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Football Player of the Week: Gainesville's Jay Gaudlock

POSTED: September 18, 2013 12:35 a.m.

According to head coach Bruce Miller, Gainesville wide receiver Jay Gaudlock is simply “a good football player.”

Gaudlock has the ability to excel at almost any aspect of the game due to his instinct and skill, and Miller understands the value of having such a player.

“He’s one of those kids you could put almost anywhere and he would be good,” Miller said. “I think you could even put him at offensive guard and he would do a great job.”

Currently playing as one of the Red Elephants’ primary wide receivers, Gaudlock is certainly doing more than a great job.

In last Friday’s 68-0 win against Winder-Barrow, Gaudlock caught three touchdown passes and had 89 yards for Gainesville.

For his efforts, Gaudlock is The Times’ Football Player of the Week.

From the beginning of the season, Gaudlock has been outstanding for Gainesville, starting the year with a big game against West Forsyth.

“He had 10 catches against West Forsyth,” Miller said. “Some kids don’t get 10 catches in one season, and then he had six or seven last week.”

It’s clear that Gaudlock has talented hands capable of making him a primary offensive weapon for the Red Elephants.

“It would not amaze me at all for him to be our leading receiver if not one of our leading receivers,” Miller said. “He just lays out for the ball. Deshaun (Watson) has such confidence in him that if he throws the ball near Jay, Jay will be there to make the play.”

That kind of chemistry, according to Miller, comes from playing together since middle school along with a strong combination of skill and attitude.

“I think the biggest thing is that Jay is first and foremost a team player,” Miller said. “He always has been.”

Gaudlock, now a senior, suffered a season-ending injury early during his sophomore year, but Miller is extremely impressed with how he has overcome it and developed as a leader for Gainesville.

“He has come back with a vengeance,” Miller said. “We look to get our best athletes on the field, and we feel like he’s one that needs to be out there.”

Miller said if he had to pick one word to describe Gaudlock, it would be “winner.”

“It shows in every phase of the game,” Miller said. “Jay will be a success in life just because that’s who Jay is. He’s going to get the job done.”


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