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Florida's veterans worked out separately for the first few days of bowl practice, giving the underclassmen the opportunity to identify new leaders and impress the coaches.

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Florida underclassmen looking to the future: The seniors, and juniors who have declared for the NFL Draft, spent the first few days of bowl practice working out separately from the rest of the team. This gave the Gators the opportunity to identify new leaders and give younger players valuable reps in practice. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)

Luke Del Rio, starting quarterback for the 2016 Florida Gators?: Del Rio should factor heavily into the 2016 quarterback competition. Jim McElwain offered Del Rio when he was the head coach at Colorado State but Del Rio opted to walk on at Alabama instead, where Doug Nussmeier was serving as the offensive coordinator. Del Rio later transferred to Oregon State, where he served as the backup quarterback for the Beavers under offensive coordinator John Garrett, who is now a quality control coach at Florida. McElwain praises Del Rio's performance in practice and it has been reported that he impressed in spring and summer workouts. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC CountryThomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)

Gators look to finish season on high note with bowl win: After dropping their regular season finale to Florida State, and the SEC Championship Game to Alabama, Florida wants to end this year, and go into the next one, on a positive note. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida women's basketball wins 11th straight: The Gators moved to 11-1 with their 79-72 win over North Carolina State in the final game of the 2015 Gator Holiday Classic on Monday. For the third time this season the Gators forced 30 turnovers. They also had a season high 17 steals and made over 20 free throws in a game for the fifth time this season. This is only the sixth time in the history of the program that the Gators have won 11 of their first 12 games. The Gators' eleven game winning streak is the fourth longest in program history. (Florida GatorsEthan Bauer, Independent Florida Alligator)

Chris Chiozza and Kasey Hill sharing the court: After a dismal performance against Miami, Hill suggested to head coach Mike White that Chiozza get the start in the next game. Hill and Chiozza have developed chemistry playing together and improved Florida's defense. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Forbes ranks the Gators #15 on "most valuable" college football teams list: Forbes listed the team value at $72 million, with $75 million in 2014 revenue and $37 million in profit. (Zach Dennis, Palm Beach Post)

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