Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Family Ties Don't Bind as TE Peek Hurts UF

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Family Ties Don't Bind as TE Peek Hurts UF

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ATLANTA - Colin Peek's Florida ties run deep. Most of his family graduated from the school, and four relatives played football for the Gators.

They might not be on speaking terms today.

Peek, a transfer from Georgia Tech who played at Bolles, had a huge part in Alabama's 32-13 victory over Florida in the SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome on Saturday. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound senior tight end caught the game-clinching touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Peek got behind linebacker Ryan Stamper and Greg McElroy floated the ball over Peek's shoulder for a 17-yard touchdown pass that put the Crimson Tide ahead 26-13 with 9:53 remaining in the third quarter.

"It's a fake sweep. They had a [linebacker] or safety run down, but instead of going across the field, I made it almost like a go-post," Peek said.

Peek had intended to go to Florida, but Ron Zook was fired, so Peek ended up at Georgia Tech. He transferred after Chan Gailey was fired and Paul Johnson was hired because Johnson's option offense does not use a tight end.

"This was my childhood thing for me to go play for UF, but the system wasn't the right one for me playing tight end," Peek said.

After the game Peek went into the stands to embrace his father, Gene, which was something he saw Florida's players do under Steve Spurrier when the Gators were winning SEC titles in the 1990s.

"I was such a huge Florida fan that if I could ever get back here and win this thing [as a player], I was gonna jump into the stands and grab my father like I saw all those Florida people do. It's just a memory you never forget," Peek said.

Peek's father and three uncles played football at Florida. Gene Peek is in the UF Athletics Hall of Fame.


Florida players dropped three passes in the first half, two of which were costly. …

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