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Mike Pouncey

C

Height
6' 4"
CLASS
SR
Hometown
Lakeland
Weight
310 lbs.
Experience
3L
School
Lakeland
James “Michael” Pouncy

Selected with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

 

CAREER: Saw action in 54 games at Florida, including 45 starts as a Gator.

 

HONORS: Selected to play in the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl…A 2010 AP All-SEC Secon-Team Selection…A 2010 All-SEC Fourth Team selection by Phil Steele..Named the 2010 SEC Offensive Line Player of the Week and co-offensive player of the game in Florida’s game versus USF …Placed on the 2010 Lombardi Award Watch List…Placed on the 2010 Rimington Trophy Watch List…Placed on the 2010 Outland Trophy Watch List…Named to the 2010 Preseason Budweiser All-SouthernPigskin Team…Placed on the 2010 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List…A 2009 Outland Trophy Watch List candidate…A 2009 AP Second-Team All-American…Named to the 2009 Pro Football Weekly All-America Team at offensive guard…AP First-Team All-SEC selection…A 2009 First-Team All-SEC honoree by Phil Steele…A 2008 second-team All-SEC selection by vote of the league’s head coaches…A 2008 AP All-SEC Honorable Mention selection…2008 CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Selection.

 

2010: Played in and started all 13 games for Florida at center, including the 2011 Outback Bowl Game…Graded out a Champion in Florida’s win over Vanderbilt…Graded out a team-high 92 percent and was named to UF’s Champions’ Club for his efforts verus Georgia…Graded out a Champion in Florida’s victories over Tennessee and Kentucky…Graded out a Champion at 95 percent in the Gators’ victory over USF.

 

2009: Played in and started all 14 games for Florida his junior season as a Gator, including the 2009 SEC Championship versus Alabama and the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl win versus Cincinnati…His final start of the season against the Bearcats was his 28th consecutive start…Started his 26th-straight game on the offensive line in the 37-10 win over Florida State…Graded out at 85 percent in UF’s victory over LSU in Death Valley…Took 60 snaps in the win at Kentucky at left guard, helping allow Tim Tebow to become UF’s first 100-yard rusher of the season…Helped lead Florida’s offensive charge in the 23-13 win over Tennessee, grading out a Champion at 89 percent, while recording one knock down in 61 snaps…Contributed to Florida’s 56-6 win over Troy, grading out a Champion at 90 percent and recording two knockdowns, while also grabbing a key Florida fumble recovery in the air that allowed the Gators to keep possession of the ball…Started at right guard in the season opener against Charleston Southern, graded out at 98 percent, recorded one knock down and anchored an offensive line that allowed Florida to rush for the most rushing yards in a season opener in school history (369).

 

2008: The starting right guard for the Gators all 14 games during the season…Named the Offensive Line Player of the Game in the Gators’ win over Hawaii in the season-opener after grading out at 94 percent…Garnered Champions’ club honors after earning a team-high 95 percent in the victory over Tennessee, and was a UF Offensive Player of the Week for the second time during the season…Best performance of the season came against LSU, where he graded out at 97 percent and recorded four knockdowns…Also achieved grades of 90 percent or higher against Vanderbilt, Kentucky and The Citadel and 85 percent or higher against Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida State.

 

2007: Saw significant playing time in his true freshman season…Made the move from offensive line to defensive line the week prior to the Vanderbilt game due to several injuries on the defensive line…Had only seen the defensive side of the ball on goal-line situations in high school and made the transition with ease…Saw action in every contest and started the final four regular-season games of the year: Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Florida State…Ended the season with eight tackles, five solo and three assisted…Added one tackle for a loss of two yards and tallied one interception…Picked off his first career pass in the fourth quarter of the Capital One Bowl against Michigan and returned it nine yards…The interception eventually led to a go-ahead Florida touchdown…Also had two tackles against the Wolverines…Made two tackles against Vanderbilt, including one for a loss of two yards, in his first career start…Had two tackles against South Carolina and Florida State.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated among the nation’s top offensive guard recruits according to Scout.com (7th) and Rivals.com (31st)…As a senior, he helped lead 2006 National Champions Lakeland to its 45th consecutive victory, third-consecutive Class 5A state championship and second-straight USA Today national championship in 2006…Was an integral 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.

 

MAJOR:  Social & Behavioral Sciences.

 

POUNCEY’S CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 2 (four times, last vs. Michigan, 2008)

QB Sacks: None

Forced Fumbles: None

Interceptions: 1 (Michigan, 2008)

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year  

UT-AT

TT

TBL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

2007

5-3

8

1

0

0

0

1

1

Totals:

5-3

8

1

0

0

0

1

1

 

PROFILE

·         After spending their whole lives together, lived apart from twin brother and former Gator, Maurkice, in 2009 to prepare for when the two would inevitably split ways in the NFL

·         Playing without his brother Maurkice (Pittsburgh Steelers) for the first time in his life in 2010. The two had been on the same team since they were six years old

·         Traveled to Lincoln, Neb., with twin brother in Jan. 2010 for the Rimington Trophy banquet – it was the first time the two had ever seen snow

·         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

·         He and his brother had to share one scooter for a time until they could get another one

·         Never considered going to a different college than Maurkice

·         Member of the 2006 Lakeland High 5A State Championship team, along with Florida teammates Ahmad Black and Steven Wilks

 

QUOTES

“Michael has constructed a new identity in Florida, moving to his brother’s center position, noticing how nobody talks about “The Pouncey Twins” anymore, choosing to call him ‘Mike.’” (12/2/10)

Les Carpenter, Yahoo Sports

 

"I gave my life to this program. I’ll miss the Gator Walks. I’ll miss running out in front of them fans. It’s just amazing playing here. I feel like I made the best decision of my life by coming to Florida."

