Florida Gators’ Loucheiz Purifoy declares for NFL draft

Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (15) intercepts the ball from Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Rashad Greene (80) during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

If the Florida Gators hope to turn things around in head coach Will Muschamp’s fourth season (if he does indeed get one), they’ll have to do it without starting cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy.

Purifoy, a junior, will enter the NFL draft, the school announced on Monday.

Muschamp told reporters he was ”100 percent supportive” of Purifoy’s decision.

“It’s best for me and my family to pursue a career in the NFL,” Purifoy explained.

On the season, the 6’0, 190 lb. Purifoy had 24 tackles, two interceptions, seven pass breakups and a sack.

Some pundits consider Purifoy a first round pick.

“I have had a great three years at the University of Florida, but at this time I think it’s best for me and my family to pursue a career in the NFL,” Purifoy told David Jones of the USA Today. “Coach (Will) Muschamp and Coach (Travaris) Robinson have put me in a position to take the next step. I know there is still a lot of work for me ahead, but I appreciate what everyone at Florida did to get me to this point.”


Topics: Florida Gators, Loucheiz Purifoy

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