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Fowler, Humphries stand out at NFL combine

On April 30, Florida could have two players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft for the third time in six years. Nine former Gators participated in the NFL Scouting Combine this past week, and a pair of them positioned themselves for first-round selections. The obvious one is Dante Fowler Jr., who at 261 pounds ran the sixth fastest 40-yard dash (4.60) among linebackers. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said last week he has Fowler ranked as the… Read More »

NFL combine preview

Nine former Gators will head to Indianapolis this week for the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins Tuesday and concludes Monday. The Florida player who will draw the most attention is Dante Fowler Jr., who is expected to be a first-round pick in the draft. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock ranks Fowler as the top outside linebacker in this year’s class. “I think the best fit for a 3-4 (defense) is Dante Fowler,” he said on a conference call Monday. “The way… Read More »

Former NFL scout high on Humphries

Some criticized D.J. Humphries’ early departure from Florida for the NFL draft, but at least one analyst thinks the offensive tackle has first-round talent. A former five-star recruit, Humphries started 16 of his last 17 games played with Gators as a sophomore and junior before turning pro a month ago, a decision first reported by The Sun in December. Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout for the Ravens, Brown and Eagles who is now an NFL Network analyst, has been studying… Read More »

Horford posts first career triple-double

A year removed his season-ending injury, Atlanta center Al Horford may soon become a three-time All Star. The former Gator recorded his first career triple-double in Tuesday’s 105-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. With the Hawks resting three starters, Horford scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out a career-high 10 assists. He made eight of his 10 shot attempts, becoming just the fourth NBA player since 2000-01 to post a triple-double while shooting 80 percent or better, according… Read More »

Harvin stars in return to Minny, leaves on crutches

Prior to Sunday, the last time Percy Harvin caught a touchdown pass was his final game in Minnestoa with the Vikings. More than two years and two teams later, the former Florida wide receiver hauled in his first TD reception since that game. Harvin, now with the Jets after being traded by the Seahawks earlier this season, scored on a 35-yard catch. Geno Smith 35 yard TD to Percy Harvin https://t.co/l65dVnucNp — gifdsports (@gifdsports) December 7, 2014 He finished with… Read More »

Former Gators react to UF’s upset win over UGA

Several former Gators took to Twitter on Saturday night to celebrate Florida’s upset win over Georgia. A few who played for UF coach Will Muschamp have offered their support for him in recent weeks, and they did so again after the game. I'm so proud of my Gators!! What a prime example of a team fighting through adversity a few weeks ago and capitalIzing off it. #GoGators — Josh Evans (@JAY_E_9) November 1, 2014 Huge win for them #Gator boyssss!!… Read More »

Williams still has handles at 38

Jason Williams hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011, but the former Florida point guard still has handles on the basketball court. A video (see above) surfaced this week of Williams, who turns 39 next month, tearing it up in the Orlando Pro Am league. He’s even shown putting a few moves on New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Austin Rivers, a former Duke standout who was once committed to UF. Williams retired from the NBA in April 2011 after an 12-year… Read More »

Cooper catches TD, rebounds from drop last week

Prior to Philadelphia’s game Sunday against St. Louis, Riley Cooper had dropped a touchdown pass in two of the Eagles’ last three games. Last week the former Florida receiver failed to make an end-zone reception with less than three minutes left at San Francisco. The touchdown would have given the Philly a two-point lead. Instead, the 49ers won, 26-21. “There was no excuses, I dropped the ball,” Cooper told CSNPhilly.com. “It was a perfect throw … and that’s definitely a… Read More »

Murphy making most of opportunity with Bucs

The past week has been a tumultuous time for Louis Murphy. Last Tuesday the former Florida wide receiver was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team he spent the offseason with before getting cut in early September. Murphy was thrust onto the field Sunday against the Steelers after a groin injury to rookie Mike Evans. He made the most of his opportunity, catching six passes for 99 yards, including a 41-yard reception in the game’s final minute to set up the… Read More »

Eight UF rookies make NFL teams

Heading into the 2014 NFL season, a total of 39 former Gators are on rosters as active players, reserves and practice squad members. Eight of those are rookies, including Florida’s top three 2014 draftees — defensive tackle Dominique Easley (Patriots), cornerback Jaylen Watkins (Eagles) and linebacker Ronald Powell (Saints). The other five newcomers are undrafted free agents who signed deals in May. Tight end Trey Burton (Eagles), center Jonotthan Harrison (Colts) and cornerbacks Loucheiz Purifoy (Colts) and Marcus Roberson (Rams) made… Read More »