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Tuesday May 13, 2014 Gators 23rd in Athlon's preseason mag, Young at NBA combine, Purifoy, Roberson, Jeroloman updates

Updated: 11:04am, May 13

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The weather has started to heat up, so you know what that means: time for those college football preseason magazines to start showing up on newsstands at the local grocery.

Athlon Sports is one of the most established in the business and has the Gators ranked No. 23 in its preseason poll.

Athlon football magazine

Here is more from Athlon Sports and other media outlets on the Gators:

--Athlon has Florida in its preseason Top 25 despite the Gators’ 4-8 record in 2013.

--Surprise, surprise. OK, not really. The SEC tops conferences with 49 NFL draft picks.

--Former Gators cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy lands with the Colts after going undrafted writes Stephen Holder of IndyStar.com.

--Another former Gators CB undrafted, Marcus Roberson, landed with the Rams writes KMOV.com.

--Gators center Patric Young is one of 60 players officially invited to NBA combine in Chicago this week.

--Former Gators catcher Brian Jeroloman, who I wrote about shortly after a scary collision at the plate last season, is back on the field writes James Wagner of The Washington Post.

--Former Gators lefty Brian Johnson was featured over the weekend in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald. He pitches in Boston’s organization for the Portland Sea Dogs.

--ICYMI, looks like former Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy had a good spring at Boston College writes Zac Ellis of SI.com.

--Former Gators OL Matt Patchan signed a free-agent deal with the Bucs. Here is a draft preview on Patchan from TampaBay.com.

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