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Don't expect UF safety Wright to take it easy on his friend, UM receiver Hankerson

Today's UF-related links in The Miami Herald ...
LINK: The Wright decision: University of Florida's Major Wright finds a safe haven in Gainesville
LINK: After long wait, UM football's Marve ready to make first start

GAINESVILLE -- UF safety Major Wright and his journey to the University of Florida is the cover story in today's sports section of The Miami Herald. Wright's decision to attend Florida was influenced by his mom, Andrea Eluett. Eluett didn't want her son going to Miami after the death of Hurricanes lineman Bryan Pata.

The article is pretty lengthy but there's some great stuff that didn't make the paper. Good thing I got this blog. (It gets me in trouble sometimes, but I love it!)

WrightWright [PICTURED] and Hankerson are great friends. They played high school together at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, they hung out together on the weekends and after school and in the summer months crashed at each other's house from time to time. But of all the time Wright and Hankerson spent together, never once did Wright tackle Hankerson. That's the story, according to Hankerson and Wright. [UM beat writer Manny Navarro interviewed Hankerson this week about his friendship with Wright.]

"[Wright] has never hit me before, honest," Hankerson said. "There was one time in practice where he had a chance to, but he let up on me because we were friends."

That will change on Saturday when Wright, a safety, lines up against Hankerson, a receiver. For about three and hours on Saturday night, Wright and Hankerson will put their friendship on hold. And just to make sure Wright doesn't think about taking it easy on Hankerson when the possession receiver comes ventures across the middle of the field, Wright's mother made a point, recently, to address the topic.

"I told Major to have no mercy on Leonard," said Eluett, Wright's mother. "I know Leonard. Leonard has never gotten hit by Major, even in high school. "Well, see what happens. I told Major, 'I know you don't like to hit your friends, but you've got to hit your friends this time or you won't be playing.

"I guess they understand each other. We'll see."

That's a priceless quote, folks. Before we go any further, I've just got to say that Major's mom, Mrs. Eluett, is a great person. Like Major, his mom is funny and charismatic and witty. She doesn't won't Major to hurt Leonard. She just wants to make sure that Major plays to the best of his ability and doesn't get distracted.

Majorwright4_13150HankersonWhile Hankerson doesn't know personally what it feels like to get hit by Wright, the UM receiver has seen enough to know it probably hurts. [Check out these photos Rivals.com took of Wright and Hankerson when they were in high school. They even had similar hairstyles back then! Major is on the left.]

"When he goes at full speed, he's an amazing hitter," Hankerson said. "There are so many hits that stand out to me. I remember my senior year we were playing our spring game. Major was in Cover 2. [A receiver] came over the middle and Major just laid him out. It was the loudest bang I've ever heard on a football field. He did it again in a playoff game when they played Ely. He smacked this guy head on and just jarred the ball loose. He's a hitter."

MajHank_2Major forced three fumbles in 2007. He had an interception return for a touchdown in the No.5 Gators' season opener against Hawaii, a 56-10 win. [Now check out these photos of the two friends. The college boys clean up well, I'd say. Major, again, on the left.]

Hankerson isn't the only person to shutter when thinking about Wright slamming his body into an opponent. St. Thomas head coach George Smith once told me that Wright was one of the most vicious hitters he has ever coached.

On Tuesday, Florida redshirt freshman receiver Deonte Thompson put it best when he said that Wright "will kill himself trying to kill you."

Be afraid, Leonard. Be very afraid.

-jo-

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How much PT is Arthur Brown, DVD, Cookie Buchanon, and Davon Johnson getting? These are the recent recruiting battles we lost. I hope some fans have a sign for Cookie after his double switch.

Of those three players, only cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke is on the Canes' two-deep depth chart.

-jo-

there you go again blowing the gaytes once again like you always do....

Blake,

You wrote: "... blowing that gaytes." Is this English? Please explain.

-jo-

lol u gayturds are very confident bunch... for a team who went 9 and 4 and lost to a Michigan team who sucked last year, u guys sure think your unstoppable.. i cant wait to see what happens between those white lines Saturday night

The chances of a scUM upset are inversely proportional to the amount of proper grammar and syntax used in the posts of Hurricrime "alums" Blake and miamiboisince85.

If Jo is "blowing the gaytes", what does Manny do? Ball massaging too?

For a team that lost 4 games last year (Michigan???) and is now starting to play without Ron Zooks recruits you sure talk a lot of crap. Remember, you haven't beat the U since the 80 because they match your speed but have that SFLA attitude. That is why you are trying to recruit the SFLA area so hard, keep trying because the best players will end up at the U! And I did say U!

Funny stuff Jay! Hankerson will get alligator arms once he goes down the middle.

"For a team that lost 4 games last year (Michigan???)"

So you're 48-0 PASTING by Virginia and 5-7 record is also pertinent to the matchup saturday as well?

IMBECILE

the whole world knows how soft the gayturds are.. when we hit those guys in the mouth well see how tough they are.. U gayturds let Georgia run the whole team out and embarrass the gayturds..(something the U would have none of) Did you see the look on those kids faces when the bulldogs ran out there.. shows me they have no FIGHT in them literally...

tell urban cryier no matter what he does this Saturday he can never steal our recuirts... he can have Matt Patchan he shown he is not loyal anyway...

I'm glad canes fans are canes fans. I'd be embarrassed if we had fans of this caliber.

I'm glad canes fans are canes fans. I'd be embarrassed if we had fans of this caliber.

Too bad all you die hard Canes fans don't all go to the games. What's an average game for you guys 30,000? We put more in the seats for a spring game. Run your mouth now because it will all be over sometime in the evening of Sept 6th.

Amazing coverage. Loved the speed article and link for the Tebow family. This blog makes me want to meet Wright and his mom. Keep it up Joe!

Too bad all you die hard Canes fans don't all go to the games. What's an average game for you guys 30,000? We put more in the seats for a spring game. Run your mouth now because it will all be over sometime in the evening of Sept 6th.

Posted by: Rich

Yeah, they had MAYBE 300 people left in the BELOVED URINE BOWL at the end of the 48-0 Virginia PUNKING.

VIRGINIA laughs at DuhU

PANSIES

B L O W O U T

UM 6

UF 52

B L O W O U T

Let's change the subject, how talented is UM's O-line? I know they are big, but are they good?

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