The Florida Gators will be looking to improve as they open spring practice by finding new and dynamic ways to attack opposing defenses in 2013. Their best new weapon, however, may be found on the defensive side of the ball as Will Muschamp works cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy out as a wide receiver.
Purifoy has been a exceptional athlete since coming to Florida and has been a mainstay in the secondary. Last season, he ranked No. 4 on the team in tackles with 51 with a tackle for loss, five passes defended and three forced fumbles. He was also a weapon on special teams, returning kicks and blocking three kicks as well.
That dynamic playmaking prompted Muschamp to work Purifoy out as a receiver this spring. So far, the results have been promising. During sessions of practice open to the public, reports are that the DB has another gear with his hands on the ball and even made a number of fully extended catches. On an end-around run, Purifoy broke free, eluding the defense and picking up a big gain.
That kind of big play ability could be invaluable to the Gators in 2013, but don’t expect Muschamp to make the switch permanently. Purifoy will return to the defensive side of the ball in practice next week and continue to be a starter on that side of the ball. Don’t be surprised, however, to see some special packages next fall that will get the ball into the dynamic athlete’s hands.
College football many times boils down to getting the ball to your best athletes and letting them do the rest. With Purifoy, Florida may have found their secret weapon on offense next season.