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Chomping at Bits: Florida punter Johnny Townsend snubbed by Ray Guy Award

The Gators’ gifted specialist was left off the list of award semifinalists announced yesterday.

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Florida punter Johnny Townsend snubbed by Ray Guy Award: Townsend is second in the nation in punting, and was first just two weeks ago. He was not among the ten semifinalists announced for the award for college football’s top punter yesterday. Four of those semifinalists average at least four fewer yards per punt than Townsend, with two having punting averages outside of the top-50 nationally, and two not having enough punts to qualify for those rankings. A representative from the Sports Council, which gives out the award, said the committee considers many statistics, including percentage of punts returned and opponent return yardage. (The Gators are 107th nationally in punt return defense.) (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Gators win big, but Mike White still emphasizing defense: Florida limited the Ospreys in the first half, but allowed them to hit 50 percent from the floor in the second half. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

North Florida head coach calls Florida “a Final Four team”: UNF coach Matthew Driscoll had high praise for the Gators after they defeated the Ospreys. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Florida vs. UAB breakdown: In case you are still interested in this football season, the Gators play the Blazers on Saturday. (David Wunderlich, Gator Country)

UF women’s basketball hosting FSU: The Gators tip off with the No. 17 Seminoles at 7:00 p.m. (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida Gators)

Gator soccer advances past opening match: No. 16 Florida gets to host the second and third round of the NCAA tournament. The Gators will face South Florida today at 6:00 p.m. (Gainesville Sun)

Florida QB commit Matt Corral’s father discusses his son’s recruitment: The elder Corral notes that his son would need to meet Florida’s new coach and feel comfortable with him before finalizing his decision. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

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