GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida receiver Dre Massey had apparently heard enough questions about his status with the program to address the matter on social media Thursday.
I see it’s some uncertainty but
I️m coming back
— Drè Massey (@D1Masseyy) December 7, 2017
Massey joined Florida in 2016 after two years of junior college, but he tore his ACL on the opening kickoff of the season and didn’t play again.
In his return this season, Massey put up a quiet 11 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown, not getting much opportunity until late in the season when he saw a larger role with similarly versatile freshman Kadarius Toney injured.
Massey’s best game was a 2-catch, 75-yard performance at Missouri on Nov. 4. He also got a few wildcat carries, filling Toney’s role.
There is hope, though, that new coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense will find a better way to take advantage of Massey’s speed. He was considered one of the fastest players on the roster when he joined the Gators. As such he received significant hype entering each of the last two seasons, and he remains an interesting piece for this new offense.
It’s not clear where the doubt was emanating from about Massey’s return, but as he said in his tweet, he’ll be back in 2018 for final year of eligibility to try to reach his full potential with the Gators.
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