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Gators’ Hunter earns SEC weekly DL honor

Posted Sep 24, 2012 by

Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Florida senior defensive tackle Omar Hunter, who had a team-leading eight tackles in last week’s 38-0 win against Kentucky, was named the SEC defensive lineman of the week on Monday, reports Florida Today’s David Jones. It was a career high for the Georgia native.

UF has the week off before hosting LSU on Oct. 6.

Gators hoops tickets going on sale for game at Tampa Forum

Posted Sep 24, 2012 by

Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Tickets for Florida’s men’s basketball game in Tampa against Middle Tennessee State go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Forum box office.

The Gators and Blue Raiders will play at 4 p.m. Nov. 18.

Tickets, also available through Ticketmaster, range from $15 to $100, plus service charges.

UF announced its nonconference schedule in July. The Gators open with a Nov. 1 exhibition against Nebraska-Kearney.

The Gators’ regular season begins Nov. 9 against Georgetown in the Navy-Marine Classic, scheduled to be played on a Navy aircraft carrier off the coast of Jacksonville.

Locals latch on with Gators

Posted Aug 18, 2012 by Bill Ward

Updated Aug 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM

The University of Florida football team held an open practice on Saturday morning and thanks to Jack Joyer, we received a photo of three Hillsborough County products now playing for the Gators.

One of those players, of course, is Joyer’s son, Hunter, who played for Tampa Catholic and Wesley Chapel. The other two pictured are another ex-TC star, offensive lineman Chaz Green, and former Armwood lineman Matt Patchan. Hunter and Green are entering their sophomore season while Patchan is a junior.

Other county players on UF’s roster include Plant product Grant Van Aman, who is punting, linebacker Scott Peek of Freedom, punter Justin Vogel of Berkeley Prep and running back Matt Jones of Armwood.

Saturday’s open practice at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was held in conjunction with Verizon Fan Day, which was scheduled for 3-6 p.m. at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
In addition to seeing Gators players Saturday, fans also got their first look at the newly renovated West Concourse. There’s been several major upgrades to that section of the stadium, including improvements in spacing, concessions and restrooms.

Armwood’s Bailey lands offer from Gators

Posted Aug 15, 2012 by Bill Ward

Updated Aug 15, 2012 at 03:29 PM

In might be a late one, but Armwood star athlete/wide receiver Alvin Bailey finally got a scholarship offer from the University of Florida football program after a trip to the campus Wednesday.

Armwood head coach Sean Callahan confirmed Bailey landed the offer. En route to the Hawks’ Class 6A state title and undefeated season last year, Bailey accounted some 2,000 yards of offense by playing receiver and quarterback.

Last time he listed his finalists, the 6-foot, 175-pound Bailey said his top college candidates were Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Central Florida. Now that he has the Gators, Bailey is no doubt going to be feeling a little pressure from friends Jordan Sherit of Hillsborough and Vernon Hargreaves III of Wharton, who both recently committed to Florida.

Parrish helps Gators earn Scholar Team of the Year award

Posted Aug 2, 2012 by Bill Ward

Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 06:35 PM

After earning All-Academic honors from the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, former Chamberlain High distance running standout Mark Parrish has helped his University of Florida men’s track & field team land the Scholar Team of the Year award for Division I schools for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

The Gators earned the team award after being the highest-placing team with at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA at the recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. Florida swept the men’s NCAA Division I indoor and outdoor titles for the first time in school history this year.

The indoor national title was the Gators’ third-straight crown while the outdoor championship was the team’s ever. Florida is also the first school to sweep Scholar Team of the Year honors since Stanford in 2007. UF has a cumulative team GPA of 3.06, with Parrish, a mechanincal engineering major, playing a major role in that score.

In addition, Parrish and Gator teammates Dan and Derek Wehunt of Sickles High made the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. Dan Wehunt is majoring in sports management while Derek Wehunt is an anthropology major. All three runners will be juniors this fall.

As a sophomore, Parrish finished third at the SEC cross country finals and 68th at NCAA Division I championships. He also competed in the USA Cross Country Championships, where he took 10th place. After a redshirt indoor track season, Parrish was third at the SEC outdoor meet in the 10,000-meter run in 31 minutes, 5 seconds and just missed qualifying for the NCAA outdoor finals in the 3,000 steeplechase after clocking 8:47.18 at the NCAA regional meet.