- Maurkice Pouncey
- 6' 5"
- 318 lbs.
CAREER: Appeared in 41 games with 39 career starts…Was an early enrollee his freshman season and began taking classes at UF in Jan. 2007.
HONORS: Won the 2009 Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best center, the first time in school history a Gator has one the award…A 2009 Walter Camp, CBSSports.com, Sporting News and FWAA first-team All-American…Also on the 2009 Outland Trophy Watch List…Tabbed a 2009 first-team All-SEC pick by the AP, the league’s head coaches and Phil Steele…Garnered AP All-SEC Honorable Mention accolades in 2008…A 2008 CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore selection…2007 Freshman All-American First-Team (CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com)…Freshman All-American Second-Team (Sporting News)…2007 All-SEC Freshman Team (Coaches, Sporting News).
2009: Played and started in all 14 games for the Gators in 2009…Graded out an average of 91.5 percent in 2009 and recorded nearly 30 knockdowns his junior season…Named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after grading out a Champion at 93 percent in the 23-13 victory over Tennessee…Checked in at a season-high 99 percent in the Gators’ win over LSU…Contributed to Florida’s 51-24 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl victory in New Orleans, La., as the Gators finished the 2009 season 13-1, his 30th consecutive start donning the Orange and Blue…Started his 28th-straight game in the 37-10 win over Florida State on Senior Day, his final game in The Swamp…Graded out at a team and season-high 99 percent in UF’s 13-3 win over LSU in Death Valley…Checked in at 90 percent for Champions’ Club honors after the victory over Kentucky…Led the Gators’ offensive efforts in the win over Tennessee in the SEC opener for UF, grading out at a team-high 93 percent after taking 61 snaps…The starter for Florida’s 56-6 victory over Troy the second game of the season, recorded his second 98 percent grade of the season and collected a knockdown in the process…Made the start at center in the season opener against Charleston Southern, graded out at 98 percent, recorded two knockdowns and allowed Florida to rush 369 yards, the most in school history on opening day.
2008: Florida’s starting center in all 14 games during the season, including the Gators’ 2008 SEC and FedEx BCS National Championship Game victories…Graded out at 90 percent or higher in six contests, including South Carolina (90), Tennessee (93), Arkansas (94), Vanderbilt (95), LSU (97) and Kentucky (98)…Also graded out a Champion at 88 percent against The Citadel…Garnered SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week Oct. 6 for his performance against Arkansas…Was one of five UF Offensive Players of the Week after the offensive line’s success against LSU.
2007: Played in all 13 games and started in 11 at right guard (all except Ole Miss and Florida Atlantic)…Also took snaps at center...Became the seventh true freshman to start at UF on opening day…Graded out a Champion for the first time in his career at LSU (86 percent)…Also, was a Champion with an 85 percent the next week at Kentucky and an 83 percent later in the season against Vanderbilt.
PREP: Rated among the nation’s top offensive guard recruits according to Scout.com (15th) and Rivals.com (15th)…As a senior, he helped lead Lakeland to its 45th consecutive victory, third-consecutive Class 5A state championship and second-straight USA Today national championship in 2006…Part of an offensive line that blocked for a 4,000-yard rushing team as a senior…One of 16 offensive linemen in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super Southern 100…Earned all-state honors as a junior…Chose Florida over Florida State, Clemson, Miami (Fla.) and Michigan…High school football coach was Bill Castle.
PERSONAL: Born July 24, 1989…Full name is LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey…His twin brother, Mike, is also a member of the Gators…Parents are Rob and Lisa Webster.
MAJOR: Social & Behavioral Sciences.
· Was a member of the 2008 UF Football Leadership Committee
· Starred in a public service announcement for the Gear Up Buckle Up program with his brother, Mike
· Became the first true freshman to start at offensive guard for UF in a home opener
· Mike and Maurkice Pouncey had to share one scooter for a time until they could get another one.
· The twin brother of Mike Pouncey, the two never considered going to separate colleges
· Member of the 2006 Lakeland High 5A State Championship team, along with Florida teammates Ahmad Black, Mike Pouncey, Chris Rainey and Steven Wilks
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT MAURKICE POUNCEY
“It was kind of difficult at first, getting the snap down. The snap is the most important part of the position, getting the ball back to the quarterback. Once I got it down, its just like playing the game.” (8/6/08)
Maurkice Pouncey on moving to center
“I’ve been doing this a long time and he’s only the second guy that I’ve had start as a true freshman. It’s hard to do and he did it.” (8/6/08)
Urban Meyer, UF head coach
“It made it a lot easier. Having someone to go back to your form with and be able to talk to every night about everything. You get down on yourself when you get here because these players are really good, and sometimes you don’t play well. The first spring was not as good as I wanted it to be and not as good as high school.” (8/6/08)
“He’s a real sharp guy and he can be a real leader. We want our center to be able to call the right protectiond and make the right calls. He has to be on the front edge of the offense. Maurkice has a real feel for the game. He has experience and he has a lot of time ahead of him to slide into that position.” (8/6/08)
Steve Addazio, UF Offensive Line coach on moving Maurkice to center
“I’m a lot better [than when I got here]. In high school I was always the biggest one so that made it a lot easier. My technique has gone up so far that I’m pretty all right now. When I first got here I didn’t have much technique, but now I have it down pat.” (12/14/07)
“I can’t single any one of them out because they’ve all helped me. Any time I need to ask them something, they’ll take me into the film room and show me things. You can’t pick out one guy and say he helped me the most. They’ve all been about equal.” (12/14/07)
Maurkice Pouncey on learning from the upperclassmen
“If he keeps going, will be one of the best to ever play at the University of Florida. That’s how much confidence [I have in him]. He loves to play football. He loves to train. He likes to be coached. He’s
not asking me why are we not going 18 periods instead of 20 periods. He really likes to work. That’s a special player.” 10/18/07
Urban Meyer, UF head coach
“For a true freshman, Maurkice is hungry. He’s real hungry. He’s always asking me questions about this play, about that play, about this one, about that one. That’s always a good sign from a freshman.”
Carlton Medder, UF offensive lineman
“He went out there and did it in practice and stuff. I’m his biggest fan. Every play I watch him and I want to see what he’ll do. I come to the sideline and if he’s messed up I’ll tell him come on, you’ve got to get it.” (9/4/07)