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Tuesday June 18, 2013 Billy D builds, Tebow almost an Angel, NCAA targeting rule, plus more tidbits

Found the video above on YouTube this morning. Enjoy as the countdown toward the season opener against Toledo continues ... 73 days, 12 hours, and counting as of this writing. Also, some links of interest for Gator fans as lunch approaches on this Tuesday afternoon:

--Gators men’s basketball coach Billy Donovan is trying to build team chemistry in a short time in his role as head coach of the USA Basketball U19 World Championships team writes Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun.

--Meanwhile, Donovan said recently suspended Gators guard Scottie Wilbekin “needs to prove that he wants to be part of the team” in this story from the Sun.

--Found this five-part series on college football’s targeting rule from Jon Solomon of the Birmingham (Ala.) News interesting.

--According to an ESPN SportsNation poll, South Carolina QB Connor Shaw, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger and Florida’s Jeff Driskel will be the three most-improved QBs in the SEC next season.

--Gators sophomore LB Antonio Morrison, projected to be one of UF’s top defensive players, is facing off-the-field trouble writes Ed Aschoff of

--The Angels nearly once drafted Tim Tebow to play baseball writes

--Former Gators catcher Mike Zunino is getting trial by fire in his first week in the majors writes Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

--If you want to keep up with how former Gators are doing in the professional ranks, UF baseball SID John Hines has created a page on GatorZone that makes it easy.

--Columnist Stu Whitney of Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader writes about former Gators standout Mike Miller and his revival as a clutch long-distance shooter. The Heat will need him in Game 6vs. Spurs.

--Former Gators forward Erik Murphy continues his path toward the NBA Draft in his latest blog entry for

--Former Gators guard Kenny Boynton, who finished his career as the program’s all-second second-leading scorer, worked out for Portland on Monday. caught up with former Gators DT Sharrif Floyd on his progress after 10 OTAs (organized team activities). Click here for the page where the VIDEO interview is with Floyd.

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