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  2022 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida,...Torrence has anchored an offensive line that has allowed only 13 sacks this season, which is second-least in the SEC and tied for 15th in the nation. Florida's 5.8 yards per carry and 213.7 rushing yards per game are amongst the best in program history with Torrence leading the way. Additionally, Torrence was tabbed SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for Week 10 and the Co-SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for Week 11. This marked the first time a Gators offensive lineman claimed consecutive offensive lineman of the week honors in the same season, and is the first offensive lineman to win the award multiple times in the same season since Martez Ivey in 2016. Torrence becomes the 26th Florida offensive lineman to be named All-SEC First Team by the coaches since the league established the honor in 1984. - Florida Football

Sr/2023 OG OCyrus TorrenceFlorida
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  On Monday, Florida's starting quarterback Anthony Richardson announced he was opting out of the bowl game to begin his preparation for the NFL draft. Richardson completed 53% of his passes this season for 2,549 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Richardson was also a threat on the ground, running for 654 yards and nine touchdowns. His absence leaves the Gators extremely thin at the quarterback position. Backup Jalen Kitna was excused from the squad last week following his arrest on child pornography charges. No other quarterback on the roster has thrown a pass this season. - Gazette Times

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  Jack Miller III could find himself moved up from third string to starter at quarterback for the Florida Gators in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17, due to Anthony Richardson declaring for the NFL Draft and backup Jalen Kitna being dismissed from the team last Friday following his arrest on child pornography charges. Miller was a four-star recruit out of Chaparral High in Scottsdale, Ariz., the nation's No. 14-ranked pro style quarterback by 247Sports.com. He was a four-year varsity starter, and holds the Arizona state records with 115 passing touchdowns and 3,653 passing yards. He also threw for 53 touchdowns in a season in high school, a 2A state record. Miller backed up C.J. Stroud before transferring from Ohio State Miller transferred from Ohio State where he played sparingly behind All-Big Ten standout quarterback C.J. Stroud. As a true freshman in 2020, Miller scored a touchdown for the Buckeyes on a 21-yard touchdown run in relief of Stroud against Nebraska. In 2021, Miller appeared in four games off the bench, completing 7 of 11 passes for 101 yards while adding 8 yards rushing. - Gainesville Sun

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  Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, considered more of a long-term project than a slam-dunk prospect, is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft. Richardson announced his decision with a lengthy social media post Monday, four days after backup quarterback Jalen Kitna was kicked off the team following his arrest on child pornography charges. Richardson's departure leaves freshman Max Brown, Ohio State transfer Jack Miller or walk-on Kyle Engel to make his first career start in the Las Vegas Bowl against 17th-ranked Oregon State (9-3) on Dec. 17. In his post, Richardson thanked just about everyone who had a role in his college career, including coach Billy Napier and his staff for "molding me into the player and person I am today." Florida defensive tackle Gervon Dexter, guard O'Cyrus Torrence and receiver Justin Shorter also announced plans to enter the draft. They are among nearly two dozen players who have left the program in recent weeks.

Richardson is the headliner of the group. Many considered him a Heisman Trophy candidate following his stellar performance against then-No. 7 Utah in the team's season opener, a three-touchdown outing that started season-long speculation about Richardson's first year as Florida's starter being his last. But the third-year sophomore ended up being more inconsistent than proficient at the all-important position. He completed 53.8% of his passes for 2,549 yards, with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for 654 yards and nine scores. He was sacked 14 times and fumbled twice. His completion percentage was the lowest for a starting quarterback at Florida since Treon Harris in 2015. Nonetheless, Richardson undoubtedly has NFL potential. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Gainesville native is mobile and has a big-time arm. He has made plays all season - he has 16 runs that gained at least 10 yards and 46 passes that gained at least 20 yards - but he often struggled trying to complete routine throws. Staying healthy had been a concern, but Richardson started every game and took the majority of the snaps to prove his durability. Still, he's likely to land in the league with a team that has no plans to play him right away. Several scouts have said he would be best served starting his professional career as a backup and without the pressure of playing as a rookie. - AP College Football


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  Florida Gators running backs Nay'Quan Wright and Lorenzo Lingard are the latest two players to announce that they are entering the transfer portal next week. Wright was a starter and team captain in week one during Florida's 29-26 upset of No. 8 Utah, but eventually lost carries to Montrell Johnson Jr. and Trevor Etienne as the season progressed. He finished the season with 47 carries for 190 yards and 2 TDs. Overall, Wright finished with 688 yards and 3 rushing TDs in four seasons with the Gators, with 332 yards and 1 TD receiving. - Gainesville Sun

