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Eric Rutledge


5' 11"
253 lbs.
P.K. Yonge

A true senior who switched to linebacker from fullback in the spring of 2005 and moved to
fullback during the 2005 season…

CAREER: Saw action in 48 games…

2007:  Earned the starting nod in all but two games during the season (Auburn and Vanderbilt), starting nine of the 12 at the fullback position and one at halfback…Also contributed on special teams throughout the year…

2006: Made the first start of his collegiate career at fullback against Vanderbilt…Participated in 13 of the 14 games as a member of the special teams…Contributed on special teams in the 26-7 win over Kentucky…Saw action in Florida’s 21-20 win at Tennessee on the special teams’ unit… Participated on the special teams’ unit and at running back during the win over UCF and the season opener versus USM…

2005: Important member of the special teams’ unit for the Gators, most often on the kick return squad…Saw time in all 12 games…Moved to fullback during the season and practiced with the offense over the last two months of the campaign…

2004: Played in 11 games (all but Kentucky) for 125 plays…One of eight true freshmen to see action…Saw limited duties on offense at fullback against EMU, Tennessee, MSU, Georgia, Vanderbilt and FSU…Recorded five tackles in 104 special teams’ plays as a member of the punt, kickoff coverage and kickoff return teams…Made first career road trip to Tennessee…

PREP: Primary position was running back, although he lined up at linebacker and quarterback in high school…Named the Gainesville Sun’s Class 2A Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2003…Received Class 1A all-state and first team all-area honors as a junior…As a junior, he rushed for just under 1,500 yards…Team posted a 7-4 record in 2003 before dropping a 19-7 decision to Jacksonville Trinity in the third round of the state playoffs as he scored the squad’s only touchdown…Helped the Blue Wave to a 12-1 season in 2002 before losing in the regional finals to eventual class 1A state champ Jacksonville Trinity…As a sophomore, he injured his leg during the second game of the year and was shelved for the remainder of the season…Was a starter on the basketball team that advanced to the Class 2A final in 2003…Also recruited by East Carolina and South Carolina…Coached by Florida graduate John Clifford…Has lived in Gainesville his entire life and is a lifelong Gator fan…

PERSONAL: Was born on Feb. 8, 1986, in Gainesville, Fla…His mother is Erica Rutledge…Active member of the Goodwill Gators who participated in the Jump Rope for Heart and Adopt-A-Team events…

MAJOR: Sociology.

2004 4-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 4-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Year No. Yds Avg. TDs Long      
2006 0 0 0.0 0 0      
Totals: 0 0 0.0 0 0      

Tackles: 2 (South Carolina, 2004)

What They Are Saying About Eric Rutledge

"You never know what can happen in the SEC, especially the way college football has gone this year. Anything can happen. The seniors have to get in (the young players') heads and talk to them and let them know we've got four games left to play and we want to win out.” (10/30/07)
Eric Rutledge

"He is an unselfish player.  He is certainly capable of making big plays because he is big, strong and fast." (February 15, 2004)
John Clifford, P.K. Younge head football coach

"He has great athletic ability for his size.  He's a guys who will help on special teams.  He's a very tough kid.  We're probably going to start him out as a fullback.  When he gets with Rob Glass in the weight room he could easily be 240-245 pounds and keep his athleticism.  The thing about him is because he has the toughness he could play linebacker or safety and he'll come up and strike you."  (March 15, 2004)
Mike Locksley, Former UF Recruiting Coordinator

"Rutledge, 6-0 and 235 pounds, is a gifted and versatile talent with excellent size and speed." (March 15, 2004)
Jamie Newberg,

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