University of Florida fans still recovering from Saturday's unexpectedly gut-wrenching triple-overtime victory over Kentucky might want to give a little thank you to Southeast alum Brian Poole.
The defensive back came up with the key pass breakup in the third overtime period to deny a Kentucky touchdown. The pivotal third-down play resulted in a missed field goal, which allowed the Gators to pounce with a winning touchdown on their possession.
Poole was a menace all game, logging a third-quarter interception that he returned for 30 yards, two pass breakups and seven total tackles.
Partnering with Tampa's Vernon Hargreaves, who won a 7-on-7 national title at IMG Academy, the duo combined for six pass breakups.
Manatee graduate Antonio Agurs leads the Ferris State Bulldogs in all-purpose yardage this season. In two games, Agurs has compiled 208 total yards (116 receiving, 51 rushing and 41 yards on kick returns). He's the second-leading receiver with 10 receptions and three touchdowns through two games for the unbeaten Bulldogs.
Another Manatee alum, Jajuan Pollock, also is on the score sheet with a rushing touchdown. Pollock has split kick return duties with Agurs and has 34 return yards thus far.
On defense, Manatee alum Willie Smith has four tackles and one for a loss in two games.
Braden River and State College of Florida alum Brittany Jaco is lighting it up as a libero at Barry University in Winter Park. Jaco was named the Sunshine State Conference's Defensive Player of the Week on the strength of her performance in the Hyatt Place Sunshine Classic at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Jaco tallied 81 digs over four matches, which included a season-best 26 in Barry's tournament finale. Jaco averaged 5.79 digs per set and chipped in 10 assists for the Bucs, who went 3-1 in the tournament.
Bradenton Christian alum Jordan Miller started his season for Florida Gulf Coast University this week. The sophomore competed out west on Monday and Tuesday in the Saint Mary's Invitational held at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif.
Miller posted a pair of 74s in the first two rounds; before a 75 in the final round gave him a tie for 30th place in the individual standings as FGCU, the lone entrant from Florida, took 12th place.
Lakewood Ranch alum Danny Walker made his debut for the University of Virginia at the Northern Intercollegiate last week.
Playing at Rich Harvest Farms, site of the 2009 Solheim Cup, in Sugar Grove, Ill., Walker posted rounds of 80-74-74 to take 30th place overall.
The Cavaliers rebounded from seventh place following the first round to win the 54-hole tournament by three shots over Winthrop.
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