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  Florida Gators wide receiver Justin Shorter announced on social media on Thursday that he will skip the bowl game to prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft. A transfer from Penn State, Shorter finished the 2022 season second on the Gators in receiving yardage with 29 catches for 577 yards and 2 TDs. He caught two long passes for touchdowns from quarterback Anthony Richardson - a 75-yard bomb against Eastern Washington and a 51-yard bomb against LSU. Shorter missed three of Florida's final four games with a hamstring injury. He finished his Florida career with 95 catches for 1,395 yards and 8 TDs. Shorter will take part in the East-West Shrine game, a showcase event for NFL-bound college players. Florida will be down two key receivers, Shorter and Daejon Reynolds, for the bowl game. Reynolds announced Wednesday he is putting his name in the transfer portal. - Gainesville Sun

rSr/2023 WR Justin ShorterFlorida
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  Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna was dismissed from the team Friday, sources confirmed to ESPN, following his arrest this week on child pornography charges. Kitna is facing two counts of distribution of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child pornography. Two of the five charges, which still need to be formalized by the state attorney's office, are second-degree felonies that could result in a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The other three are third-degree felonies.

Kitna was released from jail on $80,000 bond Thursday, with the conditions of his release including an order not to have any unsupervised contact with minors and not to have any internet access. His parents, Jon and Jennifer Kitna, promised Judge Meshon Rawls that they would supervise their 19-year-old son at home in Burleson, Texas. Jon Kitna, who played 14 seasons in the NFL, serves as a high school coach in Burleson. A redshirt freshman, Jalen Kitna appeared in four games for the Gators this season, completing 10 of 14 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. Florida suspended Kitna indefinitely immediately following his arrest Wednesday. - ESPN.com and online sources


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  Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna, the son of retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of distribution of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child pornography. Gainesville police said the 19-year-old Kitna shared the images via a social media platform. Kitna was booked in the Alachua County Jail, where he was awaiting a first appearance before a judge on Thursday morning. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. The Gators suspended Kitna indefinitely about an hour after his arrest. Gainesville police announced the charges in a news release and said the investigation was initiated when the department received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip indicated that a Discord user distributed an image of child sexual abuse material through its chat platform. - AP College Football

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  NOV 14 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida,...The Gators totaled their most rushing yards (374) in an SEC game in over a decade - since running for 405 yards vs. Kentucky on Sept. 24, 2011. This is Florida's third-highest rushing total in an SEC game since 1996. Florida turned in its first 300-yard rushing performance of the season, rushing for 6.9 yards per carry. The Gators' 6.1 yards per carry this season ranks second in the FBS and is on track to set a school record. Florida's 225.7 rushing yards per game ranks 12th in the FBS. - SEC Football

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  NOV 14 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Trevor Etienne, RB, Florida,...Career-high 100 yards on the ground, first 100 yard game of his career. Etienne's 85-yard TD rush was the seventh-longest TD rush in school history, and the longest by a Florida player since Lamical Perine's 88-yard TD run vs. Auburn in 2019. Etienne's big score is tied for the eight-longest TD rush in the FBS this season. It marked the second-longest TD run by a Florida freshman in school history (John L. Williams, 86 yards vs. West Texas State, 1982). Etienne's 85-yard TD was Florida's second-longest TD run since 1988 - when Emmitt Smith ripped off a 96-yard TD (longest in school history) vs. Mississippi State. - SEC Football

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  Montrell Johnson Jr. ran for a career-high 161 yards and a touchdown, Anthony Richardson accounted for three scores in what might have been his final home game at Florida and the Gators steamrolled South Carolina 38-6 on Saturday. Florida (6-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) avenged an ugly loss to the Gamecocks last season, won consecutive league games for the first time in nearly two years and became bowl eligible in coach Billy Napier's first season. The Gators dominated from the start, scoring on their first four drives and leading 24-0 before South Carolina (6-4, 3-4) crossed midfield. Richardson opened the drubbing with a 3-yard run and doubled the lead with a 15-yard strike to Ricky Pearsall. Freshman Trevor Etienne had the play of the game: an 85-yard TD run that made it 21-0 late in the first quarter.

South Carolina's third quarter was somehow worse than its first. Coach Shane Beamer's team fumbled three times in its first four snaps out of the locker room, gift-wrapping three short fields for Florida that resulted in a missed field goal, a touchdown and a turnover on downs. Florida's defense played its best game of the season, with the highlight coming when 415-pound defensive tackle Desmond Watson ripped the ball out of Jaheim Bell's arms and rambled 8 yards the other way. Watson was so tired that he barely celebrated when he reached teammates eagerly awaiting his arrival on the sideline. Nonetheless, it was just the start of an hours-long party for the Gators, who finished with 374 yards rushing. Richardson completed 11 of 23 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 96 yards and a score. Etienne finished with 100 yards on the ground. At one point, Florida had three guys with at least 100 yards rushing - a feat last accomplished by the Gators in 1984. But Richardson lost 6 yards on a sack in the fourth before heading to the bench. Little went right for South Carolina, which played without running back MarShawn Lloyd (thigh bruise). - AP College Football


