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Chomping at Bits: Alex Anzalone returns to practice for the Gators

Anzalone should play in Monday’s Outback Bowl.

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Alex Anzalone returns to practice: Jim McElwain plans to provide more injury updates on Friday. Anzalone should be able to play. Jarrad Davis, David Reese, Jeawon Taylor and Justus Reed participated in non-contract drills during practice. McElwain stated that it was too early to update the statuses of Bryan Cox, Nick Washington, Duke Dawson, Antonneous Clayton, and Martez Ivey; all of whom were previously listed as out or doubtful for the Outback Bowl. There had been a report that Eddy Pineiro was ill, and had been hospitalized, but McElwain stated that he was present with the team and practicing. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Evan Abramson, Orlando Sentinel; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Florida football press conference links: The Gators are in Tampa preparing for the Outback Bowl.

Game preview - Florida vs. Arkansas: The Gators open SEC conference play tonight on the road against the Razorbacks. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Florida women’s basketball wins big in home opener: Both Gator basketball teams put on a show in their first game in the new O’Dome. Last night, the Florida women’s basketball team put up 102 points in their defeat of Southern Louisiana. (Florida Gators; Jim Harvin, Gainesville Sun)

Ronni Williams hits career-high point mark: Williams was honored prior to the game for reaching 1,000 career points. Then against Southern La., Williams finished with a career-high 34 points - the most by a Florida player since Vanessa Hayden had 36 in a game 15 years ago - with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two steals and no turnovers. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Iowa’s approach to the Outback Bowl: The Hawkeyes have lost their last four bowl games, and hope to end that streak against the Gators. (Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun)

Kirk Ferentz on Austin Appleby: Ferentz notes that Appleby played pretty well against the Hawkeyes last year and that he was not enthusiastic about seeing him again. Iowa won last year’s game against Purdue, 40-20. Appleby was 23-of-40 for 259 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions in that contest. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Gators having fun, but understand the importance of bowl game: I personally am in favor of letting the players have fun. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Jon Gruden speaks to Gators: Gruden, who lives in Tampa, stopped by Jesuit High School yesterday to speak to the Gators at practice. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

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