Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Defense, now offense, for Jafar Mann
By Michael DiRocco
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jafar Mann played guard and defensive tackle in high school. Florida’s coaches are still trying to figure out where he’ll end up.
The 6-foot-3, 293-pound Mann was a three-star prospect at Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson, and Florida signed him as a defensive tackle. He spent the majority of preseason practices working there, but has moved over to the offensive line and will spend the next few weeks there.
After that, the coaching staff will decide where he fits best.
"When we evaluated him, we knew he was a guy who could play nose tackle but also could play offensive guard," defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Wednesday. "He played both in high school. When we started him off at defensive tackle, we did that for a couple weeks, and then we wanted to put him over at offensive line for a couple weeks and get the evaluation there.
"We took our time looking at him on defense. We’re going to do the same thing on offense. After this week or next, we’ll make a final determination."
Mann started on the offensive line as a sophomore and junior and played on both sides of the ball as a senior in high school. He was ranked No. 30 among defensive tackles by ESPN.