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Chomping at Bits: Florida walk-on Austin Perry has deep connection to Emmitt Smith

A very cool story of how a Florida player’s life has been shaped by a legend — and a good man.

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Florida walk-on Austin Perry is Emmitt Smith’s godson: And there is much, much more to his story. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Former Florida equipment worker has leukemia: Please give to help Kane Ivers-Osthus, if you can. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators | GoFundMe)

Recruiting mailbag: Sure doesn’t sound like Florida’s done on the offensive line, from this. (Andrew Spivey, Gator Country)

Feleipe Franks still has much to prove: In case you were of the opinion that he’s a finished product and Heisman contender right now, I guess. (Chris O’Brien, The Independent Florida Alligator)

The Streak is a “living thing”: Uh, sure? This has to be at least a 20th time writing a version of this column for Dooley, to be fair. (Pat Dooley, The Gainesville Sun)

A programming note: I meant to publish a Win Shares Wednesday post and a Theater of Operations post for Charleston Southern on Wednesday; I also ended up being dog-tired all day and needing sleep desperately. With luck, I’ll get both of those out today; it’s possible you’ll see the latter tomorrow.

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