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Feleipe Franks takes the lead in Florida’s quarterback scramble

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Frankly, he has a chance. Feleipe Franks, the redshirt freshman quarterback for the University of Florida, established himself as the team’s front-runner in Friday night’s spring game. He led the Orange team (the starters) to a 31-0 victory over the Blues Friday night. Franks hit eight of 14 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. “He did all right,” Gators coach Jim McElwain said. “He’s ahead.” Franks seemed much more poised than a year ago, when he threw three interceptions…

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Quarterbacks will star in Florida’s spring game on Friday night

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The Florida Gators are getting close to a decision on their quarterback, but coach Jim McElwain isn’t ready to tip hand quite yet. The Gators, who play their spring game Friday night, are still deciding between redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. “I think it’s starting to sort itself out,” McElwain told reporters. “The natural question is “what is soring itself out. You’ll find out.” Franks has handled first-team snaps this spring. But Trask isn’t far behind. McElwain said…

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Florida left with young quarterbacks after Luke Del Rio’s surgery

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The University of Florida’s search for a quarterback just got more interesting. The school announced that incumbent quarterback Luke Del Rio will miss spring training due to a (non-throwing) shoulder injury, leaving the brunt of the competition to Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask, a pair of well regarded freshmen. Del Rio, who came to Florida via Alabama and Oregon State, was 5-1 for the Gators last season before being injured. He threw for 1,358 yards and eight touchdowns. Franks ascended…

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Florida defense swarms against Iowa in winning the Outback Bowl

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This time, the Florida Gators charged into their off-season. This time, the Gators finished their season in the accepted way. Florida overwhelmed Iowa in Monday’s Outback Bowl, winning a 30-3 game and hardly breaking a sweat. The Gators intercepted three passes and held Hawkeye quarterback C.B. Beathard to only seven completions on 23 attempts for 55 yards. They also stopped a fourth-and-goal from the one. A year ago, Florida ended with three straight losses. Had the Gators lost to Iowa,…

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Luke Del Rio could return to Gators — if he has a snorkel

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So how does Luke Del Rio feel about a little rain? Del Rio, the University of Florida quarterback, has missed two straight games with a knee injury. While he has been hurt, backup Austin Appleby has gone 1-1. His best play was in the first half against Tennessee. But the Gators were more cohesive with Del Rio. And, against LSU, they’ll need all the cohesion they can muster. “After (Tuesday’s) practice, which was pretty extensive, there was some stiffness and…

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Gators Christian Garcia receives award for helping victim

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There are bad things in the land of college football. There is violence and drug use. There is entitlement and players taking shortcuts. However, there are good things, too. Just ask Florida Gators linebacker Christian Garcia, who was honored at the White House this week as part of the “It’s on Us” Awards, created by President Barack Obama to help put a stop to sexual assaults on college campuses. In July, Garcia was working as a security guard at a…

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Florida hires Scott Stricklin as athletic director, Jeremy Foley to retire

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Scott Stricklin is leaving his alma mater, Mississippi State, for one of the top jobs in college sports. Florida hired Stricklin as its new athletic director Monday, according to a person familiar with the search. Stricklin replaces Jeremy Foley, one of the most tenured sports executives in the country. Foley is retiring Saturday after 40 years with the Gators, including the last 25 in charge of Florida’s athletic program. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of…

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