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1 Keiwan Ratliff

Drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft in the second round as the 49th overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals...

CAREER: Multi-dimensional player who played offense, defense and special teams...Played in 49 games, including 27 starts (2000-03)...Holds the UF record for punt return yards with 860, surpassing Jacquez Green's 766 yards from 1995-97.... The only player in Division IA to catch a TD pass and return an interception on a score as well during in the 2002 season....Ranked fifth on the UF career interceptions list with 12...Scored six touchdowns in his career: three interception returns, two fumble returns and a reception...Played in 49 career games, with 27 starts, for 2,767 plays, and also played in the 2001 Sugar Bowl and started the 2002 Orange Bowl...133 tackles (106 solo) with 41 "Big Plays" (seven tackles behind the line, two QB sacks, three forced fumbles, 17 pass breakups and 12 interceptions) in his career...

2003: .Named SEC Defensive Player of the Year (Sporting News), the third Gator in history to be honored and the first DB (other Florida recipients are LB Jevon Kearse (1998) and DE Alex Brown (2001)...Named a First-Team All-American by The Sporting News...Named to the SI.com All-America Team...Named to the Rivals.com All-America Team....Named to the First-Team All-SEC (Coaches' and AP)...Named to the Collegefootballnews.com All-SEC Team.....Named one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award...Walter Camp and Football Writers Association All-American...Senior Bowl Participant...Led the SEC and the team with nine interceptions, ranking 5th nationally...Set the single-season interception record with nine surpassing Will White (1990), John Cliford (1970) and Randy Talbot (1974) who each nabbed seven...Ranked fifth in the SEC, averaging 11.1 yards per punt return, ranking 30th nationally...Had 49 tackles on the season, along with nine interceptions, six pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, a TFL and a blocked kick...Forced 10 turnovers that had set up five Gator touchdowns...Also had two interceptions that set up Gator field goals at LSU and Arkansas...His interceptions led to 40 Gator points....Led the defense with a career-high three interceptions vs. Arkansas, tying a school record, one he return for a 44-yard touchdown and recorded nine solo tackles and three pass deflections...Had an interception vs. FAMU and a fumble recovery at Miami...Had eight picks a six game stretch (Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina)...Had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown versus Vanderbilt...Second on the team with 982 plays...Started 12 of 13 games (all but Iowa)...Recorded a team-high seven tackles at No. 3 Miami and scored on a fumble recovery with a 34-yard return in the opening minutes of the second quarter...Recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown versus FSU...Named a defensive player of the game after grabbing two interceptions at No. 6 LSU, one of which set up a Gator FG....Blocked a FG in win over FAMU and also intercepted a pass...Returned six punts for an average of 18.3 yards, including a 28-yarder, and recorded two tackles in the season opener vs. SJSU...Named a UF game captain vs. No. 3 Miami, Ole Miss and at No. 6 LSU...2002: Starter at one cornerback spot for all 13 games...Started on both sides of the ball vs. Georgia and South Carolina, lining up at wide receiver and cornerback, the first Florida player to do so since the 60s...The only player in Division IA to catch a TD pass and return an interception for a score as well...Named SEC Player of the Week after returning an interception for a touchdown and intercepting a two-point conversion for the score vs. Kentucky...Named a game captain the week of the Tennessee game...Named UF's Special Teams Player of the Week after the Ohio game...Played in all 13 games on defense...Ranked second on the defense with 1,001 total plays...One of three Gator players that scored defensive touchdowns, and one of five with an INT...One of six players who had two or more sacks...Finished fourth of the defensive backs with 52 tackles, including 43 solo hits...Ranked second on the team with nine pass deflections...In first full season as a punt returner, he returned 32 punts for 341 yards (10.7 average), with his longest being a 41-yard return (vs. Ohio)...Started second consecutive bowl game in the Outback Bowl and scored a touchdown on a 33-yard pass from Rex Grossman...Recorded one tackle against Michigan and had three punt returns for 10 yards and two kick returns for 26 yards...Had a then career-high five tackles vs. No. 1 Miami...Had a 67-yard interception for a TD and an extra point interception for two points vs. UK...Had a new career-high vs. Vandy with a nine tackle performance after his then career-high performance of seven tackles vs. Georgia...Caught two passes vs. Vanderbilt for 18 yards...Caught a 7-yard pass on the first play of Florida's opening drive vs. South Carolina, finished with two catches for 18 yards...Completed a pass for 21 yards to Rex Grossman vs. South Carolina...Also had one carry for eight yards against USC...

