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*Joe Haden heading into Jr season: 2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 61 Sol-87 TT, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 SK, 3 INT, 12 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Second team All-SEC. Started all 14 games at cornerback...His 87 tackles on the season ranked second on the team and first among defensive backs...Led the defense in the BCS National Championship game with 10 tackles and two pass break-ups...First among Gator defenders with eight tackles in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama, including six solo...Also made his third interception of the season and returned it 24 yards while collecting two pass break-ups against Alabama...Led the Gator defense with 10 total tackles (seven solo), one pass break-up and an interception that was returned 88 yards against Georgia...The 88-yard interception return matched the fourth-longest in school history and was the longest in the SEC for the 2008 season...Blocked a field goal that led to a Florida touchdown in the win over Kentucky...Had 11 tackles and an interception inside the red zone in the win at Arkansas...Collected five tackles, half a sack, half a tackle-for-loss, broke up one pass, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in the season opener against Hawaii 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; KR: 1-18-18-0; 43 Sol-63 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 INT, 12 PBU, 1 FR; Started 12 games at cornerback as a true freshman… Missed the Florida State game due to an ankle sprain…Was selected to the Sporting News Freshman All-America Team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman Team and was chosen for the Coaches’ All-SEC Freshman team…Became the first true freshman in Florida history to start at cornerback and recorded two tackles in his first contest…Led all cornerbacks in total tackles with 63 on the season and ranked sixth overall.
Chas Henry heading into Sr season: 2010: Henry claimed the Ray Guy Award (nation’s top punter) this season and was a consensus first team All-America selection (Walter Camp, the Associated Press and Sporting News). He finished the regular season this year tied for the national lead with an average of 46.4 yards per punt. A first team All-SEC selection by the coaches and AP in 2010, Henry booted two of the ten longest punts in school history this year with a 75-yarder against Alabama and a 67-yarder against Mississippi State. He also filled in admirably as a place kicker this year, going 7-for-11 and nailing a career-long 47-yard attempt in the Outback Bowl. Henry finished his career with an average of 43.0 yards per punt...2009: One of three finalists for the 2009 Ray Guy Award...Named Second-Team All-SEC by the AP and Third-Team All-SEC by Phil Steele...Allowed only five punt returns the entire season, the fewest in the nation...Gave up only 21 punt return yards, the second-best total in the nation in 2009...Fifteen of his 34 punts landed inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line and eight were longer than 50 yards...2008: One of 10 punters in the nation chosen as a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award…On the season, he averaged 43.4 yards per punt, which ranked third in the SEC…Fifteen of his 44 punts on the season have gone for 50 or more yards, and 21 have been inside the 20-yard-line…Averaged 51.7 yards on three punts in the BCS National Championship Game against Oklahoma...2007: Had 37 punts as a freshman, totaling 1,453 yards and a 39.3 average…Henry's kicks resulted in 19 fair catches and 14 inside of the 20-yard line…The Gators allowed a school-record low 22 yards on just five returns that season…Henry did his part by not punting the ball into the end zone at all.
Mike Pouncey heading into Sr season: 2010: Pouncey was a second team All-SEC selection this season by the Associated Press. He started every game at center this season and made 45 total career starts at center (13), guard (28) and on the defensive line (4). He was part of an offensive unit that paved the way for four 300-yard rushing efforts in 2010, one of only six BCS teams to accomplish that feat...2009: A 2009 Outland Trophy Watch List candidate…A 2009 AP Second-Team All-American…Played in and started all 14 games for Florida his junior season as a Gator, including the 2009 SEC Championship versus Alabama and the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl win versus Cincinnati…His final start of the season against the Bearcats was his 28th consecutive start…2008: A 2008 second-team All-SEC selection by vote of the league’s head coaches…The starting right guard for the Gators all 14 games during the season…2007: Saw significant playing time in his true freshman season…Made the move from offensive line to defensive line the week prior to the Vanderbilt game due to several injuries on the defensive line…Had only seen the defensive side of the ball on goal-line situations in high school and made the transition with ease…Saw action in every contest and started the final four regular-season games of the year: Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Florida State…Ended the season with eight tackles, five solo and three assisted.
*Maurkice Pouncey heading into Jr season: 2008: Garnered AP All-SEC Honorable Mention accolades in 2008…A 2008 CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore selection… Florida’s starting center in all 14 games during the season, including the Gators’ 2008 SEC and FedEx BCS National Championship Game victories…Graded out at 90 percent or higher in six contests, including South Carolina (90), Tennessee (93), Arkansas (94), Vanderbilt (95), LSU (97) and Kentucky (98)…Also graded out a Champion at 88 percent against The Citadel…Garnered SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week Oct. 6 for his performance against Arkansas…Was one of five UF Offensive Players of the Week after the offensive line’s success against LSU...2007: Freshman All-American First-Team (CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com)…Freshman All-American Second-Team (Sporting News)…All-SEC Freshman Team (Coaches, Sporting News)…Played in all 13 games and started in 11 at right guard (all except Ole Miss and Florida Atlantic) and also took snaps at center…Became the seventh true freshman to start at UF on opening day… Graded out a champion for the first time in his career at LSU (86 percent)… Also, was a champion with an 85 percent the next week at Kentucky and an 83 percent later in the season against Vanderbilt.
