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Monday Night Gator Links

● UF right-fielder Brian Leclerc was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week today by the league office, following storng performances against Florida State on Wednesday and Kentucky over the weekend.

After struggling mightily to start the season, Leclerc has really turned around his campaign at the plate with a strong showing over the last 30 games.  Over the span he has raised his average from .043 to .342.

● Coach Meyer has hired a new Director of Football Operations for the University of Florida, filling the position with Troy Starr.

Starr spent 14 of the last 15 years as head coach and physical education teacher at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., building the Toreadors into one of the most successful teams in Los Angeles.

Starr's role with the national champion Gators will include overseeing recruiting and assisting with other daily administrative duties.

● In non-Gators news, but still relevant IMO, Kerwin Bell's Jacksonville University Dolphins put on an offensive showcase in their Spring game on Saturday; In a lopsided 42-0 win for the Green squad over the White, fans were treated to three touchdown passes to go along with touchdown runs of 71 and 61 yards.
"This is a real fun offense to play in," (WR) Tribble said. "We knew when [Bell] was hired that we'd be throwing the ball a lot. There's been a lot of stuff to learn, but we've come a long way."

In the second half, Bell went deep into his playbook, calling for several rollouts and even a halfback pass. The result was 433 yards of total offense for the Green team.

"If we can get protection, we can really throw it around," Bell said. "I think we're really learning [the offense]. We've put a lot on the quarterbacks, and they've been able to react very positively."

Go Gators!