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Florida Pauses Football Activities Because of COVID-19 Cases Among Players

No. 10 Florida says it’s pausing all football team activities following “an increase in positive COVID tests among players.” Athletic director Scott Stricklin says the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.” Stricklin says coach Dan Mullen has had conversations with players and their parents and adds that he has spoken with last week’s opponent, Texas A&M, and…

Florida tops South Carolina 20-7 in Muschamp’s return

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Austin Appleby threw two touchdown passes, Jordan Scarlett ran for a career-high 134 yards and No. 22 Florida beat South Carolina and former coach Will Muschamp 20-7 Saturday, moving closer to clinching the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division. The banged-up Gators (7-2, 5-2) can secure a spot in the league title game by winning at 19th-ranked LSU…

McElwain: No. 22 Florida to start Appleby vs South Carolina

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida coach Jim McElwain says quarterback Austin Appleby will start against South Carolina on Saturday. McElwain made the announcement Wednesday on the weekly Southeastern Conference coaches’ call, saying Appleby will start when the 22nd-ranked Gators (6-2, 4-2 SEC) host the Gamecocks (5-4, 3-4). Starter Luke Del Rio will be out “a while” with a right shoulder…

Florida’s Thompson won’t play vs Georgia after drug citation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida running back Mark Thompson won’t play Saturday against Georgia after being cited for marijuana possession. Thompson, who ranks third on the team with 262 yards rushing and two touchdowns this season, was pulled over early Thursday after he ran a stop sign near campus, according to a University Police Department report. The officer said he…

Florida gets 2 defensive scores, beats Missouri 40-14

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson returned interceptions for touchdowns, helping No. 18 Florida beat Missouri 40-14 on Saturday and move into first place in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division. The cornerback tandem provided nearly as many highlights as either offense and seemingly saved the Gators (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) from a fourth homecoming loss in the…

LSU-Florida gets rescheduled for Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – LSU and Florida will play Nov. 19 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, a game rescheduled because of Hurricane Matthew. The Southeastern Conference made the announcement Thursday, ending a week of speculation about what would happen to the game originally scheduled for last Saturday in Gainesville. The teams had to buy out nonconference opponents scheduled for…

LSU at Florida game postponed due to Hurricane Matthew

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (sec.org) – The LSU-Florida football game scheduled for Saturday in Gainesville has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew, it was announced Thursday.  The universities and the SEC Office will work to reschedule the game later in the 2016 season if possible. “We had a very productive phone call today with a great spirit of cooperation between the universities’…

Florida could have QB Del Rio back against LSU

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – No. 18 Florida could have quarterback Luke Del Rio back on the field against LSU on Saturday. Del Rio missed the last two games with a sprained left knee. The Gators (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) went 1-1 without him. Coach Jim McElwain says Del Rio “had kind of been targeting” a return against the Tigers (3-2,…

Florida: SEC clears Powell of suspension for phantom punch

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida coach Jim McElwain says the Southeastern Conference has overturned receiver Brandon Powell’s suspension for throwing a punch. Powell was ejected in the fourth quarter at Tennessee for seemingly swinging at safety Rashaan Gaulden. Replays showed Gaulden dramatically flopped as Powell turned in his direction. The official flagged Powell for unsportsmanlike conduct and kicked him out…