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01/11/19 - (OLB) - Jon Greenard, rJr, 6-3, 263
Former Louisville linebacker Jonathan Greenard has enrolled at Florida as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play in 2019. The 6-foot-4, 263-pounder from Hiram, Georgia, missed most of last season because of a wrist injury sustained in the opener. He led the Cardinals with 15 1/2 tackles for loss in 2017, including a team-high seven sacks, and was named a team captain last year. Greenard played for current Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham as a redshirt freshman in 2016. Greenard could help the Gators offset the loss of linebacker Vosean Joseph and maybe pass-rushers Jachai Polite and CeCe Jefferson. Joseph and Polite left school early to enter the NFL draft. Jefferson was a senior. Joseph led Florida with 93 tackles, including four sacks, in 2018. Polite tied a school record with six forced fumbles and finished with 11 sacks, two shy of Alex Brown's school record set in 1999. - AP College Football

01/02/19 - (OLB) - *Vosean Joseph, Jr, 6-0, 226
Florida linebacker Vosean Joseph has decided to leave school early and enter the NFL draft. The junior announced his decision via social media Wednesday, saying "my Mom and Dad have always told me to go after my dreams." He adds that he's developed "as a player but even more so as a person" during his three years at Florida. Joseph led the Gators (10-3) with 93 tackles this season, including a goal-line stop on fourth down against Michigan in the Peach Bowl. Nine of his tackles were for a loss, including four sacks. He also had four pass breakups. He was at his best against LSU in early October, finishing with 14 tackles and two sacks. Joseph is the fourth Florida player to turn pro in recent weeks. Defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson declared for the draft in late November. Offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor and defensive end Jachai Polite did the same following the Peach Bowl. Running backs Lamical Perine and Jordan Scarlett are still weighing their options. - AP College Football

01/02/19 - (OLB) - *Jachai Polite, Jr, 6-2, 242
Florida defensive end Jachai Polite has decided to leave school early and enter the NFL draft. The junior announced his decision via social media Monday, saying "I can't wait to prove to NFL teams that I can be and will be the best defensive lineman in the NFL." Polite tied a school record for forced fumbles in a single season when he recorded his sixth against Michigan in the Peach Bowl on Saturday. He also finished with 11 sacks this season, falling two shy of Alex Brown's school record set in 1999. Polite says "the lessons I have learned in Gainesville will carry with me to the next level, with my goal always being the same ... #RetireMoms!" Polite is the third Florida player to turn pro in recent weeks. Defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson declared for the draft in late November and offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor did the same after the Peach Bowl. Linebacker Vosean Joseph and running back Jordan Scarlett could follow. - AP College Football

01/02/19 - (OT) - *Jawaan Taylor, Jr, 6-5, 328
Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor is forgoing his final year of college eligibility and entering the NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound junior announced his decision via social media Saturday night after the Gators beat Michigan 41-15 in the Peach Bowl. Taylor also signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus. Taylor was a three-year starter at Florida, part of an offensive line that played better as the 2018 season progressed. The Gators (10-3) allowed 18 sacks, including a season-high three against the Wolverines. Taylor is the second Florida player to decide to turn pro. Defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson declared for the draft in late November but still played in the Peach Bowl and was named the game's defensive MVP. Defensive end Jachai Polite, linebacker Vosean Joseph and running back Jordan Scarlett are others considering leaving school early for the NFL. - AP College Football

11/27/18 - (OLB) - *Jachai Polite, Jr, 6-2, 242
NOV 26 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JACHAI POLITE, FLORIDA, Junior, Defensive End, Daytona Beach, FL/Mainland,...Jachai Polite recorded six tackles (4 solo), including 3.5 for losses and 2.5 quarterback sacks as Florida defeated Florida State, 41-14. Polite added one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry as the Gators improved to 9-3. Notes: Jachai Polite is the ninth Florida player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the second this season, joining defensive teammate Vosean Joseph (LB, Oct. 7). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

11/17/18 - (QB) - Feleipe Franks, rSo, 6-5, 240
Feleipe Franks passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns all in the first half and No. 15 Florida ran up 600 total yards to rout overmatched Idaho 63-10 on Saturday Florida (8-3) rolled to a 49-0 lead at halftime. Gators defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown on the first play to start the onslaught. Four touchdown drives took less than two minutes and the longest of the seven first-half scoring drives came in 2:24. Franks completed 19 of 27 passes and led the Gators to a 42-0 lead before he was lifted with 5:22 left in the second quarter. His effort was in sharp contrast from his last two outings, both at home, when he drew boos for inconsistent play.

