There was never any question that the twins would attend the same college. During their junior year Maurkice received a letter addressed only to him from USC; he promptly tossed it in the trash. "I don't want to go there if they don't want both of us," he told his mother. Impressed by the personal attention the Florida coaching staff had given them during a visit, the twins shocked their friends and family by choosing the Gators over Florida State, the school the Pounceys and their mom had rooted for while the twins were growing up.
Last year Maurkice—who played in all 13 games, starting 11 at right guard—became only the eighth true freshman to start at Florida in a season opener. But what Mike did for the Gators in the last five games was just as impressive. Having been used on defense in goal-line situations in high school, he played tackle for the injury-plagued Gators defense, and his interception in the Capital One Bowl against Michigan led to a touchdown. "They both exceeded our expectations," says Meyer. "You're not supposed to do what they did as freshmen at a school like Florida."
Maurkice was named first-team freshman All-America, and this year Mike has graded out the highest every week in Addazio's postgame evaluations. "Mike had a great spring," says Addazio, "and I think you can give some credit to Maurkice. The two KEEP GETTING BETTER because they won't let each other slack off."
While the Pounceys are looking to bring another national championship to Gainesville, they're not ready to consider life after Florida—when they'll most likely be playing for different NFL teams. (Maurkice and Mike would be the 12th set of twins to play in the league.) "Maybe they'll have a house somewhere between the cities they live in," says their mother. "I feel sorry for their wives. They're never going to let each other go."
Says Maurkice, "We don't really think about what it'll be like living in different places."
Says Mike, "One day we'll have to deal with being apart. But not now."