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FB: Florida’s Perine and Cleveland to return for senior season

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It’s that time of year when players and coaches begin circulating from team to team and league to league. The Gators have already had five players declare for the NFL draft and another to the transfer portal.

Bucking this trend, are two major contributors to the Gators offense. On Wednesday afternoon, Lamical Perine and Tyrie Cleveland made clear, their intentions to return for the Gators 2019 season.

Perine will spend his senior season as the lead back in a Dan Mullen offense that has suited him well. During the 2018 season, Perine accounted for 826 yards and 7 touchdowns on 134 carries. He added an additional 170 yards receiving and a solo touchdown through the air.

2018 was a breakout year for Perine and he only looks to get better next season. His dual threat abilities out of the backfield make him a valuable weapon for the Gators. His three years at Florida have been productive, adding 2,221 all purpose yards and 19 touchdowns.

Tyrie Cleveland has had a handful of moments that will go down in Gators lore as legend. There was the 99 yard touchdown in Death Valley as a freshman, a score that put the Gators on top for the eventual win. And the oh, so dramatic “Heave to Cleve” to defeat Tennessee with no time left on the clock.

While his production dipped a bit in 2018, that is only because of having additional weapons in the receiving corps. Cleveland has amassed 920 yards and 7 scores on 54 receptions, since arriving in Gainesville.

With these two Gators coming back to inprovw their legacy, Florida will have some firepower coming into the 2019 season.

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