GAINESVILLE -- For Jake McGee, the third time’s a charm.
Florida’s tight end is one of 11 scholarship players who will participate in Senior Day festivities Saturday before UF tangles with Florida State.
But McGee has done this dance before.
“Fun fact. This will be three,” he said, grinning.
“I actually did one at Virginia too, so I'm pretty experienced with the whole Senior Day thing.”
Last year, McGee came to Florida as a graduate transfer from Virginia, but he broke his leg in the first game of the season and his college career appeared over. In a last minute decision by the NCAA, though, McGee was granted a sixth-year of eligibility and the tight end has emerged as one of UF’s key leaders and most productive players.
“I didn’t expect to have two Senior Days here,” he said.
“I didn’t expect to get hurt and stuff like that. You just sorta, as the things come you gotta make the most of it, smile and have a good time with everything.”
McGee is Florida’s second-leading receiver (34 catches for 304 yards) and caught the game-winning touchdown in last weekend’s scare against Florida Atlantic. The senior has been clutch all season, with 56 percent of his receptions going for a first down or touchdown.
"It just works out that the plays that are called, when it's thrown to me, I've got to know where the sticks are, need to know where I need to get to and have a pretty good feel out there for what's going on,” McGee said.
“Keep the chains moving and stay on the field."
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