Pasco alum Joey Ivie making impact in Gators' fall camp
The Florida media guide describes Joey Ivie as a player who "could play both end and tackle", but for now he's making his biggest impact at defensive tackle.
Florida coach Will Muschamp said Monday that Ivie has been moved to tackle and he's pleased with his progress so far.
"He's done some really nice things," Muschamp said. "He's up to 285-290. But he's a guy that's really playing square, really playing blocks well. I'm very pleased with his progress in camp."
Ivie, a Pasco alum, saw action in three of the final five games of the 2013 season. He had three tackles against Georgia Southern and saw time in the defensive line rotation.
He has been consistent in his play during open practices, and is clearly making a strong push for a starting job.
"He's playing blocks extremely well," Muschamp said. "We've just got to continue to build depth inside and he's holding the point extremely well. He's getting off blocks well. He's a guy that's, you know, has progressed very well. Steady progression through every day at practice and coming out. At times in the fall he showed it last year. In the spring, he was very inconsistent. He's been much more consistent in his play and how he's playing. So that's been, I've felt, that's been a really good pleasant, not surprise, but we're really pleased with where he is."