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16 days to Gator football! #16 Vernell Brown

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by Escambia94, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    #16 Vernell Brown of Gainesville, Florida played in 45 games for Ron Zook and Urban Meyer from 2001-2005, with 11 starts. Vernell was one of the last players recruited by Steve Spurrier before the Ol' Ball Coach moved on to the NFL. Vernesll signed as a defensive back out of high school but began his career at wide receiver and returned to cornerback during the 2003 season. Vernell was part of both the wide receiver rotation and the punt return rotation as a freshman. He had seven career carries for 31 yards (4.4 avg), caught six passes for 28 yards (4.7 avg) and had 59 career punt returns for 489 yards (8.3 avg). On defense he finished with 43 unassisted tackles, 20 assisted tackles, and 3 interceptions. He was a member of the Leadership Committee, and was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Vernell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family Youth & Community Services in 2005. Urban Meyer dubbed him the "face of Florida football" for his relentless work ethic.

    Vernell returned to the University of Florida as Director of Student-Athlete Development in 2018.

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