UF's Ingram holds off making decision


Cornelius Ingram gains seven yards against Western Carolina, on Nov. 18, 2006, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Tracy Wilcox/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 4, 2008 at 10:44 p.m.

Florida junior tight end Cornelius Ingram has not made a decision yet whether to return for his senior season or enter the NFL draft, his brother said Friday night.

"He's kind of torn," said Greg Bowie, Ingram's brother and the basketball coach at Hawthorne High School. "He's looking at all the options. He's going to take his time and then make his decision."

Yahoo.com reported Friday morning that Ingram had already made up his mind and was going to forego his senior season to enter the draft. The Web site even quoted Ingram, saying he felt it was just time to move on. But Bowie said Ingram had not talked to any media outlets and that he is still considering remaining at UF, where he is only seven credit hours short of his degree.

Bowie said Ingram recently received paperwork back from the NFL draft advisory board that projected Ingram would go in the second or third round of the upcoming draft.

"His paperwork didn't come back bad," Bowie said. "He's right around the second or third round. He's going to take his time and figure this thing out."

When Ingram put paperwork into the NFL in December, he said he would not return for his senior year if he was projected to go somewhere in the first three rounds.

Apparently that has changed.

At 6-4, 230 pounds, he is considered undersized for an NFL tight end and likely would project as an H-back (combination wide receiver-tight end), a position similar to the one he plays at UF.

Ingram was a multi-sport (football, basketball and track) star at Hawthorne High School who signed with Florida in 2004 with the intention of playing both football and basketball.

Ingram, a quarterback, redshirted his first year in football and saw very limited playing time in 19 games for the UF basketball team.

In 2005, Ingram decided to give up basketball to concentrate on football. After seeing the field in only one game during the 2005 season, Ingram came close to transferring to South Florida.

The coaches moved Ingram to tight end during UF's bowl preparation and he saw playing time at his new position in the Gators' Outback Bowl victory over Iowa.

The following season (2006), Ingram became a vital part of the offense (30 receptions for 380 yards and one touchdown) in helping the Gators win the SEC and national titles.

This season, Ingram caught 33 passes for 491 yards and seven touchdowns and was a second-team All-SEC selection.

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