"It doesn't really matter to me what people think about how I played," the redshirt sophomore said. "That's what I have coaches for. So you know, that's the only thing that matters to me, what they think. I don't think it was trying to bounce back, or I don't think it was none of that. I think it was just keeping your head down and keep on moving.trying to be the best you can be each and every day. That's what I'm going to continue to do not only in football but throughout life." Freshman Emory Jones, in just his third game this season, played all but two minutes the rest of the game. His first college TD pass was an 8-yarder to Josh Hammond to close the scoring in the first half. Jones finished 12-of-16 for 125 yards and two scores. - AP College Football

11/12/18 - (OT) - Martez Ivey, Sr, 6-5, 310
NOV 12 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Martez Ivey, OL, Florida,...Ivey graded out at a team-high 91 percent and had three knockdown blocks. He was part of an offensive line that allowed the Gators to produce 367 yards of rushing offense on 62 carries and averaged 5.9 yards per rush...Florida logged its sixth game of 200-plus rushing yards and tied the record for the most such games in a season since 2009 and for the second time since the start of the 2015 season, Florida had four-plus rushing touchdowns in a game...The Gators also reached their highest single-season team rushing yardage total since 2004, with 2,031. - SEC Football

11/10/18 - (QB) - Feleipe Franks, rSo, 6-5, 240
Feleipe Franks placed his index finger across his lips after both touchdown runs, sending a message to a home crowd that booed him earlier. After the second one, there was nothing Franks could have done to silence the Florida faithful. Franks accounted for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with a little more than four minutes remaining, and the 19th-ranked Gators rallied to beat South Carolina 35-31 Saturday and end a two-game losing streak. "I'm a super emotional player," Franks said. "That what makes it a two-way street. Lots of people are going to like me and lots of people aren't going to like me. Maybe that's something I shouldn't have did. But at the same time, I'm an emotional player. I want to win as much as anybody in the world. I'm an emotional guy. That's the way I play my game. I do apologize for that." Franks dived across the goal line on fourth down from inside the 1-yard line to put the Gators (7-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference, No. 15 CFP) ahead for the first time all day and for good. - AP College Football

11/08/18 - (QB) - Kyle Trask, rSo, 6-4, 234
The father of Florida quarterback Kyle Trask says his son is out for the season because of a broken foot. Michael Trask posted on Facebook that Kyle fractured a foot practicing a trick play Wednesday. The 19th-ranked Gators (6-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) declined comment when asked about Trask's injury. Coach Dan Mullen had been deciding between Feleipe Franks and Trask to start against South Carolina on Saturday, but it now appears Franks will be the choice. Mullen has made it clear he wants to redshirt highly touted freshman Emory Jones. Franks was benched last week in a 38-17 loss to Missouri. He completed 9 of 22 passes for 84 yards. Trask replaced Franks in the third quarter and completed 10 of 18 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (OLB) - *Jachai Polite, Jr, 6-2, 242
DL Jachai Polite hasn't decided whether he will come back for his senior season, but the 6-foot-2, 242-pound Daytona Beach native has certainly improved his stock during a breakout junior season. Polite's seven sacks is the most for a Gator player through the first nine games of the season since Dante Fowler had 8.5 sacks through nine games in 2014, and Polite's four forced fumbles are tied for the FBS lead among defensive linemen.

11/05/18 - (FS) - *Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Jr, 6-0, 208
DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was active on defense against Missouri with seven tackles, including two for loss and one sack. Gardner-Johnson has been one of UF's top defensive performers this season with 60 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception.

10/15/18 - (K) - Evan McPherson, Fr, 5-11, 177
OCT 15 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Evan McPherson, K, Florida,...McPherson has made 11 of his first 12 collegiate field goal attempts, knocking in 21-, 25-, and 43-yarders today...He is also perfect on point after attempts (25-25)...Also handling kickoff responsibilities, McPherson sent four of his seven kickoffs into the end zone for a touchback...He totaled 433 yards on kickoffs and averaged 61.9 yards per kickoff. Three were returned for 51 yards. - SEC Football

10/14/18 - (RB) - *Jordan Scarlett, rJr, 5-10, 210
Dan Mullen prefers not to talk about what prompted his 14th-ranked Florida Gators and the Vanderbilt Commodores to spill off the sidelines. Derek Mason says a Florida player said something to the Vanderbilt coach. In the end, the Gators' big comeback overshadowed the near brawl in which both head coaches yelled at each other. Jordan Scarlett ran 48 yards for the go-ahead touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and No. 14 Florida rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Vanderbilt 37-27 on Saturday to match the largest road comeback in school history.

The Gators (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a 26-game skid when trailing by 18 or more points. They scored 24 straight after Vanderbilt jumped out to a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter, their first comeback win since Sept. 27, 2003, at Kentucky. "Mistakes happen in football," Scarlett said. "It's how you fight through adversity and how you respond, and I think we responded really well." The finish was nearly overshadowed by an incident in the second quarter on a Florida punt return with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey on hand to watch. - AP College Football

10/08/18 - (OLB) - *Vosean Joseph, Jr, 6-0, 226
OCT 8 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida...Vosean Joseph posted the first multi-sack game of his career in Florida's win over LSU and he did it in the first 20-plus minutes of the game. He entered the game with three tackles for loss this season and had three in the first 20-plus minutes of Saturday's win. He also posted career highs in tackles (14) and tackles for loss (3.5). He also led the Gators in both categories against LSU...Through six games, Joseph is the Florida's leading tackler with 42, including 6.5 for losses. He has also recorded three sacks, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery, which he returned for 20 yards. - SEC Football

