4 BITS: SEC Media Day, Driskel, softball, Tebow

1 » The Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday that Florida Gators redshirt junior quarterback Jeff Driskel, defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III will join head coach Will Muschamp as the school’s contingent at the 2014 SEC Media Days next week in Hoover, Alabama. Florida is one of just two SEC teams not bringing a senior on the trip, a departure from the past when the Gators tried to ensure all three spots were taken by players in their last year of eligibility. The event is scheduled from July 14-17 with Florida set to be the third contingent to go through the process behind league commissioner Mike Slive and Auburn. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier will entertain on Tuesday, LSU’s Les Miles will follow suit on Wednesday and Alabama’s Nick Saban will kick things off on Thursday.

2 » Speaking of Driskel, UF’s school website announced that he will be working as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy from July 10-13. It is the second-straight year Driskel will be attending the event in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and he will represent the Gators as one of 40 college signal callers working as counselors. He also participated once as a camper during high school. “The few chances I did get to speak with [the Mannings at previous camps], it was really good experiences,” Driskel said. “They are down-to-earth people and I’m just fortunate enough they invited me back for another year. I’m really looking forward to going.” Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has a long history with former Ole Miss QB Eli Manning after working as his position coach, so Driskel will likely have another topic to discuss with the Mannings over the weekend.


3 » A pair of former Gators softball players inked big coaching jobs on Wednesday. Catcher/third baseman Kristen Butler, the 2006 SEC Player of the Year, was hired as head coach at Toledo after spending a handful of seasons as an assistant at three different stops including Florida. Center fielder Michelle Moultrie, the 2012 SEC Player of the Year agreed to become an assistant coach at Samford after spending three seasons playing for the USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Moultrie also had an outstanding career with the U.S. Women’s National Team but did not have an opportunity to play in the Olympics as the sport was removed after 2008.

4 » Back in April, a photo of former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow made the rounds on Twitter as he pretended to use an ax near one of the characters from Duck Dynasty. It slipped through the cracks here on OnlyGators.com, but you can check it out now.


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