Jacksonville Sports Day

Bonts: Long Snapper Overton Back with Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed seventh-year long snapper Matt Overton. Overton, 6-1, 243, is in his second stint with the Jaguars after first playing in nine games for the club in 2017. He re-joined Jacksonville to conclude the 2018 campaign, competing in the final 11 games. Prior to Jacksonville, he played in all 16 games for five seasons (2012-16) in Indianapolis, snapping for kicker Adam Vinatieri and punter Pat McAfee. The Jaguars have released seventh-year safety Tashaun Gipson Sr., fifth-year running back Carlos Hyde, seventh-year defensive tackle Malik Jackson, ninth-year offensive lineman Jermey Parnell and sixth-year long snapper Carson Tinker.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed linebacker Devante Bond. Bond (6-1, 235) originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick (183rd overall) of the Buccaneers in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has played in 25 games, with six starts, for Tampa Bay, totaling 23 tackles and 13 special teams tackles. In 2017, he led the team with 10 special teams tackles. The Bucs also announced today that tackle Donovan Smith has been re-signed to a three-year contract.

FSU sophomore defensive back Jaiden Lars-Woodbey is one of 16 current and former student-athletes that will attend the Game Changing Retreat this summer. The four-day experience, June 20-23, is a professional development experience hosted by The Winning Edge Leadership Academy. “With more than 90 applications for our second Game Changing Retreat, selecting 16 to join us in Atlanta was no easy task but we are thrilled to bring together this diverse group of high achievers both on and off the field of play for a weekend of growth and influence,” said Corinne Milien, retreat host and Executive Director of The Winning Edge Leadership.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp director of broadcasting and radio play-by-play broadcaster Roger Hoover will join the Miami Marlins for a fourth straight year to broadcast Spring Training games. Hoover will again be the play-by-play voice on the Jumbo Shrimp Network to carry all 140 regular season contests – beginning on April 4 – and potential playoff dates on Sunny 102.3 Jacksonville Greatest Hits. The 2018 Southern League Broadcaster of the Year, Hoover will work five audio webcasts of the Marlins’ Grapefruit League games.Hoover will join Kyle Sielaff of the Marlins Radio Network for the webcasts that fans can hear on www.marlins.com, www.mlb.com and the MLB At Bat app.

The University of Miami baseball program will honor a legend as part of its ACC opening series against Georgia Tech this weekend at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The Hurricanes (10-2) will retire former head baseball coach Jim Morris‘ number 3 in a pregame ceremony on Friday night at 7 p.m. Known as “3,” Morris was one of the most successful head coaches in college baseball history with 1,594 career victories as a Division I skipper. In 25 seasons at Miami, Morris won 1,090 games, made the NCAA postseason in 23 straight years, reached the College World Series 13 times and won National Championships in 1999 and 2001. Honoring Morris in advance of a series against the Yellow Jackets (8-4) is fitting, as the legendary head coach was at the helm of Georgia Tech’s baseball program from 1982-1993 before taking over in Coral Gables.

Flagler College sophomore Mauro Baez was selected as the Peach Belt Conference’s Men’s Golfer of the Week. Baez finished in a tie for ninth place at the Southern Tide Classic. The Posadas, Argentina native fired rounds of 76-66-71 to finish at 1-under par (213). His second round 66 was the lowest round of the year for a Flagler player and tied for second-lowest in the PBC this season. He had his second top-10 result of the year and was just one stroke out of a tie for sixth. Baez is second on the team with a 73.87 stroke average.

The Jacksonville Giants and ABA MVP Maurice Mickens was selected to the 2018-19 ABA All Star team. Some of Mickens accolades for this season was scoring a total of 76 points during the Georgia and Alabama road trip. The combined 76 points came in a three game road trip where the Giants won three straight road games in three consecutive days. Mickens scored a season high 38 points on a December 8th opening night win vs Fayetteville. Mickens also scored 32 points in a December 14th win over the Tri City Blackhawks. Mickens is a four-time selection to the ABA All Star team.



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