Linebacker • 6-1, 225
Tampa (Chamberlain HS)
A four-time letterwinner...Played in 40 regular season games with 16 starts for 1,245 plays...Also played in 1997 Sugar Bowl, 1998 Citrus Bowl and 1999 Orange Bowl...A running back who made the move to linebacker in the spring prior to his senior season...UF's second leading rusher for the 1998 season (321 yards)...704 career rushing yards on 134 carries (5.3 avg.), along with six rushing TDs...Also played on special teams, with seven career tackles...1999 - The starter at strongside linebacker in all 12 games for 700 plays and also sees duty on special teams...Underwent surgery on his left knee on December 9 and missed the Citrus Bowl...One of three defensive captains...60 total tackles (44 solo) with 14.5 "Big Plays" (5.5 quarterback sacks for 36.5 yards, one tackle behind line for loss of one yard, seven quarterback hurries and one pass deflection)...Fifth on team in solo tackles with 44 and in total tackles with 60...5.5 QB sacks ranked second on the squad...14.5 "Big Plays" third best for a linebacker...First career start on defense and tied for team lead in solo tackles vs. Western Michigan with eight, had two sacks for 15 yards...10 tackles (seven solo) and four "Big Plays" (one behind line for loss of one yard, one sack for five yards, one quarterback hurry and one pass deflection) vs. Tennessee...Seven tackles (four solo) vs. Alabama...Three "Big Plays" (all quarterback hurries) vs. LSU...Seven tackles (five solo) vs. Georgia...Two tackles (one solo) and three "Big Plays" (one quarterback sack (-5) and two quarterback hurries) vs. Vanderbilt...Nine tackles (eight solo) and 2.5 "Big Plays" (1.5 sacks (-11.5) and one quarterback hurry) vs. Florida State...Co-recipient of the defensive unit's Unselfish Award this past spring...1998 - Played in eight regular season games (all but The Citadel, Northeast Louisiana and Tennessee) with four starts (Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida State) for 184 plays... Also played in Orange Bowl... Moved into a top role at tailback with injury to Terry Jackson... 69 carries for 321 yards (4.7 avg.) and one TD and four receptions for 29 yards...321 rushing yards ranked second on squad...Missed the first three games of the season due to a violation of Athletic Department and team rules... 12 yards on four carries and one catch for 12 yards against Alabama... Four carries for 17 yards vs. LSU... 13 carries for team-high 43 yards vs. Auburn... 12 rushes for team-high 76 yards and two receptions for 14 yards in first career start vs. Georgia... Led team with 102 yards (second 100-yard game of his career) on 14 carries and one TD (41 yards) as a starter vs. Vanderbilt... Team-high 59 yards rushing on seven carries (8.4) vs. South Carolina... 1997 - 24 carries for 93 yards (3.9 avg.) and one TD on the year, as well as three receptions for 34 yards... The top backup to Fred Taylor at tailback who also moved into a top role at fullback with season-ending injury to Terry Jackson... Played in nine of 11 games (all but LSU and Auburn with knee injury) for 189 plays... Also played in Citrus Bowl... Eight rushes for 23 yards vs. Southern Mississippi... Two carries for 26 yards vs. Central Michigan... Six carries for 22 yards and one TD (6 yards) vs. Kentucky... Four rushes for 16 yards and one catch for 17 yards vs. Arkansas before injuring knee... Sprained his left knee vs. Arkansas and missed LSU and Auburn games...Two catches for 17 yards vs. Georgia... Four carries for six yards vs. South Carolina... One reception for seven yards in Citrus Bowl... 1996 - Played in nine games for 165 plays as a backup tailback...Also played in Sugar Bowl... Rushed for 290 yards on 41 carries (7.1 avg.), along with four rushing touchdowns and five special teams tackles... Four rushing touchdowns tied for third-best on squad...290 rushing yards ranked fourth-best on team... Impressive Gator debut vs. Georgia Southern, rushing for 116 yards on eight carries (14.5 avg.), including touchdown runs of 2 and 63 yards (received a game ball for his performance)... 15 yards on eight carries vs. Kentucky, as well as one catch for five yards... Five carries for 35 yards and a touchdown (18 yards), as well as one catch for 19 yards, vs. Arkansas... 12 rushes for 57 yards and one TD (5 yards) vs. LSU... Six carries for 54 yards vs. Georgia... 1995 - Was redshirted and did not see any game action...Worked primarily with the scout team at tailback... Prep - Considered one of the state of Florida's most versatile players (played tailback, fullback, safety and outside linebacker during his prep career)...Selected one of the top 15 fullback prospects in the country by National Bluechip Recruiting Service... Prep All-America honors from that publication... Ranked among the state's top six players on Tampa Tribune Bluechip List... Rushed for 1,086 yards on 193 carries (5.7 apc) with 10 TDs and also registered 21 catches for 210 yards and three TDs in 1994 at Tampa Chamberlain... Rushed for 953 yards and 10 TDs at Tampa Jesuit as a junior in 1993 despite missing five games... Had seven 200-yard rushing games in his final two prep seasons... Honorable mention All-State (6A) in 1994...High school coach was Billy Turner...Also visited Michigan and North Carolina during the recruiting process... Personal - Born Eugene William McCaslin, Jr. on July 12, 1977... Parent - Antionette McCaslin... Steak is his favorite food... Major - Health Science Education.