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Trap game? No. 14 Florida trying to avoid letdown vs Vandy

Oct. 9, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen opened his first team meeting this week talking about handling success. He'll find out Saturday if anyone was paying attention. Coming off the program's most significant victory in three years and with a rivalry game against No. 2 Georgia looming in two...

Dan Mullen finding a knack for trick plays at No. 14 Florida

Oct. 7, 2018 4:01 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jump pass. Double pass. Rocker step. Throwback toss. Those are apparently just a glimpse into Dan Mullen's playbook. The first-year Florida coach has turned to a little trickery to help the 14th-ranked Gators mask their offensive deficiencies. "Daring Dan" is perfect on the season...

Trickery, defense help No. 22 Florida edge No. 5 LSU 27-19

Oct. 6, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Lucas Krull grew up idolizing Tim Tebow, a left-handed quarterback big enough to play tight end. So imagine how wide-eyed Krull was when Tebow spoke in the locker room before Florida's game against LSU. Krull was even more star-struck when Tebow congratulated him afterward. A...

Sold-out Swamp awaits No. 5 LSU, could help No. 22 Florida

Oct. 5, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Swamp is sold out for the first time in nearly three years, a setting first-year Florida coach Dan Mullen would like to see more often. Beating No. 5 LSU on Saturday surely would help Mullen's push to return Florida Field — and the 22nd-ranked Gators — to...

Another ring for Tebow: QB gets Florida's top football honor

Oct. 4, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow has a bronze statue outside Florida Field and his most memorable quote emblazoned on a plaque a couple hundred feet away. His All-American brick rests nearby, too. On Saturday, the Gators will honor their most famous quarterback one more time. Florida will induct Tebow...

Florida enjoying defensive turnaround after early loss

Oct. 2, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — CeCe Jefferson's eyes filled with tears as he tried to explain what it felt like to watch Kentucky beat Florida for the first time in more than three decades last month. The Gators defensive end who grew up about an hour's drive north of Gainesville was suspended the first two...

Ex-Gator Adarius Lemons charged with strangling girlfriend

Sep. 27, 2018 11:02 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida running back Adarius Lemons has been charged with slamming his girlfriend into walls and choking her. Lemons left the team after a loss to Kentucky this month. He is charged with battery by strangulation, battery and criminal mischief. He was arrested Wednesday and...

Dan Mullen expects 'lot of passion' in return to Miss State

Sep. 24, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dan Mullen will forever be tied to Starkville, Mississippi. It's where he landed his first head coaching job. It's where his two children were born. It's the place he called home for nearly a decade. It's "StarkVegas" to Mullen, and he takes a lot of pride in everything he did to...

Franks gets 'chills' watching Tennessee-Florida ending

Sep. 18, 2018 3:28 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks gets goosebumps every time he sees the replay. The throw. The catch. The celebration. Franks' 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland on the final play stunned Tennessee 26-20 last season and secured a spot in rivalry lore forever. The...

Florida RB Davis out 'extended period' with broken left foot

Sep. 17, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida running back Malik Davis will miss an "extended period" after breaking his left foot. Coach Dan Mullen says he's unsure how long Davis will be sidelined. A sophomore from Tampa, Davis tore a ligament in his right knee against Georgia last October and missed the final four...