Gators’ sophomore OL Martez Ivey coming into his own

UF sophomore Martez Ivey was named SEC offensive lineman of the week for second time in three weeks. This time he did it at a different position, impressing coach Jim McElwain in the process. It did not matter where sophomore Martez Ivey lined up against South Carolina , he still was the best lineman on the field.

Ivey actually played better than offensive lineman in the SEC this past Saturday.

On Tuesday, the SEC named him offensive lineman of the week for the second time in three weeks. The Apopka High product earned the honor at left guard Oct. 29 against Georgia , but against South Carolina Ivey had to replace David Sharpe to left tackle after he suffered an ankle injury.

Ivey did not miss a beat.

He will need to continue his stellar play Saturday at LSU .

“He got after it,” UF coach Jim McElwain said. “It was fun to see him operate on the outside like he did. I’m excited about seeing him this week against that No. 49 guy of theirs.”

Tigers sophomore end Arden Key leads LSU with nine sacks and at 6-foot-6, 238 pounds is able to disrupt a quarterback’s sight line if he generates any pressure.

Key was one of the top-rated ends in the 2015 class while Ivey was the No. 1 offensive lineman as a left tackle. Ivey moved to guard as a UF freshman and has started 17 straight games, second to senior safety Marcus Maye, who is out for the season.

“He’s a guy that has a lot of pride,” McElwain said of Ivey. “Doesn’t allow some of the negative stuff to sink in. He works hard, it’s important to him. He cares.

“He’s a guy that when he does talk, people listen.”

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