Another weekend is nearly upon us and only one more stands between Gators fans and the start of the 2021 college football season. But the gridiron guys are not the only athletics program returning to action in the coming days as evidenced by the recent schedule releases from various sports. In fact, the soccer team has already kicked things off for this fall. Here is a look at the latest news from the Gator Nation.
https://twitter.com/GatorsSoccer/status/1428538362684743687 The soccer team dropped its preseason exhibition match with the No. 20 South Florida Bulls in Tampa last night by a final score of 2-1. Florida held the lead going into halftime but could not fend off the Bulls' attack. The squad opens its regular season with a three-game homestand starting on Sunday against the Texas Longhorns. The game is scheduled to start at noon EDT and can be watched on the SEC Network+ and heard on ESPN 98.1 FM 850 AM.
The men's tennis team released its 2021-22 schedule on Friday morning, which includes 17 matches against opponents who were ranked in the top 60 of the final ITA rankings last season. The season begins with the Gator Fall Invite on Sept. 10-12 in Gainesville.
https://twitter.com/GatorsWTN/status/1428709861496430601 The women's tennis team also revealed its schedule this morning, which features a challenging mix of fall tournaments and exciting spring dual matches. The squad will start the season on the road at the UNC Invitational in Chapel Hill from Sept. 24-26.
Around the Swamp
Pair of Florida players crack Todd McShay's top 50 for the 2022 NFL draft: Certainly, a lot can change between now and the draft in April.
Gators defensive back named to CBS Sports Preseason All-America Team: Elam, the nephew of former star Gators safety Matt Elam, has impressed in his first two seasons on campus.
Gators QB on Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List: After three years in the reserve role, Jones is getting the starting nod in 2021.
Confidence is key for OL coach John Hevesy when developing players: Hevesy’s general expectations for offensive linemen is that they should be on campus for four-five years and contribute as a starter for at least two of them.
It's great to be a Florida Gator!