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54 David Jorgensen
  • Center
  • 6-4, 306
  • 1999-2002, 4L
  • Hartford, CT (Avon Old Farms)

CAREER: Played in 43 regular season games with 27 starts for 1,930 plays...Also started the 2001 Sugar Bowl and played in the 2002 Orange Bowl...Elected to student senate in 2000 election (October)...SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2001...Scheduled to graduate in December of 2002...

2002: Honorable Mention All-SEC...Played in all 12 games, including nine starts for 734 plays....Starter at right guard for seven games (UAB, Miami, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn and Vanderbilt) and the starter at center for two games (LSU and Georgia)...One of the squad's most versatile lineman playing both guard positions and center...Graded out best among all offensive lineman in the LSU game...Played a season-high 82 snaps vs. Georgia...Played in 81 snaps the following week vs. Vanderbilt...Saw action in a team-high 69 snaps in season opener vs. UAB...Saw action at left guard vs. Ole Miss...Graded out a season best 76 percent vs. South Carolina...Missed the majority of spring drills with an ankle injury...

2001: Played in nine of 11 regular season games (all but Auburn and Tennessee), with five starts (Marshall, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida State) for 376 plays...Also saw action in the Orange Bowl...Start vs. Marshall in season opener was 14th consecutive...Had wrist surgery in January and missed all of spring drills...Received game ball vs. Georgia...SEC Academic Honor Roll selection...

2000: Started all 12 regular season games at center and the Sugar Bowl...One of only five players on squad to start all 13 games despite playing the vast majority of the year with a wrist injury that ultimately required surgery after the season...718 plays ranked fourth on offensive line unit and sixth most on entire team...Received an offensive game ball for performance vs. Vanderbilt...Also saw extensive duty at offensive guard throughout the spring...Co-recipient of the offensive unit's 2000 Everyday Award at the conclusion of spring drills...One of four linemen to earn an Iron Gator Award during spring...

1999: A backup at center...Played in eight games (all but Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Florida State) with one start (Georgia) for 53 plays...Received the offensive unit's Most Improved Freshman Award during spring...

1998: Played in the first two games (The Citadel and Northeast Louisiana) for 15 plays before suffering a lower back injury...Received a medical redshirt...

PREP: Considered one of the nation's elite offensive line recruits...Named to several prep All-America contingents...Named to National Bluechips Recruiting Service's All-America Team and that publication also ranked him the top center prospects in the nation...Named to PrepStar's All-America Dream Team and that publication ranked him among the top 20 offensive line prospects in the nation...Named to National Recruiting Advisor All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top eight OT prospects in the nation...Ranked among the nation's top 30 offensive linemen by SuperPrep and received All-America honors from that publication...SuperPrep ranked him the number one player in the New England region...Coached by Kevin Driscoll at Avon Old Farms School, where he was a four-year letterwinner...Also competed in the discus, winning the New England Prep Discus Championship and going undefeated in that event for two straight years...A superior student (1350 SAT)...

PERSONAL: Born David James Jorgensen on August 29, 1979 in Hartford, Connecticut ...Parents: George and Linda Jorgensen...Father played football at Notre Dame...Enjoys hunting in his free time...Favorite movie is Top Gun and favorite actor is Robert DeNiro...

Major: Marketing.

Off the Field With David Jorgensen...

  • An outstanding student who graduated early from high school in December of 1997 and enrolled at Florida in January of 1998
  • Received a University of Florida Presidential Certificate in April 2001 for his university, campus and community service
  • Elected to student senate in October, 2000
  • Hobbies/interests include golf, hunting and money
  • Scored a 1350 on his SAT, and as a seventh grader scored a 1050.
  • Spent summers running the family business with his father
  • His father, George, was a lineman at Notre Dame from 1962-66 and with the Green Bay Packers
  • His mother, Linda, is originally from the Netherlands and is fluent in seven languages
  • Was the New England Discus Champ as a junior
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