Florida baseball still relishing the glory of winning a national championship
Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with beat writer Jordan McPherson. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Wednesday.
Baseball team returns with the national title
Less than 24 hours after walking off the field at TD Ameritrade Park as College World Series champions, the Florida baseball team returned to McKethan Stadium for a post-championship celebration with its fans. A photo gallery of the event can be seen here.
More on the Florida baseball front
- The Gators are savoring their first national title, writes Mike Malloy of the Orlando Sentinel.
- By winning the College World Series, the Gators are now in an elite group of six teams that have won football, men’s basketball and baseball national championships.
- O’Sullivan employed a clever motivational tactic that helped Florida use LSU’s massive crowd to its advantage on Tuesday.
Tim Tebow homers in St. Lucie Mets debut
Former Florida Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and now New York Mets minor-league baseball player Tim Tebow had a successful debut with the advanced Single-A St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday. Tebow hit a home run to center field in the second game of a doubleheader to kick-start his contribution to a new team. His performance — a 3-for-5 day at the plate with 2 RBI and a walk over the two games — drew the attention of an National League scout, according to the New York Post.
Gators in the NFL
- Colts.com writer Kevin Bowen reports that the Indianapolis Colts coaching staff is high on Quincy Wilson and believes he will get first-team reps in training camp.
- Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is among the top NFL players with lingering injury questions heading into the 2017 season. His brother, Maurkice, meanwhile, is pulling two-a-day workouts on his downtime for the Steelers.
Awards and honors
- The Florida volleyball team is the preseason favorite to win the SEC and has two players on the preseason All-SEC team, according to a poll by league coaches.
- The Gators had 68 total players land on the SEC first-year academic honor roll.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Former pitcher Logan Shore:
— Logan Shore (@LoganShore) June 28, 2017
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 28, 2017
Punter Johnny Townsend:
— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) June 28, 2017
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