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Florida looking for players to step up

As the Florida Gators prepare to host Texas A&M on Saturday, third-year coach Jim McElwain is looking to a slew of players to step up this weekend. At receiver, 4-star sophomores Freddie Swain and Josh Hammond will need to carry the load with Tyrie Cleveland and Kadarius Toney both listed as doubtful for the game. The Gators’ young safeties will need to fill the void created by Nick Washington’s absence because of a shoulder injury. And fifth-year senior defensive end Jordan Sherit will look to once again lead a veteran defensive line.

Sound Off

In the latest edition of our weekly Sound Off we discuss how, for the time being, Florida’s goal of repeating as SEC East champions is still possible.

Question of the Day

Why isn’t Florida utilizing its tight ends more in the passing game? We discuss that in our question of the day.

In other Florida football news Florida softball well-represented at Team USA tryouts

Two current Gators softball players and five alumnae of the program accepted invitations to attend the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp in Clearwater, Fla., from Jan. 1-5. Those selected to the women’s national team’s roster will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s Women’s World Championship, the World Cup of Softball XIII and select invitational events.

Big soccer showdown

The No. 10 Gators soccer team plays host to No. 16 Florida State at 6 p.m. Thursday. A live stream of the match can be viewed on SEC

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