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Chomping at Bits: Florida catcher Mike Rivera returning to lineup for Kentucky

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The Gators are getting another piece of their offense back.

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Mike Rivera returns for Gators: Junior catcher Mike Rivera will return to the lineup for Florida as the team’s designated hitter for this weekend’s three-game series with Kentucky. Rivera has missed the last 19 games after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand in April against Florida State. Kevin O’Sullivan stated that JJ Schwarz and Mark Kolozsvary will continue rotating at catcher for the series. O’Sullivan called Rivera one of the “hottest hitters” in the Gators’ lineup prior to his injury. (Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

NFL teams make moves with former Gators: The New Orleans Saints cut Ahmad Fulwood, who was signed as an undrafted free agent, the Dallas Cowboys signed Austin Appleby, and the Indianapolis Colts officially signed Quincy Wilson. Chris Thompson also signed with the Houston Texans, as did former Gator and former Rams cornerback Marcus Roberson. (Gainesville Sun)

Laird Veatch named Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs: Scott Stricklin announced Veatch’s hiring yesterday. Veatch will replace Chip Howard, who is leaving Florida to become the COO of Tailgate Guys. Veatch spent the past seven years at his alma mater, Kansas State, last serving as Deputy Athletics Director. (Will Pantages, Florida Gators) Florida also published a separate piece with more on Veatch’s background. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Jim McElwain addresses quarterback situation: Florida’s head coach had more comments about his signal callers as he continues his speaking tour. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Don’t count out Luke Del Rio in QB competition: So I guess writers are going to be doing this. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

UF men’s golf finishes in tie for third after second round at NCAA Regional: The Gators continue competition with round three today. Florida needs a top-five finish to advance to the national championship tournament. (Turner F. Street, Florida Gators; Gainesville Sun)

Nick Washington, Gator hunter: The Florida safety is a “country boy from Jacksonville,” according to center T.J. McCoy, and helps out his friend’s father, who is licensed to catch alligators that have wandered onto properties in the Jacksonville area. (Edward Aschoff, ESPN)

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