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Cory Durden keeps visiting the Gators

He’s not ready to name Florida his leader yet, but it seems the Gators are chipping away at Florida State as the leader for Newberry defensive tackle Cory Durden.

He’s been to every home game in The Swamp so far this season. For those counting home that is four games. The atmospheres have been electric and fun to watch, but despite all that, the Gators haven’t broken through yet on one of the top big linemen in the 2017 class.

“FSU is still my leader. Florida is still second,” Durden said shortly after the Gators may have completed the most dominant performance of the year against a quality team on Saturday when they defeated Ole Miss 38-10.

With four visits this season Durden is certainly getting an eyeful of the Gators these days. It is easy for him to get to the games and he loves everything going on.

“Coach Mac is getting the program right and they are going to be a top program.,” Durden said. “I have been to all four home games. It is so close to home and a family atmosphere.”

He wasn’t sure what would happen Saturday against Ole Miss, what he saw impressed him.

“I came in and had my doubts, but at the same time, them are my boys,” he said about the many players at Florida he has gotten to know. “It was good to see them get a big win like that, but I am also a big fan of Robert Nkemdiche.”

If there was something that has caught his attention the most about the Gators. It goes back to the play of the defensive line up front and their leader.

“Just the great coaching,” he said of what stands out. “Coach Rumph is one of the best defensive line coaches in the country . The way he works his rotation I know I would get a lot of playing time as a freshman.”

With three more games scheduled for The Swamp this season, we’ll be on the lookout for Durden at those contests as well. Stay tuned as we continue with our coverage.


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