Latest Florida Sports News For Dec. 25th

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Even in the Dan Marino era, when running backs were mostly decoys, the Miami Dolphins relied on their ground game more than this year’s team. The Dolphins have run the ball less than 22 times per game, their lowest average since 1988. They had only 12 rushing attempts in Sunday’s 19-0 loss at Buffalo, renewing debate about the team’s run-pass balance.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is The Associated Press player of the year. It’s the latest honor in a cadre of postseason accolades for the redshirt freshman. Winston was a landslide winner in AP player of the year voting after setting Atlantic Coast Conference freshman records for yards passing and touchdown passes.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Predators have named Rob Keefe the team’s new head coach for the upcoming season. Keefe coached in the Arena Football League for five seasons, most recently as the defensive coordinator for the Utah Blaze.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has agreed to take the same position with Florida. ESPN was the first to report the selection. Roper is expected to remain with the Blue Devils through the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.

Source: Associated Press