GAINESVILLE -- Florida’s offensive line is littered with youth, and the unit’s prized newcomer finally made his debut in the Gators’ 14-9 win at Kentucky.
Freshman tackle Martez Ivey, the nation’s top overall offensive line recruit in the 2015 class, played a number of snaps against the Wildcats and UF coach Jim McElwain was pleased with Ivey’s first collegiate game.
“I thought he knocked off some rust,” McElwain said.
“I thought he blew them off the ball pretty well. He did a really good job of creating some push. His quickness. He did good.”
The former five-star prospect was pegged as UF’s starting left tackle late in training camp, but Ivey missed the first two games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
“He brings a lot to the table,” starting guard Antonio Riles Jr. said.
“We have a lot more depth, versatility and all that [with him] back. ‘Tez is a good all-around player. We’re happy to have him back."
THIS & THAT
Former Gators great Alex Brown will serve as Florida’s honorary ‘Mr. Two Bits’ against Tennessee. The All-American defensive end famously sacked Volunteers quarterback Tee Martin five times in UF’s 23-21 win in 1999. … UF wideout Brandon Powell originally committed to Tennessee and coach Butch Jones, so the sophomore said he’s circled the matchup after missing the game due to an injury last season. “This is one of the games I’ve been looked forward to,” Powell said. … The Gators are encouraging fans to wear blue Saturday, hoping for blue-out The Swamp.
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