*Matt Elam heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 1/32 - Matt Elam, S, 5-10, 210, Florida...The All-American defensive back and younger brother of NFL safety Abram Elam should provide toughness and range to a secondary that lost Ed Reed to the Houston Texans and cut Bernard Pollard. He's expected to immediately compete for a starting job at strong safety, but will also cross-train at free safety. - The Sports Xchange
Caleb Sturgis heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 5/166 - Caleb Sturgis, K, 5-10, 188, Florida...The Dolphins took their third Gator of the day in Sturgis, the second kicker off the board in this draft. Sturgis has a big leg, connecting on 6-of-8 field goals from 50-plus yards over his past two seasons, and almost certainly will replace current Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter, who was 4-of-9 from 50-plus yards over the last two years. - The Sports Xchange
*Sharrif Floyd heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: 1/23 - Sharrif Floyd, DT, 6-3, 295, Florida...A quick, powerful three-technique player who can stop the run and penetrate a gap as a disruptive pass rusher. At minimum, Floyd will rotate at the under tackle position with 11-year veteran Kevin Williams, who is in the final year of his contract. Look for the Vikings to also experiment with using Floyd at nose tackle next to Williams. - The Sports Xchange
Brandon Spikes heading into Sr season: 2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 52 Sol-93 TT, 8 TFL, 2 SK, 4 INT, 2 PBU, 4 QBH; Named a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC performer…Named a team captain for the 2008 season and was a member of the 2008 UF Football Leadership Committee…Selected as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award and Chuck Bednarik Award…One of only five linebackers in the nation with two interception returns for touchdowns last season…Had four interceptions against top-25 teams, which tied for second among all players nationally and was the most by any linebacker in the country…Named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against LSU, where he had his first career interception in the first quarter…On the first play of the fourth quarter, he added his second interception, which he returned 52-yards for the first touchdown of his career, at any level…Missed the first game of the season due to a foot injury…A consensus preseason first-team All-SEC pick. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 81 Sol-131 TT, 16 TFL, 1.5 SK, 7 PBU, 1 QBH, 3 FR, 1 FF; Started at middle linebacker…Was a First-Team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches and the AP…Placed second in the SEC in total tackles…Ranked second on the team and sixth in the SEC in tackles for loss with 16 tackles for a loss of 36 yards… Also led the team and tied for third in the SEC in fumble recoveries with three on the season…Led or tied for lead in tackles per game in all games except LSU and Kentucky…Member of the Leadership Committee. 2006: 9 GP; 1 GS; 9 Sol-15 TT, 1 TFL, 2 PBU; Played nine games…Took the field at linebacker during the Gators’ win over Ohio State in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game and in the SEC Championship game against Arkansas. Personal: Brother, Breyon Middlebrooks, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole in North Carolina after arrest in 2001.
Tim Tebow heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; Rush: 176-673-3.8-12; Pass: 298-192-64.4-2746-30-4; 3 Sol-3 TT; Honors: Manning Award Winner, Maxwell Award Winner, Heisman Trophy Finalist, Wuerffel Trophy Winner, Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award, Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist, Wooden Cup Finalist, Walter Camp Player of the Year Finalist, Manning Award Finalist, Sullivan Award Winner, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, First-Team All-SEC Selection (Coaches’) – QB, AP Offensive Player of the Year, AP First-Team All-SEC – QB, AP Third-Team All-American. Selected as a team captain for the 2008 season… His three rushing touchdowns in the Gators’ victory over Georgia propelled him to first place in the school record book with 39 rushing touchdowns, a mark previously held by Emmitt Smith (36)…Ranked first in the SEC in passing efficiency (172.37) and second in total offense (3,419 yards/244.2 yards per game)… Led the Gators in total offense (244.2 average/game), rushing attempts (176) and rushing yards (673)…Was 18-of-30 for 231 yards and two touchdowns in the Gators’ 24-14 win over top-ranked Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship Game, notched his third 100+ yard rushing performance of his career after tallying 109 on the ground with one score…Led Florida to its eighth SEC title over No. 1 Alabama, tossing three touchdowns, connecting on 14-of-22 passes for 216 yards and rushing for a team-high 57 yards in the victory…For the second-consecutive game, accounted for five touchdowns at Vanderbilt; named SEC Offensive Player of the Week, going 12-for-17 for 171 yards with three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns…School record of 203 pass attempts without an interception ended with a pick in the third quarter versus Arkansas, also the third-longest streak in SEC history. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 210-895-4.3-23; Pass: 350-234-66.9-3286-32-6; Engineered the third-ranked scoring offense in the nation and top-ranked offense in the SEC, averaging 42.5 points and 457.2 yards per game… Led Florida in rushing with 895 yards on the ground and 23 touchdowns… Capped an unprecedented season by becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy… Also won the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Awards… Finalist for the Manning Award… A first team AP All-American selection and SEC Offensive Player of the Year… Named to the Walter Camp Foundation 118th annual All-American Team… All-SEC First-team Coaches’ and AP selection… ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American first-team selection… Three-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week following his efforts against South Carolina, Ole Miss and Troy… Walter Camp National Player of the Year finalist… A two-time Walter Camp Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week winner from his performances against Tennessee and South Carolina… Only player in NCAA history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season… Tops on the team in rushing attempts (210) and yards (895)… Led the SEC and was second in the nation in passing efficiency (172.46).
