GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Former Florida Gators standout Maurkice
Pouncey is denying allegations that he took money from a representative of a sports agent while he was still at the university.

Pouncey says in a statement released by his attorney Wednesday that "it is an absolutely ridiculous claim." He says he has cooperated with investigators and "answered any and all questions."

Florida and the NCAA are investigating an allegation that Pouncey was paid $100,000 between the Southeastern Conference title game and the Sugar Bowl last season.

The offensive lineman was selected 18th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in this year's NFL draft. His twin brother, Mike, will be a senior at Florida this season.

Gators coach Urban Meyer says it's impossible for a coach to keep agents or their "runners" off campus and said they need to be "severely punished" by either state laws or the NFL for wrongdoing.

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