- Joey Sorrentino
- 5' 7"
- 173 lbs.
- Trinity Catholic
CAREER: Gritty special teams’ performer on the kickoff and punt coverage unit...Played in 42 games and made seven career tackles...2009: Participated in all 14 games for the Gators, mostly as a member of special teams…One of five captains voted on by teammates… Saw action at defensive back and defensive line in the fourth quarter against FIU…Saw extensive action on special teams, collecting one tackle in the Gators’ win over Charleston Southern…2008: Played in all 14 games on special teams...Named to the 2008 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll...2007: Saw action on special teams in all 13 games...Flew in for a blocked punt against Florida Atlantic that was returned for a touchdown by Markus Manson...Registered five tackles on the season...A member of the 2007 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll...2006: Made collegiate debut against Western Carolina...PREP: High school coach was former Gator quarterback and current Jacksonville Head Coach Kerwin Bell...Has an award named after him at Trinity Catholic H.S. for outstanding effort on and off the field...Led the school to a district championship in football in 2005...A third-team all-state pick as a junior...Earned first-team all county Recognition in both 2004 and ’05...Named team MVP as a junior...A two-time state qualifier in weightlifting...Tabbed first-team all-county in weightlifting...Also earned four letters in weightlifting and one in soccer during his prep career...PERSONAL: Born on Oct. 29, 1986...Active member of the Goodwill Gators who participated in the Duval FCAT Pep Rally...His parents are Joe and Lynn Sorrentino...Has two brothers, Dante and Anthony, and a sister, Rachel...Attended the same high school as quarterback John Brantley...MAJOR: Exercise Physiology.
· Donated his gift from the 2008 Capital One Bowl (Best Buy Shopping Spree) to area hospitals
· Was a former walk-on that earned a scholarship in 2009 and was also named a 2009 team captain
· Despite being 5-7, he can bench press 340 pounds, while squatting over 500 pounds
· Coached in high school by former Gator quarterback Kerwin Bell
· Named all-county in weight lifting while in high school; qualified for state twice
· Has an award named after him at Trinity Catholic H.S. in Ocala, Fla., for effort on and off the field
What They’re Saying About Joey Sorrentino
“It was a shock. I was so happy, but at the same time I was fighting back tears. I was just so happy.” (9/3/09)
Joey Sorrentino on being named captain by his teammates
"Biggest heart on the team. He works his butt off. He's at the top of the charts on effort at Florida, and all the coaches respect him. If it means going to get a water bottle, he'll do it the best. He's what our program is all about — hard work and doing anything for the team." (8/04/09)
John Brantley, UF quarterback and high school teammate of Sorrentino
"He's only about 3-foot-5. Seriously, if you stuck a 6-foot body on him and a 220-pound frame, you've got a guy like Tebow. That's the kind of soul this guy has." (1/1/08)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach
"When I first got through it seemed like it was a mile away and the next thing I know it hit me in the gut. I'm definitely the smallest one out there, but I don't mind. It actually probably helped me on that one." (11/17/07)
"To see him get that — I was just hoping he'd pick it up and score with it." (11/17/07)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach