Gators back in action as they prep for home opener vs. Tennessee
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The Swamp will be in action this weekend
After the home opener against Northern Colorado was canceled, Florida football will finally have a home game this weekend. The SEC announced Tuesday that the Gators’ SEC opener against Tennessee will be played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday as originally planned.
As explained by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey:
“The University of Florida has been diligent in assessing the impact of Hurricane Irma on the Gainesville community and has made a thoughtful decision in moving forward with the game. We appreciate the communication, coordination and cooperation among the many agencies and groups necessary to produce a game in a safe environment. Our prayers remain with the people of Florida as well as Texas as they recover from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.”
This means its back to business for the Gators after spending the bulk of last week preparing for Hurricane Irma. The focus now is on football and shifting the direction of a season that got off to a slow start with a loss to Michigan.
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Inside the numbers
Our “Inside the numbers” column continued Tuesday with a closer look at Florida’s matchup with Tennessee, as well as the Gators’ history in SEC openers.
In other Florida football news
- ESPN’s Mel Kiper said the Gators had “no excuse for looking inept” against Michigan.
- Our latest recruiting notebook includes wide receiver Anthony Schwartz scheduling a visit to Florida and quarterback Matt Corral appearing on the NFL Network.
- After a tumultuous two weeks, Jim McElwain must rally the troops.
- Baseball: The Gators hauled in the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, according to Baseball America.
- Volleyball: Florida dropped one spot to No. 3 in the latest AVCA poll.
- Soccer: The Gators jumped two spots to No. 7 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Defensive lineman Kyree Campbell:
Stop calling me a football player. I'm a student-athlete. Football is what I play it does not define who I am or who I will become 💯💯💯
— Kyree Campbell (@CampbellKyree13) September 13, 2017
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) September 13, 2017
Wide receiver Brandon Powell:
Blessed to see 22!😎 ya boy getting old!!
— Brandon Powell (@_Powellbp4) September 12, 2017
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