FOOTBALL: Mike Mangold's a Gator for good

The Florida Gator coaches received good news this morning when they got word that Gator signee Mike Mangold's petition for an eligibility waiver was granted by the NCAA. Read on for the real inside scoop!

Coach Zook broke the news to a throng of reporters after this morning's practice by giving a thumbs up and said, "He's in. He's good to go. We're trying to get him here for practice tonight."

Mangold is now eligible to play immediately but he can only practice once a day for the next five days due to the NCAA's acclimization rules. The coaches are unsure what position he would play – linebacker or defensive end because they haven't actually had a chance to see him in action.

Mangold has already been enrolled in Summer B and evidently did well enough to stay qualified. He also participated in the summer workouts with the players but the coaches obviously couldn't watch him.

When Mangold signed with Florida back in February, Coach Zook said, "Michael is a guy that plays with a motor and intensity. He got kind of banged up a little bit this year. You like to have those kinds of guys that are on the edge, that are wild with continual motion, continual effort. He had a great junior year, went to Merritt Island, his senior year and had a bit of a leg problem, but I'm excited to get him in here and see what he can do."

Bob Redman (Hollywood Bob) added: "I thought Mangold had the best highlights of any player we have signed in the Zook era. He has an unreal motor and is ultra fast for his size. He plays mean on the field and is totally relentless attacking the ball carrier."

We hope to have more for you later this evening. A hearty congratulations to him. Read more questions and answers on Mangold in our BullGator Den topic on him.


PREP: Rated 68th best prospect in the state of Florida and the 31st best prospect at his position by SuperPrep's All-America issue… Listed as a four-star athlete and ranked the 11th best defensive end prospect in the country by… Member of National Hot 100 (No. 94 overall)…Also ranked 24th on South Hot 100…Participated in 2003 CaliFlorida Bowl…Missed more than half of his senior season yet managed to make 11 sacks…Helped Merritt Island reach the Class 4A Finals his senior season… As a junior, Mangold made 95 tackles including 25 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks…70 of his 95 tackles were solo efforts…He earned first-team All-County, first-team All-Conference, first-team All-Area, and third-team All-State honors as junior…Attended Green Acres John I. Leonard High School as a junior and transferred to Merritt Island right before his senior year…Coached by Paul Friel his senior season…Runs a 4.6 40-yard dash…High school coach was Terry Gough…Chose Florida over Virginia Tech, NC State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee…Uncle, Jim Weaver, a former UF assistant athletic director, is the athletic director at Virginia Tech…

Biography courtesy of UF Sports Information.

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