Florida Gators making final preparations for SEC Media Days
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 over the weekend:
Warning: SEC Media Days are coming
Actually, they’re already here. The four-day conference event begins Monday afternoon in Hoover, Ala., with Florida set to speak first on Tuesday. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know to get ready:
- Florida’s annual media guide has been released along with the Gators’ preseason roster. The covers of all 14 media guides can be seen here.
- Five Florida storylines to follow as SEC Media Days get underway.
- Paul Finebaum picks Florida to win the SEC East. You probably already know who he selected to win the West.
You can also find our SEC Country premedia day poll here, in which our 20 team reporters in attendance cast their ballots for division and conference champions, player of the year, coach of the year and game of the year.
More Florida football news
- Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio calls out NCAA amateurism on Twitter after seeing UF’s large revenue earnings.
- Running back Jordan Scarlett takes a shot at LSU over the 2017 homecoming matchup.
- ESPN.com’s Edward Aschoff listed Florida wide receiver Dre Massey as one of 10 key SEC players looking to bounce back from injury.
Gators in the MLB
- Former Gators pitcher A.J. Puk — now at the Double-A affiliate for the Oakland A’s — earned the save in the MLB All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.
- The MLB draft signing deadline passed on Friday. Six Florida players and three Gators commitments for the 2018 season signed professional contracts.
Gators on Team USA
- Volleyball: Team USA swept its three matches in the FIVB World Grand Prix. Former Florida opposite hitter Kelly Murphy played a vital role in the offense’s production.
- Softball: Team USA finished second to Japan in the eight-team World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. Five Florida players — rising junior pitcher Kelly Barnhill and alumnae pitcher Delanie Gourley, infielder Kelsey Stewart, catcher Aubree Munro and outfielder Michelle Moultrie — played roles in the USA’s success.
Gators in the NFL
- The Oakland Raiders cut linebacker Neiron Ball.
- Offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey held the “Pouncey Twins Back to School Bash,” a school-supply drive, at the Police Athletic League Office in Lakeland on Sunday.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Linebacker David Reese:
⏳Can't wait!! pic.twitter.com/Bov89SAooC
— REESE3⃣3⃣ (@Dreese_33) July 9, 2017
Athlete Kadarius Toney:
Time will tell 1️⃣7️⃣✌🏽 pic.twitter.com/kEiGSV8Fu6
— C2N® (@kadariustoney) July 9, 2017
Defensive lineman Antonneous Clayton:
— Kid Speedy👟💨⚡️ (@antonneousc) July 8, 2017
Women’s basketball forward Haley Lorenzen:
— Haley Lorenzen (@Haley44Lorenzen) July 9, 2017
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