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April 18, 2021

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The best traits for the top eight quarterbacks in the 2021 draft — and the throws that show it

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The 2021 NFL draft is less than a month away, and pro day workouts are winding down. With Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Alabama’s Mac Jones and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond all working out for scouts on Tuesday, the top quarterbacks in the class have all shown what they can do......

Flowers, journals and a stinkin’ shoe: Marco Wilson’s path to the NFL draft

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THE LAST THING Marco Wilson wants to do is take a picture. He has been summoned out of the University of Florida locker room, a den of frustration, stunned sadness and possibly a few dagger stares pointed in his direction. The Florida-LSU game has been over for a while, but......

Alyssa and Rachel Baumann are sisters, fans — and gymnastics rivals

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It had been five years since Alyssa Baumann had competed on the uneven bars. As the clock ticked down on her gymnastics career, and with just a few meets left in the regular season, the Florida senior wasn’t sure she would ever have the chance to make her return. Still,......

Florida Guard Tre Mann Declares for 2021 NBA Draft

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Florida guard Tre Mann announced Wednesday that he will declare for the 2021 NBA draft. Mann has played at Florida for the last two seasons. He averaged 16 points and 3.5 assists per game as......

Oral Roberts Heads to Sweet 16 in Upset Over Florida

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Two days after setting brackets on fire with its upset over No. 2 Ohio State, the Oral Roberts train just keeps on rolling. The No. 15 seed Golden Eagles stunned seventh-seeded Florida in Sunday’s second round, notching an 81-78 win over the Gators to become just the second No. 15......

Florida guard Appleby Elbowed in Face, Exits vs. Va. Tech

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports Florida guard Tyree Appleby exited Florida’s first-round contest on Friday after taking an elbow to the nose from Virginia Tech forward Keve Aluma. Appleby left the game and was taken to the locker room......

What a 64-team college football tournament would look like in 2021

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Why should basketball get to have all the fun in March? Better yet, why limit college football to a four-team playoff? 64 teams make it a lot more fun — and a lot more representative. Here’s the format for ESPN’s fictional 2021 NCAA football tournament: We’ve seeded the teams 1......

Gilbert back in portal after brief time with Gators

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Tight end Arik Gilbert is back on the market after announcing he is re-entering the transfer portal on Sunday. Gilbert entered the transfer portal while enrolled at LSU and eventually chose Florida as his next destination on Jan. 31. Four weeks later, Gilbert took to Twitter to say he’s backing......

Biggest offseason question for each college football team in the Way-Too-Early Top 25

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff Some top teams need to replace generational quarterbacks. Others have new coaches who need to fill big roles. No one, not even Clemson and Alabama, is perfect heading into 2021. Here’s a breakdown of the most pressing offseason questions for each of the Way-Too-Early Top......

Mullen focused on Florida amid college concerns

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Dan Mullen finally acknowledged making some “regrettable” comments last year, none more head-scratching than talking about — and doubling down on — packing the team’s home stadium during a pandemic. But Mullen offered no apologies about staying quiet after people close to Mullen told ESPN......

College football’s most intriguing newcomer for each Way-Too-Early Top 25 team

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff Between recruits, transfers and new coaches, even the best teams in college football look different year to year. From defending champ Alabama breaking in a new offensive coordinator to Ohio State’s ready-to-contribute true freshmen, these are the most intriguing newcomers for each of the Way-Too-Early......

Ex-LSU TE Gilbert to stay in SEC, transfer to UF

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Former LSU tight end Arik Gilbert announced on social media on Sunday that he’s transferring to Florida. Gilbert was the No. 6 ranked prospect in the 2020 class out of Marietta, Georgia, and initially entered the transfer portal on Jan. 5. He was fourth in receiving yards for LSU this......

Win in West Virginia latest step in Gators’ drive to overcome losing Keyontae Johnson

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After Keyontae Johnson collapsed face-first and was subsequently hospitalized for several days in critical condition, basketball became an afterthought for Florida‘s men’s basketball team. Johnson was the Gators’ leader, a first-team All-SEC selection last season who was named the preseason SEC Player of the Year before this season. If Florida......

SEC schedule opens with 3 Power 5 matchups

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The SEC football schedule release on Wednesday featured the return of nonconference games and an opening-day slate on Sept. 4 that includes Power 5 matchups LSU at UCLA, Georgia vs. Clemson (Charlotte, North Carolina) and Miami vs. Alabama (Atlanta). Louisville and Ole Miss will play each other on Sept. 6,......

SEC football schedule 2021: Dates and key matchups

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It’s already time to start thinking about SEC football in 2021. While the 2020 season ended just recently, next season’s schedules have been unveiled, so it’s time to start breaking down your team’s slate and projecting wins and losses. Can anyone challenge Alabama at the top? Will Ed Orgeron prove......

How the 2021 Way-Too-Early top 25 teams can make a CFP or NY6 run

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff The College Football Playoff or a New Year’s Six bowl game: Which is more likely for college football teams in 2021? We break down the best-case scenario for each of the Way-Too-Early top 25 teams. The road back to the playoff isn’t particularly complicated for......

Predicting next year’s breakout player for each Top 25 team

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The 2020 college football season has just ended, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next season. Here’s a look at one potential breakout star for each player in the 2021 Way-Too-Early Top 25. No. 1 Clemson: QB D.J. Uiagalelei This feels like cheating. Saying Uiagalelei is......

The 2021 Way-Too-Early college football top 25

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Even in a 2020 college football season that featured more starts and stops than Los Angeles traffic, there were a handful of near certainties, such as Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State reaching the College Football Playoff. Even a pandemic couldn’t balance power in the most top-heavy sport. Will we finally......

Top NCAA gymnasts to watch as sport makes its return

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After the coronavirus pandemic brought a premature end to the 2020 NCAA gymnastics season, and with it the conclusion of the collegiate careers of many of the sport’s biggest names, it has been a long 10 months filled with uncertainty about the upcoming campaign. Our coverage of the NCAA gymnastics......

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