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Chomping at Bits: Florida’s Kelly Barnhill wins ESPY award for Best Female Collegiate Athlete

The Gator great earns another accolade.

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Kelly Barnhill receives ESPY award for Best Female Collegiate Athlete: The Florida sophomore added another postseason award to her trophy case last night. The Gators’ powerful pitcher previously took home the Honda Sports Award for softball and was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, among other things. Barnhill is the first player in program history to receive an ESPY award. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators; Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

Randy Shannon advised Duke Dawson to return for senior season: Four minutes with Shannon convinced the senior defensive back that staying might be the better option. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Five-star QB expected to visit Florida for Friday Night Lights: And it might not be the one you think. UF target Justin Fields is reportedly attending Alabama’s “Champions Cookout” that same day, but fellow five-star QB Matt Corral is anticipated to be in Gainesville. Four-star OL recruit William Barnes should also be at the Gators’ event. (Graham Hall, Gainesville Sun; Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Gators discuss Michigan opener: Marcell Harris notes that Florida watches Michigan film every day. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Watching the watch lists: Florida’s specialists make appearances on two more of these preseason exercises. Eddy Piñeiro was named to the Lou Groza Award watch list, while Johnny Townsend was tabbed for the Ray Guy Award one. (Katie Callahan, Florida Gators)

On Florida (and Vanderbilt’s) baseball recruiting: The Gators and Commodores are ahead of the pack. (Justin Perline, Baseball America)

15 Gators competing in summer baseball: Those Gators appear on rosters for four different collegiate summer leagues. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators)

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