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Jackson Reyes was the Fall 2023 sports editor and the Summer 2023 Digital Managing Editor at The Independent Florida Alligator.

Everything happens for a reason

Jackson Reyes says goodbye to the Alligator after five semesters at the paper. He was the Fall 2023 Sports Editor. He also served as the Summer 2023 Digital Managing Editor, and covered Florida Gators football, men's basketball and soccer.

Topher Adams was the Fall 2023 assistant sports editor at The Independent Florida Alligator.

A second chance

Topher Adams says goodbye to the Alligator after four semesters on staff. He was the assistant sports editor for the Fall 2023 semester. He's also worked here as a beat reporter covering Florida Gators football, baseball and lacrosse.


Gators vs. Bulldogs: Hypothetically, who would win?

Two historic programs in college football will meet once again along the Saint Johns River at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Oct. 28. The Florida Gators and the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs have been playing this cross-state football rivalry game for more than 100 years. However, what if it wasn’t the Gators against the Bulldogs? What if it was a gator against a bulldog?

Redshirt junior quarterback Graham Mertz sits in the pocket in the Gators' 41-39 win against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023.

COLUMN: Graham Mertz finally shows what he’s made of

The Florida Gators (5-2, 3-1 SEC) escaped the South Carolina Gamecocks (2-4, 1-3 SEC) 41-39 in a high-flying conference clash. Mertz led two touchdown drives in the final nine minutes, and he threw the game-winning touchdown pass to senior receiver Ricky Pearsall with 47 seconds left in the game.

Florida defensive end Brenton Cox stands in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during the Gators' 29-26 victory over the No. 7 Utah Utes Saturday, Sept. 3, 2023.

Where does Brenton Cox Jr. stand?

The pass rusher projected as a high day two prospect with the potential to move up in the draft; he’s a former five-star recruit with elite potential. However, recent concerns have caused Icarus to crash back to Earth.


A leap of faith

Saying goodbye is a cathartic exercise. After five semesters at The Alligator, I take away more personal development from the experience than anything to do with journalism. Although, I grew in those ways too. 

Florida sophomore quarterback Anthony Richardson during the Gators game against Utah Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. He led UF with 274 total yards and three rushing touchdowns.

Yes, Anthony Richardson is him

To just say Richardson delivered would almost be disrespectful. He had a career night. The redshirt sophomore totaled 274 yards through the air and ground and recorded a career high of three rushing touchdowns. Every play was a highlight waiting to happen.

Noah Ram worked at The Alligator since Spring 2019.

Trust the process

A phone call from then-sports editor Jake Dreilinger on a Thursday night in late-January set in motion the best three years of my life.

Zachary Huber worked at The Alligator since Spring 2020

Always team Alligator

Tears dropped from my eyes and formed a puddle on the ground at the library at Providence High School because I thought it would be the last time I’d be a part of a team.

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