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SEC Hoops Roundup 12/8/2013

gfx-hoops-round-up1. Tennessee 84 – Tennessee Tech 63 Vols open second half with 22-1 run.  Fourth consecutive double-double for Jarnell Stokes – 19 points and 13 rebounds. Video Highlights

2. Missouri 8o – UCLA 71.  Down by 8 at half, Tigers rally to remain undefeated.  63 points for trio of Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross. Video Highlights

3. Arkansas 74 – Clemson 68. Razorbacks hold off late Clemson rally as Arkansas makes only two field goals in last ten minutes of the game. Team-high 17 points for Michael Qualls. Video Highlights

4. USF 66 – Alabama 64. Crimson Tide remain winless on the road.  Retin Obashohan led Alabama with 20 points.

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USF Trying To Land A Pair Of Ex-Gators

Two transferring Florida footballers may simply move from Gainesville to Tampa.  Wide receiver Chris Dunkley and running back Mike Blakely are both reportedly being pursued by nearby South Florida.

The St. Petersburg Times reports that USF is waiting for Dunkley’s transcript from UF to begin the enrollment process.  Meanwhile, Blakely — who was an early enrollee with the Gators in January — is also being chased by Bulls’ coach Skip Holtz.

Will Muschamp nixed Blakely from transferring to Florida State, Miami or an SEC school, but he has reportedly given clearance to a USF-Blakely marriage.

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Ex-Gator Dunkley Leaning To USF

Last week, Will Muschamp said that he would place no restrictions on ex-Gator receiver Chris Dunkley as he planned his transfer from Gainesville.  We wondered if UF’s coach would change his mind and apply restrictions should Dunkley start flirting with a rival SEC school.

He’s not.

Dunkley — once a top receiver prospect from Pahokee High in South Florida — is now leaning toward South Florida according to his former high school coach.  “I think USF is the top one on his list,” Blaze Thompson said.  “A lot of schools have expressed interest in him, but USF is the only one he has actually visited.  They’re interested in him, and he had asked me to look into them as well.”

For now, it doesn’t appear that Muschamp will need to worry about Dunkley jumping ship to another SEC program.

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Florida RB Jeff Demps still trying to come back from sprained foot

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Struggling with a foot injury for five weeks, Florida RB Jeff Demps had his first touchdown since the USF game when he scored vs. Georgia on Saturday. (Photo by Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel)

As difficult as the past month has been for the Gators, it’s been just as tough for their star running back.

While Florida was in a three-game losing streak, speedster Jeff Demps could do little but watch. He’s been dealing with a sprained foot since Sept. 18, when one of the Gators’ linemen stepped on it in a game at Tennessee.

Demps has missed only one game (LSU) but has not been as productive as he was before his foot injury.

“At times I have gotten frustrated, but at the same time, I have to stay positive and keep my teammates going,” Demps said of his inability to contribute as much as he did earlier in the season. ”

Demps, who initially wore a boot to protect his foot, said his reps in practice have been limited to about 20-25 each day.

Running straight isn’t a problem, but cutting is. Taping hasn’t helped so he wears only a soft brace and sock. He has alternated heat and ice to help it. Because his foot stiffens at halftime when he is sitting, Demps said he rides a bike to keep warm – something he did in high school when he would frequently cramp up.

While he’s doing what he can to get back to his early season form, Demps said it is still difficult at times.

“It’s like sharp pains going through the top of my foot, and on the outside of it,” he said. “When I try to cut, it’s kind of hard because I have that sharp pain and I can’t really push off it like I want to.

“It’s coming along pretty good, slowly but surely.”

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Gators QB Trey Burton, P/K Chas Henry earn SEC weekly honors

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Against Georgia, Florida freshman Trey Burton had his first 100-yard rushing game. (Photo by Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel)

Two Gators earned SEC weekly honors after Florida beat Georgia 34-31 in OT on Saturday.

P/K Chas Henry was named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after hitting the game-winning, 37-yard field goal in overtime. Kicking in place of the injured Caleb Sturgis, Henry also hit a 34-yard field goal earlier in the game. He averaged 46.8 yards on six punts.

Freshman Trey Burton – a QB/WR/TE/FB, i.e. do-it-all player – was one of three players selected as Freshman of the Week. Burton had his first 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 110 yards and two touchdowns. Burton also had the longest touchdown run of his career, a 51-yard sprint down the right sideline in the fourth quarter.

It was the second time this season Burton was selected for the honor. He was also selected as freshman of the week following his six-touchdown performance vs. Kentucky on Sept. 25.

Here’s a look at the other Gators to earn weekly recognition from the SEC this season:

●          Jaye Howard – Defensive Line Player of the Week after Miami (Ohio) game

●          Jeff Demps – Special Teams Player of the Week after USF game

●          Mike Pouncey – Offensive Line Player of the Week after USF game

●          Jelani Jenkins – Freshman of the Week after Tennessee game

●          Trey Burton – Freshman of the Week after Kentucky game

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Men’s Tennis Finds Success on Day 2 at USF

TAMPA, Fla. – The LSU men's tennis team continued its doubles dominance for the second straight day, winning three out of four doubles matches on day two of the University of South Florida Fall Invitational at the USF Varsity Court on Saturday.

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