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24 Vannez Gooch
  • Cornerback
  • 5-8, 185, Senior
  • Jacksonville (White HS)

Career
A redshirt senior...Transferred from Florida State in January of 1998 ...Saw action in 27 UF regular season games for 248 plays and also played in the 1999 Orange Bowl and 2000 Citrus Bowl...Moved from tailback to cornerback during fall of 1999...Had 13 career special teams tackles

2000 Season
A redshirt senior who played a backup role at cornerback and a top role on kick and punt coverage units...Played in all 12 games for a total of 148 plays...Three special teams tackles

1999 Season
Moved from tailback to cornerback during fall practice and emerged as a top special teams performer... Played in eight of 12 games (all but Western Michigan, UCF, Tennessee and the SEC Championship Game versus Alabama) for 90 plays... Also played in Citrus Bowl... Led the team in special teams tackles with 11... Suffered shoulder injury vs. FSU, which forced him to miss SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama... Made Gator debut on 14 plays against Kentucky and finished with two special teams tackles... Two special teams tackles versus Auburn... Two special teams tackles against Georgia... Two special teams tackles versus Vanderbilt... Two special teams tackles against Florida State before suffering a shoulder injury.

1998 Season
Saw action in Orange Bowl and had one reception for five yards... Had to sit out the regular season as a transfer from Florida State per NCAA rules... Prior to UF: Played for Florida State in 1996 and 1997.

1997 Season
Saw action in 10 of 11 games at tailback... Rushed 19 times for 38 yards (2.0 avg.) ... Also had five receptions for 21 yards and one kickoff return for six yards. 1996 Season Received a medical redshirt at Florida State after suffering an ankle injury in season-opening win against Duke... Rushed three times for three yards in that game.

Prep
Set White High School records for career yards (4,314), yards in a season (1,859) and yards in a game (218)... Also established school records for 100-yard games (25) and consecutive 100-yard games (17)... Did not fumble in over 200 touches as a senior... Two-time Class 5A All-State selection... Earned honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today... High school coach was Dan Disch.

Personal
Born Vannez N. Gooch on July 27, 1977... Parents: Kerry and Fanny Gooch... Enjoys weight training and fishing in his free time... Major: Commercial Recreation.


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