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Tracking former UF athletes through their professional sports careers

Three Gators advance to NBA Finals

The NBA Finals are set for 2015, and once again, a former Florida player will walk away from the series with a ring. UF has now had multiple former players in the NBA Finals for five consecutive seasons, and an ex-Gator has won the title each year during that span. This season features Marreese Speights and David Lee of Golden State and Cleveland’s Mike Miller, though none of them have significant roles with their teams. Miller and Udonis Haslem were part… Read More »

Spikes reuniting with Patriots

Time has apparently healed wounds for Brandon Spikes. The former Florida linebacker signed a one-year deal Monday with the Patriots, who drafted him in 2010. The news was first reported by ESPN. Spikes had an ugly split with the team last year, calling his time in New England “four years (as) a slave.” He played with the Buffalo Bills in 2014 and recorded a career low in tackles (54) for a full season. But Spikes apparently repaired his relationship with… Read More »

Horford hits game-winner for Hawks

For the second straight series, Al Horford came up big for Atlanta in a Game 5. With his team down a point Wednesday night, Horford grabbed an offensive rebound and put back the game-winning layup with 1.9 seconds left. “A heck of a play by Al,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer told the Associated Press. Atlanta defeated the Washington Wizards, 82-81, to take a 3-2 series lead behind Horford’s late follow. “I wasn’t supposed to be involved in the play at all,”… Read More »

Tebow, Cooper video HS athlete with brain tumor

Despite his return to the NFL, Tim Tebow is still devoting time to helping others. He and Eagles teammate Riley Cooper, Tebow’s roomate at Florida, both sent a get-well video to Collin “Bear” Shank on Tuesday as he was preparing for brain surgery. According to Lancaster Online, Shank was diagnosed with a one-inch tumor on the right side of his brain last month. Shank is a two-sport athlete (football and baseball) for the Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers in Pennsylvania. He has scored… Read More »

Redskins sign Dunbar, three former Gators cut

One former Gator made his way into the NFL Monday, while three others found themselves on the outside looking in. Wide receiver Quinton Dunbar signed with the Redskins, joining college teammates Matt Jones and Jordan Reed in Washington. Dunbar went undrafted earlier this month. Three ex-Florida players are looking for new teams after being cut Monday — defensive tackle Darious Cummings (Panthers), offensive guard Jon Halapio (Broncos) and wide receiver Solomon Patton (Buccaneers). Cummings, like Dunbar, was not selected in… Read More »

Wambach scores twice in U.S. exhibition match

Abby Wambach came through for her mother and team Sunday. The former Gator scored a pair of goals in the U.S. national team’s 3-0 victory over Ireland in an exhibition match for the Women’s World Cup, which begins next month in Canada. Her mother, Judy Wambach, was in attendance at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The players and their moms had a pregame ceremony on the field for Mother’s Day. “I saw her turn around after her second goal… Read More »

Team features on drafted Gators

Eight Florida players were selected in this year’s NFL draft, two shy of the school record. UF had a pair of first-round picks, two players taken on the second day and four on the final day. Below are team features from some of the drafted Gators. From @JohnOehser – @dantefowler strikes the right cord for @Jaguars http://t.co/P5zse1kqHC pic.twitter.com/Ma2Ad0dkYE — GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) May 4, 2015 From @Kyle_Odegard – For @CashOutHump, young father knew best http://t.co/s5do43rfnt pic.twitter.com/hcpfkJjF2x — GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) May… Read More »

Demps waived by Colts

The Indianapolis Colts waived former Gator Jeff Demps Monday. The speedy running back had signed a reserve/future contract with the team in January after spending time on their 2014 practice squad. Demps last played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, when he saw action in two games. He had one carry for 14 yards, three receptions for 21 yards and 93 yards returning kicks, the only stats of his three-year NFL career. Demps, 25, may now turn his attention… Read More »

Kelly refutes Sanchez comment on Tebow

Chip Kelly and Mark Sanchez apparently have two different views of new Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow. Sanchez, who was Tebow’s teammate with the Jets in 2012, said last week he was under the impression that Philadelphia brought Tebow in just for camp. “We needed another guy to throw while Sam’s (Bradford) still recovering,” Sanchez told CSN Philly. “So that’s the reason (for the signing), at least as explained to me.” Kelly, entering his third season as head coach of the… Read More »

Humphries, Jones prove doubters wrong

“What are they thinking?!” “They’re not NFL ready.” “They’ll be late-round picks.” By and large, that was the reaction most fans, writers and analysts had when D.J. Humphries and Matt Jones left early for the NFL draft. They got the last laugh this week as the Arizona Cardinals selected Humphries in the first round Thursday and the Washington Redskins took Jones in Friday’s third round. The 2012 class members underachieved at Florida given the amount of hype they came into… Read More »