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Florida Gators face tough challenge of rebuilding stout defense

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When coach Jim McElwain took over at Florida, he inherited one of the Southeastern Conference’s stingiest defenses. The unit got even better during McElwain’s first two seasons in Gainesville. The Gators finished eighth in yards allowed in 2015 and fifth last year, no question the main reason they played for back-to-back conference championships.

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Luke Del Rio returns to Gators’ practice

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From the despair of the loss to Tennessee Saturday, the Florida Gators received some good news: starting quarterback Luke Del Rio returned to practice Wednesday. That does not mean he will play in Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt. Indeed, he is listed as “highly doubtful,” but Coach Jim McElwain said he is not “counting him out.” Del Rio’s participation will be limited to throwing to receivers on certain pass routes. He will not be involved in all that goes with practicing with…

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Good read from Politico — Jeb in the ‘glades

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Amid a great deal of noise currently being made about the environment in Florida – from Amendment 1’s sweeping mandates on land and water preservation funding to reports that Gov. Rick Scott has outlawed any official discussion about climate change — one player not getting much burn in that arena these days is Jeb Bush. That’s strange, writes Michael Grunwald in POLITICO, because it was under Governor Bush that Florida took on the largest-scale conservation effort in American history, in South Florida’s Everglades. Wetlands were…

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