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UF seniors enjoy homecoming
UF seniors enjoy homecoming

Tampa, Fla. -- Florida linebacker A.J. Jones has two national championship rings from his playing career with the Gators.

But the chance to wrap up his career in his hometown is pretty special.

"I'm back here in the Tampa area trying to go out a winner," Jones said.

Jones' also the Gator with the most experience playing at Raymond James Stadium. He was MVP for Middleton when the Tigers beat Blake in the school's first matchup at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"As a high school player, it was amazing," Jones said. "And it was a rivalry game. Man, it was off the charts."

Jones will bid farewell to the Florida football program in Saturday's Outback Bowl, sharing the limelight with a pair of Lakeland graduates, center Mike Pouncey and safety Ahmad Black.

"It'll be very emotional on Saturday," Pouncey said.

"It's tough," Black said. "It's our last season playing together."

But these seniors have one final chance to put a stamp on their Gator careers, which is secured as the second-winningest senior class in school history.

"We had a great run here," Pouncey said. "and I'll always remember it the rest of my life."

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