On the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy as the nation's best center ... Proved to be a steady presence in the Wildcat line during his first season as a starter ... Handles the shotgun snap well ... A natural lefthander, he snaps righthanded, allowing him to deliver the first blow to his opponent with his dominant hand ... Has played in 17 career games, making 13 starts.
2008 (Junior): Named the team's Most Improved Offensive Player for the 2008 season ... Started all 13 games for the Wildcats at center ... As a unit the offensive line ranked fourth nationally and led the SEC in fewest sacks allowed ... Also ranked 11th in the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed.
2007 (Sophomore): Played in three games, seeing action in wins over Eastern Kentucky, Kent State and Florida Atlantic.
2006 (Redshirt Freshman): Played well in the season opener at Louisville ... Was pushing senior center Matt McCutchan for playing time before suffering a season-ending knee injury in practice during the second week of the season.
2005 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Two-year all-county selection in the talent-rich Tampa, Fla., area ... Three-year letterman and three-year starter at Catholic HS in Tampa ... Played guard his sophomore and junior seasons, then moved to center his senior year ... Played for the winning Hillsborough team in the Hillsborough County vs. Orange County All-Star Game following his senior season ... Has good strength, with top efforts of 570 pounds in the squat lift and 320 in the bench press ... A natural left-hander, he snaps right-handed, which enables him to deliver his first blow to the opponent with his dominant hand ... Coached by Jim Guderian, a former college coach and long-time high-school coach ... Guderian coached former Alabama All-America center Steve Mott and former LSU All-America center Nacho Albergamo when they were in high school; Guderian says that Gonzalez compares very favorably to them ... "Jorge has a lot of upside, great feet, and is strong enough to take a guy head-on and move him," Guderian said. "At this stage, he's every bit as good as Albergamo and Mott were in high school." ... A two-year letterman on the baseball team as a pitcher and first baseman ... Batted .421 one season ... Narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Alabama-Birmingham, Connecticut, and Purdue before going with the Wildcats.
Personal: First name pronounced the same as "George" ... Born in Tampa, Fla. ... Son of Jorge Gonzalez and Debra Gonzalez ... Major is agricultural economics.
Community Cats: Served as a bellringer for the Salvation Army and participated in the UK Children's Hospital "Breakfast With Santa" (2006).