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Young Billy D embracing return home

Donovan will redshirt as a junior

Coach Billy Donovan elicits a routine response when introduced to the O'Connell Center crowd. The stands roar with cheers, with praise. But when his eldest son, Billy, took the O'Dome for his first introduction wearing an opponent's jersey for an exhibition game last season, young Billy didn't know what to expect. But Florida fans treated him like family, emitting a warm welcome in his hometown.

The next time Donovan will be introduced to his hometown crowd, he'll be donning a different jersey — the one he grew up in. Tuesday, his father announced the younger Billy Donovan's move from Washington, D.C.'s Catholic University of America to the University of Florida's squad as its newest walk-on. Donovan said he entered America's capital with a fascination in a political service career... Recommended Stories

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