"This is one of the biggest decisions I have ever made in my life," Maurkice Pouncey said. "I am glad that my brother and I made the decision to be Gators. God gave us the knowledge, strength and ability to be great players, but it is now time for my brother and me to part ways."
"I'm very excited to come back and wear the Orange and Blue for the
2010 season," said Michael Pouncey. "I'm looking forward to being a
leader on this team, having the opportunity to play center and
continuing to learn from Coach Steve Addazio. It has been an honor to
play here, so I can't wait to run out into The Swamp for another
Maurkice Pouncey tallied 40 career starts over his three seasons and
was the winner of the 2009 Rimington Trophy, presented to the best
center in the nation. He is the first Gator to win the award. Maurkice
also garnered recognition as a first-team All-American by Walter Camp,
the FWAA, Sporting News and CBSSports.com. Both Maurkice and Mike
received second-team All-America and first-team All-SEC recognition from
the Associated Press.
"These are two guys who we've been able to build our program around
for the last several years," said head coach Urban Meyer. "They have
both provided an unbelievable amount of leadership and energy to our
team. These guys embody the toughness and physical style of play that we
want Florida to be known for.
"We wish Maurkice the best of luck, and we're looking forward to
having Mike continue to be a leader on the team and anchor our offensive
The Pounceys helped power the Florida offense which ranked No. 1 in the
SEC in 2009 with 457.9 yards per game, including 221.8 rushing yards per
game, 10th-highest in the nation.
"Maurkice has all the tools to succeed in the NFL," said Addazio.
"There is no doubt in my mind that he will be a great player at the
next level. I wish him nothing but the best because has been like a son
"I also know that Mike has a great future ahead of him," Addazio
continued. "I believe he will be the top returning offensive lineman
in America. Coming back just gives him another opportunity to grow as a
player and as a leader and will help him increase his positional
versatility. Without question, Mike's future is very bright."
"I would like to thank my family for standing behind me in the
decision that I have made and my coaches for believing in me as a true
freshman and helping me achieve everything that I have as a Gator,"
Maurkice said. "I would like to thank all the fans for cheering us on
and getting us hyped up for the games. I am going to miss the Gator
walks and the Gator Nation."
The Pouncey twins started every game in the 2009 season for Florida,
each earning SEC Lineman of the Week honors once this season. Both were
also starters in the BCS National Championship Game following the 2008
season, in which Florida claimed the national title with a 24-14 win
The NFL Draft will be held April 22-24 at Radio City Music Hall in New
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