Preview 2018: Florida Gators. Bringing Fun Back To The Swamp

Preview 2018: Florida Gators. Bringing Fun Back To The Swamp

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Preview 2018: Florida Gators. Bringing Fun Back To The Swamp

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Best Florida Offensive Player

OT Martez Ivey, Sr.
Where do you want him to play? The 6-5, 315-pound one-time super-recruit has the right body to be a left tackle, his NFL future is probably at right tackle before kicking inside, and he played late last year and all of 2016 at left guard. His versatility will be the key to putting together the puzzle to a decent-looking line, but if he can rock at left tackle, it’ll make the coaching staff’s job a whole lot easier.

2. RB Jordan Scarlett, Jr.
3. RB Lamical Perine, Jr.
4. QB Feleipe Franks, Soph.
5. WR Tyrie Cleveland, Jr.

Best Florida Defensive Player

DE Cece Jefferson, Sr.
Part defensive end, part linebacker, now he’s in the right position for him working as a Rush End in the new defensive system.

At 6-1 and 242 pounds, he’s not quite big enough to be a true lineman, but he’s got the upside to blow up as a top pass rusher once he gets past his offseason shoulder surgery. Fourth on the team with 47 tackles, he led the way with 4.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. He might double his sack total when he’s right.

2. LB David Reese, Jr.
3. S Chauncey Gardner, Jr.
4. DE Jabari Zuniga, Jr.
5. CB CJ Henderson, Soph.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Feleipe Franks, Soph.
Emory Jones will one day be the star of the Gator offense – at least that’s the hope – but the star recruit didn’t do much to look the part in his few weeks of spring ball. Kyle Trask is an interesting option, but he’s only playing if Franks really, really isn’t good.

The 6-5, 227-pound Franks is being judged on a true freshman season without a whole lot of blocking to help him out, and with a depleted receiving corps to work with. Franks only hit 55% of his passes, but he’s got the arm, he’s got the size, and he’s got the mobility. Now he needs to have the game – assuming he takes the job – to get the Dan Mullen offense going.

Key Game To The Florida Season

Georgia, Oct. 27
Of course the showdown at Tennessee is going to be massive, since it’ll set the tone for the reemergence of the rivalry. Of course the SEC opener against Kentucky is vital – Dan Mullen can NOT lose this game and break the massive winning streak.

The trip to Mississippi State will be emotional, and the South Carolina and LSU home games will be big. But the Gators and Mullen want and need to knock off the big dog to potentially be the star of the East again.

Overall the schedule isn’t all that bad. Win the Cocktail Party/Gathering/Soiree, and in Year One under Mullen, Florida will be right back on track.

2017 Florida Fun Stats

– 1st Quarter Scoring: Opponents 83 – Florida 29
– Penalties: Florida 88 for 646 yards – Opponents 64 for 501 yards
– Fumbles: Florida 16 (lost 10) – Opponents 6 (lost 3)

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