FALL CAMP: Fayson Can Do it All

Sophomore Jarred Fayson is listed on the Gator roster as a wide receiver and he was the No. 3 wide receiver prospect according to Scout.com coming out of high school. But many, including the coaching staff, knows that this 6-0, 202-pound athlete is capable of a lot more.

Last year, Fayson was introduced to a number of positions – running back, receiver and quarterback. As a quarterback, he brings another dimension to the position with his speed and decision-making. As a senior in high school, he threw for 883 yards and ran for 936, so he can do it all. But for the most part, Fayson is taking reps this fall at tailback.

"I'll get a lot of carries at running back," Fayson said. "But I'll also be in the starting rotation at receiver, too. I have no preference. Just any way I can help the team."

As a freshman, Fayson contributed a little bit to the Gator offense, rushing 14 times for 146 yards. Half of those totals came against Western Carolina where he rushed seven times for 77 yards and a touchdown. He only caught one pas in '06 against Central Florida.

As last season progressed, the staff got a better feel for Fayson and how he could be utilized, and Fayson slowly got a better grip on the offense. Especially after not knowing how he would be used during last year's fall camp.

"They're always moving me around to every position, but my confidence is getting pretty high with the offense," Fayson said. "I can play just about any position."

That includes quarterback where he is still taking some reps, but mostly running the ball. Don't completely rule him out in the passing game, though.

"I've haven't been throwing at all," he said. "I do some running plays at quarterback, but they are talking about me throwing, so we'll see."

It's still too early into fall camp to know exactly what Fayson's role will be, but Urban Meyer talked him up at the Florida Sports Writers Association media days last week in Tampa.

"The coaches have more confidence in me," Fayson said. "I'm more confident in what I'm doing. Basically, I just know what I'm doing."


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