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Jesuit alum Malik Davis brings juice to Florida Gators' run game

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GAINESVILLE - Jesuit High product Malik Davis had one of the most impressive plays of the Florida Gators' young season - a 72-yard rush against Tennessee.

He also fumbled just before crossing the end zone; that comes with being a true freshman.

But Davis is UF's leading rusher (102 yards on five carries) through two games, with more opportunities potentially coming.

"He brings a little juice, there's no doubt," coach Jim McElwain said Monday. "He's a little bit different. He's a slasher. He does a really good job of sticking his foot in the ground and running through inside arm tackles."

McElwain said Davis is like many young players, who will get expanded roles when they're ready. McElwain believes you can paralyze a youngster by giving him too much too soon.

But given UF's overall offensive struggles dating back to the Will Muschamp era, Hillsborough County's all-time leading rusher looks like a potential spark, starting this weekend against Kentucky.

[Last modified: Monday, September 18, 2017 1:23pm]


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