When Florida Gators’ Loucheiz Purifoy first came on the scene sporting jersey no. 15, the number previously worn by the one and only Tim Tebow, many thought he wouldn’t be able to live up to the expectations that come along with it.
They couldn’t have been more wrong. Purifoy was one of Florida’s most impressive players in 2012.
Purifoy had an amazing breakout sophomore season. He played in all 13 games, forcing three fumbles and blocking two kicks on special teams.In the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks, Purifoy caused a crucial fumble on the first play that set the Gators up for an easy touchdown.
Against Louisiana, Purifoy blocked a punt in the final seconds of the game that was recovered by Jelani Jenkins for a touchdown that sealed Florida’s victory. It goes without saying that this guy is a playmaker.
Fortunately for the Gators, Purifoy is versatile. Florida head coach Will Muschamp stated that they will be transitioning Purifoy to the wide receiver position in 2013. He will still play at the cornerback position and on special teams, but Muschamp will plug him in as receiver when necessary.
Not only will opposing teams have to worry about Purifoy throwing a wrench in their offensive machines, they will now have to deal with him giving their defense a run for their money. There has been some debate about whether or not Purifoy should take many snaps as wide receiver. His athleticism and adaptability make him a good choice as a “change of scenery” wide receiver, but his strengths remain on defense.
Purifoy is an extremely physical and appropriately aggressive player. He has been the most talked-about Gator this offseason. There have already been discussions about him being a possible first-round draft pick in next year’s draft. He is without a doubt a key to Florida’s success in 2013.