Argonauts

Rise to top didn’t happen overnight for Argos

Rise to top didn’t happen overnight for Argos

Practice on a field surrounded by trees. Scrimmages on campus and at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Workouts in the weight room. That was about the extent of what the University of West Florida football team did in its inaugural year. Former Navarre Raider Quentin Randolph and the fellow members of the original recruiting class weren’t sure […]

Randolph saves best for last in national title game

Randolph saves best for last in national title game

Quentin Randolph was in the locker room late Saturday night being his usual full-of-energy self, partying like only he can in the wake of a big win. Wearing a black cowboy hat that seemed to fit the senior University of West Florida wide receiver just right, Randolph savored the opportunity to sing along to the […]

Storybook ending for Argos

Storybook ending for Argos

Not even the best writer in Hollywood could have scripted this ending. Not one in which the University of West Florida concludes its fourth season in program history with the NCAA Division II national championship. Yet, here in Texas on a chilly Saturday afternoon in late December, the dream became reality. The Argonauts completed a […]

Argos looking to punctuate playoff run with D-II title

Argos looking to punctuate playoff run with D-II title

When Pete Shinnick began recruiting for the start-up University of West Florida football program five years ago, all the head coach had was a vision to sell to players. No Pen Air Field. No Darrell Gooden Center. And no history to talk about. Just a vision of the potential this program could achieve if the […]

Johnson sees patience in running attack pay off

Johnson sees patience in running attack pay off

It all came so easy for Anthony Johnson while he was at Pace. The yards. The big plays. The touchdowns. The glory of being a star running back. Johnson learned early in his football career at the University of West Florida that doing what he did in high school wasn’t going to be easy. “It […]

Argos advance in playoffs with win over Bulldogs

Argos advance in playoffs with win over Bulldogs

On a rain-soaked Saturday in North Carolina, the University of West Florida football team buried Wingate 38-17 in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Shaking off a slow start, the No. 20 Argonauts dominated most of the way. As a result, their second playoff appearance in the four-year history of the program […]

Randolph enjoys walk-on to wow moment

Randolph enjoys walk-on to wow moment

Quentin Randolph is two or three steps ahead of the West Alabama defender trailing him. He’s sprinting down the middle of the field in a tied game in the fourth quarter and the ball is sailing in his direction Saturday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Randolph preaches often that big-time players make big-time plays in […]

Playoff appearance up next for Argonauts

Playoff appearance up next for Argonauts

Playoff hopes on the line? No problem. The University of West Florida football team responded the way it hoped it would in a back-and-forth Gulf South Conference showdown against West Alabama Saturday. The result was a 48-37 victory on a mild, sun-splashed November afternoon at Blue Wahoos Stadium. With the win, the Argos cap their […]

Argos face Tigers with playoff hopes on the line

Argos face Tigers with playoff hopes on the line

Quentin Randolph started out as a walk-on at the University of West Florida and arrived on campus unsure of what to expect. The Argonauts were just getting off the ground with their football program at the time. Four years later, Randolph, a former Navarre standout who has become a go-to receiver, and his teammates will […]

Conference title on the line for the Argos

Conference title on the line for the Argos

It’s the biggest game in NCAA Division II football this week. The University of West Florida squares off with top-ranked Valdosta State Saturday at 7 p.m. EST at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Georgia. A share of the Gulf South Conference title is on the line. The game is set to be televised live on ESPN3. Ranked […]

UWF sets stage for showdown with Blazers

UWF sets stage for showdown with Blazers

Austin Reed sat in a postgame news conference Saturday night after the University of West Florida held on for a 17-14 Gulf South Conference win over North Greenville. The redshirt freshman quarterback talked about a performance that propels the 20th-ranked Argonauts to their seventh consecutive win, the longest streak in program history. But he also […]

Exhibition win serves as learning experience for Argos

Exhibition win serves as learning experience for Argos

Jon Brown knocked down a 3-pointer near the midway point of the first half Sunday afternoon in the University of West Florida men’s basketball team’s exhibition game against Fort Stewart. It would turn out to be the only shot he’d hit from beyond the arc. And yet, he still managed to score 15 points and […]

Argos return home to face Crusaders

Argos return home to face Crusaders

After three weeks on the road, the University of West Florida football team is back at home. The 20th-ranked Argonauts welcome North Greenville to town Saturday for a 4 p.m. Gulf South Conference showdown at Blue Wahoos Stadium. UWF is riding the high of a six-game winning streak, allowing just 54 points during the streak. […]

