FOUR BITS: Villegas, Cooper, White, Jenkins

By Adam Silverstein
August 18, 2014

1 » Former Florida Gators golfer Camilo Villegas captured his fourth career PGA Tour title over the weekend when he won the 2014 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, and took home a winning share of $954,000. Villegas, who had not won an event since finishing first at the 2010 Honda Classic four years ago, edged Bill Hass and Freddie Jackson by a single stroke with a -17 on the tournament. He opened and closed the event by shooting 63 on Thursday and Sunday. Villegas jumped up to 37th in the new FedExCup standings, moving up 68 spots from No. 105. He is the second former Gators golfer to win on tour this year as Matt Every picked up a victory in the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational back on March 23. Every is currently ranked 35th in the FedExCup.

2 » Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has missed two preseason games and weeks of practice with an undisclosed ankle injury, but he returned to the field on Sunday and is hopeful that the worst is now behind him. “It felt good, it felt good,” he told about his return to practice. “It felt good to get back out there running around stuff. My ankle felt great. I kind of missed on a couple balls, but all in all, it was a good day.” Cooper expects to play in Philadelphia’s third preseason game and knock some of the rust off as he looks take another step after completing his best year as a professional when he accumulated 835 yards and eight touchdowns on 47 receptions in 2013.

3 » Despite not accepting or issuing the challenge as part of the video, Florida running backs coach Brian White took an impressive swan dive into the team’s cold tank over the weekend supposedly responding to an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A couple players followed suit though none of their attempts were nearly as impressive as White’s belly flop.

Also, here’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Louis Murphy challenging Golden State Warriors center Marreese Speights.

4 » Miami Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins has looked solid in two preseason games with his team. Entering his second year in the league, Jenkins is more confident than ever and believes he will increase his playing time significantly. Though he did not make it on the field much early in his rookie season, Jenkins was counted on late in the campaign as a coverage linebacker and hopes to now stay on the field longer in games. “A lot of the same defense is back, so I’m able to play a little bit faster and not think as much as my first training camp,” he told the team’s radio show. “[I’m] just comfortable being out there, allowing myself to play with the guys for a second year in a row makes us have better chemistry. It’s a lot easier than it was last year.”

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