have settled on its starting five for 2021. It will consist of four familiar faces and a newcomer to the group: Kingsley Eguakun. The Gators lost their starting center and left tackle from last year, but Richard Gouragie took over for Stone Forsythe in the spring and solidified his spot opposite right tackle Jean Delance. However, Brett Heggie's replacement at center was still to be determined as UF entered preseason camp earlier this month. The job was expected to go to right guard Stewart Reese, who switched to center in the spring, or left guard Ethan White, who was the first-team center last fall before his injury in camp.

Instead, Reese and White have stayed at guard with Eguakun (pronounced "EGG-woo-kahn") emerging as the starting center. "Kingsley's really been a guy that's embraced it," UF coach Dan Mullen said. "Really, to me, his approach since last spring is, 'I'm here to be the starting center.' He's really approached it with that kind of attitude and mindset, and it shows. With the mental aspect that goes with it, the leadership, he's embraced everything that comes with being the center and wanting to go be the starter." Florida offensive line coach John Hevesy credited Eguakun's growth and maturation for his progress at the position. He redshirted as a freshman after appearing in two games, but showed flashes during his first year on campus and was selected by coaches to the student-athlete leadership council. - Gainesville Sun


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  08/19/21 - Jaydon HillrJr/2024, Florida, 6-0, 182 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Florida cornerback and projected starter Jaydon Hill will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Jaydon Hill, a projected starter for Florida, has suffered a knee injury in fall training camp and will miss the 2021 season. The junior cornerback tore his left ACL in practice Sunday and is undergoing physical therapy to prep for surgery, his father, Freddie Ingram, told The Gainesville Sun.

UF coach Dan Mullen confirmed the injury Thursday. "It was very tough to get that call from him," Ingram said. "I guess the toughest part for me was Jaydon is not that emotional, but I just knew when he called he was upset about it. "This was his first time being a full-time starter, so he was looking for his big year and had a great team. So I'm just hurting for him. As a parent, when your child is hurt you're hurt." Ingram said Hill did not injure the same knee from high school. He tore his right ACL as a senior, eight days after committing to the Gators, but Mullen stuck with him. Mullen and his staff are offering that same support to Hill and his family this time around. - Gainesville Sun


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  08/18/21 - Zachary CarterrSr/2022, Florida, 6-3, 285 (DS#4 DT) + More +

  Heading into his final season of collegiate football, Florida defensive lineman Zachary Carter is locked in. That was the message Wednesday from Florida defensive line coach David Turner, who repeatedly praised his redshirt senior defensive lineman for the work he's put in dating back to last season. Turner highlighted his consistency, work ethic and dedication to developing his teammates as areas where Carter excels, as the Gators approach the end of the first week of preseason camp.

"Zach has proven to be a playmaker. Zach's a dependable guy. Zach's consistent. He's consistent in his practice habits. That's what we always talk about, which makes him a consistent player. Zach, obviously he has talent. Zach's starting to understand the game more, understanding offenses more, understanding what people are trying to do," Turner said. "So all of that makes him a more effective player in terms of dissecting plays, how to watch tape, how to study film. Those things make him a better player when he gets out there on Saturday. But the biggest thing with Zach is his consistency. He's smart. He can play all three positions across the board and he works at it. The game's important to him." The game doesn't end when he leaves the field. With a far greater understanding of the sport, Carter has honed in on his film study and explored every avenue possible to elevate his game. - Gainesville Sun


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  08/14/21 - Jaydon HillrJr/2024, Florida, 6-0, 182 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Florida cornerback and projected starter Jaydon Hill will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury coach Dan Mullen called a "massive disappointment." A junior from Huntsville, Alabama, Hill started five games last season and had been slotted to play opposite Kaiir Elam, who tied for the Southeastern Conference lead with 13 pass defenses in 2020. Instead, the Gators are left to find Hill's replacement a week into training camp. "Just kind of a shame that stuff happens out there on the field," Mullen said. Hill was looking forward to becoming a full-time starter in his third season and helping Florida regain its reputation as being on the nation's top secondary units. The Gators ranked 100th out of 127 teams nationally in pass defense last season. Mullen will turn to a number of unproven candidates to fill the suddenly vacant spot. Missouri transfer Jadarrius Perkins and redshirt freshmen Avery Helm and Ethan Pouncey will be in the mix along with five-star recruit Jason Marshall from Miami. - AP College Football

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