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Loaded: Players with handguns are all over college athletics

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Is this college football? Or is this the remake of Young Guns?

Think of it as a warning, but there have been three handgun incidents in Florida in the last week. University of Florida football player Deiondre Porter was arrested for allegedly shooting at a wall where his pregnant girlfriend was leaning. And USF has now arrested a second player, Lamar Robbins, for allegedly discharging a firearm in the hours after USF’s victory over Syracuse.  Robbins is also accused of lying twice to policemen investigating the shooting. He joins Benjamin Knox, also arrested for allegedly discharging a gun.

It is not the sole problem of Florida, however. The Utah Utes had two players shot in mid-September.

Is the potential problem just handguns? You decide. Washington State coach Mike Leachl says he’s fired guns his entire life, but for self-defense, he prefers to carry a battle axe.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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