FOUR BITS: Dowling to WR? SEC award winners

By Adam Silverstein
March 4, 2010

1 » In a Q&A session on Rivals Thursday, recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg addressed the Florida Gators’ needs at wide receiver by mentioning that five-star safety Jonathan Dowling (Bradenton, FL) has requested that the catch instead of defend passes while wearing the Orange and Blue. Dowling, assumed to be playing free safety, is listed as an athlete by many recruiting services, could find a spot in Florida’s receiving corps, though he should also see an opportunity to get some time on the field in the secondary.

2 » Though he was not focused on former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris praised the signal caller and believes there will be plenty of teams interested in his services. “Teams will be fired up to get him,” Morris told The Tampa Tribune. “He’s won at every level. His teammates love him. They’ll let you know they love him. […] Those are the kind of guys you look for to involve in the character, leadership and also the winning of your football team.”

Two more BITS on Joe Haden and UF award-winners after the break!

3 » One of the biggest stories coming out of the combine are the 40-yard dash times of former Florida cornerback Joe Haden. Running a high of 4.57 seconds, Haden’s time was “slow” and he “did not look fluid when opening his hips and changing directions” in other drills, according to ESPN‘s Todd McShay. “He looked quick and explosive out of his backpedal at times in Indianapolis but teams are no doubt poring over his game film to see if there is something they missed, and unless Haden proves the combine was a fluke he risks his stock taking another hit.”

4 » Three University of Florida student-athletes have been awarded weekly honors due to outstanding performances in tennis and golf, respectively. Men’s tennis player Bob Van Overbeek won SEC Freshman of the Week for the second-straight time, marking the third consecutive week UF has brought home the award. On the women’s side, Lauren Embree was awarded the same honor – she is the third different Gators tennis player to earn the weekly honor this season. Freshman golfer Isabelle Lendl was named the SEC’s Women’s Golfer of the Week award due to her performances at the Central District Invitational and Kinderlou Forest Challenge, where she led Florida with scores of 212 and 227, respectively.

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