Considered one of Florida head coach Dan Mullen’s biggest strengths in addition to being a quarterback whisperer is that he’s an NCAA switch portal wizard.
He has landed a number of gems from the portal like vast receivers Van Jefferson, Trevon Grimes and Justin Shorter. He’s additionally beefed up his backfield and cross rush with the likes of Brenton Cox Jr., Jonathan Greenard and Lorenzo Lingard.
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David Cobb listed the Gators new defensive linemen Antonio Shelton and Daquan Newkirk instantly. Right here’s a glimpse of what he wrote.
Defensive tackles hardly ever generate headlines, and the main target coming into this season is rightly on Florida’s secondary and new beginning quarterback Emory Jones. However the Gators would have been in a decent spot at defensive sort out in the event that they hadn’t snagged two confirmed veterans from the portal. Shelton and Newkirk will assist Florida’s protection enhance, and that would carry the CFP into play for this crew.
Former defensive tackles Kyree Campbell and Tedarrell Slaton left Florida in dire straights after they declared for the NFL draft. Not many defensive tackles noticed significant snaps beside Campbell, Slaton and freshman Gervon Dexter. Cobb believes these new additions might probably be upgrades to Campbell and Slaton.
Shelton racked up 3.5 sacks in seven video games final season for Penn State, and Newkirk collected 28 tackles and three for a loss for Auburn. Each gamers ought to make a right away impression for the Gators this season.
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Tom Fornelli named new Florida working again Demarkcus Bowman as his choose. He transferred from Clemson after one season with the Tigers.
The one crew within the convention that ran the ball much less usually was Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense at Mississippi State. I’m betting on the Gators offense wanting lots totally different in 2021 with Emory Jones probably beginning at quarterback and working again Demarkcus Bowman transferring in from Clemson. Bowman was one of many prime gamers within the 2020 recruiting class and can carry a dimension to the Florida offense that was absent final season. It may be a dimension that helps propel the Gators to their first CFP look.
Bowman ought to assist Mullen and his offense return to a extra wholesome run-pass stability this season. However Florida’s backfield is loaded the place will probably be onerous to earn the majority of the carries. It returns starter Dameon Pierce, veterans Malik Davis and Nay’Quan Wright.
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