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Lerentee McCray

LB

Height
6' 3"
CLASS
RSR
Hometown
Ocala
Weight
249 lbs.
Experience
3L
School
Dunnellon
Chaz Sutton

CAREER:

Appeared in 42 games for the Gators, making 17 starts…Had 65 tackles (40 solo, 25 assisted), 12.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, one interception, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery…Four year letter-winner for the Gators.

 

2012:

Started 12 games for the Gators, missing only one (Missouri) due to an injury…Named to 2012 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List…Phil Steele’s 2012 Midseason All-SEC second team (DL)…Tallied 25 tackles on the year (14 unassisted) with 4.5 TFL (3.0 sacks), one interception and one fumble recovery…The 25 stops was good for the most in a season in his career…Also had one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries, with one forced fumble during the regular season…Against Bowling Green, had four tackles, all assisted…Pulled down the first interception of his career against Tennessee and then returned it 25 yards…Matched his season-high total twice in the remainder of the year against LSU and Vanderbilt, with three solo stops coming against the Commodores…Had his first fumble recovery of his career against South Carolina that occurred on the Gamecocks’ first play from scrimmage and was nearly recovered in the end zone for a touchdown…Matched a career-high in sacks twice against Texas A&M and LSU…Earned his second-most tackles-for-loss in a season for his career with 1.0 against Texas A&M, LSU and Jacksonville State and 0.5 against Tennessee.

 

2011:

Appeared in nine games on the season, making five starts…Missed four games (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Furman, Ohio State) due to injury…Tied for the team lead with four QB hurries and was fifth with 7.5 TFL (25 yards)…Recorded 24 tackles on the season, with 1.5 sacks for a total of 10 yards, while adding three pass breakups and a forced fumble…Assisted on a 5-yard sack in his return vs. Florida State…Recorded one sack before leaving the game early because of injury vs. Georgia…Notched four tackles, 2.0 TFL for 4 yards, and a QB hurry at Auburn…Recorded a career-high seven tackles at LSU…Had three tackles, a breakup and a QB hurry vs. Alabama…Forced a fumble vs. Kentucky and UF scored on the next play…Had a 3-yard TFL and two breakups vs. Tennessee…Notched two tackles, a TFL of 3 yards and a QB hurry vs. UAB…Made his first career start in the season opener vs. FAU and was second on the team with a four tackles, tying the team best with 1.5 TFL for 4 yards.

 

2010:

Dressed in all 13 games and played in 10 games (missed Tennessee, LSU and Mississippi State with a right ankle sprain)…Tallied six tackles (five solo) on the season…Returned a blocked punt 27 yards for his first-career touchdown in the second quarter of the Outback Bowl vs. Penn State…Had one tackle in Florida’s victory over USF and one TFL vs. Kentucky…Had two tackles vs. South Carolina…Recorded one tackle, forced one fumble, had two quarterback hurries and graded out a Champion in Florida’s defeat of Vanderbilt.

 

2009:

Played in three games for the Gators, including the victories over Charleston Southern and Troy at home and the win over LSU on the road…Had five total tackles, including four solo and one assisted…Notched one tackle in the Gators’ 13-3 win over LSU in Baton Rouge…Grabbed one tackle in Florida’s winning efforts over Troy the second game of the season…Notched three solo tackles in the season opener vs. Charleston Southern…Received a medical redshirt.

 

2008:

Dressed for 13 games on the season and saw action eight times, mostly on special teams and as a reserve at linebacker…Collected five tackles on the season, all solo…Recorded two tackles against South Carolina and two at Vanderbilt.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA:

Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game and had three tackles…First-team Class 3A all-state selection at linebacker…Recognized as the top athlete with the best closing speed following the All-Star Game in San Antonio…Played in the North/South All-Star Game…Named to the Florida All-Combine team in Jacksonville…Averaged 17 tackles per game as a senior…Collected 118 tackles and nine sacks his senior year while rushing for over 500 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns…Earned 11 sacks and 97 tackles as a junior…Versatile athlete who played wide receiver, special teams and linebacker for Dunnellon…Four-star prospect by Rivals.com…No. 10 outside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com…Ranked in the ESPN 150 class…Coached by Frank Beasley.

