Countdown to Kickoff: #91 Joey Ivie

Continuing our countdown to the season with the player jersey numbers and Saturday marks the 91st day before the Gators kickoff the season. Number 1 is none other than junior defensive tackle Joey Ivie. Ivie may have been a surprise when he played as a freshman, but he has performed well for the Gators starting his freshman season.

It looked like Joey Ivie would redshirt with the rest of his 2013 defensive line class. But when it came time to play against Georgia late in the year because of injuries, it was Ivie that was the most prepared. Despite a colossally losing year in 2013 (the team went 4-8) the staff decided that Ivie needed to play.

He went stat-less for a few games before finally entering the game against Georgia Southern and collecting all three tackles from that season.

In 2014 things were different. Even without the stats, Ivie showed the ability to hold his ground up front and take up space in the face of big offensive linemen. In 2014, while only starting in the bowl game against East Carolina, he was able to notch 24 tackles as an interior lineman. This included three tackles for loss and a sack.

Now, as the most experienced interior lineman, Ivie is a projected starter and a guy that the staff believes they can count on to go hard every play and do his assignment. Now it is time to step up the play making.

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