When ex-Tampa Catholic running back Hunter Joyer spoke with his former coach, Bob Henriquez, just before he left for Florida, he told him he thought he has a good chance to see action for the Gators as a true freshman.
He couldn’t have predicted, though, that he would play the majority of his first collegiate game.
When Florida sophomore fullback Trey Burton injured his left side early in the blowout win against Florida Atlantic, Gators coach Will Muschamp called on Joyer to take his place.
“For a first ball game going out there, he was very productive for us with protections and blocking,” Muschamp said in his weekly Monday news conference. “He’s a guy I’m very excited about having on our football team.”
Joyer, who ran for 496 yards and five touchdowns last year for Tampa Catholic, was joined on the field Saturday by another former Crusader, redshirt freshman tackle Chaz Green.
“It’s always humbling to see former players playing that early in their careers, especially at a school like Florida," Henriquez said. “That’s pretty cool.”