Florida Gators name new walk-on backup kicker; Austin Hardin to start vs. Georgia

By Adam Silverstein
October 30, 2015

Seemingly recovered from a nagging injury, redshirt sophomore kicker Austin Hardin will start for the No. 11 Florida Gators on Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs.

Florida announced as much Friday when releasing the name of the team’s new walk-on kicker.

Neil MacInnes, who participated in the Gators’ tryouts during the bye week, won the open competition and will dress on Saturday for Florida. 

“It’s pretty much a dream come true,’’ MacInnes told UF’s website. “I wanted to kick in high school and obviously being part of this organization, and Gator Nation, is kind of cool.”

According to Florida, MacInnes was a kicker, soccer player and track athlete at Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida. The 21-year-old is a senior at UF and had not booted a ball through the uprights – until last week’s tryouts – since 2011.

MacInnes (6-foot-4, 219 pounds) beat out former Gators walk-on Dallas Stubbs and ex-Florida equipment staffer Donovan White for the job.


  1. 1974Gator says:

    That sounds like a big, strong boy! Wonder what his range is?

  2. kevin says:

    the standard size of a football bench is 8 feet, so I am guess that is his range.

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