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Sunday July 6, 2014 Gators equipment staff gets ready, Whitson's pro debut, Dupay update, more tidbits

Updated: 10:41am, July 6

David Sharpe

Freshman offensive lineman David Sharpe unpacks in his new dorm room. (Photo: Tim Casey)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Hope everyone is enjoying the July 4th weekend.

Not a lot happening in the Gators sports world right now, but we know that will change soon.

SEC Football Media Days is scheduled next week in Hoover, Ala. Florida coach Will Muschamp and players will make their appearance on Monday. The latest newcomers to the Florida football program attended orientation last week and moved into their dorms (photo above).

For now, here are some links of interest to Florida fans:

--The Gators open fall camp Aug. 3, but Gators equipment manager Jeff McGrew is already in camp mode writes David Jones of Florida Today.

--Gators QB Jeff Driskel is ready to prove he can lead Gators to success writes Edgar Thompson of The Orlando Sentinel.

--Former Gators starter Karsten Whitson made his first professional start on Friday night for the Lowell (Mass.) Spinners.

--Seattle Times baseball columnist Larry Stone writes how the Mariners -- former Gators catcher Mike Zunino (.216, 12 HR, 33 RBI) has helped the cause -- are in a rare position at midseason: playoff contention.

--Former Gators sharpshooter Teddy Dupay is on comeback trail as a coach writes Kevin Brockway of The Gainesville Sun.

--The Gators and Hurricanes announced a home-and-home men's basketball series last week; a little more info on Miami's team via The Miami Herald.

--Former Gators C Patric Young will start his pro career with the New Orleans Pelicans summer-league team with other well-known names writes Nakia Hogan of The Times-Picayune.

--Former Gators QB Jacoby Brissett is positioned at N.C. State's starter and ready to return to field via The Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun.

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