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Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby NJGator85 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:48 am

..who had the better career at UF? And why?...
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby MatthewM. » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:52 am

Black by far.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby MJMGator » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:53 am

MatthewM. wrote:Black by far.

Agreed...he has the ring to prove it.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby law98gator » Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:01 am

Rutledge, Kearse, Elam, Floyd, Big Money, all great kids who performed well, but if you leave UF without any rings, you'll always be an also ran.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby wuerffelball7 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:44 am

law98gator wrote:Rutledge, Kearse, Elam, Floyd, Big Money, all great kids who performed well, but if you leave UF without any rings, you'll always be an also ran.

Sad, but true.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby CrocS » Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:51 am

Black was the better ball player and had the better career.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby GatorInKnox » Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:05 am

Elam's a far superior athlete but Black's rings win
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby GatorTAG » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:11 am

Black = Better ball hawk, better instincts, better tackler. Had the better college career.

Elam = More intimidating to receivers, runningbacks. Bigger hitter. Will have the better pro career.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby ReelGatorDoc » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:25 am

ask Oklahoma

dang that was a great interception to finish them off. The look on Bradford's face was priceless.

both really solid GATORS

Elam packed more of a pop, but Black was always in the right place.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby Class of '78 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:29 am

The better comparison to Elam.

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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby gatorade7 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:44 am

Elam has better measurables and was more physical. Elam always was and perceived himself as the most talented guy on the field from day 1 in Gainesville.

Black was smaller and slower but his on field production (ball skills, coverage skills, assurredness of tackle) was superior to Elam. Black was all heart.
Black seemed to always have an attitude of being an underdog probably due to his lack of speed/size that seemed to drive him.

Both very different yet both great.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby UF_Cheme_Student » Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:29 am

Black had the better career. He was a major impact player on our 08 & 09 teams with his solid tackling and ball hawking skills. Then 2010 when we lost so many starters from the 2009 Defense, he put his stamp on the defense. Elam's great season this past year could not even touch what Black did that year.

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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby usmcmfs » Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:53 am

Great Gators. Both played with heart and always left it all on the field.

Elam will likely have the better pro career. Each year his fundamentals and coverage skills get stronger. He played D in high school but was really focused as a running back. It's been great to see how his skills have developed each year in college.

Black was more polished where Elam was very raw coming in. Elam closed that gap each year. His aggressiveness and ability to hit will be the translate well to the pro game.

Both great Gators.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby -THE DUDE- » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:23 pm

Elam by far is the more gifted player but Black had the better career...will never forget that pick against Oklahoma and the look of disbelief on Bradford's face
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby law98gator » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:33 pm

Class of '78 wrote:The better comparison to Elam.

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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby The UF Guy » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:47 pm

^ I believe that was Lawrence Wright my friend. And HE was by far the emotional leader of the defense sans Bates.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby Gulfstream » Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:00 pm

The UF Guy wrote:^ I believe that was Lawrence Wright my friend. And HE was by far the emotional leader of the defense sans Bates.


^This. That is definitely LW.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby murdamal86 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:01 pm

Black had the better "career" but Elam is the better player
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby Class of '78 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:16 pm

murdamal86 wrote:Black had the better "career" but Elam is the better player


Their style of play differed, but it goes deeper than that. Although both players were intensely recruited by UF, one was expected to be a great college player, the other not so.

Ahmad Black squeezed every ounce of ability out of himself in his time at UF and displayed exceptional instinctive ability. Matt Elam is not to be questioned for his commitment, but he is bigger, stronger and much more naturally gifted than Black.
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Re: Ahmad Black vs. Matt Elam

Postby g8trs99 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:52 pm

law98gator wrote:Rutledge, Kearse, Elam, Floyd, Big Money, all great kids who performed well, but if you leave UF without any rings, you'll always be an also ran.

Kearse and Rutledge have rings from '96 for sure.
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