Gators FB Hunter Joyer hoping for expanded role in new offense
For three years, Florida FB Hunter Joyer has defined the role of ultimate team player. Although he was accustomed to carrying the ball during his days at Tampa Catholic and Wesley Chapel, Joyer has been more of a blocking back with the Gators.
That may be changing some this year.
With the installation of a new spread, up-tempo offense, Joyer is hoping he'll see an expanded role this season.
"It's kine of iffy right now, but it's more kind of like a mix between a fullback and tight end," Joyer said. "As practice goes on, it'll become more clear and I can kind of create my own role by how I produce in practice."
Joyer has appeared in every game since he joined the Gators in 2011. He had seven starts at fullback last season. He has 23 career rushes for 101 yards.
Joyer called the opportunity to potentially carry the ball more this season "very exciting."
"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "We'll see how it goes and hopefully I can make some plays in practice to earn the trust of the coaches. We'll see how it goes and take it from there."
Florida coach Will Muschamp said Joyer's versatility could be key for the Gators.
"Hunter Joyer can play multiple positions for us," he said. "As far as being a running back in some short yardage situations, but also being a move tight end slash fullback position we call the B."