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Chomping at Bits: No. 1 seed Florida softball hoping for third NCAA championship

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No. 1 seed Gators preparing for run at third consecutive NCAA championship: The NCAA Tournament begins on Friday with Florida hosting the Gainesville Regional. The top-seeded Gators begin tournament play on Friday against Alabama State. Two-time defending champion Florida will try to join UCLA as the only school to win three consecutive titles. Florida is one of 11 SEC teams in the bracket. (Graham Hays, ESPNUSA Today)

Florida adding size to backcourt: The recent addition of Virginia Tech transfer Jalen Hudson continues a trend under Mike White of targeting bigger guards. Three of White's commitments/signings are guards over 6-foot-3. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

UF men's golf team tied for lead after first round of NCAA Regionals: The No. 3 seed Gators are currently tied at the top of the standings with No. 12 seed Idaho. Florida will be back on the course this morning. The five teams at the top of the leaderboard after Wednesday's round will advance to the NCAA Championships. (Ray Boone,The Independent Florida AlligatorEmily Padgett, Florida Gators)

Profile of Florida quarterback Kyle Trask: Trask served as the backup quarterback at his Texas high school. His high school coach acknowledges that Trask is a true pro-style quarterback and that Manvel High School's system was a wide-open spread with zone reads and quarterback runs. The Mavericks' starting quarterback, D'Eriq King, a Houston commit, was one of the fastest track athletes in the state. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

"One day they'll do a 30 for 30 on Kyle Trask and talk about what a dumb butt his high school coach was for not starting him. I'll be the guy that cut Michael Jordan. I can own that. But I'm telling you, that's how good this kid can be." - Kirk Martin, Manvel High School coach

Florida signee Joseph Putu's journey from Africa to Gainesville: Putu was born in West Africa and grew up playing soccer. His first experience with football was watching family friend and former Gator Jelani Jenkins play. (Nick de la Torre, Gator Country)

Athlon Sports ranks Gators No. 21: Their college football magazine has the Gators at No. 21 in their preseason rankings, making them the third-highest-ranked SEC East team (behind, you guessed it, Georgia and Tennessee) and the sixth-highest-ranked SEC team. Regional editions  will feature Jarrad Davis on the cover. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247 SportsMatt Baker, Tampa Bay Times)

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