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Florida’s Martez Ivey wants to make most of opportunity at left tackle

Florida offensive tackle Martez Ivey joined Frank Frangie and Hays Carlyon on 1010XL Jax Sports Radio at SEC Media Day. Frangie asked Ivey what it has been like moving to left tackle this offseason.

“I’m enjoying this process,” Ivey said. “I’m just hoping I get that spot. I’ve been wanting that spot since I was a freshman.

“I was going to do whatever it took just to play and just to help the team, so I played guard for two years. Right now I’m going back out to tackle and I’m enjoying that process.”

Ivey said that he’s getting great work done in practice because of the strength of the Gators’ defensive line.

“It’s fun,” Ivey said. “I’m also learning, going against great guys every day. Our defensive ends are very talented.”

Frangie asked Ivey if he was frustrated that it took him two years to finally become the left tackle.

“Not at all,” Ivey said. “I played guard in high school too. We did a lot of shifting, a lot of motion where I lined up right next to the center. I was pulling from the guard spot also, blocking from the guard spot. Only thing I had to learn was to pass block because I came out of the ‘wing-t’ formation. We ran the ball, almost, I want to say 80 plays per game and probably pass once.”

Carlyon asked Ivey what his impression is of newly acquired quarterback Malik Ziare.

“He always talks about opportunity,” Ivey said. “He’s always got a big smile on his face and always looking to get better.

“One time he came into the o-line room and was watching film in the morning. Sat down. He was calling plays out, checking plays, calling out defenses. He’s a great guy to be around. He’s a great addition to the team.”

Listen to the rest of the interview below.

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