Ahmad Black heading into Sr season: 2010: A Consensus First-Team All-SEC pick by the coaches', AP and Phil Steele...Named to the SEC Football Community Service Team...Named to the Phil Steele Midseason All-American Fourth Team...Eighth in the country for defensive backs with a team-leading 102 tackles (fifth in the SEC, firstamong SEC defensive backs)...Tied for third in the country and first in the SEC for most interceptions in a game (2 vs. USF in 2010)...Tied for eighth in the SEC and the team lead with three interceptions, along with three other Gator teammates (Jon Bostic, Jeremy Brown and Janoris Jenkins), while starting on the kickoff and punt coverage teams...Recorded at least six tackles in all but three regular-season games this year, and double-digit tackles in four of his last seven games...Black, the 2011 Outback Bowl MVP, finished his career with 13 interceptions, which is tied for fourth most in school history. The three-year starter also notched 244 total tackles, including 14 tackles for loss. He is tied for second on the SEC’s all-time list with three interception returns for a touchdown and fourth in SEC history with 362 yards in interception returns...2010: Honorable Mention AP All-SEC...Ranked second on the team and led all defensive backs with 70 total tackles (36 solo)...2008: Started every game at strong safety for the Gators, totaling 59 tackles and a team-leading seven interceptions...Named second-team All-SEC by the leagues’ coaches and honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press...2007: Saw action in seven contests at cornerback as a true freshman...Collected seven total tackles in his first season with the Gators.
*Percy Harvin heading into Jr season: 2008: Earned All-American first-team-honors from Rivals.com and second-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report (as an all-purpose back), American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation...Consensus first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick...Appeared in twelve games, starting eleven contests while lining up as a slot receiver, tailback and split end...Hauled in 40 passes for 644 yards (16.1 avg) and seven touchdowns, as 31 of his grabs produced first downs...Set up twelve touchdown drives and two other series that ended with field goals, as he converted 9-of-16 third-down throws to him...24 of his receptions were for at least 10 yards, including eleven catches of 20 yards or longer...Carried 70 times for 660 yards (9.4 avg) and ten touchdowns...His ten scoring runs tied Ciatrick Fason (2004) and Errict Rhett (1991) for ninth on Florida's annual record chart...Amassed 1,304 all-purpose yards, ranking fourth in the conference with an average of 108.67 yards per game...In 36 games at Florida, Harvin started 26 times, gaining 3,781 all-purpose yards, the most by a Gator since Errict Rhett amassed 5,393 yards (1990-93)...Caught 133 passes, tying Taylor Jacobs (1999-2002) for 10th on the school career record list...Gained 1,929 yards receiving, scoring 13 times on those receptions...Carried 194 times for 1,852 yards, as his average of 9.55 yards per rushing attempt topped the old school all-time record of 6.4 yards by Elijah Williams (1994-97)...His 19 touchdown runs rank 10th in Florida history...2007: 11 GP; 10 GS; Rush: 83-764-9.2-6; Rec: 59-858-14.5-4; Started 10 games while seeing game action in 11… Missed games against South Carolina and Florida Atlantic due to illness… Second team All-SEC selection by the AP and coaches... 2006: 13 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 41-428-10.4-3; Rec: 34-427-12.6-2; Named to the Freshman All-America team presented by Scripps/FWAA… Collected second-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News…Chosen as the SEC Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches.
*Aaron Hernandez heading into Jr season: 2008: Saw action in 13 of Florida’s games in 2008…securing 11 starts…Caught 34 passes for 381 yards, an 11.2 average, and five touchdowns…Led the Gators in receiving against Oklahoma in the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship, reeling in five catches for 57 yards…Also played a key role in Florida’s eighth SEC title with three catches for 43 yards against then undefeated Alabama…2007: Appeared in all 13 games during the season, receiving the starting nod in three contests against Troy, Florida State and Michigan…Finished his rookie season with nine receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns…Averaged 16.8 yards per catch, ranking second on the team behind Riley Cooper (22.8)…Reeled in a career long 55-yard reception against South Carolina…Caught the first touchdown of his career against Kentucky, a one-yard strike, with 14 seconds before halftime.
*Carlos Dunlap heading into Jr season: 2008: 14 GP; 2 GS; PR: 1-12-12-0; 21 Sol-39 TT, 13.5 TFL, 9.5 SK, 1 PBU, 7 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF, 3 BLK; Played in all 14 of the Gators’ games during the season, securing starts against Hawaii and Ole Miss…Tallied 39 tackles, including 21 solo and 18 assisted, while racking up a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 quarterback sacks…Blocked three punts in 2008, the most of any player under Coach Meyer…Additionally blocked an Oklahoma field goal in the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game…Named the Defensive MVP of the National Championship Game, where he recorded four tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss of four yards and half a sack to compliment his blocked field goal…An AP Second-Team All-SEC selection…Also garnered CollegeFootballNews.com Second-Team All-Sophomore accolades…Ranked first in the SEC in sacks and fifth in tackles for loss…Tied a career-high with two quarterback sacks against Florida State…Named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his effort against FSU…Rallied for two quarterback hits as the Gators defeated Alabama in the 2008 SEC Championship game…Graded out a champion against Miami…Recorded his first career start against Hawaii. 2007: 13 GP; 0 GS; 6 Sol-7 TT, 2 TFL, 1 SK, 1 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FF, 1 BLK; One of the top freshman defensive lineman on the team…Saw action in all 13 games primarily as a pass rusher…Also saw action on special teams…Did not start any contests…Finished the season with seven tackles, six solo and one assisted.
