VETTEL: Atkins' Death a Tragedy, Waste

It's seems surreal to sit here and write something about the death of a 20-year-old former Gator football player. It's the worst thing those of us in the media ever have to do, but we must.
July 5, 2007

Ex-Gator Found Dead

After what looked to be a promising career, former Gator cornerback Avery Atkins was found dead Thursday morning.
July 5, 2007

Avery Atkins Released From UF Football Team

Avery Atkins' career as a Florida Gator has come to an end as of Thursday afternoon. The rising sophomore cornerback from Daytona Beach Mainland, who was suspended indefinitely by Coach Urban Meyer after he was involved in a domestic violence incident that occurred on June 17, was given his release by Coach Urban Meyer.
June 29, 2006

In The End, Meyer Will Make Right Decision

In the uproar about the latest in this what seems to be never-ending saga that involves Avery Atkins --- a story that has rush to judgment fans not only from Florida but in-state rivals saying the kid has to be jettisoned from the program --- there's one small detail that everybody seems to overlook. Well, everybody but Urban Meyer, that is.
June 24, 2006

You've Got Questions, I've Got Answers

After a day and half of tracking the Avery Atkins story and trying to get to the bottom of it, the emails, instant messages, private messages and questions in the chat room require more detailed answers. This is a complicated issue and there aren't a lot of easy answers. Here are some of your questions and my attempts to make sense of what has happened.
June 21, 2006

SPRING: Avery Atkins has come a long way

A year ago Avery Atkins was taking classes as a senior at Daytona Beach Mainland. His first practice with Florida football team was last August. Fast forward to seven months later and you have Atkins returning as the Gators' most gifted cornerback.
March 29, 2006

IN THE HUDDLE: Tony Wilson

After watching him at camps, practices and in football games, there is little doubt that this standout is one of the best all-around athletes in the Class of 2006 in the state of Florida. Coming out of one of the state's most impressive programs, Daytona Beach Mainland, colleges are all over this rising star.
June 24, 2005

RECRUITING: Atkins Ready To Get To Work In G'ville

Daytona Beach Mainland defensive back Avery Atkins can't wait to pack his bags and join his teammates in Gainesville. The high profile cornerback recruit is expected to have a legitimate shot at starting in Florida's defensive backfield as a true freshman. Listen to him talk and you can tell he is genuinely excited about being a Gator.
May 31, 2005