Eleven Gator Bites for Monday, July 25th

From time to time, OGGOA will come across a plethora of news and notes that we wish to share with our readers – too much to fit into one of our truncated BITS segments. In these instances, we present a special post: Gator Bites. Enjoy.

» With the NFL lockout now in the books, the Florida Gators four selections in the 2011 NFL Draft will be reporting to work for the first time on Thursday. Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (first round, No. 15), Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert (second round, No. 63), Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Ahmad Black (fifth round, No. 151 and Washington Redskins guard Maurice Hurt (seventh round, No. 217 are all on teams who will be eligible to workout immediately.

» While that foursome is ready and raring to go, Florida also has a number of undrafted free agents hoping to be picked up by teams looking to supplement their roster. Among those available are defensive linemen Terron Sanders and Justin Trattou, running back Emmanuel Moody and wide receiver Carl Moore. OGGOA will update you if and when these players are picked up by teams.

» The WNBA held its 2011 All-Star game over the weekend and also announced its Top 15 Players of All Time at the event. Though she was nominated and up for selection to the list, former Gators forward DeLisha Milton-Jones was not picked by fans for the honor. The six-time champion (two Olympic gold medals, two WNBA titles, two Euroleague titles) is currently averaging 12.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 26.6 minutes per game with the Los Angeles Sparks.

There are 11 more Gator Bites including updates on Calathes, UF-FSU, Beal, Alvarez, Wambach, LeCount, ultimate Frisbee and Bostic…after the break!
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Florida brings home “ultimate” national title

While the Florida Gators’ baseball, softball, track & field and tennis teams have been competing for the opportunity to play for their sports’ respective National Championships recently, one lesser-known University of Florida team took home their own on Monday.

UF’s ultimate Frisbee squad, competing for the 2010 USA Ultimate College Championship over the weekend, captured the event’s title Monday with a 15-12 defeat of Carleton College, their sixth victory in seven games.

In addition to their accomplishments on the field, the team’s captain, fifth-year senior Brodie Smith, finished as runner-up for the Callahan Award, given to the nation’s most valuable ultimate player. He compiled a team-high 10 assists on Monday afternoon, catapulting the team to their second National Championship (2006).

A unique piece written by Tom Green and published Tuesday morning by The Independent Florida Alligator notes that Florida is “one of the sport’s most hated teams” in the club sport and was said to not “have the best reputation in the ultimate community” by one of the announcers calling the match.

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