Three former Florida Gators set to debut in UFL

By Adam Silverstein
October 8, 2009

The upstart United Football League begins its first season Thursday night as the California Redwoods take on the Las Vegas Locomotives from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV, at 9:00 p.m. With a mission “To fulfill the unmet needs of football fans in major markets currently underserved by professional football by providing a high quality traditional football league comprised of world class professional football players,” the UFL is looking to make an impact in the professional football industry. Three former Florida Gators are featured on the four UFL opening day rosters, and while depth charts have not been made available, it is my belief the first two players listed are starters:

OL Jason Watkins – 6’6”, 307 lbs. [New York Sentinels]
Watkins (2004-2008), saw action in 53 games as a Gator, starting all 14 contests in 2008 at right tackle. He helped the Gators win two National Championships (2006 and 2008) as a member of the offensive line and also assisted quarterback Tim Tebow in breaking multiple passing and rushing records.

OL Carlton Medder – 6’5″, 319 lbs. [New York Sentinels]
Medder (2003-2007) saw action in 40 career games while at Florida, earning 27 consecutive starts between his junior and senior seasons at right tackle including the 2006 BCS Championship game.

OL Tavares Washington – 6’3”, 300 lbs. [Las Vegas Locomotives]
Washington (2003-2005) played in 18 games in two seasons and started 10 of 12 games in 2005 after beginning his career at UF as a junior college transfer in 2002.

One Comment

  1. Daniel M. says:

    I’d love to see this league succeed. WFL, USFL, XFL, ArenaFL , all garbage. The UFL has experienced people running it. Well see if it pans out.

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