FOUR BITS: Young, Speights, Cummings, Beemer

By Adam Silverstein
July 13, 2013

1 » Gainesville Television Network‘s Julie Quittner sat down with Florida Gators center Patric Young for an extensive interview that aired in two parts on Thursday and Friday. In the conversation, Young discusses why he stayed for his senior season (“It really wasn’t a tough decision for me. I felt like I had so much more to learn from Coach [Billy] Donovan.), how he is working to improve his free throw shooting, what the team’s expectations are for the 2013-14 season and his thoughts on the suspension of senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin. He also does an impersonation of Donovan.

Check out three more Florida Gators news BITS…after the break!

2 » Five-year NBA veteran C Marreese Speights officially signed a three-year, $11 million contract with the Golden State Warriors on Friday and was introduced to the media shortly after the press release was sent out by the organization. He discusses his career up to this point, joining Golden State and playing with another former Florida player in power forward David Lee.

3 » Junior defensive lineman Darious Cummings, a junior college transfer from East Mississippi Community College who joined the Gators for spring practice, is finally feeling at home at Florida. Good thing his mother changed her mind about the Gators or he may not have even committed in the first place. “My mom really didn’t like Florida at all,” he told Florida Today’s David Jones in an exclusive interview this week, “but once she saw the program, she saw how things worked with Coach [Will] Muschamp and the staff she just fell in love with them. Now she’s got orange and blue everything.” Cummings will have a terrific opportunity to play in his first year with the Gators and is anticipating taking his first snap at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. “I’ve heard about it from friends, about The Swamp and the feeling people get when they make that first play or when they put their hand on the ground for the first time in The Swamp,” he said. “And [they say] it’s a feeling you can’t describe. So I’m preparing for that feeling.”

4 » Gary Beemer is best known by Florida fans as the redshirt senior defensive lineman who was given an opportunity by then-head coach Urban Meyer to score a touchdown in his final game in The Swamp against Appalachian State on Senior Day. It took Beemer three tries, but he eventually found the end zone and has not stopped running since. Beemer spent the 2011 season as an intern in the Gators’ strength and conditioning department and the 2012 season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Minnesota Vikings. In May, Beemer was hired to be the head strength and conditioning coach at Hawaii. Check out this extensive look at him from ABC KITV.

One Comment

  1. Michael Jones says:

    Patric Young. Super super young man and a great representative of our school. Man of faith too. Doesn’t surprise me. He has his priorities in order. 2013-2014 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for Florida football and basketball.

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