*Jordan Reed heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 3/85 -- Jordan Reed, TE, 6-3, 243, Florida...Washington again opted to look ahead to 2014 with top tight end Fred Davis unsigned beyond this year. A high school quarterback, Reed made All-SEC with 45 catches for 559 yards and three touchdowns in 2012, his second year at tight end. - The Sports Xchange
Dominique Easley heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 1/29 - Dominique Easley, DT, 6-2, 288, Florida...The Patriots stayed put in the first round for the first time in three years and went after a talented, athletic Gator with a perceived upside and a very real injury history. Easley is a disruptive force when healthy but is coming off a torn ACL that cost him all but three games in his final season at Florida after coming back from a torn ACL in his other knee two years ago. - The Sports Xchange
Cornelius Ingram heading into rSr season: 2008: Sat out the entire season after suffering a left knee torn anterior cruciate ligament on August 5th...The team captain underwent reconstructive surgery shortly thereafter...Ingram started seven of 29 games he appeared in at Florida...During his last two seasons (2006-07), he combined for 64 receptions and 888 yards (13.88 avg) that included eight touchdowns, scoring 48 points while also rushing twice for 8 yards...2007: 13 GP; 5 GS; Rec: 34-508-14.9-7; Played in all 13 games, receiving starts against Tennessee, LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida Atlantic… Was fourth on the team with 34 receptions, averaging just under 15 yards per catch… Compiled 508 yards receiving, also ranking fourth on the team… Tied for the team lead in touchdown catches with Andre Caldwell (seven)… Had at least one reception in 12 of the 13 games he played… Candidate for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation's best tight end...2006: 14 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 30-380-12.7-1; Had 30 receptions for 380 yards (12.7 avg.) and one touchdown in 14 games…Had 20 receptions for 267 yards over the final five games of the campaign… 2005: 2 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 2-8-4-0; Dressed for every game for the Gators…Played in two games in a season that saw him move from quarterback to tight end…2004: Worked at quarterback on the scout team and did not see any game action…Joined the UF basketball team Oct. 15 for practice and played in 19 games as a true freshman on that squad…Saw playing time at guard for the basketball team during the 2004-05 season before focusing only on football in the summer of 2005.
*Jelani Jenkins heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 4/104 - Jelani Jenkins, LB, 6-0, 243, Florida...Jenkins is an undersized but incredibly fast linebacker who can chase ball-carriers from sideline to sideline and excels in coverage, as well. His senior season was derailed by a broken bone in his right thumb, a pulled left hamstring and a broken bone in his right foot, but the Dolphins view him as an immediate special teams competitor and someone who can compete with Koa Misi for a starting linebacker job. - The Sports Xchange
Josh Evans heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 6/169 - Josh Evans, CB, 6-1, 207, Florida...Evans is another defensive back with size, a top criteria in head coach Gus Bradley's defensive scheme while he was the coordinator in Seattle. Evans is a tough, hard-hitting safety that was part of a Florida defense known for its physicality. He started 24 games at free safety for the Gators and finished with 154 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his career. He solidifies the safety position that was strengthened with second-round pick Johnathan Cyprien and returning veteran Dwight Lowery. - The Sports Xchange
*Major Wright heading into Jr season: Wright started 12-of-14 games and ranked 12th on the team with 32 tackles (28 solos) in 2009…He deflected two passes with one coming on a third-down attempt and intercepted three others for 34 yards (11.33 avg)…He made 16 tackles after receptions for 223 yards and 10 first downs, including seven third-down stops, causing 20 pass incompletions by pressing and rerouting receivers away from potential completions…On 16 running plays Wright was involved in, the opposition gained 157 yards and five first downs, including two third-down stops…Posted three of his hits inside the red zone, including two on goal-line plays...Wright played in all 41 games at Florida and started 33 contests, registering 165 tackles (111 solos)…Deflected 10 passes and intercepted eight others, returning them for 69 yards (8.63 avg) and one touchdown…Added four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery… Forced four fumbles as a freshman in 2007, the most by any Florida freshman since the school began keeping the statistic in 1982.
