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Running back Lamical Perine knew the 2019 season would be his last at Florida.

Now, he knows where his NFL future will be.

The former Gators’ standout was selected in the 4th round by the New York Jet on Saturday The No. 120 overall pick, Perine becomes the 4th Gator selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

This marks the second year in a row that a Florida running back is selected. Jordan Scarlett went in the fifth round last season to the Carolina Panthers.

Accolades and Numbers

At 5-foot-11 and nearly 220 pounds, Perine is a native of Alabama. He is also the younger cousin of former Oklahoma and current NFL running back Samaje Perine.

At Florida, Perine appeared in 50 games and made 22 starts. Perine played in all 13 games in each of the last two seasons for a Florida team that won a New Year’s Six bowl and finished in the top 10.

Perine finishes his career with just shy of 2,500 yards rushing to go with 30 total touchdowns. Despite sharing time for most of his career, Perine was Florida’s leading rusher in each of his final three seasons in Gainesville. His best season came as a junior in 2018 when he rushed for 826 yards on 6.2 yards per carry to go with seven touchdowns.


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What the Experts are Saying

Backup-caliber running back who fails to dazzle in any particular area, but who does enough of what’s asked of him and has the character traits to become a dependable pro. He’s most skilled in the early stages of the run, where his sticky feet and quick eyes help him find his initial rush tracks, but his lack of burst and second-level creativity make him more of a grinder than a playmaker. He has the play traits to compete for a backup role in a one-cut scheme, and his special teams experience improves his chances. – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com.

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