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Jake Copeland slipped away and ran through the jungle, breathless and scared. His heart beat ferociously, adrenaline surging through his veins. What would his parents think when they found out he was gone? Would they blame him? For getting away? Hurting them? He wanted to keep them out of it, wanted them to live in their happy little house in the suburbs.
Hoping to live up to that standard this season will be redshirt junior Jacob Copeland. "It's a really big privilege and I feel like I'll be accountable for everything that comes with the number," said Copeland, who wore No. 1 at Pensacola Escambia High School. Copeland started 11 games last season and finished the year with 435 yards and three touchdowns. His 23 receptions, however, were good enough for sixth on the team behind All-Americans Toney (70), Kyle Pitts (43), Trevon Grimes (38), Malik Davis (31) and Justin Shorter (25). With the top three on that list now in the NFL, Copeland knows it is finally his time to shine. His former teammates agree. "I actually spoke with all of them yesterday, last night," he said. "Talking to me about camp, making sure everything all right, making sure my mindset ready to go into the season and let me know that you've got to stay focused because this a big year ahead of me." - Gainesville Sun
Florida wide receiver Jacob Copeland announced his intentions to transfer Thursday, becoming the fifth UF player and first starter to enter the portal since the hiring of new coach Billy Napier. Copeland, a redshirt junior, led the Gators in receiving this season with 39 catches for 607 yards and four touchdowns. However, he has expressed frustrations on social media this year over his lack of targets. "After much thought, prayer and discussion with my friends and family, I have made the decision to enter the Transfer Portal," Copeland wrote in his farewell note on Twitter. "This has not been an easy decision or one that I have taken lightly; however, I want to do what is best for my development by pursuing my goals and furthering my career." Copeland has totaled 84 catches for 1,331 yards and nine touchdowns in his career, while adding 65 rushing yards on eight carries. He plans to play in the Gasparilla Bowl against UCF on Dec. 23. - Gainesville Sun (Source: draftscout.com)
It’s never easy playing in the SEC, and it just became more difficult with the revamped 10-game conference schedule for 2020. Join David Waters and Will Miles (ReadandReaction.com) as the two discuss the difficulties of the schedule and how it affects Florida’s chances for a big season. Also, Dave and Will look back at what Mullen had to say in his latest press conference. LISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Play | Stitcher
8 Oklahoma beat 10th-ranked SEC runner-up Florida 55-20 on Wednesday night in the Cotton Bowl. Back in the same NFL stadium where 11 days earlier they won their sixth consecutive Big 12 title, the Sooners (9-2, No. The 55 points were their most ever in a bowl game, while piling up a Cotton Bowl-record 684 total yards. 1 Alabama in the SEC title game, and had averaged nearly 42 points a game. Oklahoma: With Rattler and Mims among the young standouts coming back, the Sooners could again be favored to win another Big 12 title. (Source: www.clickorlando.com)
Though Copeland had been heavily recruited by several schools, when it came to signing day he narrowed it down to just three: the University of Alabama, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Florida. Flanked by his family, including his mom, who rocked an Alabama sweatshirt and a Tennessee beanie, Copeland picked the home team, Florida.
That BCS National Championship game 12 seasons ago was the only meeting between the No. While outside of the College Football Playoff, it will be the first New Year's Six bowl game played in this pandemic-affected season. 6 CFP) are back in the NFL stadium where they won their sixth consecutive Big 12 championship earlier this month. 12 Iowa State in the Big 12 title game on Dec. 19, opted out to focused on the NFL draft. Rattler was the first-team AP All-Big 12 quarterback after throwing for 2,784 yards and 25 TDs, the most nationally for a freshman. (Source: www.news4jax.com)