Falcons without starting S Erik Harris against Jets
LONDON — (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will be without starting safety Erik Harris for Sunday's game against the New York Jets in London because of a calf injury. Falcons cornerback Avery Williams will also miss the game with a hamstring injury. Falcons quarterback Feleipe Franks, who has taken snaps in a wildcat formation, was also declared inactive. NEW YORK JETS at ATLANTAFalcons: WR Russell Gage, WR Calvin Ridley, QB Feleipe Franks, S Erik Harris, CB Avery Williams, DL John Cominsky, DL Marlon Davidson. Jets: WR Jeff Smith, RB La'Mical Perine, TE Tyler Kroft, S Marcus Maye, DL Jonathan Marshall, S Adrian Colbert, CB Isaiah Dunn.wftv.com
From burgers to ballgames, SEC fans aiming for normalcy
Southeastern Conference officials are trying to get back to normal on football game days, with stadiums filled with fans and grills being fired up outside, even in a portion of the country where the states have among the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates.
Falcons first NFL team to have 100% of players vaccinated
Titans Falcons Football Atlanta Falcons quarterback Feleipe Franks (15) runs the ball out of the pocket against the Tennessee Titans during the second half of a preseason NFL football game, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (Brynn Anderson)FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have become the first NFL team to have all of its players complete COVID-19 vaccinations. The Falcons opened training camp with more than 90% of their players vaccinated, and they confirmed Monday they reached 100%. The NFL announced the Falcons were the first team to reach 100%. ___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Franks-to-Yeboah TD seals National's 27-24 Senior Bowl win
American Team quarterback Kellen Mond of Texas A&M (12) has his throw tipped by National Team offensive lineman Osa Odighizuwa of UCLA (92) during the first half of the NCAA Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)MOBILE, Ala. – Texas A&M's Kellen Mond was the Senior Bowl Most Valuable Player but two fellow Southeastern Conference Western Division products made the decisive big play. Fitzpatrick had six catches for 90 yards in the showcase game for senior and graduate NFL prospects, earning offensive player of the game honors. Obviously, kind of shaky at the beginning but it definitely shows a lot of poise to be able to bounce back.”North Carolina running back Michael Carter also had a big game. Jamie Newman completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Trevon Grimes with 49 seconds left for the American team after Franks and Yeboah made it a two-score game.
Heisman front-runner? Trask, No. 6 Florida thump Hogs 63-35
Arkansas acting head coach Barry Odom, center, watches a stadium video monitor after Florida scored a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Heisman front-runner? Trask, No. 6 Florida thump Hogs 63-35
Trask repeatedly torched the Razorbacks (3-4), who were without coach Sam Pittman and without much of a chance by halftime. It was the second time this season Trask tossed six TDs in a game. “I think I did a great job of executing and being efficient,” said Trask, who now has an SEC-record 28 TD passes and just three interceptions in six games. He became the third player in school history with at least 25 touchdown passes in multiple years, joining Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow and Danny Wuerffel. Florida: The Gators have the offense to beat anyone and the defense to keep everyone in games.
Florida vs. Arkansas: How to watch, stream, listen
6 Florida Gators will host the Arkansas Razorbacks at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Gators quarterback Kyle Trask was named Southeastern Conference Player of the week and kicker Evan McPherson was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. McPherson made a field goal from 51 yards, 50 yards, and 34 yards. Former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks is now the starter for Arkansas, the Razorback will make his return to Gainesville on Saturday. Florida kept Trask as the starter and Franks transferred to Arkansas.
Trask, Florida upend Georgia 44-28 in 'Cocktail Party'
His Florida teammates took it to another level, running and leaping into the stands. Trask had another four-touchdown night, becoming the first quarterback in Southeastern Conference history to accomplish the feat in five consecutive games, and the eighth-ranked Gators beat No. Trask and the Gators took advantage, burning Georgia repeatedly with wheel routes while overcoming a 14-0 deficit. If they’re going bracket and take away and double people, he’s going to go to who you’re not doubling or covering.”Once Trask and Florida got going, the Bulldogs did little to stop them. Florida notched a signature win for Mullen, but likely can't afford a slip-up down the stretch to remain in play for a CFP spot.
Arkansas snaps 20-game SEC skid, 21-14 vs. Mississippi St.
