Sunday, November 4, 2012
Fulwood looks to be a difference-maker
By Derek Tyson
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In Florida's 14-7 victory over SEC East opponent Missouri on Saturday afternoon, the Gators' leading wide receiver, Quinton Dunbar, had two receptions for 13 yards. ESPN 150 wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), a Florida commit, hopes he can help improve on that kind of production next year.
The 6-foot-4, 189-pound athlete believes he can help Florida create more of a vertical passing attack in his freshman season.
"I believe I can stretch the field," Fulwood said. "With the receivers they got right now -- quick, speedy guys -- I feel like I can stretch it out and make it a more wide-open offense, open up the run game more. Not that it's not open enough, but with that now you have another weapon to work with. I'm just trying to add another weapon to the offense. Hopefully I can fit in really well, just get to squeeze my way in there.
Fulwood, who had six receptions for 92 and a touchdown in Bishop Kenny's 49-35 loss on Friday, said he has developed a close relationship with Florida head coach Will Muschamp, offensive coordinator Brent Pease and graduate assistant Bush Hamdan, who is coaching wide receivers this season after Aubrey Hill resigned.
"I know Coach Hamdan and Coach Pease and Coach Muschamp are going to get me ready," Fulwood said. "I talked to Coach Pease probably a week or two ago. I usually talk to Coach Hamdan and Coach Muschamp a lot. Coach Pease is always like, 'I wish I could have you this week and I wish I could have you playing this week.' He's excited more than anyone. Every week I come up there he treats me like his own son.
"They’re the greatest coaches alive, besides my high school coaches. Coach Hamdan’s awesome. He’s a cool guy, especially stepping in this season. He’s doing a great job with the receivers he has.”
With his length, Fulwood admits he needs to add weight to be able to contribute in one of the toughest conferences in the country. Fulwood, though, said Florida strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dilman already has a plan in place for him.
“I know Coach Dillman’s got a weight plan ready for me right now," he said. "There’s a lot a lot of weight that needs to go on this body. Hopefully they can build me into the tall, physical receiver everyone wants me to be.”
As for recruiting, Fulwood said he only hears from Florida and is still solidly committed to the Gators.
"No, not other than the University of Florida, that's all I've heard from," Fulwood said. "They wanted me to go ahead and submit my application, but the site was down so I couldn't submit the application on time. So I didn't get to submit it by the deadline. I'm still turning it in. No worries Gator Nation, I'm still committed and I'm still coming to UF."
Despite Florida's lack of explosive plays on offense, Fulwood still likes the way Florida is playing.
“They’ve been coming out tremendously, even in the Georgia game," Fulwood said. "It sucks that they had a bad game, but we’re still on top, we’re still going to ball, just trying to win the SEC East right now.”