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  NOV 7 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida,...Anchored an offensive line that blocks for 5.9 yards per carry which ranks third in the FBS and is on track to tie the school record set in 2008...Florida averaged 5.8 YPC against Texas A&M, rushing a season-high 50 times for 291 yards...The Gators eclipsed 400 yards for the fourth time this season including the third time in the last six games. Florida amassed 400-plus total yards for the 21st time in its last 32 games including 34 of the last 51 contests...The Gators have rushed for 100-plus yards in 11-straight games including all nine games so far this season, and have now rushed for 100-plus yards in 20 of their last 22 games. Florida has rushed for 100-plus yards in 49 of its last 60 games...With just one sack allowed at Texas A&M, Florida posted its eighth game with one sack or fewer surrendered in nine contests this season...Florida has allowed only nine sacks in 2022, which is tied for 18th-fewest in the FBS (t-third in the SEC). - SEC Football

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  Anthony Richardson threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 78 yards and two scores as Florida snapped its two-game losing streak with a 41-24 win over Texas A&M on Saturday. Richardson had touchdown runs of 10 and 60 yards in the first quarter and connected with Ja'Quavion Fraziars and Caleb Douglas on touchdown passes of 19 and 12 yards, respectively, in the third quarter as the Gators (5-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) opened up a 34-24 lead. Montrell Johnson Jr. rushed 22 times for 100 yards and a touchdown, Trevor Etienne rushed for 80 yards on 17 carries, and Ricky Pearsall had three catches for 65 yards as the Gators racked up 492 yards, including 291 rushing yards.

Devon Achane rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns and caught another score for the Aggies (3-6, 1-5), who went into halftime up 24-20. Achane had rushing touchdowns of 5 and 2 yards and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Haynes King, who started in place of Conner Weigman. King, who was making his fifth start of the season, finished 23 of 45 for 279 yards and a touchdown. Evan Stewart had eight catches for 120 yards, and Moose Muhammad III caught seven passes for 99 yards. Texas A&M lost its fifth straight, the longest losing streak for the Aggies since 1980. - Florida/AP College Football


rSo/2023 QB *Anthony RichardsonFlorida
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  Florida has dismissed pass rusher Brenton Cox for what coach Billy Napier called "more of a cumulative effect here." Cox, a fifth-year junior and one of the team's best defenders, is expected to turn pro and enter the NFL draft. The Stockbridge, Georgia native has 41 tackles, including 9 1/2 for loss and four sacks. He also leads the Gators with 19 quarterback hurries. "We've kind of decided to move on here," Napier said Monday. "I think that being a football player at the University of Florida is a privilege. There's certain expectations and standards that come with that. Obviously, he's done a lot of good things for the University of Florida and we wish him nothing but the best. "But sometimes you have to make decisions in the best interest of the team and certainly Brenton, we're going to do everything we can do to help him with his transition. But as simple as that, we've decided to move on." A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Cox transferred to Florida from Georgia during the 2019 season. He was a three-year starter for Florida, leading the team in sacks (8 1/2) and tackles for a loss (14 1/2) in 2021.

Napier declined to provide details regarding what prompted his decision, saying "we'll keep that in house." He also would not say if Cox would be welcomed back for the school's Pro Day next spring, when players with pro aspirations get to work out for NFL teams. "Cross that bridge when we get there," Napier said. Napier said he was unaware that Cox appeared to throw a punch in the fourth quarter of Florida's 42-20 loss to Georgia on Saturday. Replays show Cox turning and swinging at Bulldogs left tackle Broderick Jones after Jones blocked Cox during Kenny McIntosh's 4-yard touchdown run. Dismissing Cox surprised teammates and could have long-term effects on a program Napier has been charged with getting back to Southeastern Conference and national prominence. "It definitely sends a strong message throughout the locker room," cornerback Jaydon Hill said. Florida (4-4, 1-4 SEC), which has lost 12 of its last 15 league games, plays at Texas A&M (3-5, 1-4) on Saturday. - AP College Football


rSr/2023 OLB Brenton Cox Jr.Florida
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  OCT 10 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jaydon Hill, CB, Florida,...In his second game back from injury, Jaydon Hill recorded two interceptions, including a 49-yard interception return touchdown in the first quarter and an interception to halt Missouri's drive deep in Florida territory...They were Hill's first-career interceptions and first-career touchdown...Hill is the first Florida player with two interceptions and a pick-six in the same game since CJ Gardner-Johnson vs. Michigan in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 29, 2018...Hill's first interception represented Florida's longest pick-six since Ventrell Miller's 82-yard interception return touchdown vs. Idaho on Nov. 17, 2018. - SEC Football

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