Jon Bostic heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 2/50 - Jonathan Bostic, LB, 6-1, 245, Florida...Bears believe he has the versatility to play all three linebacker positions. Started Gators career on the weak side but made all 32 of his starts at middle linebacker. Above-average agility and speed. Ran 4.61 40-yard dash and 4.24 20-yard shuttle. Plays with more finesse than brute strength and is more flashy than consistent. Father, Jon Bostic, was a defensive back for the Lions from 1985-87. - The Sports Xchange
Marcus Gilbert heading into rSr season: 2010: Gilbert made 30 career starts for the Gators, including all 13 games this season. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native played both tackle positions in 2010 and was a key member of an offensive line that surrendered one sack or less in seven games this year. As a junior he played a major role in helping the Gators lead the SEC with 3,105 rushing yards from his right tackle position...Has started at both tackle spots in 2010. Graded out a Champion in Florida’s first four games. Graded out at 83 percent and recorded three knockdowns in the Gators’ win over Miami University...2009: Played in and started in all 14 of Florida’s games his redshirt junior season, including the 2009 SEC Championship Game and the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl Game…Named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts against Kentucky Sept. 26...Turned in one of UF’s highest grades of the 2009 campaign when he earned Champions’ Club honors with a 99 percent in the win over Georgia…2008: Played in 13 of Florida’s 14 games, only missing the contest at Arkansas…Contributed to Florida’s SEC and BCS National Championship Game victories…Started at left guard against both Hawaii and Miami…Additionally contributed on special teams as a member of the field-goal unit...2007: Played in all 13 games and made his first career start against Florida Atlantic at right guard, replacing Maurkice Pouncey…Was the last of 22 Gators who made their first career start in 2007...2006: Redshirted.
Jaylen Watkins heading into Sr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Round 4/101 -- Jaylen Watkins, CB, 5-11, 194, Florida...Watkins played both corner and safety at Florida, but the Eagles plan to play him at corner. The Eagles had a second-round grade on him, but he slid to fourth round mainly because of an unimpressive 40 time at the combine and his Pro Day. Watkins is the half-brother of wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills. The Eagles like his corner-safety versatility. - The Sports Xchange
Mike Gillislee heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 5/164 - Mike Gillislee, RB, 5-11, 208, Florida...The Dolphins let Reggie Bush walk away in free agency this offseason, and replaced him on the roster with Gillislee, who rushed for 1,152 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012, his only season as the Gators' primary running back. Gillislee will play special teams behind Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas on the depth chart, but is a solid blocker and gives the Dolphins good depth in case either player is injured or ineffective. - The Sports Xchange
Louis Murphy heading into Sr season: 2008: Started all 14 games at flanker, as the team captain finished second on the team with 38 receptions for 655 yards (17.2 avg) and seven touchdowns...Averaged 2.71 catches and 46.79 yards receiving per game...Attempted one pass vs. Florida State...Also rushed twice for 7 yards...Caught at least one pass in every game...Caught 57.58% of the passes thrown to him (38-of-66), as 27 of his receptions produced first downs (71.05%), converting 5-of-9 third-down plays (55.56%) in the process...27 of his catches (71.05%) were good for at least 10 yards, including 14 for 20 yards or longer (36.84%)...Had key receptions to set up fourteen touchdown drives...Switched to jersey #9 from #82 prior to the season opener...Murphy started 26-of-48 games for Florida, hauling in 77 passes for 1,245 yards (16.2 avg)...16.88 percent of his receptions (13) produced touchdowns...Added 19 yards on three carries (6.3 avg) and attempted one pass...On special teams, he totaled 41 yards on three kickoff returns (13.7 avg) and recorded four solo tackles...Turned the ball over on a fumble just once, coming vs. Auburn in 2007...Closed out his career with a string of 27 consecutive games with at least one reception...2007: 13 GP; 10 GS; Rush: 1-12-12-0; Rec: 37-548-14.8-5; KR: 3-41-13.7-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; Saw action in all 13 games during the season, making 10 starts… Only games he did not start were against Troy, Auburn and LSU… Ranked third on the team with 37 receptions and 548 yards… Had at least one reception in all 13 games during the year, the only UF receiver to do so… Was on the receiving end of UF's longest pass completion of the year, a 66-yard touchdown grab against Kentucky… Had five touchdowns and averaged 14.8 yards per catch… 2006: 12 GP; 2 GS; Rec: 2-42-21-1; Made the second start of his collegiate career versus Florida State…Enjoyed his best game at Florida against LSU, catching a 35-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow for his first career reception and also caught a seven-yard toss from Tebow…Made his season debut in Florida's win at Tennessee...2005: Played in the final nine games of the season, mainly on special teams and five wide out sets…Did not catch any passes on the season…Made collegiate debut in the Kentucky game...Ran as the anchor on a 4 x400 relay on high school track team, winning the state championship as a sophomore… Also played basketball for the Lakewood Spartans at power forward.
Jermaine Cunningham heading into Sr season: 2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 23 Sol-52 TT, 10 TFL, 6 SK, 4 PBU, 4 QBH, 3 FF; Limited by a hyper-extended knee during the season .... A preseason candidate for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year and Bronko Nagurski awards…A team captain of the 2008 squad…Garnered AP Second-Team All-SEC honors…Ranked second on the team in sacks and tackles for loss, tallying six sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss during the season…Forced three fumbles, the first of his career, and deflected four opponent passes…Ranked sixth in the SEC for sacks and fourth in forced fumbles…Led Florida in tackles (8) against South Carolina and was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his effort against the Gamecocks…Graded out a champion against LSU and Miami…Named UF’s Defensive Player of the Game and SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his role in the win over the Hurricanes. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 33 Sol-63 TT, 11 TFL, 5.5 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 QBH; Arrested with Gator Jonathan Demps and former LSU track star Xavier Carter in December 2007 after altercation with sandwich shop employee after he asked them to pay for a bag of chips ... Led all Gator defensive linemen with 64 tackles…That tally registered as the third-highest total among all linemen in the SEC…Tied for seventh in the conference for sacks and averaged a sack 0.54 times a game. 2006: 7 GP; 0 GS; 2 Sol-2 TT; Saw action in seven contests…Dressed but did not play in the Tostitos BCS National Championship, SEC Championship, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee games.
