Florida CB Jalen Tabor calls lack of student-athlete pay a ‘modern form of slavery’

Florida Gators sophomore cornerback Jalen Tabor is one of the best players on his team. Over the course of his two years in Gainesville, Florida, he’s also been one of the most outspoken.

That was certainly the case Tuesday when, after learning that the Southeastern Conference earned a record $527.4 million in the 2014-15 season due to monies from the College Football Playoff and SEC Network, Tabor wrote the following on Twitter:

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Florida Gators stars LB Jarrad Davis, S Marcus Maye to return; five leave early for 2016 NFL Draft

The Florida Gators defense was expected to be depleted in a major way with a number of players looking to enter the 2016 NFL Draft early. Instead, those losses will be somewhat mitigated with junior linebacker Jarrad Davis and redshirt junior safety Marcus Maye both confirming Monday that they will return to the team for their final seasons.

“One last ride as a Florida Gator!! Honored to wear the Orange & Blue on emore time!! #GatorNation #BDN,” Davis wrote on his Twitter account.

Maye co-signed the sentiment, adding, “One more go round!!”

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Florida’s Keanu Neal joins Vernon Hargreaves III as Gators DBs leaving early for 2016 NFL Draft

Florida Gators junior safety Keanu Neal announced Wednesday that he has decided to leave school early and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

“I’ve decided to forgo my senior year, and enter the 2016 NFL draft,” Neal wrote on his Instagram account. “This was honestly the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but prayer and family support helped me a lot.. I would like to thank all the coaches, advisors, family members, and friends who have stuck by me and helped me grow as a man. It’s time to take the next step in my life and attain my dream..

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Early bowl practices give Florida Gators a glimpse into future; QB Luke Del Rio included?

The 2015 season began with promises of the Florida Gators being fixed … eventually. It was 2016 when Florida was supposed to be whole again with quarterback Will Grier entering his third year, then-new head coach Jim McElwain in his second and the coach’s first full recruiting class set to join the program.

My how things can change over four months.

Grier’s emergence came to fruition … only for the player to get suspended for a full year by the NCAA and then decide to transfer from the program. McElwain had the Gators’ offense humming under Grier as Florida rolled to a 9-1 start … only to be manhandled in back-to-back games as the offense appeared as inept as it was under Will Muschamp.

Still, the Gators exceeded expectations in 2015, which means they will only be greater for Florida and its now-veteran coach in 2016. And before UF even settled in to practice for Michigan ahead of the 2016 Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, the team was focused on what it will look like next season.

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Florida coach Jim McElwain named 2015 SEC Coach of the Year; five Gators named All-SEC

Guiding the Florida Gators to a 10-3 regular-season record in his first year with the program, head coach Jim McElwain on Tuesday was named the 2015 SEC Coach of the Year.

The three-game improvement for the Gators made Florida just one of two teams nationally to accomplish that feat in consecutive seasons (Temple). McElwain also became the first Gators coach to lead the team to 10 wins in his first season.

UF was as high as No. 8 in the College Football Playoff Rankings under McElwain just one season after not even sniffing a spot in any of the top 25 polls.

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Quick hits: No. 8 Florida Gators survive FAU Owls 20-14 in overtime; McElwain makes more history

No. 8 Florida Gators football (10-1) survived a tough test from the Florida Atlantic Owls (2-9), eventually scoring a touchdown in the first overtime to pull off a 26-20 victory at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

With the victory, Jim McElwain became the winningest first-year head coach in program history, picking up his 10th win – one more than Urban Meyer (2005), Steve Spurrier (1990), Galen Hall (1985) and Ray Graves (1960).

Here are six immediate takeaways from the Gators’ latest victory.

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Friday Final: McElwain’s personality keeps Gators motivated; defense soaring; J.C. Jackson

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 8 Florida Gators as they prepare a tune-up against the Florida Atlantic Owls at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gators (9-1) and Owls (2-8) will do battle as Florida looks to retain its standing in the College Football Playoff Rankings going into its regular season-ending showdown with Florida State next week.

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Quick hits: No. 11 Florida Gators beats South Carolina 24-14 as Jim McElwain makes history

No. 11 Florida Gators football (9-1, 7-1 SEC) was a wire-to-wire victor on Saturday, ending its Southeastern Conference schedule with a decisive 24-14 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

In leading the Gators to a 7-1 league record, head coach Jim McElwain set a new mark for SEC wins (seven) as a first-year coach at Florida. McElwain also tied four coaches for most total victories (nine) … and that’s with two regular-season and up to five total games remaining.

Here are five immediate takeaways from the Gators’ latest victory.

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