2001: Played a top role at cornerback and also was a top kick-off and punt returner...Played in all 11 regular season games with one start (Marshall) for 335 plays, and started the Orange Bowl...17 tackles (11 solo) on the season with four "Big Plays" (two INTs, two pass deflections)...Two interceptions (vs. Vanderbilt and LSU) tied for team lead...Returned seven kickoffs for 121 yards and six punts for 63 yards (10.5 average) on season...Started season opener as part of a multiple defensive back formation vs. Marshall and recorded three tackles (two solo) while participating in 81 plays which tied for a squad high...Named squad's Most Improved Defensive Back in the spring...

2000: Saw playing time at cornerback and with special teams...Moved from wide receiver to cornerback late in fall drills...Played in all 12 regular season games with one start (Kentucky) and 375 snaps...Also played in the Sugar Bowl...17 total tackles (14 solo) with one "Big Play" (forced fumble)...Ranked second on squad in punt returns (7-113 yards-16.1 average)...Five total tackles and returned three punts for 68 yards including a 42-yarder vs. Middle Tennessee...Five tackles vs. Kentucky...Four tackles vs. Auburn in the SEC Championship Game...Had his first career interception in the Sugar Bowl and ran back two kickoffs for 39 yards...

PREP: Signed with UF in February 1999 but did not enroll and re-signed with the Gators in the spring of 2000...A two-way standout (receiver/defensive back) from Ohio who gained All-America recognition...Named to National Bluechips All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top seven wide receivers...Named to SuperPrep's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 25 receivers...Named to PrepStar's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top three defensive back prospects in the midwest...In eight games as a senior in 1998 had 46 catches for 880 yards and 13 touchdowns and was named All-Ohio and his conference's Player of the Year...42 catches for 760 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior...Nine combined interceptions over course of junior and senior seasons...High school coach was Scott Gordon...


CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS:
year ut-at tt tbl qbs ff fr pd int
2000 14-3 17 0 0 1 0 0 0
2001 10-4 14 0 0 0 0 2 2
2002 44-9 53 6 2 1 0 9 1
2003 37-12 49 1 0 1 2 6 9
Total 106-27 133 7 2 3 2 17 12
CAREER RECEIVING STATS:
year no. yds avg tds long
2002 4 58 14.5 1 33
Total 4 58 14.5 1 33
CAREER RUSHING STATS:
year no. yds avg tds long
2002 4 13 3.2 0 8
Total 4 13 3.2 0 8
CAREER PUNT RETURN STATS:
year no. yds avg tds long
2000 7 113 16.1 0 42
2001 6 63 10.5 0 38
2002 32 341 10.7 0 41
2003 31 343 11.1 0 28
Total 76 860 11.3 0 42

CAREER HIGHS:
Total Tackles: 9 (three times, last vs. Arkansas, 2003)
QB Sacks: 1 (twice, last vs. LSU, 2002)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (four times, last vs. Vanderbilt, 2003)
Interceptions: 3 (Arkansas, 2003)
Big Plays: 6 (Arkansas, 2002)
Receptions: 2 (Vandy, 2002)
Receiving Yards: 33 (Michigan, 2003 Outback Bowl)
Receiving TDs: 1 (Michigan, 2003 Outback Bowl)

PERSONALITY PROFILE

  • Father, Charles, was classmates with former UF defensive coordinator Bob Stoops at Cardinal Moody High School in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Father, Charles, played football at Florida A&M
  • The second Florida player from Ohio in the decade of the 1990s (Tony George)
  • Also played high school basketball
  • Says if he could have any job, with money not an issue, he'd coach Pop Warner football
  • Mother Roslind Hayes says that he used to sleep in his football uniform and helmet and would cry if someone tried to remove it. Also used to drink raw eggs and do one-arm pushups like Rocky when he was three.
  • The idea for Ratliff to play both ways came from a conversation former UF quarterback Rex Grossman had with the coaching staff
  • Named to Kirk Herbstreit's best dressed team for the second year in a row in 2003

Keiwan Ratliff Game-by-Game



2003 game-by-game





                                     |--PUNT RET--|   All

 Date         Opponent               No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp

 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE ST...........  6  110  0  28   110

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes...  1   19  0  19    19

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M...........  1   18  0  18    29

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE.............  2   13  0  12    13

