Fulwood Wants to Play Big Role for Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- Florida wide receiver Ahman Fulwood hopes to use this spring to earn the right to become a playmaker for the Gators in the fall.

Ahmad Fulwood is hoping to turn a new leaf this year for Florida. The wide receiver will have a lot of eyes on him this spring especially with Antonio Callaway suspended. 

"Puts a little pressure on me," said Fulwood. "Coming out I just want to have a different year than I had last year. I want to be a bigger playmaker for the team and have more of a load on my back." 

In order to prepare for the upcoming season, Fulwood says he has been working on eating better and treating his body better. According to the senior, he has made sure to get in a few more workouts before and after practice. 

The wide out, however, has to deal with another change at quarterback. Luke Del Rio and Austin Appleby are the two veterans this spring, with Treon Harris also suspended, while freshmen Kyle Trask and Feleipe Franks round off the signal callers vying for reps. Florida head coach Jim McElwain admitted to reporters on Tuesday that Del Rio has a leg up on the competition, and Fulwood is not shy to share his thoughts on the signal caller. 

"I think he is special," said Fulwood. "He is smart; he is accurate; he could put the air on the ball, and I like the way he plays." 

Fulwood and Del Rio have a long history. 

“I’ve known Luke since we played ball back in Jacksonville,” Fulwood said. “You could tell Luke I said this - when Episcopal played B.K. we beat the hell out of him, probably had four picks in the first half. Those are days I don’t like to remind him of because I know he’s gotten a lot better since then. I always tease him about that. We lived right down the street from each other, so we’re pretty close. On the field, he’s the same way. We just feed off of each other’s energy."

Although Fulwood had lots of praise for Del Rio, he also respects the other quarterbacks on the team and their abilities. 

"Appleby has the same qualities [as Del Rio]. He is a smart guy, and I think he is a little more athletic, but he makes good decision with the ball too and with coach Mac back there coaching those two guys, it's going to be a tough race for them." 


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