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Friday January 20, 2012 Joyer set to make UF track-and-field debut at Sunday's Gator Invite

Updated: 12:10pm, January 20

Gators freshman fullback Hunter Joyer did enough on the football field in the fall to convince head coach Will Muschamp that he is one of the building blocks for the future.

Hunter Joyer

Joyer played in all 13 games, finishing with 82 yards on 18 carries and scoring two touchdowns primarily as a blocking and short-yardage back.

While he arrived at Florida on a football scholarship, Joyer is no slouch at his other preferred sport: track and field. Joyer will make his UF debut on Sunday during the Gator Invite, the first indoor meet Florida has hosted in nearly two years.

You can check out a full list of competitors at this link on

As a senior at Wesley Chapel High, Joyer had the best throw in the shot put of any athlete in the state. He capped his prep career by repeating as Class 2A state champion.

Joyer is scheduled to join teammates Gray Horn and Stipe Zunic in the shot put at the Gator Invite on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

(Photo: Bill Ward/Tampa Tribune)

Joyer is one of four UF student-athletes who also play another sport competing in track and field this spring, joining football players Jeff Demps and Frankie Hammond, and soccer goalie Taylor Burke.

Demps, who recently announced he is giving up football to seek an Olympic and professional track career, and Hammond are expected to begin their seasons at a later date. Meanwhile, Burke is scheduled to compete in the women’s high jump on Sunday.

For more info on the Gator Invite, check out this story on

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