 Sep 27, 2003 at Kentucky...........  3   29  0  25    29

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS...............  1   14  0  14    14

 Oct 11, 2003 at LSU................  3   43  0  23    88

 Oct 18, 2003 at Arkansas...........  3   21  0  10    78

 Nov 01, 2003 vs Georgia............  4   22  0  16    39

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT............  4   33  0  18    85

 Nov 15, 2003 at South Carolina.....  0    0  0   0     0

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE.........  1    4  0   4     4

 Jan 1, 2004  vs IOWA...............  2   17  0  11    17

 Totals............................. 31  343  0  28   525



 Games played: 13

 Punt ret avg: 11.1

 All purpose avg/game: 40.4

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| -FUMBLE-|        Pass Blkd 

 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds FF FR-Yds Int-Yds Brk Kick  Pts

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

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....   3    4      7    0.0-0    0  1-34    0-0     0    0    6

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............   1    0      1    0.0-0    0  0-0     1-11    0    1    0

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............   3    1      4    0.0-0    0  0-0     0-0     1    0    0

 Sep 27, 2003 at Kentucky............   1    2      3    0.0-0    0  0-0     0-0     0    0    0

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................   2    0      2    0.0-0    0  0-0     0-0     0    0    0

 Oct 11, 2003 at LSU.................   5    2      7    0.0-0    0  0-0     2-45    1    0    0

 Oct 18, 2003 at Arkansas............   9    0      9    0.0-0    0  0-0     3-57    3    0    6

 Nov 01, 2003 vs Georgia.............   4    1      5    0.0-0    1  0-0     1-17    1    0    0

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............   5    2      7    1.0-2    0  0-0     1-52    0    0    6

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

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........   1    0      1    0.0-0    0  1-77    0-0     0    0    6

 Jan 1, 2004  vs IOWA................   1    0      1    0.0-0    0  0-0     0-0     0    0    0

 Totals..............................  37   12     49    1.0-2    1  2-111   9-182   6    1   24



2002 game-by-game



                                      |--RECEIVING--|  |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   All

 Date         Opponent                No.  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp

 Aug 31, 2002 UAB BLAZERS...........    0    0  0   0   1   20  0  20   3   42  0  19    62

 Sep 07, 2002 MIAMI HURRICANES......    0    0  0   0   1    7  0   7   2   13  0  11    20

 Sep 14, 2002 OHIO...................   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   2   65  0  41    65

 Sep 21, 2002 at Tennessee...........   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   1    2  0   2     2

 Sep 28, 2002 KENTUCKY...............   0    0  0   0   1    0  0   0   3   35  0  26    97

 Oct 05, 2002 at Ole Miss............   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   4   30  0   9    30

 Oct 12, 2002 LSU....................   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   3   43  0  20    43

 Oct 19, 2002 AUBURN.................   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   2   31  0  16    31

 Nov 02, 2002 vs Georgia.............   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   5   53  0  16    53

 Nov 09, 2002 at Vanderbilt..........   2   18  0  13   0    0  0   0   2    6  0   3    24

 Nov 16, 2002 SOUTH CAROLINA.........   1    7  0   7   0    0  0   0   1    7  0   7    22

 Nov 30, 2002 at Florida State.......   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   1    4  0   4     2

 Jan 01, 2003 vs Michigan............   1   33  1  33   2   26  0  20   3   10  0   9    76

 Totals..............................   4   58  1  33   5   53  0  20  32  341  0  41   527



 Games played: 13

 Avg per rush: 3.2

 Avg per catch: 14.5

 Pass efficiency: 276.40

 Kick ret avg: 10.6

 Punt ret avg: 10.7

 All purpose avg/game: 40.5

 Total offense avg/gm: 2.6





2001 game-by-game





                                     |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   All

 Date         Opponent               No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp

 Sep 01, 2001 MARSHALL............... 1   14  0  14   0    0  0   0    14

 Sep 08, 2001 LOUISIANA-MONROE....... 0    0  0   0   1   38  0  38    38

 Sep 22, 2001 at Kentucky............ 0    0  0   0   4   17  0   9    17

 Sep 29, 2001 MISSISSIPPI STATE...... 0    0  0   0   1    8  0   8     8

 Oct 06, 2001 at LSU................. 0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Oct 13, 2001 at Auburn.............. 2   43  0  25   0    0  0   0    43

