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Quick look at the preseason.
Quarterbacks: Jeff Driskel, Dylan Freeman(fr), Jacoby Brissett.
The first thing to stand out is that true freshman Dylan Freeman has beat out redshirt freshman Jacoby Brissett on the depth chart. Brissett is an extremely gifted athlete, but Freeman comes in with good throw power and is probably the most accurate passer out of the florida quarterbacks. Why not start the young freshman some may ask.....his name is Jeff Driskel. Driskel has the energy at the quarterback position that has been missed ever since losing Tim Tebow and just like Superman the kid can just make plays. Driskel has a long way to go before he is as good as the Heisman winner, but he has all the tools to do just that. Driskel is actually a better passer than Tebow was in his time at Florida. Fans are anxiously awaiting the playmaking ability of Driskel that was seen in the Under Armor All-american game. Im just ready to see how a young quarterback with alot of gifts, but not many reps is able to handle the gauntlet that is the SEC conference.
Halfbacks: Mike Gillislee, Mack Brown, Travis Culp(fr)
The Florida coaches are seem to be and should be worried about this running back group. The loss of Demps and Rainey has left the coaching staff wondering how they will ever replace such a loss in talent and speed. Gillislee is an able and willing runningback who can get the job done. He is gifted with speed and is more well suited for between the tackle running. The problem is that if he goes down the other running backs have shown no drive to step up and be the man. Mack Brown has not been focused lately and has recently missed alot of practices and workouts. Culp is just young and inexperienced and does not fully grasp the Florida offense. Although, he can pick up blitzed like a pro.
Fullbacks: Trey Burton, Hunter Joyer
"Mr. do everything", Trey Burton, is a leader on this team and is ready for whatever Charlie Weis asks him to do. Joyer is a more true blocking fullback and will probably be used in those 3rd and short sets.
Wide Recievers: Omarius Hines, Frankie Hammond Jr, Quinton Dunbar, Andre Debose, Stephan Alli
Plenty of talent at reciever for Florida. Hines gets the starting nod because he had a great spring and never stopped. He is also the most physical florida reciever out of the bunch. Hammond gets the number two spot. The only real question mark is can Debose stay healthy for a year and can he finally live up to the hype. All true freshman got redshirted because there is just too much depth on the roster. So fans awaiting the Clint Peterson show will have to wait one more year.
Tight Ends: Jordan Reed, R.J. Walker(fr), AC Leonard.
Junior and definite number two tight end Gerald Christian tore his ACL this preseason and will be redshirted for the year. Starter Reed will be backed by true freshman R.J. Walker who came onto campus ready to play. He looks like a college senior already this guy can flat out play tightend. Hopefully this will light a fire under Leonard who was supposed to be a beast tightend. He just has not progressed like the coaches would have liked.
O-line: Florida returned alot of lineman with playing time. Not all were starters, but this O-line group has alot of reps under its belt. Should help Driskel and these runningbacks out alot.
Defensive Ends: Ronald Powell, Lerentee McCray, Lynden Trail, Clay Burton
This unit has alot of speed and power. Look for Powell to be a star. I predict a 12 sack minimum. McCray is not as gifted as Powell, but his motor never stops running. The effort this kid gives will drive lineman crazy. He will wear them down all game. I look for him to be a big time player in close games towards the 4th quarter.
Defensive Tackle: Sharrif Floyd, Earl Okine, Dominique Easley, Leon Orr
Easily floridas strongest position. Floyd is a returning all-american, Okine is a very athletic senior, and Easley is the next big thing at Florida. This unit should be a nightmare for offensive line coaches.
Outside Linebackers: Dee Finley, Michael Taylor, Neiron Ball
This unit has to replace both of its starters. Finley, a smart player that lays devistating hits, is made for outside linebacker. He is fast and can hit. Michael Taylor is the starter opposite Finley for now, but Ball is right behind him and climbing fast. Who knows who the starter will be at ROLB by the end of the season.
Middle Linebacker: Jelani Jenkins, Neiron Ball
Jelani Jenkins is a stud. He is probably the most athletic middle linebacker the Gators have ever had. He is a coach on the field. His ability to audible into the best play is Manning like on defense. Coach Sandler is just excited to have a MLB that can stuff the run, but cover like a SS. The Tightends of opposing teams need to think twice before they test the middle of the field against Florida.
Corner Backs: Jeremy Brown, Cody Riggs, Aaron Davenport(fr), Marcus Roberson
This is a capable group. I just hope the coaches have said the right things and done the right things to prepare them for this upcoming season. Everyone of these corners have the athelticism to shut down wideouts. Brown and Riggs both have pics and tons of pass breakups, but seem to get caught in la la land at times and totally forget their assignments. If either one slips up at all this season look for true freshman Davenport to step into the starting roll.
Free Safety: Josh Evans, Deante Saunders
Evans is a smart safety. He isnt great on coming up on the run, but his cover skills are top notch. There is not alot of depth at this position so hope Evans does not go down because the talent drop off is huge.
Strong Safety: Matt Elam
Elam is an NFL talent player. If he has a great season look for him to go pro early. The talent drop off here is huge as well, so lets hope he stays healthy.
Kicker: Lamar Bell(fr)
True freshman kicker. We just have to wait for the season and see if hes ready for the big leagues.
Punter: Kyle Christy
Driskel needs a commisioner ratings boost in elusiveness lol...he will be a monster at Florida by the time he is a senior. In real life...not the game.
Hah. I don't even know if I can boost people.
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