Chris Rainey heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 5/159 - Chris Rainey, RB, 5-8, 180, Florida...All-purpose, fleet back at Florida doesn't really seem to fit in Pittsburgh. He runs a 4.37 and while Rashard Mendenhall recovers from ACL surgery, Rainey won't replace him. COULD SURPRISE: Running back RB Chris Rainey: His speed and versatility could make him a wild-card offensive threat under new offensive coordinator Todd Haley. - The Sports Xchange
Maurice Hurt heading into rSr season: 2010: Has started at right tackle, right guard and left guard this season...Saw time in Florida’s game versus Florida State, the first contest of the season that he did not start...Recovered a fumble from Trey Burton that kept Florida’s first scoring drive alive against Georgia...Also contributed on UF’s field-goal unit against LSU...Started and graded out a Champion in Florida’s win versus Kentucky...Graded out a Champion in the Gators’ win over Tennessee...Was one of three offensive players that graded out a Champion in UF’s victory over the USF Bulls...2009: Played in 13 games his redshirt junior season at UF, and started five contests, including Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Georgia and Vanderbilt…2008: Saw action in five games during the season for the Gators, including against Kentucky, Georgia, Vanderbilt, The Citadel and Florida State…2007: Made first career start at Ole Miss at right guard, helping the Gators rush for 246 yards…Played in eight games overall…2006: Redshirted.
*Will Hill heading into Jr season: 2010: Has started in all 10 games he has played in this season, recording 48 tackles (30 solo and 18 assisted)...Starter on the punt coverage team the last eight games...Picked up four solo tackles in the road game at FSU...Registered three tackles in the win at home vs. Appalachian State...Collected four tackles against South Carolina...Tallied two solo tackles in the victory at Vanderbilt...Had a career game in the win over Georgia, picking off two passes, including an 89-yard interception return in overtime, while registering six tackles. Collected his first interception of the season in the second quarter that set up a touchdown run by Trey Burton. Also foiled a twopoint conversion attempt with a sliding catch in the end zone. His 89-yard return was the second longest in the country this season (longest in SEC), the 14th-longest in the SEC since 1996 and tied for the longest by a Gator since 1996 (Tony George, 89, 1997)...2009: Appeared in all 14 games and made five starts at safety...Totaled 42 tackles, including 31 solo...Led the team for the second-consecutive year in special teams’ tackles, finishing with 13 tackles in kickoff and punt coverage...2008: Named to the SEC All-Freshmen team and selected by College Football News as a second-team All-Freshmen performer...Appeared in 13 games as a true freshman, missing one game due to injury...Played a key role on special teams, leading the team with 22 special teams’ tackles...Led all freshmen with 48 total tackles.
Jaye Howard heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 4/114 - Jaye Howard, DT, 6-3, 301, Florida...Howard played under former Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn at Florida, where he serves as the Gators defensive coordinator. That should help in his transition to Seattle. - The Sports Xchange
Carl Johnson heading into rSr season: 2010: Has started in 10 of Florida’s 12 games...Started at left guard and graded out a Champion versus Kentucky...Started and graded out a Champion in UF’s win over Tennessee...Started in the Gators’ victory over USF, which was his season debut...Has played in 49 career games, earning starts in 32 contests...2009: Played in and started all 14 of Florida’s games his redshirt junior season in 2009, including the 2009 SEC Championship and the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl victory versus Cincinnati…Florida’s starter at left tackle…Started his 12th-straight game in the win over Florida State…2008: Saw action in all 14 of UF’s games during the season, securing eight starts…Started at left guard in the 2008 SEC Championship Game and the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game…2007: Played in every game except at Kentucky and against Georgia…Earned time at center relieving Drew Miller against Vanderbilt, Florida Atlantic and Florida State…Played in three positions…Saw action at tackle in goal line situations...2006: Redshirted.
Jason Watkins heading into rSr season: 2007: Started all 13 games at left tackle…Consistently graded out a champion (Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and FAU)…Graded out above 80 percent in games against Kentucky (83 percent) and Vanderbilt (81 percent)…One of two football representatives on the UF Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...2006: Made the first start of his collegiate career when he lined up at tight end against Auburn…Usually the first tackle off the bench for the Gators in 2006…Saw action in every contest…Played offensive line and was positioned as a wideout in the win over Southern Miss...2005: Was a member of the field-goal and extra-point protection packages and saw action in all 12 games…Appeared on the offensive line against Wyoming, Louisiana Tech and Florida State...2004: Worked on the scout team and did not see any game action.