10/08/18 - (OLB) - *Vosean Joseph, Jr, 6-0, 226
OCT 8 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: VOSEAN JOSEPH, FLORIDA, Junior, Linebacker, Miami, FL/Norland...Vosean Joseph recorded 14 tackles, including 3.5 for losses, and two quarterback sacks as 22nd-ranked Florida defeated #5 LSU, 27-19. With the victory, the Gators improved to 5-1, 4-1 in the SEC. Notes: Vosean Joseph is the eighth Florida player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since linebacker Antonio Morrison (Oct. 4, 2015). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

10/06/18 - (RB) - Lamical Perine, Jr, 5-11, 227
Lamical Perine scored twice on short runs, including one after a trick play in the fourth quarter, and No. 22 Florida beat fifth-ranked LSU 27-19 Saturday in another nail-biter in the series. Brad Stewart's 25-yard interception return for a touchdown - the first pick Joe Burrow has thrown this season - essentially sealed the victory for the Gators (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference). Florida scored all its points after 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow became the sixth player to be inducted into the school's ring of honor. With Tebow watching much of the game from the sideline, Florida looked a little like a championship contender. Perine grinded out tough yards, Florida's defense was as good as it's been all season and the difference was another perfect play call by coach Dan Mullen. - AP College Football

10/03/18 - (OT) - Martez Ivey, Sr, 6-5, 310
LT Martez Ivey will face a challenge this week holding off LSU 6-foot-3,301-pound junior DE Rashard Lawrence, who has 17 career sacks and three tackles for loss this season. Plenty of scouts will be on hand to see how the 6-foot-5, 306-pound Ivey performs against a future NFL defensive lineman.

10/03/18 - (OLB) - *Jachai Polite, Jr, 6-2, 242
DL Jachai Polite continued his breakout season with two sacks against Mississippi State. For the season, Polite has 18 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

10/01/18 - (OLB) - *Jachai Polite, Jr, 6-2, 242
OCT 1 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jachai Polite, DL, Florida...The Gators have recorded at least five sacks for the second time in their last three games. Polite, who entered the season with two career sacks, recorded his first multi-sack game of his career and boasts a team-high four sacks this year...He also added three tackles and a pass breakup. He was part of a defensive line that sacked Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald six times and held the Bulldogs to 202 total offensive yards. - SEC Football

10/01/18 - (K) - Evan McPherson, Fr, 5-11, 177
OCT 1 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Evan McPherson, PK, Florida...McPherson has made 8 of his first 9 collegiate field goal attempts, adding a 39-yarder and 21-yarder against Mississippi State...He also handled all kickoff responsibilities with four kickoffs for 250 yards. He recorded one touchback and averaged 62.5 yards per kick. - SEC Football

09/25/18 - (RB) - Dameon Pierce, Fr, 5-10, 216
SEPT 24 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida...True freshman Dameon Pierce scored for the second straight game. His 47-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Gators against Tennessee. Pierce rushed for 63 yards on seven carries...Through four games, Pierce is the Gators' leading rusher with 228 yards on 21 attempts and averages 10.7 yards per run. - SEC Football

09/25/18 - (DE) - Jabari Zuniga, rJr, 6-3, 257
SEPT 17 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jabari Zuniga, DL, Florida...Zuniga was a force to be reckoned with on the Gators defensive line against Colorado State. The junior started his third straight game at defensive end and produced a career-high 2.5 sacks for a loss of 25 yards. He also recorded five tackles and a quarterback hurry...He was part of a defensive line that sacked Colorado State's KJ Carta-Samuels five times throughout the game and recorded five sacks for the first time since the 2017 season opener against Michigan. - SEC Football

09/24/18 - (DE) - Cece Jefferson, Sr, 6-1, 252
DL Cece Jefferson made an impact in his second game back from a disciplinary suspension, forcing a safety in the first half of the Tennessee game by tackling Tennessee RB Tim Jordan in the end zone. It was the second career safety for Jefferson. The 6-foot-1, 251-pound senior finished the game with three tackles, 1.5 for loss.

09/24/18 - (ILB) - David Reese, Jr, 6-0, 248
LB David Reese made an immediate impact in his first game of the season against Tennessee with a team-high 11 tackles and a fumble recovery that set up Florida's first TD. The 6-foot-1, 248-pound junior had sat out UF's first three games while recovering from an ankle injury suffered during training camp in August.

09/24/18 - (QB) - Feleipe Franks, rSo, 6-5, 240
QB Feleipe Franks is continuing to make progress in his second season as a starter and his first season in Dan Mullen's offense. Against Tennessee, Franks completed 9-of-18 passes for 172 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, while adding 11 yards rushing and his first career rushing TD. Franks has posted a TD-to-interception ratio of 12-to-2 through the first four games of the season after posting a 9-to-8 ratio last season.

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