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Receivers Worton, Massey shine in Gators' spring game

Florida’s Orange and Blue Debut saw some pretty good action from the Gators’ receiving corps. Two players in that unit stood out – C.J. Worton and Dre Massey.

Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Worton got the first-team offense going with a 46-yard gain from Luke Del Rio on the second play from scrimmage. The Swamp went crazy as Worton raced out of bounds at the Orange team’s 21-yard line.

Worton opened up the first-team’s second drive with a 16-yard catch. He even recovered a Mark Thompson fumble near the goal line in the third quarter and ran it in for a touchdown.

Worton’s ability to find open space was valuable for the Gators’ starting unit. He finished his impressive day with two catches for 62 yards.

Dre Massey looked quick and displayed great hands in his spring game performance. Head coach Jim McElwain was impressed with how Massey “played with confidence.”

Massey made a highlight-reel catch in the first quarter as LB Matt Rolin was breathing down his neck. Del Rio delivered the ball in a place where only Massey could get to it and Massey held on as he tumbled out of bounds.

Massey scored in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Del Rio.

Massey’s two catches for 29 yards and a touchdown provided a spark for the Blue squad as they thumped the Orange team 44-6.

Other than Worton and Massey, a couple other Gator receivers had good performances. Josh Hammond caught three passes for 24 yards and drew a pass interference call on All-American corner Jalen Tabor.

In the post-game press conference, head coach Jim McElwain made note of Freddie Swain’s fourth-down grab that went for seven yards and picked up a first down.

Chris Thompson, Ryan Sousa, and Alvin Bailey each had a catch for over 20 yards.

Ahmad Fulwood did not record a catch and saw limited snaps.

 


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