(11/20/10)

Mike Pouncey, UF center

 

“It's worth noting that Pouncey showed great maturity after the game in answering questions from reporters about his mistakes. It was a pro move from a future pro.” (9/6/10)

Joe Goodman, Miami Herald, after the Miami University game

“You’re talking about a guy who has the respect of the team and coaching staff. He approaches every day like it’s the SEC Championship. He knows how to practice and loves football. You put that in front of a football team, and it’s hard not to follow that. On those hard days, guys are looking around and he’s going harder than anybody. His experience is critical.” (8/19/10)

Steve Addazio, UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach

 

“Pouncey is currently the face of the Florida offense. It was expected that this season would be different since it was his first year not playing beside his brother, Maurkice, who was a first-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Instead, Pouncey has become the leader of the offense. He is the player the coaches turn to during a tough day of practice to maintain focus on the offensive side of the ball.” (8/19/10)

Cody Jones, FightinGators.com

 

“Mike (Pouncey) is definitely our leader. He’s our anchor.” (8/17/10)

Xavier Nixon UF offensive lineman

 

“Mike (Pouncey) makes me better. He pushes me. He doesn’t take a play off. He doesn’t let me take a play off. He always says ‘Come on, O(mar), give me everything you’ve got, give me everything you’ve got.’” (8/12/10)

Omar Hunter, UF defensive tackle

 

"I see a guy that's really set on being a leader. I'm really enjoying that side of him. He's always had great personality, but it's kind of his own leadership-side personality coming out now. It's not a tag team — it's his deal." (8/11/10)

Steve Addazio, UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach

 

"I think Mike is our head-and-above-shoulders leader this year. He just can't begin to think of losing." (8/11/10)

Carl Johnson, UF offensive lineman

 

“You can’t be a better leader than Mike Pouncey is for our team.” (8/10/10)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

“There’s no question in my mind that he is (the best offensive lineman in America). He’s the best lineman in the toughest defensive conference in college football. He has a chance to be sensational. He’s physical, tough, skilled, smart, multipositional, I don’t know what is left. When you judge an offensive lineman, judge him in this conference. Certainly places you can push people around, but here you can’t. I’ve been there and coached in those conferences. Come in this conference and moves these fronts. It’s a whole different ball of wax.” (8/5/10)

Steve Addazio, UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach

 

Michael is not only big, strong and athletic, he’s also very intelligent, and gives the Gators a dominant presence in the middle of a very experienced offensive line.” (7/15/10)

Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

 

“Look for Mike, the lesser-known Pouncey, to blaze his own trail this year. He has something to prove with his move to center and, while the two-headed Pouncey monster is no more, one twin with a mean streak like Mike’s could be the key to success for these linemen.” (7/1/10)

Laura McKeeman, FoxSportsFlorida.com

 

“In my opinion, Mike is the best offensive lineman in America. He’s tough, he’s physical, he’s smart, he’s a leader.” (4/29/10)

Steve Addazio, UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach

 

“As valuable as Mike will be in the middle of that offensive line, one of the best and most experienced in the league, he’ll be just as valuable in the locker room with his leadership.” (6/24/10)

Chris Low, ESPN.com

 

“I think what happened in practice, they saw him blowing everybody up coming off the football and maybe we haven’t had that since maybe Marcus Thomas and Ray (McDonald) were in there. All of a sudden everybody said, ‘whoa, this is great!’ and he kept going. The thing that Mike did too, every day he came out --- a lot of times when kids come over they do it one day and it isn’t there anymore --- and he did it every day and he did it harder every day and that’s a real credit to him.” (11/04/07)

Greg Mattison, former UF co-defensive coordinator

 

“He gave us a big body in there. He gave us attitude. He’s a great, great young man. He’s very intelligent. Obviously, he’s very unselfish to come over in one day (Tuesday) and help the defense. And he helped us tremendously.” (11/04/07)

Greg Mattison, former UF co-defensive coordinator

 

“The thing is he’s an outstanding athlete, but he’s very, very intelligent. He’s a student of the game. He looked at film as much as anyone going into this game. When you’re a football player, I guess you can almost do anything.” (11/04/07)

Greg Mattison, former UF co-defensive coordinator

 

“We didn’t have a sack that entire game because we played against the run. Mike Pouncey certainly took care of that- true freshman, back-up center who at Tuesday’s practice moved to a starting inside player. That’s just courage. That tells you a lot about the kind of people the Pouncey’s are, specifically Michael, how unselfish he is to go over there and play in the four, he brings energy to our defense.” (11/04/07)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

"I always laughed at him. I'd see him walking down the hall and I'd go, 'Too bad Mike. You're not tough enough to be a defensive lineman.'" (11/2/07)

Greg Mattison, former UF co-defensive coordinator

 

“I see energy. I see a young guy who loves football. I see a tough guy. And a big guy, he’s got that big old rear end you need in there to stop some runs, so he’s going to play on defense.” (11/2/07)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

“He’s repped everywhere on the field from center, to guard and tackle. He’s going to be a really good player for us. He’s coming along nicely.” (10/31/07)

Steve Addazio, UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach

 

“At first it was difficult but once I practiced snapping every day it got easier and easier. Now I got the groove of it and it’s just throwing the ball back there to them. I get to coordinate everything.” (9/4/07)

Mike Pouncey, UF center, on switching from guard to center

 

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