Gator Football Players to Try and Help Track Team Earn SEC Title
GAINESVILLE - Mike Holloway is hoping that some of the speed that helped Urban Meyer's football team will be beneficial for the track team, too.
Holloway, the longtime track coach, will take four Gator football players with his team to this weekend's SEC Championships, May 10-13 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Receiver Percy Harvin will join track members Jeremy Hall, Willie Perry and Calvin Smith on the relay team. Running backs Brandon James and Chevon Walker will participate in the 100-yard dash.
Because the football players didn't join the team until after the Orange and Blue game, Holloway said it's difficult to know just how much help the football players will be in the Gators' quest for a league championship.
"We'll find out,'' he said about their ability to compete with the conference's best athletes. "It's been kind of touch and go. They didn't get out until spring ball was over, then we spent three days (practicing) then we were gone for four. Then with finals, it's been kind of touch and go. But I'm confident they will be fine. They are all great athletes and listen well. The big thing will be, a guy like Percy hasn't run in two years; Andre hasn't run since his junior year in high school, so this is a different arena for them. But once you've played in front of hundreds ot thousands of people, being at a track meet doesn't bother you. I think they'll be fine.''
Holloway said although the football players joined the team late, it hasn't had a negative affect on his other track athletes. Afterall, these are the first football players to also run track.
"John Capel, Damion Carroll, Taylor Jacobs all ran here,'' Holloway said. "And even back when I first got here, Jacuquez Green and those guys ran for awhile also. They come out and they are just like everybody else. We're just glad they are out and hopefully they can help us this weekend.''
Holloway said with or without the football players, the goal is the same.
"Our expectations this weekend are we are going in and try to win the thing, just like we always do,'' he said. "Our competition will be Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, the usual suspects. Auburn and South Carolina also have some good teams. Just about every team in the league has some good individuals, so there will be some major players in every event.''