UF notebook

Florida’s Ronald Powell inspired by Adrian Peterson

 

Miami Herald Writer

Strong-side linebacker/defensive end Ronald Powell was inspired by Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson’s near record-setting 2012 season.

Now, he hopes his comeback season will be just as successful.

Powell led Florida in sacks (6.0) in 2011 before tearing his ACL twice in the past year. He never played a down last season, and the redshirt junior said he’s ready to bust out this fall.

“Just the feeling of running out in The Swamp,” he said. “I can feel it, man. It’s going to happen for me.”

Powell, the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2010, said he keeps a Sports Illustrated cover story on Peterson’s incredible comeback in his locker for motivation.

All-SEC picks

Senior left guard Jon Halapio — sidelined all fall practice with a torn pectoral — was No. 10 Florida’s only offensive selection (second-team) on the coaches’ 2013 preseason All-Southeastern Conference team released Thursday.

Three Gators — defensive tackle Dominique Easley, cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy and punter Kyle Christy — were first-team picks. Junior cornerback Marcus Roberson was named to the second team.

Read more UF stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel passes under pressure from Miami's David Gilbert in the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

    UF PREVIEW

    Florida Gators’ chance to rebound rests with QB Jeff Driskel

    Aside from embattled head coach Will Muschamp, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel remains the most polarizing figure in Gainesville.

  • UF notebook

    Florida Gators face tough decision on whether to run QB Jeff Driskel

    It’s a hot debate in Florida staff meetings: to run or not to run quarterback Jeff Driskel.

  • SEC PREVIEW

    A preview of SEC football teams

    Alabama is the odds-on favorite to win the Southeastern Conference for the second time in three seasons — although the media has correctly picked the league champion just six times since 1992. The South Carolina Gamecocks narrowly edged the Georgia Bulldogs as the Eastern Division favorites. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, Georgia tailback Todd Gurley and Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon were the preeminent picks for SEC Player of the Year.

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category