Argos prevail in Coastal Classic rivalry

Argos prevail in Coastal Classic rivalry

Dangerous in the red zone and opportunistic on defense, the University of West Florida football team produced a Coastal Classic victory Saturday. The Argonauts defeated Florida Tech 38-14 in Melbourne, winning for the third time in the four-year history of a rivalry between the state’s only NCAA Division II schools with football. UWF (6-1, 5-0) ran […]

Argos gear up for Coastal Classic showdown

Argos gear up for Coastal Classic showdown

In a position to control its own destiny, the University of West Florida travels to Florida Tech Saturday to take on the Panthers. The No. 20 Argonauts will battle their rival in the Coastal Classic at Panther Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. EST. “FIT is very good and very explosive on offense. We know we […]

Defense dominates in latest win for Argos

Defense dominates in latest win for Argos

The University of West Florida’s defense played on another level Saturday afternoon. Forcing a school-record six turnovers, the No. 24 Argonauts dominated the University of West Georgia in a 30-2 Gulf South Conference win at University Stadium in Carrollton. The Argos held UWG, a regular contender in the GSC and a team that went 10-2 […]

Argos make statement against Statesmen

Argos make statement against Statesmen

Demetri Burch jumped into the air and came down with the football, He lost his balance after the catch but managed to go forward and roll into the end zone. Not even two minutes into the game Saturday, the University of West Florida football team had just thrown the first punch against Delta State on […]

Argos gear up for key showdown with Statesmen Saturday

Argos gear up for key showdown with Statesmen Saturday

When the University of West Florida plays Delta State Saturday night, a lot will be on the line. The Argonauts and Statesmen are two of the three remaining teams unbeaten in Gulf South Conference play. Reigning NCAA Division II champion Valdosta State is the other. A year ago, UWF came away with a 30-21 win […]

UWF scores a touchdown for Escambia County’s economy

UWF scores a touchdown for Escambia County’s economy

Blue Wahoos Stadium is buzzing an hour before kickoff on a beautiful Saturday night in September. Over the next three hours, the Argonauts will light up the scoreboard the same way they have lit up Escambia County with dollar signs.   Read the full article in the Sept. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Argos rock Dragons in dominating performance

Argos rock Dragons in dominating performance

Evan Mitchell leaped up in the end zone and made a catch that left quite an impression on the crowd of 4,847 at Blue Wahoos Stadium Saturday night. The Virginia University-Lynchburg defender to his right had no chance to take the ball away from him. Mitchell came down with the ball with 5:55 left in […]

Home opener on horizon for Argonauts

Home opener on horizon for Argonauts

For the first time this season the University of West Florida football team is playing a home game. The Argonauts host the University of Virginia-Lynchburg Saturday at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. for the first ever meeting between the two schools. After crushing Shorter last Saturday, UWF faces a team that has […]

Logan Bush of Milton now part of Argonauts thanks to Team IMPACT

Logan Bush of Milton now part of Argonauts thanks to Team IMPACT

Logan Bush was asked by one of the University of West Florida football players to show off his touchdown dance during a news conference Thursday afternoon. He obliged, getting out in front of the crowd on hand and moving up and down and side to side, waving his arms in the air, drawing cheers from […]

Randolph a walking success story

Randolph a walking success story

Quentin Randolph wrote in an Instagram post earlier this summer about the darkness he encountered in his football life, darkness that seemed to envelop him. He was staring at an uncertain future in the game he is so passionate about. He had talks with his family as well as with one of his closest friends […]

Will to win fuels Argos’ NCAA tourney run

Will to win fuels Argos’ NCAA tourney run

The University of West Florida softball team is in Denver this week to play in the NCAA Division II College World Series. The Argonauts are in the Rocky Mountain State largely because of their talent. They are also out west because of their undeniable will to win. This trait has played an instrumental role in […]

Clutch at-bat by Taylor helps Argos advance in tourney

Clutch at-bat by Taylor helps Argos advance in tourney

Callan Taylor had just talked things over with her teammates and coach in a quick huddle. She now waited patiently for a pitch to hit in a pressure-packed situation. There were no outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh inning of an NCAA Division II South Regional game at the University of […]

Argos capitalize on spring football opportunities

Argos capitalize on spring football opportunities

It’s a little bit cooler than normal for spring in Florida, the wind blowing and the clouds blocking out the sun on and off throughout the morning at Pen Air Field on the campus of the University of West Florida. But the weather matters little to the Argonauts, who are putting a bow on their […]