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October 15, 2013
In order to make sure Florida Gators-related news stories don't fall through the cracks, once or twice a week Orange & Blue News will keep you up-to-date with the latest goings on in the world of University of Florida athletics.
Gators put together an impressive weekend of NFL action as a whole with Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper and St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins standing out from the pack. Cooper registered a career-high 120 yards and a touchdown for Philadelphia as the Eagles pulled off a 31-20 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jenkins was all over the box score with a handful of tackles, a sack, a pass defense and an interception as the Rams creamed the Houston Texans 38-13.
A silver lining for linebacker Jon Bostic came following a devastating injury for the Chicago Bears, who lost D.J. Williams for the season after he tore his pectoral muscle during Thursday's game. Bostic replaced him in the middle of the defense and is expected to start for the remainder of the season. "He got in, got his nose in it and found out that some of the stuff that we see in practice and the preseason is a little bit different on the field," said Bears veteran LB Lance Briggs. "But Bostic's gonna be big next week." Bostic showed out in a big way during the preseason but has seen limited action over the first six weeks of the regular season. It will be interesting to see how he progresses going forward.
The hammer was thrown down on Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a hit Elam levied that looks to have knocked out wide receiver Randall Cobb for the next 6-8 weeks. Elam tackled Cobb low on Sunday, hitting his right knee with his helmet and sending him to the ground in serious pain. Though it appeared as if Elam simply made a quick reaction to the play, Rodgers criticized him for the hit because, from his vantage point, Elam "had plenty of time to not take out a guy's legs in that situation." He continued: "I think he could have hit him in the proper hitting zone and that's what I told him." Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh defended his player, as expected. "I think Matt made a tackle," he said. "He was scrambling to try to catch up with that route as best as he could. To say that it could have been artistically palatable is pretty hard for me to understand."
On an island is how exiled quarterback Tim Tebow has undoubtedly felt for the last few weeks, if not the last few years. As it turns out, that's exactly where he is right now. Paparazzi photographs printed on multiple gossip websites on Monday showed Tebow donning neon yellow board shorts on a Hawaiian beach alongside members of his family including his father Bob Tebow and sister Katie Tebow. As it turns out, TMZ actually asked Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan about Tebow last week, and he dismissed the question with a simple statement: "We need a lot of good players, OK?"
Released Friday after undergoing triple bypass surgery, former Florida baseball coach Andy Lopez is now home and resting, according to the Associated Press. Lopez, 59, will be allowed by doctors to return to coaching at Arizona where he has been since 2002. He led the Wildcats to the 2012 national title. UF fired Lopez following the 2001 campaign after he failed to advance the Gators past the NCAA Regional round in three-straight seasons.
Seemingly injury-prone these days, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah returned to practice on Monday after being bothered for nearly two weeks with a strained groin. Noah has been dealing with foot issues - including plantar fasciitis - for the last two seasons including the vast majority of the 2012-13 campaign. He played through the pain as much as he could last year but hopes to be fully healthy as the Bulls make a run at the Miami Heat for top dog in the Eastern Conference. With Derrick Rose finally back on the court, Chicago may have a legitimate shot, especially if Noah can stay in tip-top shape.