Basketball now, then football for Blake’s Michael McFarland

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Sat. December 26, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

Come next summer, Blake senior Michael McFarland will be a member of the Florida Gator football team. But for now, he’s focused on hoops, not the gridiron.

And thus far, he’s doing quite well.

A captain and two-year starter for the Yellow Jackets (9-2) , the 6-foot-7 McFarland, who plays center and power-forward, is averaging 14 points and eight rebounds a game.

“He’s working hard,” Blake coach Winston Davis said.

Florida has recruited McFarland as a tight end, but with his size and athleticism, he probably has the ability to also get a look at defensive end.

“For those positions, you’ve got to have good feet,” Davis said. “And he has good feet.”

Davis thinks playing basketball will help McFarland prepare for football. That’s because McFarland, who weighs 230 pounds, hopes to trim some fat.

“After our season, he’ll start lifting,” Davis said.

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