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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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Gators survive behind unlikely hero

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The Florida Gators are headed to the SEC Championship Game. Austin Hardin’s career-long 43-yard field goal with 2:22 remaining sent Florida past Vanderbilt, 9-7. Going into Saturday’s game, few thought the troubled Gator kicking game would prove to be the difference. Most expected Florida to play their way into the title game for the first time since 2009. They almost played their way out of it. After trailing at the half, 7-6, the Gators managed all of four first downs…

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