Gators Going With Valez For Now

Source: Jesse Simonton, Miami Herald

Gators_Francisco_Valez_2013GAINESVILLE — Coach Will Muschamp praised redshirt junior kicker Francisco Velez, and reiterated the walk-on would be No. 22 Florida’s starting placekicker moving forward — as long as Velez continues to produce in practice.

“I’m very proud of Frankie and the job he did coming in, giving us some consistency. Now he’s got to continue to do it, week in and week out,” Muschamp said. “We’ll move forward with the guys that perform the best.”

Velez was a perfect 2-of-2 on his first career attempts, drilling a 44-yarder in the 17-6 loss to LSU to give the Gators an early 3-0 lead. Later, he connected on a 27-yard kick.