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Chomping at Bits: Florida’s Rayshad Jackson enters transfer portal

Florida apparently losing veteran depth at linebacker may not be a bad thing.

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Florida linebacker Rayshad Jackson exploring transfer: Broken, naturally, by transfer portal hawk Matt Zenitz, the news of Jackson transferring can be cast as a blow to the depth of the Gators’ linebacker corps, given that Jackson was third among Florida LBs in tackles in 2018 ... but it can also be looked at as a sign that Florida’s got better linebackers on its depth chart and expects it can get serviceable backup work from its 2019 recruiting class this fall. I’d lean more toward the latter, as I can’t recall any one play he ever made — and don’t recall what compelled me to send this tweet, the only one I ever sent about his play. (This tweet is also funny in retrospect.)

Florida, Tennessee ready for Super Regional showdown: The Vols won a series against the Gators in Gainesville before its third game earlier this spring. Don’t expect a repeat of that. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Gators’ Sierra Brooks takes second at NCAA Championships, women fall short of match play: Though she entered Monday’s final round with the lead, Brooks carded one of the wildest even-par rounds I’ve ever seen on a card — seven birdies, three bogeys, two doubles — and ended up second to Arkansas’s Maria Fassi, still the best finish for a Gator since Page Dunlap’s individual title as part of back-to-back national titles for the Gators in 1986. Florida’s team also fell four strokes shy of making the eight-team cut for match play, leaving a lineup that should return in its entirety in 2019-20 with the final level of play to chase. (Lucy Berres, Florida Gators)

Florida’s Sam Riffice on NCAA Championships run: The Gators freshman — and SEC Freshman of the Year — is in the men’s singles quarterfinals, and rallied for a three-set win over No. 2 seed J.J. Wolf of Ohio State (and probably a band, given his name) on Wednesday. (Corinne Simpson, Florida Gators)

Florida men’s hoops drops non-conference schedule: We knew almost all of these games, with the smaller names (Towson, Marshall) being the new reveals. And opponents for two announced games remain unknown, while the field at the Charleston Classic has also yet to be bracketed. (Denver Parler, Florida Gators)