Jon Halapio heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 6/179 - Jon Halapio, G, 6-3, 323, Florida...For the third time in its first six picks New England added another offensive lineman with the addition of Halapio, a two-time Gators captain who started 43 of the 51 games he played in Gainesville. A right guard for Florida, he'll join the Patriots' offensive line development program that's now under the direction of first-year line coach Dave DeGuglielmo. - The Sports Xchange
Riley Cooper heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2009: Had fluid drained from his left knee while participating with baseball team in April 2009. 2008: 14 GP; 12 GS; Rec: 18-261-14.5-3; Started all but two games (Hawaii and Florida State)…Ranked fifth on the team in receiving yards with 261 and receptions with 18…Totaled 28 yards on two receptions in the BCS National Championship Game, including a crucial 17-yard catch on 3rd-and-12…Hauled in a key touchdown, along with a season-high 51-yard reception, that put UF in scoring position at the SEC Championship Game versus Alabama. 2007: 10 GP; 2 GS; Rec: 8-182-22.8-3; 1 Sol-1 TT; Two starts came in home contests against Tennessee and Auburn…Missed games against Georgia and Vanderbilt as a result of a broken finger suffered in the first quarter at Kentucky…Also saw action during the season on the kickoff coverage unit…Dressed but did not see action in the Capital One Bowl against Michigan…2007 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 4-92-23-3; Suffered a season-ending injury and was charged with criminal mischief when, police say, he put his fist through a car window. Suffered a deep cut on his right arm, according to his father, but no damage to his hand. Served as the gunner on special teams… 2006 SEC Freshman of the Week following his performance against Western Carolina; his three receptions all went for touchdowns…Dressed but did not see action against Southern Miss. Personal: Father, Larry, played baseball at Oklahoma State…Has a sister, Lindsey…Was selected in the 2006 MLB draft, but chose to attend college instead.
*Ronald Powell heading into rJr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Round 5/169 -- Ronald Powell, OLB, 6-3, 237, Florida...Powell returned to the field in 2013 after two anterior cruciate ligament surgeries in 2012. He is valued for his pass-rush abilities and measurables. - The Sports Xchange
John Brantley heading into rSr season: 2010: Was 200-of-329 on the season with 2,061 yards, nine touchdowns, ten interceptions, and a completion percentage of 60.8…Was 6-for 13 for 41 yards in the Outback Bowl against Penn State while being utilized on third-down conversions in Florida’s three quarterback system. 2009: Dressed for every game and saw action in seven…Finished the season 36-for-48 for 410 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions…Also tallied 67 rushing yards on 13 carries…2008: Dressed for every game and saw action in all contests except for Miami, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Alabama…Went 18-for-28 for 235 yards with three touchdowns and one interception… Led the Florida offense on 22 drives, with 10 ending in a touchdown. 2007: Redshirted. Personal: Father, John Brantley III, is a former University of Florida quarterback…Uncle, Scot Brantley, is a former All-American linebacker for the Gators.
Ryan Stamper heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2007: Appeared in all 13 games, with one start versus Georgia at weak side linebacker and on kickoff team…Collected 21 total tackles (12 solo), ranking fourth among linebackers…Had four tackles for a total loss of 23 yards on the season…Led all linebackers in sacks with two…2006: Played in two games…2005: Did not see any game action and was a member of the scout team.
Phil Trautwein heading into rSr season: 2007: Missed the season due to a stress fracture suffered in preseason drills in his right foot…Member of the Leadership Committee...2006: Named to the 2006 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll…Collected his first career All-SEC honor; a second-team nod from the league's coaches, on Dec. 5…Started all 14 games for UF at left tackle…Graded out at a team-high 82 percent in the 21-14 victory over Georgia in Jacksonville…Lined up at left tackle to begin the new season for the Orange and Blue...2005: Saw action in all 12 games, making his first career start as a tight end against Florida State…Graded out over 70 percent in six games, with his best performance coming against Georgia (86 percent)…Was a member of the field goal and extra-point protection packages on special teams…Appeared in the starting lineup against Florida State as a blocking tight end…Wore jersey No. 86 in the final two games of the season, appearing in the games as a tight end and not as an offensive lineman...2004: A reserve offensive tackle…Along with Drew Miller, became the only the 13th and 14th true freshman offensive linemen to play on opening day and the first since Randy Hand in 2002…Saw action in six games, five of the last seven (Eastern Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Miami) for 60 plays.