 Oct 27, 2001 vs Georgia............. 0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Nov 03, 2001 VANDERBILT............. 0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    16

 Nov 10, 2001 at South Carolina...... 1   17  0  17   0    0  0   0    17

 Nov 17, 2001 FLORIDA STATE.......... 1   26  0  26   0    0  0   0    26

 Dec 01, 2001 TENNESSEE.............. 2   21  0  11   0    0  0   0    21

 Totals.............................. 7  121  0  26   6   63  0  38   200



 Games played: 11

 Kick ret avg: 17.3

 Punt ret avg: 10.5

 All purpose avg/game: 18.2

 



2000 game-by-game





                                      |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   All

 Date         Opponent                No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp

 Sep 02, 2000 BALL STATE.............  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Sep 09, 2000 MIDDLE TENNESSEE.......  0    0  0   0   3   68  0  42    68

 Sep 16, 2000 at Tennessee...........  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Sep 23, 2000 KENTUCKY...............  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Sep 30, 2000 at Mississippi State...  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Oct 07, 2000 LSU....................  0    0  0   0   2   22  0  17    22

 Oct 14, 2000 AUBURN.................  0    0  0   0   1   19  0  19    19

 Oct 28, 2000 vs Georgia.............  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Nov 04, 2000 at Vanderbilt..........  0    0  0   0   1    4  0   4     4

 Nov 11, 2000 SOUTH CAROLINA.........  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Nov.18, 2000 at Florida State.......  2   44  0  22   0    0  0   0    44

 Dec 02, 2000 vs Auburn..............  1   17  0  17   0    0  0   0    17

 Totals..............................  3   61  0  22   7  113  0  42   174



 Games played: 12

 Kick ret avg: 20.3

 Punt ret avg: 16.1

 All purpose avg/game: 14.5

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT KEIWAN RATLIFF...

"He's one of the quickest and most versatile athletes on the team and he's ready to step into the starting lineup after patiently waiting behind Sheppard the past two seasons. He can cover. He can catch. He's a productive and dangerous return man. Now, he can be counted on to go out and play at a high level game in and game out."
(August 23, 2002) Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

"In the Kentucky win, Ratliff gave us a glimpse of his big-play potential and showed why many are comparing him to Sheppard, the All-American cornerback who specialized in game-turning plays."
(October 2, 2002) Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

"It's kind of special just to sit back and watch him. You know they're going to throw at him. They don't want to be scared of a person in the secondary, but he's showing up, and every time they throw at him they get a pick."
(November 10, 2003) Cory Bailey, UF Safety

"He has great judgement of breaking on a ball - as good as I've seen. You'd better know where you're throwing it when he's out there. It's amazing. I heard about his stats, and then you look at him and you say, 'He's as good as his stats are.' Some people luck into interceptions. He doesn't. He goes and gets them."
(November 28, 2003) Bobby Bowden, Florida State head coach

"Ratliff has made the most of balls thrown in his area. Tipped passes end up in his mitts. His breaks on curl patterns have been explosive. And when Florida is in a zone defense, Ratliff has used improved vision to make big plays."
(October 26, 2003) Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun

"Is is possible that a guy picked to be one of the two best cornerbacks in the league could also be one of the SEC's most improved players?"
(October 26, 2003) Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun

"Keiwan is doing a great job. He's picked up the offense tremendously. We've got him where he can play inside and outside. He's learning the entire offense, so we can put him where we want to put him at any time. He's a constant threat. Every time he has the ball in his hand, he can take it the distance."
(March 29, 3004) Larry Fedora, UF assistant coach

"Keiwan Ratliff, though unproven, has all of the skills to replace Sheppard as one of the nation's best cover corners. The Gators are counting on him to have a huge year, blanketing opponents' best receivers when the need arises."
(Preseason 2002) Gator Bait 2002 Preseason Yearbook

"He would do all kinds of crazy stuff getting ready for football and he wasn't even going to play for three more years."
(January 1, 2003) Roslind Hayes, Keiwan Ratliff's mother

"You're going to see it [players playing both ways] more and more. With the limited number of scholarships today, if you have a great athlete you're going to look at playing him both ways. Let's say you want to go deep and you don't have a receiver with speed, why not put the other guy out there?"
(August 22, 2003) Lou Holtz, South Carolina Head Coach

"Keiwan's brought some thunder I didn't know he had. He's not afraid of anything."
(August 24, 2002) Taylor Jacobs, former UF wide receiver and second-round selection by the Washington Redskins in the 2003 NFL Draft

