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September 06, 2013

ICYMI: Dunbar's Homecoming

A teaser to a piece on Florida wideout Quinton Dunbar, a native of Miami's roughest neighborhood, Overtown. 

GAINESVILLE -- Quinton Dunbar, a star receiver at Booker T. Washington, grew up gleefully rooting for Miami. He idolized the late Sean Taylor -- a UM legend.

He was once verbally committed to play for the Hurricanes.

But ultimately, Dunbar fled ‘Magic City.’

“[I had] to get out of Miami,” he said. “Start a new life somewhere else.”

For most -- including Florida’s redshirt junior receiver – Overtown is a tough Miami neighborhood area rich in history, but, now, little else.

Overtown is among the roughest neighborhoods in the nation. The town’s theoretical urban renewal in the 1960’s actually further decayed an-already unraveling community.

The situation has only worsened.

“The success rate is low,” Dunbar said, shaking his head. “Coming from a city like that where there’s a lot of drugs and a lot of guns, it’s very hard to get out of it. But if you put your mind to it, you can get out of that situation.”

Click the link for the full feature. 

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Riggs disappointed UF-UM series likely ending

GAINESVILLE -- Gators safety Cody Riggs -- a Fort Lauderdale native and former St. Thomas Aquinas standout -- has waited a long time to play Miami, but at least he’ll have the opportunity.

Florida’s redshirt junior was unaware Saturday’s showdown is the final scheduled meeting in the foreseeable future for the storied series.  

“That’s kind of sad,” Riggs said. “Two big-time programs in the state that don’t play each other. I would hope to play them every year. Hopefully times can go back to old times, but that’s kind of disappointing this might be the last time.”

(Cody Riggs)

Despite growing up in South Florida, Riggs was never a Hurricanes fan, saying, “I was a Gator fan and a Seminole fan, but when I got to high school it was strictly Gators.” 


Freshman wideout Demarcus Robinson was trumpeted as a potential savior for Florida’s anemic passing attack, and despite not catching a pass in UF’s opener offensive coordinator Brent Pease was pleased with Robinson’s debut.

“I went up to him in the locker room and told him, ‘You know what: Just be patient. I’m going to do a better job of getting some things designed (for you).’ He goes, ‘Coach, I had fun and we won.’ That’s the kind of kid he is.”

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