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Gators Lose LB Jenkins To The NFL

mrsec-breaking-newsFlorida had the nation’s fifth-best defense in 2012.  But come 2013, only four starters look to be returning.

Oft-injured Gator linebacker Jelani Jenkins has announced that he will leave Gainesville for the NFL as a junior this offseason.  He joins fellow juniors Matt Elam,  Sharrif Floyd and Jordan Reed as early departees from Florida.

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SEC Headlines – 9/12/11 Part Two

1.  Against Tyler Bray and Tennessee, Will Muschamp says Florida needs to “get pressure with four guys rushing… that’s the best pass defense in America.”

2.  The return of defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd could help on the pass rush front.

3.  A lot of folks will be pulling for Floyd to do well considering his background and his recent, controversial NCAA suspension.

4.  Mark Richt believes Georgia will still be in the middle of the SEC East race.

5.  Some outside linebackers will likely be moving inside at UGA.

6.  Kentucky players don’t want to blow a four-game winning streak over Louisville on Saturday.

7.  Neither the Cats nor the Cards are looking too good to date.

8.  South Carolina may be 2-0 and ranked #11 in the country, but Steve Spurrier says his Gamecocks are struggling.

9.  Carolina has completed just 21 passes as a team through two games.

10.  Tennessee still needs more consistency out of its run game as it heads to Gainesville this week.

11.  The Vols went 0-for-6 against Urban Meyer, but this writer says UT and UF are more evenly matched these days.

12.  Turnovers have fueled Vanderbilt’s 2-0 start.

13.  Saturday’s 24-21 win over UConn marked the Commodores’ first come-from-behind win in two seasons.

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Muschamp Not Happy With Floyd Suspension

Florida sophomore defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is going to have to sit out one more game and repay approximately $2,700 to charity before hitting the field for the Gators this season.  So ruled the NCAA yesterday.

UF coach Will Muschamp was furious with the NCAA’s decision and let the governing body have it via press release:

“I’m angered, disgusted and extremely disappointed that Sharrif will have to miss two games. …

I want to make it clear that this issue is not about sports agents, Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida or anywhere else.  The issue is about his survival and the only reason the NCAA, the SEC and the University of Florida were aware of these issues is because Sharrif brought them to our attention last February.  He came forward because, as I said before, he is honest and because of his integrity.

The toughest day that I have had as a head football coach at Florida was the day that I had to tell Sharrif that he could not play in our game vs. FAU last week.  I took away part of his family.

He had teams in his eyes and said, ‘What have I done wrong?’  I told him he did nothing wrong.  It wasn’t any easier to tell him today that he would be missing Saturday’s game.

I have two sons at home — if they end up like Sharrif I will consider myself a successful father.”


In his first few months on the job, Muschamp has shown that he will a) dismiss a player for repeatedly violating team rules and b) defend a player who he believes to be innocent.  As a result, Florida’s football coach comes across as quite fair.  His predecessor could almost always be counted on to deliver a defense of his players (as Muschamp has with Floyd), but his discipline for players like Janoris Jenkins left something to be desired.  (Even the thrice-arrested Jenkins has said he would still be on UF’s team if Urban Meyer were still the coach.)

Our view: When it comes to running a football program with discipline and caring for his troops, Muschamp is an upgrade.  Now, will that lead to a pair of national titles?  The jury’s clearly still out. 

But UF fans should like the way their fiery new coach is handling his team off the field.

For the record, Floyd’s suspension stems from the fact that he received more than $2,500 in cash over several months (that he used for living and transportation expenses) as well as additional improper benefits prior to enrolling at Florida. 

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SEC Headlines – 9/6/11 Part One

1.  Florida’s football team has a blue-collar attitude (even though they broke out orange jerseys on Saturday.)

2.  The Gators now have a better idea of who’ll be playing on the O-line and in the secondary.

3.  The NCAA will hear the eligibility case of Florida D-lineman Sharrif Floyd today.

4.  Mark Richt is looking for help in replacing injured linebacker Alec Ogletree.  (The freshman and walk-on he used against Boise State just weren’t up to the test… and Marcus Lattimore’s up next.)

5.  Tailback Isaiah Crowell had an OK game in his debut.

6.  Steve Spurrier says he may vote Boise State #1 “after watching them beat Georgia.”

7.  Kentucky’s Joker Phillips had some rough words for his receiving corps: “It was embarrassing watching them.”

8.  While UK’s offense struggled, Winston Guy and the Cat defense looked pretty good last week.

9.  Central Michigan has a history of giving Kentucky close games.

10.  South Carolina’s coaching staff is still confident in struggling cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

11.  Derek Dooley admits that Tennessee’s offensive line was “whipped” at the line of scrimmage by FCS-level Montana.

12.  Wide receiver Justin Hunter has made “monumental” progress.

13.  Cincinnati’s offense will be a test for UT’s defense.

14.  Vanderbilt’s players know UConn will be a big upgrade over Elon.

15.  Grading on a curve, Larry Smith’s passing stats looked pretty good to James Franklin.

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SEC Headlines 9/4/2011 Part Three

South Carolina 56 –  East Carolina 37

1. Gamecocks rally from 17-0 deficit.

2. Connor Shaw out – Stephen Garcia in.  Result? 49 points in a 28-minute span.

3. Spurrier vetoes suggestion to give Garcia a game ball but the senior QB will start against Georgia.

4. 16 tackles for defensive tackle Antonio Allen.

Tennessee 42 – Montana 16

5. Tyler Bray throws for 293 yards but only 129 rushing yards on 45 attempts.

6. John Adams: “Passing was a breeze. Running was a source of frustration.”

7. Derek Dooley: “I thought we were much improved defensively.”

Vanderbilt 45 – Elon 14

8. Commodores win in James Franklin’s debut.

9. Went for it three times on fourth down.

Florida 41 – Florida Atlanta 3

10.   The Will Muschamp era begins with a win.

11. 468 yards of offense for the Gators.

12. Trey Burton injured, Sharrif Floyd declared ineligible.

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