"He can play. Keiwan is going to be a player for us. He's going to make plays. He's a really good athlete and he plays with a lot of confidence. He'll have a chance to do some of the same things Lito did for us."
(August 23, 2002) Todd Johnson, former UF free safety who was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2003 NFL Draft

"Perhaps that has never been more evident than Saturday's game with Georgia when he started the contest on defense (and made a nice stick on a screen), returned a punt and then made his first career start at wide receiver-- all in the first two minutes of the game."
(November 2, 2002) John Patton, Gainesville Sun

"Ratliff has big play written all over his No. 1 jersey."
(September 17, 2003) Mike Phillips, Miami Herald

"(Ratliff) has emerged as one of the best cornerbacks in the nation."
(October 26, 2003) Mike Phillips, Miami Herald

"It's a cornerback's dream to get the No. 1 assignment each week. I think I'm ready for it. I feel I go against the best receivers in the country every day in practice. That's just going to make me better."
(August 23, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I go out and try to make big plays and do the things I feel I'm capable of doing. Hopefully, that was just a small glimpse of the things I can do and will do."
(October 2, 2002) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"As a player and an athlete, you love to play both ways, especially if you're a defensive back. All defensive backs think they can go over there and play wide receiver. Any time you have the ball in your hands you feel like you're helping your teammates. You know you can make big things happen. I just love playing on both sides of the ball. I feel I'm conditioned enough to go as much as the coaches want me to."
(November 15, 2002) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"Hopefully I can become a bigger part of the offense and start making big plays on a consistent basis. I feel comfortable at wide receiver because I've done it all my life. It's just a matter of me getting comfortable with the system now."
(November 15, 2002) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I love playing corner. But I can't deny I want the ball in my hands. Any athlete wants the ball in his hands as much as possible. I like the limelight of wide receiver more, but I feel corner is a more challenging position and the position I'd like to play professionally."
(November 15, 2002) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I was just getting used to focusing only on defense and other team's offenses. It's just fun. It's bringing me back to how I felt in high school, thinking I'm going to catch this screen and take it to the house 80 yards. It's an adjustment I love to make."
(November 14, 2002) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"Now that I'm practicing every day on offense, I'm picking up a lot of the audibles and checks. Before, they'd throw me out there with one set pattern and we couldn't check out of it and couldn't change if we saw something wrong in the defense."
(March 25, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"It's like a fresh start. It's like going back to high school again, running routes and getting the chance to make plays. At wide receiver, you're always competing."
(April 4, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"Anytime a coach comes to you and says you can help the team on offense as well as defense, that's an honor. You have to step up to meet that kind of challenge, because that's a lot of responsibility."
(April 13, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I want to be the best cornerback in the country and the best wide receiver in the country if I get enough playing time. I'm a cornerback first, but I love the confidence the coaches are showing in me by giving me a chance to play wide receiver too."
(April 21, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"That's something I would love to happen (play both ways). I wouldn't say it's a goal, because my only goal is to help the team, but I'd really like that to happen. My goal is to score as much as I possibly can."
(April 13, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I watched Champ Bailey play all the time, I watched Charles Woodson play- I've got all the confidence in the world in myself and the coaching staff has the confidence. If I can go out and duplicate some of the things they did, I think we'll be very successful next season."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I'm going to try and pace myself so I don't burn out. Some people think you've got to work out and work out and work out, but you've got to pace yourself so you don't over-do it. You can always get in better shape. I'm going to go out this summer and try and get in the best shape possible. I'll just do what (strength and conditioning coordinator) coach (Rob) Glass tells me to do, play basketball and run."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I want to be on the field every play. When the adrenaline is pumping you don't feel how tired you are until after you take the pads off when the game is over."
(July 31, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"Last year I didn't know the offense. They just sent me in and told me to run a post or run a screen. This year I played offense all spring and now I know the whole package."
(July 31, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I watched Charles Woodson and Champ Bailey and envied what they did. If I can do those things, I will. It is a dream come true to be able to play both sides of the ball. I only hope I can do half of what they've done."
(August 22, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I'm very confident. I'm as confident as I have ever been on this defense. We have all the tools that we had last year, plus more. We have a year under our belts of learning this defense, and we're more comfortable around the coaches. We understand what they want from us, so we can go out and play better. We're not thinking as much."
(August 28, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"Coach [Zook] told me I need to take more risks. He said I need to be a gambler. I was just trying to make sure my guy didn't catch the ball. Now, I'm the one trying to catch it."
(November 13, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"He's a playmaker. That's why he's getting a lot of playing time, because he can make the plays on the ball and do good things when he gets it...I think he's going to be real good."
(September 26, 2000) Lito Sheppard, Former Florida All-American cornerback