Costello three times as the Razorbacks broke a 20-game SEC losing streak by upsetting No. 16 Mississippi State 21-14 on Saturday night. The Razorbacks allowed plenty of yards but made Mississippi State settle for small chunks. Mississippi State: The loud voices of praise Leach will be quiet this week. Mississippi State will head to Kentucky.
Editorial: College players should share in the wealth
Only in the backward world of college sports would anyone need to worry about bringing an injured young man food. Last week Californias Fair Pay to Play Act was signed into law, permitting college athletes there to make money from endorsement deals and sign agents starting in 2023. Two bills have been filed in the Florida House that would allow college athletes to land endorsement deals one from a Republican, the other from a Democrat. The system would likely only result in a handful of players being paid, while creating a new arms race in recruiting. College athletes are an injury away from not being able to play and no amount of chicken-noodle soup is enough to make up for it.dailycommercial.com
MONDAY HUDDLE: Are Jaguars now 'America's Team?'
Jaguars a hot team to follow nationallyForgot the New England Patriots or Dallas Cowboys. The NFLs most interesting team to follow at the moment from a national perspective just might be the Jacksonville Jaguars. 15 is already the best-selling Jaguars jersey since the season began across the Fanatics network, which includes NFLShop.com and the Jaguars' online store, according to ESPN. With winnable games coming up against Denver and Carolina, the Jaguars also could be a team on the rise in the standings. For the first time since November 2016, the Central Florida Knights will take the practice field this week following a regular-season loss.
MONDAY HUDDLE: What's next for Gators after Franks injury?
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Whats next for Gators after Franks injury? Franks was carted off of the field with a dislocated ankle, which likely is a season-ending injury. While Franks health off of the field is the most important thing, the Gators do need to forge ahead on the field. Backup quarterback Kyle Trask took over and helped the Gators rally for a 29-21 win after they trailed 21-10 when Franks was hurt. Big night for Oviedo running backIt was a record-setting night on Friday for Keonte Coffie, a senior running back for Oviedo High School.
No. 9 Florida rallies past Kentucky 29-21 in SEC opener
Ahmad Wagner #14 of the Kentucky Wildcats reaches to catch a touchdown pass against the Florida Gators. 9 Florida with three fourth-quarter touchdown drives, including his go-ahead, 4-yard scoring run with 4:11 remaining that lifted the Gators to a 29-21 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night. Stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the Kentucky 38, Franks appeared to bend backward on the play. Trask entered and led Florida (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) on a 62-yard drive, ending with Lamical Perine's 8-yard TD run to get the Gators within 21-16. Sawyer Smith accounted for all three Kentucky touchdowns with scoring passes of 26 and 13 yards sandwiched around his 2-yard run.
No. 11 Florida loses Toney, Henderson in win over UT Martin
Sherrod Pittman #12 of the Tennessee Martin Skyhawks attempts to tackle Lamical Perine #2 of the Florida Gators during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. 11 Florida might have lost its top two players in a 45-0 victory over lower-division Tennessee-Martin on Saturday night. Florida barely missed either of them against the Skyhawks (1-1), who fell to 0-10 against SEC teams and failed to cover the 44 1/2-point spread. Without them, Florida still manhandled overmatched UT Martin. Florida led 38-0 early in the fourth - and had emptied its bench - when quarterback John Bachus scampered for 48 yards and gave UT Martin its best scoring opportunity.
Mount Dora's Heggie rules the pool as Gators bond
Heggie, a former Mount Dora standout, is the undisputed king of the pool. But we lose a few pounds in the pool every night.The roommates Bleich and Heggie are not the only offensive linemen on the wrestling card. He doesnt lose.Well, unless hes going against the clear-cut No. Fighting, tussling or arm wrestling, hes going to find a way.Heggie is tough in the pool, but not unbeatable. We get close to guys, especially the offensive linemen up front.dailycommercial.com
Season opener against Miami has Florida players focused
You have to prepare like the season is right around the corner because it really is. We dont have time for errors because we start the season off with a big-time ball game, Hammond said. This almost feels like a must-win game for the Gators if theyre going to have the kind of season theyre anticipating. Whoever wins that game ends up really kicking off the season on the right note with a big win in a big game with a lot of national exposure. Its the fact theyre opening the season against Miami at a neutral site and the college football world will be watching.dailycommercial.com