Video: Gideon Ajagbe switches to fullback

The Gators were capping off the grind of winter conditioning when Gideon Ajagbe was called into the confines of Will Muschamp's office. Florida's head coach told the junior linebacker he wanted to make a change. He wanted to swap Ajagbe from a linebacker to a fullback. Now, as spring practice is underway, Ajagbe is making an impact in his new role despite never filling the position before.

"It's been great," Ajagbe said of his transition. "I'm just so happy that coach gave me another chance to play here. I'm so happy that he did that. I have the opportunity to do really well at it."

The Coconut Grove, Fla., native redshirted his inaugural season at Florida due to a torn rotator cuff stemming from preseason camp. Ajagbe returned to the gridiron in 2011, dabbling on special teams for four contests. However, last season, he injured his MCL prior to the orange and blue's season opener against Bowling Green and he did not appear in any games for the 2012 season.

"I was going to play a little bit on special teams starting somewhere," Ajagbe said. "It really crushed me, but I think my faith really pulled me through."

The junior said his transition to fullback wasn't due to unhappiness as a linebacker, but rather because Muschamp said he needed more help at fullback and Ajagbe was the Gator called upon.

Ajagbe talks about his adjustment to fullback in the video below, while teammate and running back Mack Brown weighs in on what makes Florida's new fullback "a monster" on the field.


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