 

McCRAY’S CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 7 (LSU, 2011)

QB Sacks: 1 (4x, last vs. Louisville, 2013)

Forced Fumbles: 1 (3x, last at Texas A&M, 2012)

Fumble Recoveries: 1 (vs. South Carolina, 2012)

Interceptions: 1 (at Tennessee, 2012)

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year

UT-AT

TT

TBL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

2008

5-0

5

0.0

0.0

0

0

0

0

2009

4-1

5

0.0

0.0

0

0

0

0

2010

5-1

6

0.5

0.0

1

0

0

0

2011

12-12

24

7.5

1.5

1

0

3

0

2012

14-11

25

4.5

3.0

1

1

1

1

Totals:

40-25

65

12.5

4.5

3

1

4

1

 

What they’re saying…

 “He brings it all the time. He provides a lot of energy for our team by the way he plays, the way he rushes. He adds toughness to our team.” (9/20/12)
Dan Quinn, UF defensive coordinator

 

"He's a guy that goes out and works hard every day. He's a great example for our football team and our younger players." (9/19/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“He’s rushing the passer extremely well. He’s a threat off the edge, but he’s also a heavy-handed guy. He can really get his hands on people and get them off of him. He’s a guy that can convert speed to power in the rush, which is critical for a speed rusher.” (9/18/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“He pretty much can do it all. He can drop in coverage. He can rush the quarterback. He’s physical. He’s everything you want in a player.” (9/18/12)
Jon Bostic, UF linebacker

 

(On McCray’s performance at Tennessee): “Defensively, Lerentee McCray played an outstanding game. He’s got an outstanding motor, a guy that plays hard all the time. He had a big interception and then caused an interception for Matt Elam later on in the game. He continues to play well for us and gives us a lot of good rush on the edge.” (9/18/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

"I love hitting the quarterback. I love feasting on quarterbacks. That's my favorite part of football, just getting back in that backfield and hitting that quarterback because they never get hit [in practice], and they're always smiling all the time." (8/24/12)

Lerentee McCray, UF linebacker

 

“He’s a guy I think can be a very productive player for us this year. He works extremely hard and is a great example of the kind of young man we want at Florida. I’m expecting a big year out of him.” (7/30/12)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“Whatever it takes to win, I’m ready to do it” (7/27/12)

Lerentee McCray, UF linebacker

 

“Regardless of what weight he was, he wasn’t going to back down from anybody. He’s one of those hard-nosed guys that is going to run right down the middle of people and basically he makes somebody feel the pain before he does.” (7/19/12)

Jon Bostic, UF linebacker

 

“He’s stepped up big time as far as a leadership role. He brings a lot of leadership to the team. He’s very vocal. If we have a problem he’ll speak up and address the team. Being on the edge, he can run down some of the faster guys we go against. He’s a big, physical presence on the outside as a linebacker. We lose a lot with Lerentee [injured].” (11/16/11)

Omar Hunter, UF defensive tackle

 

“Lerentee has got a great motor. He’s very passionate about playing at Florida. It’s important for him to be a Gator. He’s a guy that can give us some pass rush, plays extremely hard. He’s tough. He sticks his face in there. He’s a guy you really appreciate coaching. He’s always up in the meeting room asking questions, a guy we’re expecting to have a really good year.” (8/5/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“Yeah, he is a great kid. I love Lerentee. He is a young man that just does things right. His mojo, his attitude is real good right now. I made the comment to our staff and I will make it to you guys, if you don’t capitalize on this great

push by a young guy, then you have failed as a coach. So we have to capitalize on the momentum of this player. He’s healthy and he’s a really good guy, a hard worker and really talented, so to see him coming on is fantastic. “ (11/8/10)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

"He used to be kind of a run-around guy and he's gotten better in his technique, which allows him to play a little bit better as a football player within our defense. That's where he's starting to make some strides." (8/28/10)

Teryl Austin, former UF Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach

 

 

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