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No. 7 Florida overwhelms Savannah State 58-40

No. 7 Florida overwhelms Savannah State 58-40

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Mike Rosario scored 13 points, Patric Young added a double-double and No. 7 Florida overwhelmed Savannah State 58-40 Tuesday night.

Young finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks. It was his second double-double in four games, Erik Murphy chipped in 10 points for the Gators (4-0), who played the final 13-plus minutes without leading scorer Kenny Boynton.

Boynton sprained his left ankle when the landed on an opponent's foot while driving to the basket. He went to the locker room, returned to the bench a few minutes later and then left for good with 7:47 remaining. The Gators next play Friday against UCF.

Rashad Hassan and Cedric Smith led Savannah State with 11 points apiece. Arnold Louis added nine points and 11 boards for the Tigers (3-3).

Savannah State nearly upset the Knights two days earlier. The Tigers overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half and held a two-point lead in the final 2 minutes before fading.

They weren't even close to competitive against Florida.

The Gators scored 15 of the first 17 points despite missing 14 of their first 18 shots. Young and Will Yeguete had the only baskets. The rest of the team started 0 for 11.

The Tigers, meanwhile, were even worse. They missed 12 of their first 13 shots and were down 20 points (24-4) with 3:36 remaining in the first half.

Savannah State made a small run, cutting the lead to 14 (28-14), but the Gators pulled away from there.

The only drama came when Boynton fell to the floor in pain. He presumably went back to the locker room to start getting treatment.

He was hardly missed in what was an expected rout, since the Gators have size, speed and talent advantages at every position.

With the game in hand, coach Billy Donovan put his four freshmen on the floor for the final few minutes.

Florida shot a season-low 35.4 percent and had 13 turnovers. The Gators also missed 10 of 28 free throws. But the huge lead and winning with such ease overshadowed the problems.

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Former Giants OL Mitch Petrus dies of heat stroke at 32

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Former Giants OL Mitch Petrus dies of heat stroke at 32

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, a walk-on at Arkansas who went on to a three-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl win with the New York Giants, has died. He was 32.

Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said Petrus died of heat stroke Thursday night at a North Little Rock hospital after working outside that day at his family's shop about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Little Rock.

Like much of the country, Arkansas is in the grips of an intense heat wave. In Lonoke County, where Petrus was working, the heat index on Thursday made it feel like it was than 100 degrees (38 Celsius) outside, according to the National Weather Service.

During his college career, Petrus played alongside Razorback greats Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and later earned all-Southeastern Conference honors.

He was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2010 and got into 11 regular-season games his rookie year, with no starts. In his second season, Petrus played in six regular-season games, starting three of them, as the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl. He played six games for the Giants the following season before being released. He was picked up by the New England and played two games for the Patriots before being released. Tennessee then signed him and he played two games for the Titans before the team released him the following March.

After retiring from the NFL in 2013, Petrus returned to Arkansas, where he was well-known and often appeared as a studio analyst and sidelines reporter during televised high school football games. He also had an interest in politics, serving as Republican state Sen. Dismang's chief of staff during the Legislature's 2018 session, when Dismang was the chamber's president.

"With his energy and how positive he was, he was just a perfect fit for that session," Dismang said Friday.

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Michael Vick thinks Dwayne Haskins is in the perfect situation with the Redskins

Michael Vick thinks Dwayne Haskins is in the perfect situation with the Redskins

Though Michael Vick was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft, he didn't immediately become the starter. Instead, he spent most of his rookie season watching and getting accustomed to the NFL before assuming the starting job in 2002 and launching his exciting career. 

Rather than being thrown right into the fire, Vick was given time to learn and transition to the pros.

Now the newest No. 7 to enter the league, Dwayne Haskins, could find himself in a similar situation. With only one year of real experience in college, the Redskins could opt to let Haskins continue to adjust from the sideline and work under the veteran passers on the roster. 

To Vick, that path will make the transition much smoother.

"It's not difficult at all when you have an opportunity to sit behind guys like Case Keenum, who has a ton of experience and knows how to play the game. [Or] Colt McCoy," Vick said Friday on The Sports Junkies when asked about how hard the jump to the NFL will be for Haskins.

While Haskins will most likely take the starting role in the long run, Vick is fine with Keenum or McCoy taking the starting spot to begin the season.

Seeing that Haskins could benefit from the tutelage of the quarterback room in a situation where he's not being put under maximum pressure, Vick strongly believes Haskins progression will be better if it comes naturally.

The now-NFL analyst even mentioned that he talked to head coach Jay Gruden at a golf event recently and stated that Gruden told him, "It's going to take some time" with Haskins. That may not be what some fans want to hear, but Vick knows that time behind the veterans may be exactly what Haskins needs.

"It's not like he's been rushed out there to play. He has some time to develop," Vick said. "That's the most important thing for him right now."

"That's very fortunate for Dwayne to be in that position," he added.

Even as a high-profile pick coming into the league Vick's ascension to starter took time, and that decision seemed to work out pretty well for him.

The Redskins have an opportunity to do the same with Haskins, letting him ease into the NFL and take in everything he can from two veterans. According to Vick, it's the perfect scenario for a rookie QB to be in.

"You get to soak up everything, you get to gain the whole experience without having to be under pressure," Vick said. "That makes it extremely easy when you step out there for the first time."

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