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October 16, 2013

Muschamp previews Mizzou

GAINESVILLE -- No. 22 Florida coach Will Muschamp offers an overarching glimpse at undefeated Missouri. The Gators (4-2, 3-1 SEC) tackle the Tigers (6-0, 2-0 SEC) this Saturday (12 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Columbia. 

Take a look...

 

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"I've played ball for 16 years and never seen nothing like this before"

GAINESVILLE -- Redshirt junior Mack Brown always hoped to become Florida's featured tailback, but after idling on the bench for much of three seasons he never envisioned his opportunity would come at the hands of a fallen teammate. 

But after Matt Jones' season-ending knee injury against LSU, Brown, a former 4-star prospect from Georgia, is slated as UF's starter against Missouri this Saturday in Columbia (12 p.m. ET, ESPN). 

Brown actually leads No. 22 Florida in rushing yards (340), carries (91) and touchdowns (3), but he's averaging just 3.74 yards per carry. 

Although Brown will receive the early load, Florida is likely to move forward with a by-committee-approach, rotating Brown, freshman Kelvin Taylor and hybrid scat-back Valdez Showers. 

Brown dished on his opportunity, the Gators' crowded training table, UF's "hard season," pass protection woes and more.

 

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HOOPS: Gators pegged as No. 2 team in SEC

GAINESVILLE -- The Florida’s men’s basketball team enters the 2013-14 season as banged up as its football counterparts, but despite the plethora of injuries, the Gators were still picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference, in a preseason media vote.

Billy Donovan’s team -- fresh off three consecutive Elite Eight appearances -- must replace its top three scorers from last season too, yet Florida received five first place votes -- to Kentucky’s 21 votes -- and a pair of UF players were tabbed as preseason all-conference performers.

Seniors Patric Young (center) and Scottie Wilbekin (guard) were both named to the All-SEC second team. Last year, Young and Wilbekin, who is suspended to start the 2013 season, earned honorable mention all-conference honors.

Preseason Poll

1. Kentucky

2. Florida

3. Tennessee

4. LSU

5. Missouri

6. Alabama

7. Ole Miss

8. Arkansas

9. Texas A&M

10. Vanderbilt

11. Georgia

12. South Carolina

13. Mississippi State

14. Auburn 

First Team All-SEC

(G) Trevor Releford – Alabama, SR

(F) Julius Randle – Kentucky, FR

(F) Johnny O’Bryant III – LSU, JR

(G) Marshall Henderson – Ole Miss, SR

(G) Jordan McRae – Tennessee, SR

Second Team All-SEC

(G) Scottie Wilbekin – Florida, SR

(C) Patric Young – Florida, SR

(F) Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, SO

(G) Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, FR

(C) Dakari Johnson – Kentucky, FR

(G) Jabari Brown – Missouri, JR

(F) Jeronne Maymon – Tennessee, SR

(F) Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee, JR

SEC Player of the Year

Julius Randle – Kentucky

PERMANENT SEC TOURNEY SITE

The league announced Nashville, TN will host the men’s basketball tournament nine times between 2015 and 2025. The tournament will be played at Bridgestone Arena.

THIS & THAT

Donovan said his son -- walk-on guard Billy Jr. -- has a torn labrum he suffered in August but will play with the injury this season, postponing surgery. … Junior center Damontre Harris -- a transfer from South Carolina -- is out with a hamstring injury, while sophomore guard Michael Frazier has missed practice battling a virus.

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