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57 Bobby McCray

Drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft in the seventh round as the 249th overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars...

CAREER: Appeared in 36 games, starting 15 and had 1,293 snaps...Played in the 2002 Orange Bowl...

2003: Second-Team All-SEC (Coaches' and AP)...Played in 12 games and started eight...Appeared in 12 games (SJSU, Miami, FAMU, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, FSU and Iowa)...Ranked third among UF linemen with 50 tackles...Also led the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks...All 9.5 sacks came in the final nine games played in...Sack total tied for the highest among SEC players and finished 10th on Florida's single-season list...Had two pass break ups and forced a fumble...606 plays was the third highest total among defensive linemen...Slowed by a toe injury throughout the preseason...Finished the LSU game with a career-high three sacks and led the line with five tackles...Three sacks against the Tigers tied for the highest single-game total by an SEC player in 2003...Pressured in the Kentucky game as well, recording 2.5 sacks...Led all defensive linemen with six tackles against Tennessee and recorded his first sack of the season against the Vols...Was named a captain for the Ole Miss and Arkansas games.

2002: Saw significant playing time at defensive end, and also played on the punt coverage team...Played in all 13 games for 505 plays, third highest of defensive ends...Started five games (LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina)...Second-team All-SEC selection by The Sporting News...Recorded 45 tackles (20 solo) and 22.3 "Big Plays" (2.3 sacks, four TFL, 14 FH, one FR, one BLK)...Ranked third on the defense with 22.3 "Big Plays"...His 14 forced hurries ranked second on the team...Second on the team with 2.3 sacks...Had three forced hurries, a sack and a TFL in both wins over UAB and Kentucky...Blocked a 23-yard FG by Auburn's Damon Duval with 20 seconds left to force the game into overtime...Also had a career-high 10 tackles vs. Auburn and added two forced hurries...Recovered a fumble and finished with six tackles and two forced hurries in win over undefeated No. 5 Georgia...Named Special Teams Player of the Game at Vanderbilt...

2001: Redshirt sophomore who played a top role at defensive end...Saw action in eight of 11 regular season games (missed games vs. Auburn, Georgia and Vanderbilt due to ankle injury), with two starts (Marshall, UL-Monroe) for 176 plays...Also played in the Orange Bowl...Registered 12 tackles and seven "Big Plays" (2.5 sacks, 2.5 TBL and two FH) on the season...Had three tackles and a 0.5 sack vs. Marshall in his first collegiate start...

2000: Saw action in three games (Middle Tennessee, LSU, Auburn) for 16 plays at defensive end...Recipient of UF's Most Improved Freshman Award on defense following spring drills...

1999: Did not see any game action and was redshirted...Worked with the scout team on the defensive line...

PREP: A standout defender who earned All-America recognition...Named to PrepStar's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top 20 defensive line prospects in the SEC region...National Bluechips ranked among the nation's top 20 prospects at its rush end classification...SuperPrep ranked him among the state's top 40 players overall and top eight defensive line prospects in Florida despite missing half of the season with an injury...Had 32 tackles with seven quarterback sacks in half a season...High school coach was Andrew Brown...

year ut-at tt tbl qbs ff fr pd int
2000 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 1-11 12 2.5 2.5 0 0 0 0
2002 20-25 45 4 2.3 0 1 0 0
2003 34-16 50 11.5 9.5 1 0 2 0
Total 55-52 107 18 14.3 1 1 2 0

Total Tackles: 10 (Auburn, 2002)
QB Sacks: 3 (LSU, 2003)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (Ole Miss, 2003)

2003 game-by-game

Games played: 12

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|    

 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Brk

 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE ST............   2    1      3    1.0-1     0.0-0     0  0-0     0

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....   2    1      3    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............   3    1      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     1

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............   3    3      6    1.5-7     1.5-7     0  0-0     0

 Sep 27, 2003 at Kentucky............   4    1      5    2.5-16    2.5-16    0  0-0     1

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................   2    3      5    1.0-4     1.0-4     1  0-0     0

 Oct 11, 2003 at LSU.................   4    1      5    3.0-18    3.0-18    0  0-0     0

 Oct 18, 2003 at Arkansas............   1    1      2    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............   6    1      7    0.5-5     0.5-5     0  0-0     0

 Nov 15, 2003 at South Carolina......   3    1      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........   3    1      4    1.0-3     0.0-0     0  0-0     0

 Jan 1, 2004  vs IOWA................   1    1      2    1.0-5     1.0-5     0  0-0     0

 Totals..............................  34   16     50   11.5-59    9.5-55    1  0-0     2