"Florida's coaches expect him to become one of the nation's best cover cornerbacks, a game-breaker in the mold of Lito Sheppard. Entering his junior season, he doesn't have the stats to back up that belief, but he will once he starts every week in the fall."
(2002 Gator Bait Season Preview)

"Ratliff exhibited his instant-change capability by returning an interception for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Orange and Blue game. Hill had two kickoff returns and a punt return for a touchdown last year. Together, they could give UF its fastest pair of corners in school history."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview)

"Ratliff appears to be ready to become the shut-down corner his reputation suggests but his performance in 2002 didn't confirm. FSU's Anquan Boldin burned him last season, but he has the combination of speed, quickness, smarts and confidence that makes big-time cornerbacks."
(August 28, 2003) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait

"He lacks great size but is a terrific athlete who also is used at receiver. When facing more physical receivers, he compensates for his lack of size with special speed."
(Preseason, 2003) The Sporting News

"He has good speed but, more important, can take a hit over the middle and is dangerous after the catch."
(Preseason 2003) The Sporting News

"There's just not a lot of cover performers around like him who have the ability he has. There's no question about him being able to step in there and cover people and make us a better defense...You can put him on an island and feel real confident about it."
(Preseason 2002) John Thompson, former Florida Defensive Coordinator

"Keiwan has a lot of God-given ability. We can match him up with a lot of people and just say, 'Go cover that guy.' He's extremely talented."
(Preseason 2002) John Thompson, former Florida Defensive Coordinator

"Keiwan has speed, he has size, he has the hips, he has the instincts. He just has to keep working hard."
(October 2, 2002) John Thompson, former Florida Defensive Coordinator

"His cover ability, his athletic ability, his toughness, his knowledge of the game-he has it all. He has all the qualities you need to step into that position. He's ready."
(August 24, 2002) Mike Woodford, UF Secondary coach

"The more we get the ball in his hands, the better off we are."
(April 2, 2003) Ed Zaunbrecher, UF Offensive Coordinator

"If anybody can do it (play both ways), he can."
(April 2, 2003) Ed Zaunbrecher, UF Offensive Coordinator

"It's obvious he's a very, very talented guy, and he's a guy that can play both ways. I'm not saying he's going to be a starting receiver or we're going to move him to offense, but I like how he plays. He has God-given ability and talent."
(April 13, 2002) Ron Zook, Florida Head Coach

"He has a chance to be a heck of a football player. He's played against good receivers and he's getting more and more confident. He had the potential to be the real deal, at any level."
(October 2, 2002) Ron Zook, Florida Head Coach

"Keiwan is a talented guy who can make things happen. You want to try and get your best players on the field in certain situations. Playing on both sides of the ball is hard to do at this level, but he's got the ability to do it. You just can't go overboard with it."
(November 15, 2002) Ron Zook, Florida Head Coach

"He is an explosive guy who can make things happen when he's got the ball in his hands."
(March 12, 2003) Ron Zook, Florida Head Coach

"We'll do more than five or six things with him. He'll have a pretty good grasp on offense. How much he plays on offense will depend on how fast younger guys come around on defense at the corner spots."
(July 31, 2003) Ron Zook, Florida Head Coach

"If everything was fine on defense, I'd like to see him play offense full-time. If some of the young receivers come through and are the kind of players we think they'll be, maybe we'll keep Keiwan on defense. But if you ask me right now, I'd like to see him on offense because he's a big-play type guy."
(July 31, 2003) Ron Zook, Florida Head Coach

"Right now, he's playing as good as anybody. He's smart on the football field. Keiwan is understanding and studying the game. He's playing, not thinking."
(October 20, 2003) Ron Zook, Florida Head Coach

"I used to always say when I coached the secondary if a guy gets nine interceptions, I don't care how good you are, you're going to be an All-American. I said on the phones when he scored, 'He just made himself an All-American.' I think he's playing well, he's playing what we asked him to do. He's not taking chances, he's playing in the system. The guy is kind of like a magnet."
(November 10, 2003) Ron Zook, Florida Head Coach

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