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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, Penn State wide receiver Justin Shorter (6) attempts to catch a pass as Pittsburgh defensive back Jazzee Stocker (7) defends during an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. The former Penn State is eligible to play for No. 8 Florida this season. The Gators say the NCAA has granted Shorter’s request to waive a one-year transfer rule. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)

Ex-Penn State WR Shorter gets waiver to play now at Florida

Sep. 11, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Penn State receiver Justin Shorter is eligible to play for No. 8 Florida this season. The Gators confirmed Friday that the NCAA granted Shorter's request to waive a one-year transfer rule, meaning he doesn't have to sit out the 2020 season. Scholarship players in the...

FILE -In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Florida quarterback Kyle Trask throws a pass against Georgia during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Isolated from coaches, teammates and friends during the coronavirus pandemic, Kyle Trask found plenty of extra free time this offseason. He reviewed each of his performances from his breakout year, trying to find and fix every flaw in hopes of improving the eighth-ranked Gators’ chances of becoming Southeastern Conference and national championship contenders in 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Florida QB Trask ready to take 'next jump' in progression

Sep. 8, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Isolated from coaches, teammates and friends during the coronavirus pandemic, Kyle Trask found plenty of extra free time this offseason. So the Florida quarterback did what millions of others would have done in his situation: He binged. Trask turned on his tablet and watched a...

University of Florida vets treating big gator for leg injury

Sep. 8, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 38-year-old alligator named Bob is on the mend thanks to a team of veterinarians at the University of Florida. Bob was taken last week from his home at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park for an evaluation in Gainesville. His right rear leg had been hurting and the...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Florida head coach Dan Mullen watches from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Mullen had several players miss the team’s opening training camp practice Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Florida has potential for championships in Mullen's 3rd year

Sep. 1, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen declined to release a roster, openly mocked a predicted depth chart he saw online and refused to delve too deep into his plans for any position — even quarterback. Mullen insisted he’s merely trying to keep his players focused with so much...

Gainesville reaches 30th anniversary of student murders

Aug. 29, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — In late August 30 years ago, Sadie Darnell was seen in news photographs and videos around the world. She was a Gainesville Police Department lieutenant who served as the agency spokeswoman when five college students were murdered and mutilated and was a daily presence in the news....

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Florida head coach Dan Mullen watches from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Mullen had several players miss the team’s opening training camp practice Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

No. 8 Florida gets WRs Grimes, Toney, Copeland back at camp

Aug. 25, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 8 Florida has its top two receivers back at practice and ready to play this season. Coach Dan Mullen confirmed Tuesday that Trevon Grimes and Kadarius Toney have returned after missing the first few days of fall camp. Jacob Copeland also rejoined the Gators after skipping the...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Florida head coach Dan Mullen watches from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Mullen had several players miss the team’s opening training camp practice Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Florida's Carter dedicates season to virus victims, fighters

Aug. 20, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida defensive end Zach Carter plans to play and will dedicate the season to those affected by COVID-19. Carter missed the opening days of fall camp while he considered skipping the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Carter has been an outspoken supporter of the...

Florida opens practice short-handed, Mullen expects opt-outs

Aug. 17, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen had several players miss the team’s opening training camp practice Monday. Mullen declined to provide names, but the Orlando Sentinel and Sports Illustrated reported that four guys — receivers Kadarius Toney, Trevon Grimes and Jacob Copeland...