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Untitled Document John Capel
Wide Receiver 5-11, 163
Sophomore, 1L
Brooksville (Hernando HS)

Ranks among the nation's fastest football players... A true sophomore who is an All-America sprinter battling for a top role on the Gator wide receiver contingent, as well as a top kickoff returner... Ran a 10.12 100 meters this past spring, a mark that ranks second best in UF history - trailing only Olympic medalist Dennis Mitchell in Gator annals... Won the SEC Outdoor 200m dash title in a Florida record 19.99 (Time ranked as the top American mark and the second fastest time in the world when run)... Named Florida's Most Valuable Track Athlete for 1999 season... Did not participate much in spring football due to track schedule... Has played in 11 regular season games with one start for 143 plays... Also played in 1999 Orange Bowl... 1998 - Played in all 11 regular season games with one start (South Carolina) for 143 plays... Also played in Orange Bowl... 11 rushes for 80 yards (7.3 avg.) and one TD, as well as two receptions for four yards... 80 rushing yards was fourth-best on squad... Eight punt returns for 77 yards (9.6 avg.), as well as 10 kickoff returns for 274 yards (27.4 avg.)... Scored first career touchdown on eight-yard run vs. Georgia... Three punt returns for 19 yards and two kickoff returns for 42 yards vs. Vanderbilt... Made first career start vs. South Carolina and caught first career pass for one yard... Two rushes for 16 yards, one catch for three yards and one kickoff return for 25 yards vs. Florida State... Prep - Considered one of the nation's top WR prospects who is also one of the nation's top prep sprinters (won the 100 and 200 meters at the prestigious National Scholastic Championships in the summer of 1997)... Named to several prep All-America contingents... Rated the nation's top WR prospect by National Recruiting Advisor and received All-America honors from that publication... Named to prestigious Parade All-America Team... Ranked among the nation's top 35 prep players by The Sporting News... Played mostly running back at Hernando HS where he rushed for 1,229 yards in '97 (9.1 avg.) with 12 TDs and also caught 28 passes for 434 yards (15.5 avg.) and three TDs... Named to Florida's Super Seniors Team... Won the state 4A championship as a junior in '97 in both the 100 and 200 meters... High school coach was Bill Browning... Personal - Born John Capel, Jr. on October 27, 1978... Parent - John Capel, Sr. ... Major - History.
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