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Opposing Softball Pitchers. If you’ve taken a look at the scores of the softball games in the past couple weeks, you’ll notice a common trend. 9-0. 10-0. 17-4. 8-0. 17-1. The hit parade has certainly been in session for the Gators on the softball diamond. Florida heads into their final home series on a 10-game winning streak, outscoring opponents by the score of 82-16. They’ll look to continue to power display this weekend against Missouri, starting Friday at 6:00 pm.
VH3, the Leader. He’s only a freshman, but Vernon Hargreaves III was arguably the best defensive back in college football last season. Coming off of a Freshman All-America campaign, Hargreaves will be looked at to be a leader for a secondary that lost Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy to the NFL, Cody Riggs to transfer, and Jeremy Brown and Jaylen Watkins to graduation. He’s the son of a coach and he’ll have his hands full with five new freshman DB’s lead. (Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun)
Gators in the Draft. ESPN definitely is not in love with some of Florida’s best draft picks. After beginning the season as possible first round picks, Dominique Easley, Marcus Roberson, and Loucheiz Purifoy have fallen to a projected third or fourth pick, according to ESPN’s Draft Guru Mel Kiper Jr. Easley’s coming off a torn ACL, and Roberson and Purifoy had disappointing 40 times that has caused their stock to plummet. (Antoya English, Tampa Bay Times)
Will Hill in Trouble. Former Florida safety Will Hill has been in and out of trouble throughout his three-year NFL career. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for using Adderall and for the first four games of the 2013 season for using marijuana. Now he faces a possible yearlong suspension for his third failed drug test, according to reports. (Tom Canavan, AP)
Baseball’s John Sternagel Finding Success. Gators third baseman John Sternagel played shortstop in high school, a position currently filled by Richie Martin. But Sternagel’s found success at third, hitting .346 in SEC play. He’s gotten a chance and has made the most of it. (David Jones, Florida Today)
Four Earn SEC Honors. Women’s tennis had four players racking up SEC honors. Alexandra Cercone, Olivia Janowicz, and Brianna Morgan all received First Team All-SEC Honors. Sofie Oyen was named Second Team All-SEC. Florida led the way with four selections. (GatorZone)