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Jarred Fayson: Poised to break out

By Times Staff
Published September 1, 2006


JARRED FAYSON, RECEIVER

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

A former team captain and three-year starter at Hillsborough High, Fayson was rated the No. 3 receiver in the nation by Scout.com. But more impressive, he was a dual threat: He rushed for 936 yards and 22 touchdowns and passed for 883 yards. The Gators are hoping his versatility will pay big dividends in Florida's spread-option offense.

QUICK LEARNER

Fayson has been preparing himself to help the Gators right away since he signed his letter of intent. He came in and immediately began watching and learning from veteran receivers, hoping to learn the system quickly. So on the first day of fall practice, he felt ready to compete.

"The biggest difference is the speed. Everything is so much faster," Fayson said. "But I feel like if I can make a good impact on the coaches, I have a chance to compete this season."

HIGH PRAISE

Despite injuring his shoulder one week into preseason practice, Fayson has made quite an impression on his coaches and teammates.

"He's going to be something," teammate and fellow Tampa native Andre Caldwell said. "I'm telling you, he's really good. He's going to be a big-time player at Florida."

HIGHLY SKILLED

Receivers coach Billy Gonzales said he knew from watching Fayson play high school basketball that he was an incredible athlete. "He's got a great desire to be fantastic."