"I think [Lee and McCray] both have had real good springs. They've matured a lot. A sense of urgency is a good way to describe it. I think they're looking for this year to excel."
(April 11, 2003) Red Anderson, UF Defensive Line Coach

"Defensive end Bobby McCray had an excellent spring and could be an all-star candidate in the fall."
(April 28, 2002) Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun

"By the middle of spring drills, [the worries about the defensive line] seemed to vanish. By the end of the spring, new defensive coordinator John Thompson was even describing the defensive line as a team strength. So, what happened? Bobby McCray happened, for one thing."
(July 21, 2002) Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun

"Bobby McCray hasn't done much on the field yet, but he's shown some big-time potential and has a chance to emerge as an all-star player. He has long arms, great size (6-foot-6, 248) and is one of UF's fastest defensive players. He had a breakthrough spring and was almost unblockable in scrimmages and drills. When he plays with consistent effort, he's tough to handle."
(July 21, 2002) Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun

"Guss Scott, Matt Farrior and Bobby McCray- they were always on winning teams. They have pressure on them and they have NFL prospects so they know they have to do the best that they can. Guss has always been a worker. Bobby has a lot to prove because people are always knocking him but he's one of the best defensive ends in the nation. Matt's really good but he's just quiet, now he's starting to let it out. Everyone's doing better because those guys are talking us up."
(July 10, 2003) Ciatrick Fason, UF Running Back

"Bobby McCray has a chance to be as good or better than departed All-American Alex Brown. McCray has been unblockable most of the spring..."
(April 6, 2002) The Gainesville Sun, Spring Game Preview

"The combination of McCray and O-J (Marcus Oquendo-Johnson) on the outside could be scary in passing situations."
(Preseason 2002) Gator Bait Preseason Yearbook

"It's too early to tell whether Bobby McCray will be a sequel to "The Freak" show, but Florida's coaching staff would certainly welcome a reincarnation of Jevon Kearse. At 6-6, 248 pounds, McCray, a redshirt junior, certainly has the physique to merit comparisons with the former Gator standout pass-rusher."
(Preseason 2002) Lindy's Football Preseason 2002

"You can expect leadership out of me this year. The defensive line has to lead the team."
(March 23, 2003) Bobby McCray, UF Defensive End

"I want to try to improve in every aspect. Pass rushing might be the No. 1 thing. I'm much faster and much quicker and more aware on the field than I was at the beginning of last year. I'm just better prepared overall. You get much better as the years go on."
(March 29, 2003) Bobby McCray, UF Defensive End

"In order to be a leader, you have to lead by example. You have to step up and be dominant yourself. You can't just be out there taking up space and then try to coach someone else about how to play the position. Hopefully, me and Darrell Lee will be dominant, and the guys will follow our shadow."
(March 29, 2003) Bobby McCray, UF Defensive End

"I've got to prove that I can make multiple sacks in a game, things like that, make plays from sideline to sideline. I've just got to prove that I can play up to my full force speed. I've got to make more plays. That's what I'm trying to do this year."
(August 20, 2003) Bobby McCray, UF Defensive End

"He's faster than any defensive end in the country. Man, he's faster than most defensive backs."
(September 5, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"McCray was unblockable in scrimmages, almost single-handedly forcing the coaches to move Mo Mitchell from the left side to the right side because he could not block him. With sensational speed for a defensive end, McCray softens the blow of losing Brown and his 10.5 sacks."
(Preseason 2002) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait

"Apparently, the Gators' coaching staff is excited about the second coming of Jevon Kearse in defensive end Bobby McCray. McCray has the speed, strength and wing span to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. The inside word is the coaches think McCray has the same tools as Kearse but that he's actually tougher than Kearse. Look for Mr. McCray to have a breakout season that will keep quarterbacks' heads on a swivel."
(Preseason 2002) The Southeastern Post 2002 Preseason Edition

"They (Darrell Lee and Bobby McCray) could be as good as any pair of defensive ends in the country. I've told them that in order for us to be a good defense, they have to play hard. They can lift a defense up. They have the talent."
(August 14, 2003) Charlie Strong, UF Defensive Coordinator

"Bobby has unbelievable ability. Our job is to get him to try to do the things that he can do. It's a good feeling to see the way those two guys (McCray and DE Darrell Lee) are competing and the way they're trying to do what we ask them to do."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview)

"He could be as good as any defensive end in the country. He's got everything, size, speed, strength. The guy is so fast and so strong, and he can jump through the gym."
(September 5, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"He's always had the talent. He had the talent when I got here. I am proud of him the way he's coming through these last few weeks. He's practicing hard and I think that's a perfect example. You practice hard, usually what you do out on the practice field is what you're going to do over there (in the stadium)."
(October 22, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

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