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Florida football coach Dan Mullen previewed spring practice Tuesday with reporters.

Florida coach Dan Mullen and players discuss upcoming start of spring practice

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QB Feleipe Franks looks to bounce back from ‘all-time low’

Florida football coach Dan Mullen and a few Gators players met with the media Tuesday to look ahead to spring practice.

The Gators will get going Friday and Saturday with a pair of practices open to the public.

Chief among the spotlight storylines will be the quarterback competition, of course, but Mullen said he’s not necessarily looking to establish a set depth chart at that position coming out of the spring.

Redshirt sophomore QB Feleipe Franks was one of the three players who spoke to reporters Tuesday and he acknowledged that last season was his first bout of defeat as a football player.

“I hit the all-time low; it’s only going to go up,” he said.

He also noted, as it relates to the quarterback competition that will begin Friday, “I’ve never been afraid of competition, so it’s nothing new to me.”

Read more about Franks’ outlook on the spring and see the full video of his news conference here.

Meanwhile, Mullen provided injury updates and the Gators doled out jersey numbers to their newcomers. Read more about that here.

As for other changes, junior safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson discussed both the legal change of his last name and his outlook for the 2018 season.

And he also touched on the significance of having former Florida all-around offensive standout Percy Harvin spending time around the program again.

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Recruiting roundup

Florida basketball readies for NCAA Tournament

  • No. 6-seeded Florida will open the NCAA Tournament against No. 11 St. Bonaventure on Thursday night, after the Bonnies got past UCLA 65-58 Tuesday night in their First Four matchup in Dayton, Ohio.
  • St. Bonaventure is 26-7, having won 14 of its last 15 games, and led by senior guards Jaylen Adams (19.8 points per game) and Matt Mobley (18.5).
  • Gators coach Mike White said of the Bonnies, “[They’ve] got a terrific, really, really underrated backcourt — one of the best backcourts in the country. They play incredibly hard. They’ve had a great year.”

Florida baseball continues dominance of Florida State

  • The No. 2-ranked Gators stretched their win streak to an all-time best six straight games over No. 7 Florida State, winning 12-6 on Tuesday night. Overall, Florida has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the teams. Read the full story here.
  • Senior centerfielder Nick Horvath has incredibly surpassed his career total for hits in the first 17 games this season, collecting 20 hits to the 17 he had over the last two years combined. He’s been one of the great stories of this Gators team so far. Teammate Jonathan India said: “He’s unbelievable. He’s one of the best center fielders I’ve ever seen in college and maybe the minors — he’ll be amazing. He’s hitting the ball well now and I knew he had it in him.”
  • Florida (16-3) opens SEC play this week with a three-game series at South Carolina.

What they’re saying on Twitter

  • Longtime Florida athletic department official Mike Hill bid his formal goodbye as he left to become the athletic director at Charlotte:

  • Florida WR signee Jacob Copeland is never short on confidence:

  • Florida’s tribute to Tom Petty in The Swamp last fall became a Jeopardy question:

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