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Antoinette "Bree" Bannister will be suiting up as a Gator for the first time on Friday!

Wednesday November 6, 2013Which of the 3 Gators in the video is most nervous/excited for Friday's season opener?

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Antoinette "Bree" Bannister will be suiting up as a Gator for the first time on Friday!

GatorVision Online caught up with a trio of Gators before practice to find out how preseason preparations are going for the 2013-14 season that gets underway Fri., Nov. 8 at 5:15 p.m. against Bethune-Cookman.


Sophomores Antoinette Bannister (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Carlie Needles (Woodlands Ranch, Col.) and freshman Ronni Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla.) talk about their excitement of getting the season started.


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Season-Opener a Homecoming Affair:

The Gators play host to Bethune-Cookman on Fri., Nov. 8 at 5:15 p.m. in the O’Connell Center. It’s the second game of a Gator Basketball double-header, with the men’s team facing North Florida at 3 p.m.


Those events help kick-off the school’s annual football homecoming activities, with the Homecoming Parade starting at noon along University Avenue.


The O’Connell Center parking lot will open at 1 p.m. following the parade to fans attending the basketball games. Full details about parking on Friday are available on (


Gator Growl, the largest student-run pep rally in the nation, begins at 7 p.m. inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, with featured performances by The Fray, Sister Hazel and New Directions Veterans Choir.


On Saturday, the Gator football team plays host to Vanderbilt at 12 Noon.


The women’s hoops team will encourage Gator fans to keep their Orange & Blue spirit high and attend its game on Sunday against North Florida at 2 p.m. to cap an event-filled weekend.




Missed Any Recent Videos?


Nov. 4: It’s GAME WEEK! What is Coach Butler expecting from her Gators?


Nov. 1: Practice Update with head coach Amanda Butler


Nov. 1: Practice update with Carlie Needles and Cassie Peoples


Oct. 31: Season Preview

Oct. 28: Practice Update with Assistant Coach David Lowery


Oct. 23: Practice Update with Antoinette Bannister, Kayla Lewis and Ronni Williams


Oct. 21: Coach Butler assesses preseason practice, sharing her thoughts about strengths, weaknesses and more!


Oct. 17: VIDEO Coach Butler interviewed men’s senior Patric Young and women’s senior Jaterra Bonds about their SEC Media Day experience (yes, you read that right):


Oct. 14: 2 minutes with Carlie Needles & Ronni Williams – and Carlie likes to do WHAT in her spare time?


Oct. 9: Coach Amanda Butler previews the Gators at their annual Media Day


Oct. 8: Language lessons and geographic differences with January Miller and Viktorija Dimaite


Oct. 3: Cookin’ with Christin Mercer and Kayla Lewis


Oct. 1: Coach Butler and January Miller – Opening Practice Recap


Sept. 30: 2 Minutes with sophomore transfers Antoinette Bannister and Cassie Peoples


Sept. 27: Seniors Jaterra Bonds and Lily Svete reminisce about a few of their most memorable preseason conditioning sessions





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