Thursday, February 10, 2011
Mike Blakely, the Manatee High running back who garnered the most attention around these parts last season when he signed with Florida, is getting a lot of mixed reviews and he hasn’t even hit the practice field.
Everybody seems to have an opinion on Blakely, who recently underwent shoulder surgery and is expected to miss spring practice.
Some people hail Blakely as a sort of savior referring to him as the type of every down back Urban Meyer was missing last year when the Gators had what most of their fans would call a disappointing season.
One so called expert labeled Blakely as the Gators most overrated signed in the class of 2010, but says a lot of that has to with assorted injuries he had to deal with last season. However, some say its proof Blakely is not sturdy enough be the so called “featured back.”
One thing for certain is that jury is out on Blakely and he certainly has a lot of upside, particularly if he can stay injury free.