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Gators' Lamical Perine is ready to compete

The Florida Gators have made some major upgrades at running back in the last couple of years. That was on display this spring with most of the position members competing. But there is one more very talented back ready to hit campus. Lamical Perine isn’t going to sit idly by as the others take over.

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Gators like big backs. At 6-foot and 220 pounds, Lamical Perine is plenty big. The Gators want them fast and powerful and Perine has a bit of both of those attributes as well. More than anything they want backs that are hungry to compete.

“I am just ready to get coached up and learn new things,” Perine said by phone late last week. “I’ve really been trying to keep my speed and get more explosive, working on my lateral quickness and stuff like that. I’ve been working out with my trainer and he’s getting me right.

He has yet to see the playbook, but that starts Tuesday when the rest of the 2016 class arrives on campus. He just wants to get in the mix and show what he can do.

“I feel like I can come in and contribute,” he said. “I can help out and learn some things from the older guys that they already know. Really I want to come in and help out and do what I can do to help my team succeed.”


That includes playing special teams where he sees himself lining up outside on punt coverage and racing down to get the guy receiving the ball.

“I will probably be playing a gunner on special teams and do a little bit of punt return and kickoff,” Perine said. “I worked at gunner a little bit in the all-star game I was in.

With all the power he runs with and able to make people miss in the open field as well, Perine’s versatility is what sets him apart.

“I can catch the ball better than a lot of running backs can,” he said. “When I am in the open field, to be so big I can move well. I am pretty strong as well. I can work around my talent as the offense goes, any little thing they need me to do I am pretty sure I can do.”

One thing that will take some work is protecting the quarterback when he is trying to throw the ball. It is something he is anxious to get to work on when he arrives.

“I would say my pass blocking, it is pretty good but it can get better,” he said about an area he needs to work on.

He stays in touch with the other backs already on campus, not afraid to lean on those guys a little bit.

“I talk to Jordan Cronkrite, Jordan Scarlett, Jordan Smith, and a couple of other players,” he said. “They tell me to just be ready to play. Come out and get ready because we are expecting to have a pretty big season… just try and come in and contribute.

It is apparent that the players on the team feel something special is brewing for the 2016 season and the word is getting passed along to the incoming guys.

“I really think we have all the talent and tools to actually have a pretty good team,” he said. “When Coach Mac started he made it to the SEC Championship Game last year and I am trying to get back there and actually win it. I want to put us back on the map.”

Perine will be rooming with three other guys in his class. Linebacker Jeremiah Moon, safety Jeawon Taylor, and safety Quincy Lenton. Moon and Taylor are from Alabama like Perine and Florida has made a concentrated effort to recruit the Yellow hammer State. He believes that is a good idea

“They are doing a pretty good job with all the recruiting,” Perine said. “Alabama talent is way different than everyone else. It is hard-nosed football. When you are playing in an Alabama game it’s like an SEC game for high school. They are doing a good job of coming into our state and recruiting all the top players.”

As for being a Gator, Perine is in love with the school and anticipates working his butt off both on the field add off the field.

“I am trying to get as close as I can with everyone and try and at least to get more into the University and be into the school,” he said. “I will help around and do whatever I can. I will work hard at everything I do.”


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