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Hunter Joyer a rock for family, Gators

When illness and hardship struck his family, the UF freshman stepped up

Updated: November 23, 2011, 8:51 PM ET
By Michael DiRocco | GatorNation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- During one of Florida's first full-contact practices in August, freshman fullback Hunter Joyer raced into a hole at the line of scrimmage to try and clear some space for the running back.

Linebacker Jon Bostic, a 6-foot-1, 243-pound junior, came up to fill the hole, saw Joyer heading right for him and got excited. His thought: All right, freshman, here's your welcome to big-boy football.

The collision was violent. When it was over, Bostic watched the running back ...

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