TWO BITS: Senior Bowl, transfer destinations

By Adam Silverstein
January 4, 2012

1 » A pair of Florida Gators – redshirt seniors running back Chris Rainey and defensive tackle Jaye Howard – have officially accepted invitations to participate in the 2012 Senior Bowl, the organization announced on Wednesday. The duo will play on the South roster and are the only Florida players currently invited/committed to the event. “It feels good. I know a lot of great players have come to this game and I’m glad I’m invited and hope to do the best that I can to compete with the other greats,” Rainey said in the event’s official release. “The first thing I’m going to tell the scouts and coaches is that I want to be on special teams. They are going to have to set up some scheme for me to block a punt or do whatever they want me to do on special teams, because I love special teams and that’s the number one thing that wins games.”

Howard said he is playing in the game because he wants to “prove that I’m one of the elite defenders in this class this year and it’s a business trip for me.” He continued, “I’m quick, I can run all over the field and chase plays down. I want to prove that I can play several positions on the defensive line, not just d-tackle. I can play the end, nose guard—everything on the d-line, so I can bring that to a system.” The Senior Bowl will be played on Jan. 28 and air live on NFL Network beginning at 4 p.m. Practices will also be televised during the week leading up to the game on the same network.

2 » Four former Gators who decided to transfer this season have already chosen their new destinations, according to various reports. Defensive back Joshua Shaw has chosen to head closer to home (Palmdale, CA) and picked UCLA where he will sit out a season per NCAA transfer rules, while linebacker Dee Finley announced that he will play for Tuskegee, a HBCU, beginning next year. Two Florida players are expected to be heading to Louisville to play for former UF defensive coordinator Charlie Strong. Tight end Gerald Christian told the Palm Beach Post on Wednesday that he will be going to Louisville, while multiple reports over the last two weeks have wide receiver Robert Clark planning to join him. Like Shaw, each will have to sit out one year due to NCAA transfer regulations and will be eligible to play beginning in 2013.


  1. Nick says:

    If your not a Gator, your Gator bait and all that!

  2. ulysses1221 says:

    Hey Adam im hearing that Jonathan Bullard has been saying that distance is no longer an issue before….. Can that statement possibly be good news for the Gators?

  3. ulysses1221 says:

    * Like before

    • g8ter27 says:

      A lot of people seemed to think Bullard would announce the Gators as his choice a few weeks back. Then he suddenly decided to delay his decision. However, the day after he delayed his decision Ellis Johnson (D coordinator at SC) left for a HC job. I think his delay was a good thing for Florida unlike what some people were speculating. Just my opinion.

  4. Tractorr says:

    Is there a former Florida receivers coach or something at Louisville?

    • Tractorr says:

      I should clarify that it seems a bit strange that a WR and a TE are following the defensive coach.

      • SC Gator says:

        I’d imagine the decision has much more to do with joining what seems to be an up and coming team then specifically because Charlie is there.

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