Maurkice Pouncey Full Go

After a relatively idle first two-plus weeks of training camp Gator Center Maurkice Pouncey was full go for Tuesday's practice. The junior snapper from Lakeland returned to his customary spot as the number one center with the Gators less than two weeks before the season opener.

Maurkice Pouncey was frustrated being a tourist for the first part of camp, but the Gator staff was insistent on bringing him a log slowly after off-season shoulder surgery to repair ligament damage. He admitted to getting some grief from teammates during his time of limited contact and his failed attempts to convince offensive line coach Steve Addazio to let him go all out. He insists he was ready all along and that there was never a question that he'd be out there for the first snap of the season.

Pouncey talked after the Tuesday workout.

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On being ready all along:

"They were just holding me back. I was always ready."

On pushing Addazio to let him go:

"We had our little confrontation. He understands. We had our little going back and forth but he was gonna hold me out and
I didn't agree with it, basically but he takes care of you."

On how it felt to be out there:

"It felt real good. I got that contact with the boys and was having fun out there."

On not being concerned with re-injury:

"No, not with me. I'm not going think about and injuries. If it happens, it happens but I'm going to be full go."

On being hassled by his teammates about sitting out:

"Oh they give me a rough time about it. They're always saying stuff but it's part of the game. They're always going to joke around. They love it."

On the increasing depth on the offensive line:

"We've got a lot of guys. We've got me, Mike (Pouncey), (Marcus) Gilbert, Carl Johnson and Patchan, (Sam) Robey and James Wilson. We've got a lot of guys that can play.

On how much the players wish there was a game this week:

"So bad, but we have to wait another week for it, but it's better for us to get another week in and get prepared."

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Pouncey insists that it doesn't matter to him which position be plays, whether it's at center or guard, but you can bet that he'll be in the middle and his brother will be on his right hip when the season begins. It now appears the real battle on the offensive line is between Wilson, Patchan and Johnson to settle the starters on the left side of the line.


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