Like many athletes, Florida’s Langworthy feels lost

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Florida's Austin Langworthy at McKethan Stadium. [Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent/Gainesville Sun]

It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but what is these days? 

Austin Langworthy’s senior season was supposed to be the culmination of a career full of memories. The outfielder from Williston instead finds himself in the same place as so many college athletes — in limbo.

“It’s definitely not what I envisioned,” Langworthy said. “I’m just taking it day-by-day.”

It is still unclear whether or not Langworthy and the other Florida seniors have played their last games of college baseball. The NCAA has ruled that those players will be granted another year of eligibility, but the devil is in the details.

Will they be granted the same scholarships as they were on before the season was canceled? Will the same 11.7 scholarships be enforced or will there be relief?

The answers will come late than sooner.

“I have no idea what I’m going to do, no clue,” Langworthy said. “It’s really fluid now. It just depends on how it all works out.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen and if it works out that I come back that’s good and if I have to leave that’s good. I’ll be happy. We’ll get there when we get there.”

For now, Langworthy is living on memories. 

Just 17 games into this season, the No. 1 Florida baseball team was put on the shelf along with all other sports.

Florida was 16-1 at the time, heading into a big series against Georgia.

“It wasn’t easy, man,” he said. “It just kind of makes you go back and think about everything you went through.

“It sucks, to be frank with you. I’m sitting in the house bored out of my mind.” 

Langworthy played on Florida’s first national championship team as a freshman. He hit a walk-off home run to send the Gators to Omaha as a sophomore.

“It has been an absolute blessing,” he said. “Winning the national championship, hitting the walk-off and playing in the Cape (League) for three summers. I’m not sure anybody has had that opportunity.

“It’s been awesome.”

Langworthy said he hasn’t touched a baseball since the announcement of the end of the season. Next week, he’ll get back to work, hitting with fellow Williston native Jiwun James back home.

“We should be getting ready for a game right now,” he said. “It has truly been nuts.”