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Chomping at Bits: Florida softball falls to Florida State

The Gators dropped the first of two regular season meetings with the ‘Noles.

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Gator softball drops decision to Florida State: Florida fell 4-1 in Tallahassee in the first of two showdowns with the ‘Noles this season. The second game between the two is scheduled for April 25 in Gainesville. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson’s new role: The junior is making the move from safety to nickel - known as “star” in Todd Grantham’s defense. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

On Vernell Brown’s mentoring position: The former Florida player is the new director of student-athlete development. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Florida men’s basketball in wait-and-see mode with regards to Jalen Hudson: Florida’s leading scorer is exploring his NBA Draft options, but the Gators wouldn’t have a scholarship to offer a potential replacement until such time as Hudson leaves. Of course, Florida would be happy to have him stay as well. (Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun; Thomas Goldkamp, 247Sports)

Armon Gates’ recruiting connections: Florida men’s basketball’s new hire played prep ball at a school which regularly produces top talent. He also has extensive Chicago area connections. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Florida QB commit Jalon Jones should rise in rankings: The Gators’ latest pledge should eventually earn a fourth star. If he does, perhaps that will make some stargazers feel better? (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

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