Justin Trattou heading into Sr season: 2009: Played in 13 of UF’s games in 2009, including four starts against Troy, Kentucky, Alabama in the 2009 SEC Championship Game and versus Cincinnati in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl…Collected 17 total tackles, including 11 solo and six assisted, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 quarterback sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery his junior season…2008: Saw action in all 14 of Florida’s games during the season, including 13 starts…Recorded 27 tackles, including 17 solo and 10 assisted, while tallying 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks and a pass break up…2007: One of the most talented freshman on the squad who played a pivotal role at defensive end and defensive tackle…Saw action in 12 games and did not play against Ole Miss…Made his first career start in the Capital One Bowl against Michigan…Led all Florida freshmen defensive linemen with 20 tackles (12 solo and eight assisted)…Ranked fourth on the team in tackles for loss with 6.5 for a loss of 30 yards…Was third on the team in sacks with 3.5 for a loss of 25 yards…Added to his impressive resume with an interception, a pass deflection, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
Tate Casey heading into rSr season: 2007: Receiving medical redshirt with right shoulder surgery and lingering high ankle sprain…Dressed for all 13 games of the season…Played in the first two games of the season against Western Kentucky and Troy but did not have a reception...2006: 14 GP; 6 GS; Rec: 6-58-9.7-2; Drew starts against Tennessee, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Florida State and Arkansas…Had six receptions for 58 yards, a 9.7-yard average, and two touchdowns... 2005: 12 GP; 2 GS; Rec: 10-121-12.1-1; Saw action in 12 games, making two starts (Vanderbilt and South Carolina)…Made 10 catches on the season for 121 yards (12.1 avg.) and one touchdown... 2004: 12 GP; 4 GS; Rec: 8-127-15.9-4; Developed into the squad's top tight end who was also a regular on the kickoff return team…One of only two true freshmen to see action in 12 of UF's games, making four starts (MTSU, South Carolina, Florida State and Miami)…First career start came against MTSU…Tied for fourth nationally among freshmen tight ends with four touchdown receptions…Tied for second in the SEC in touchdowns by a tight end with four…First UF true freshman tight end to catch a touchdown pass since 1979…Only tight end and true freshman to catch a pass that year or score a touchdown.
Brandon James heading into Sr season: 2009: Missed spring practice after undergoing successful surgery Monday to repair a fractured metatarsal bone in his right foot. 2008: 14 GP; 4 GS; Rush: 14-59-4.2-2; Rec: 11-95-8.6-1; PR: 37-510-13.8-2 KR: 32-738-23.1-0; 4 Sol-4 TT, 1 FR; Played in all 14 games for the Gators, including four starts at running back…Named a 2008 All-American by the FWAA…Named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year…Garnered First-Team All-American accolades by Sporting News and Phil Steele…An All-SEC selection by vote of the league’s head coaches…Helped lead Florida to its second national title in three years and its eighth SEC Championship…Was one of seven players in the country to return two or more punts for touchdowns in 2008…Is one of only three players in the nation to have two punt returns for touchdowns as well as at least one receiving and one rushing touchdown…Tabbed the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week twice (Hawaii & Tennessee) after scoring on 74 and 78-yard punt returns, respectively…Finished the season third in the country for punt return yards per game (29.7) and is second on the NCAA active career leaders list with four punt returns for touchdowns. 2007: 11 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 24-133-5.5-0; Rec: 8-69-8.6-0; PR: 14-254-18.1-1 KR: 30-841-28-0; Arrested in June 2007 in reverse sting operation with felony charges of purchase of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Pled no contest to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, was placed on six months’ probation and received community service. Suspended for first game of the season. Second-team All-American by Sporting News and Rivals.com as a return specialist… Was named to the All-SEC second team by the league’s coaches and Associated Press as return specialist… Led the SEC and ranked second in the nation with 18.1 yards per punt return… Ranked second in the SEC and 17th nationally with an average of 28.0 kickoff yards… Led the nation with seven returns of 50 or more yards… Set school record with 841 kick off return yards and posted second-best kickoff average in school history (28.0, 28.2 by Jack Jackson in 1993 is the record)… Ran track in 2007, competing at SEC Outdoor Championships and running in the 100m prelim in 10.87 to finish 23rd. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 3-1-0.3-0; PR: 33-363-11-1 KR: 21-383-18.2-0; Ran track in 2007, competing at SEC Outdoor Championships and running in the 100m prelim in 10.87 to finish 23rd…Garnered honorable mention Freshman All-America status from The Sporting News…Earned a spot on the Coaches’ Freshman All-SEC squad as a return specialist. Suffered a knee injury on Aug. 21 and underwent surgery the next day.
A.J. Jones heading into rSr season: 2009: Started the first 11 games of the season before suffering a knee injury and missing the final three contests...Recorded 37 tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and the first three interceptions of his career...2008: Started nine games at strong-side linebacker and appeared in 12 games total, collecting 35 tackles on the season...Also had 2.5 tackles for a loss of 13 yards, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble on the season...2007: Appeared in all 13 games at strong side linebacker with nine starts...Did not start in games versus Troy, Georgia, South Carolina or Michigan...Named to the Coaches’ All-SEC Freshman team...Ranked eighth on the squad with 36 total tackles (23 solo)...Also recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss of eight yards...2006: Redshirted.
Lawrence Marsh heading into rSr season: 2009: Played in nine games his redshirt junior campaign at UF while battling several injuries…Grabbed eight total tackles (two solo, six assisted), a half a tackle for loss and a half of a quarterback sack…2008: Started 13 games, only missing the start against Florida State, and played in all 14 games for UF during the season…Collected a career-high five tackles against Ole Miss, including one solo and four assisted…2007: Played a backup role as a defensive end in his redshirt freshman season…Did not start any games…Had five tackles on the year, including three solo and two assisted…Contributed 1.5 tackles for a loss of three yards with 0.5 sacks for a loss of two yards…2006: Redshirted.
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