Quick Hits: Florida Gators embarrassed by Michigan 41-7 in Citrus Bowl rout

No. 19 Florida Gators (10-4) football played terribly for its fifth consecutive game as the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines ran wild on Friday to pull off a dominant 41-7 victory in the 2016 Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Since routing Georgia on Halloween, Florida has averaged 15.4 points per game, scoring just 24 in its last three contests combined. It’s hardly the end to the seemingly magical season that head coach Jim McElwain and Gators fans envisioned.

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Florida Gators star C Neal Walk, 67, has died

Florida Gators center Neal Walk, the highest-drafted player in the basketball program’s history, passed away Sunday night at the age of 67, according to AZ Central Sports.

Walk, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft out of Florida, was a senior captain for the Gators under Tommy Barlett and led the basketball program to its first postseason appearance, the 1969 NIT.

At the time of his departure from Florida, after being named the team’s first All-American, the lefty was the programs all-time leading scorer. To this day, he is the Gators’ rebounding leader (1,181) and holds team records for most rebounds in a game (31), average points per game (20.8) and rebounds per game (15.3) for a career.

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Philadelphia Eagles release Gators QB Tim Tebow, DB Jaylen Watkins, other Florida cuts

Despite trading Matt Barkley and seemingly having a spot open for a third quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday released former Florida Gators signal caller Tim Tebow, according to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.

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4 BITS: Florida Gators to honor Ray Graves with helmet decal, Bill Carr as Mr. Two Bits

1 » The Florida Gators announced Tuesday that Ray Graves, a former head football coach and athletic director at the school who passed away in April at the age of 96, will be honored with a decal on the team’s helmets this season. The decal reads “RG: The Bull Gator,” referring to Graves’s nickname while he was coach of the Gators from 1960-69; he led Florida to a 70-3-4 (38-19-3 SEC) record with a 4-1 mark in bowl games and four top-20 national finishes. UF was Graves’s only head coaching job. He led Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier and a future NFL Defensive Player of the Year, defensive end Jack Youngblood, while with the Gators. Graves was also Florida’s coach during the invention of Gatorade, and he remained UF’s athletic director until 1979 after serving in the role for 19 years.

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Report: Florida Gators to add former NFL QB Charlie Frye in undetermined role

Updated at 9 p.m.

Back in March, OnlyGators.com provided an in-depth look at some of the first steps head coach Jim McElwain took to build and enhance the infrastructure of Florida Gators football. Specifically, McElwain created a top-notch support staff for the program, though he cautioned that there were still a handful of spots that would be available to add additional talent: “We’re not filled up yet,” he said.

It now appears as if one of those open slots has been taken. According to The Gainesville Sun’s Zach Abolverdi, who cited an anonymous source, six-year NFL veteran quarterback Charlie Frye will join the Gators this fall.

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Vernon Hargreaves III primed to lead Florida Gators: ‘I’m the best corner in college football’

Vernon Hargreaves III may be the Florida Gators‘ best player. He may be the best player in the Southeastern Conference, too.

He knows he’s the best player at his position.

“I’m the best corner in college football – without a doubt,” he told Paul Finebaum on Monday evening.

What is often overlooked about Hargreaves is not his ability on the field but rather the maturity and leadership of the All-American cornerback, who has played and acted like a veteran since the day he stepped foot on campus two seasons ago.

New Florida head coach Jim McElwain was effusive in his praise of Hargreaves during the 2015 Southeastern Conference Media Days on Monday for those reasons and more.

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Florida Gators Michael Frazier II, Chris Walker not selected in 2015 NBA Draft

The Florida Gators, after a tough 2014-15 season that was one of the worst in program history under former head coach Billy Donovan, did not have either of its two eligible underclassmen selected on Thursday in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Neither junior guard Michael Frazier II nor sophomore forward/center Chris Walker heard his name called in Brooklyn.

Frazier was considered a potential second-round selection and should be a top target among undrafted free agents, while Walker was never projected to be drafted.

It is the second straight year that the Gators did not have a player picked in the two-round event, continuing the end of a three-year streak of seeing at least one Florida player get drafted from 2011-13.

A total of 35 former Gators have been selected in the history of the event. UF has only had one first-round pick (Bradley Beal, No. 3 overall, 2012) in the last seven drafts after seeing five go in the first 30 picks during a four-year span from 2005-08.

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Evaluating Florida Gators G Michael Frazier II, F/C Chris Walker ahead of 2015 NBA Draft

A pair of Florida Gators basketball players will be sticking close to their televisions on Thursday as they hope to hear their names called during the two-round 2015 NBA Draft, which will emanate live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn beginning at 7 p.m.

Whether either guard Michael Frazier II or forward/center Chris Walker actually get drafted is another story altogether.

While a total of 35 former Gators have been selected in the history of the event, Florida has only had one first-round pick (Bradley Beal, No. 3 overall, 2012) in the last six drafts after having five in a four-year span from 2005-08.

In fact, 2014 marked the first time since 2010 that UF did not have a player picked in the two-round draft, snapping a three-year streak.

Depending which analyst one speaks with, that drought could continue either continue for the Gators or end abruptly with Frazier and Walker both potentially being second-round selections on Thursday.

OnlyGators.com sat down with Ryan Blake, the NBA’s director of scouting, to get his evaluations of Frazier and Walker ahead of Thursday night’s event.

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