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  07/20/21 - Brenton Cox Jr.rJr/2023, Florida, 6-3, 250 (DS#6 DE) + More +

  Florida expected an instant impact when Cox took the field after transferring from Georgia. He delivered, with eight tackles, a sack and a pass breakup in last year's opener against Ole Miss. After that, meh. The former five-star recruit had some spectacular moments, but he often faded into the defensive woodwork. That's a problem in Todd Grantham's high-pressure scheme, which needs the BUCK position outside linebacker to be a disruptive menace. Consistent play is largely a focus issue, though that didn't completely explain Cox's problem. It turned out his chronically sore left foot had a crack in the fifth metatarsal. Doctors put a screw in it after the season. Cox was spotted on campus in June in a walking boot and getting around with the aid of a scooter. That sparked reports Cox would miss much of the season due to a "scooter accident," but Cox is expected to be ready by the opening game. He flashed star potential on one good foot. It will be interesting to see what Cox can do on two of them. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#6 DE) rJr/2023 DE Brenton Cox Jr.Florida
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  07/01/21 - Kaiir ElamJr/2023, Florida, 6-2, 193 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  Kaiir Elam's on-field play, coupled with his online following, could create more NIL opportunities for him than any Florida player this fall. Elam, whose IG has 21.1K followers, is projected as a top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL draft. Businesses and companies will come calling for an endorsement from a player of that caliber. Elam also has his father, former NFL safety Abram Elam, to help brand himself. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#2 CB) Jr/2023 CB Kaiir ElamFlorida
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  07/01/21 - Trey Dean IIISr/2022, Florida, 6-2, 200 (DS#2 FS) + More +

  No one on the roster rocks sweatbands, sleeves and other Gator gear with more style and swag than Trey Dean III. In fact, the senior safety has developed his own clothing line, TD3, and launched a website to sell merchandise. Dean has more than 40K combined followers on Instagram (29.4K) and Twitter (11.2K) to promote his new apparel and more. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#2 FS) Sr/2022 FS Trey Dean IIIFlorida
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  05/05/21 - *Kyle PittsJr/2021, Florida, 6-6, 245 (DS#1 TE) + More +

  This past week's NFL Draft was an SEC reunion of sorts. There were 65 players picked out of the SEC, the most of any conference in the country. The next closest was the Big 10 with 44. The SEC set an all-time record, breaking the previous record of 64 set by, yes, the SEC. It should be no surprise the list of states with the most players in the NFL per capita is dominated by those in the south. Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida round out the top five. South Carolina and Texas come in at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively. The stranglehold the SEC has on being the top conference in the country in producing NFL players should continue for years to come. Three of the top five 2021 recruiting classes - No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 LSU and No. 4 Georgia - belonged to SEC schools, according to 247Sports. The SEC's slogan is "It Just Means More." That might as well be in reference to NFL Draft picks. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#1 TE) Jr/2021 TE *Kyle PittsFlorida
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  05/02/21 - *Kyle PittsJr/2021, Florida, 6-6, 245 (DS#1 TE) + More +

  Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney on Thursday night became the first pair of Florida offensive skill players drafted in the opening round since Ike Hilliard and Reidel Anthony in 1997. Pitts played his final collegiate game in Atlanta, and will now begin his NFL career there. The Falcons selected the Mackey Award winner fourth overall, making him the highest-drafted tight end in NFL history. Toney became the first UF receiver since Percy Harvin to go in the first round, heading to the New York Giants with the 20th pick. "I've been waiting for that call my whole life," Pitts told ESPN. "When I saw my phone ring, I felt my heart drop. It's just step one in the right direction." Prior to Pitts, Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (1961) and former Denver Broncos All-Pro Riley Odoms (1972) were the only tight ends taken in the top five. Pitts is the first Gators TE to be a first-round pick and the program's highest-drafted player at the position since Ben Troupe, a second-round selection (40th overall) in 2004. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#1 TE) Jr/2021 TE *Kyle PittsFlorida
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  05/01/21 - *Kyle PittsJr/2021, Florida, 6-6, 245 (DS#1 TE) + More +

  After rewriting the school and SEC record books in his final collegiate season, Mackey Award winner Kyle Pitts made history on the opening night of the 2021 NFL draft. With the Atlanta Falcons selecting him No. 4 overall Thursday, Pitts became the highest tight end taken in the common draft era and the first Gators TE to be a first-round pick. Jordan Reed, who retired in April, was the last UF player drafted at the position (2013) and Ben Troupe had been Florida's highest draftee (second round, No. 40) prior to Pitts. He and Riley Odoms (1972) are the only tight ends to go in the top five of the NFL's common draft era (since 1967). Here's what Pitts will bring to Atlanta, where he played his last college game and broke the UF record for career receiving yards by a tight end - 1,492 yards on 100 catches (second all-time). - Gainesville Sun

(DS#1 TE) Jr/2021 TE *Kyle PittsFlorida
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  04/03/21 - *Marco WilsonrJr/2021, Florida, 6-0, 191 (DS#16 CB) + More +

  Cornerback Marco Wilson arrived to Florida's Pro Day all but forgotten. Oh sure, some plays near the end of Wilson's college career will live in infamy for many Gators fans who won't forgive one of the most costly penalties in program history. The 22-year-old has the malicious direct messages and social media screeds directed at him to prove it. But Wednesday was about the future. Representatives from 31 of 32 NFL teams came primarily to watch Wilson's high-profile former teammates - namely Kyle Pitts, Kyle Trask and Kadarius Toney - strut their stuff and state their cases four weeks prior to the April 29-May 1 draft. Many of the intelligentsia on hand left Florida's indoor practice facility aware Wilson might have a bright future himself at the professional level.

Wilson put on a show the 58 NFL decision-makers on hand could not ignore. The Fort Lauderdale native said he never doubted he was capable. But Wilson surprised even himself by rising to the occasion as he did while alleviating questions about the quality of his play and his character. "I'm just proud of putting everything together," Wilson said. "I knew I was going to excel in every drill. I did all these numbers in training, so I wasn't surprised at all. I just have to make sure that I can hit all these numbers in one day." - Sun Sentinel


(DS#16 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Marco WilsonFlorida
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  04/03/21 - *Kyle PittsJr/2021, Florida, 6-6, 245 (DS#1 TE) + More +

  Kyle Pitts' All-American brick was put in Thursday ahead of his John Mackey Award ceremony. A day after solidifying himself as a top-10 pick, Kyle Pitts was cemented as a Florida football legend. The unanimous first team All-American received his brick outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Thursday, UF's first addition since Vernon Hargreaves III in 2015. Florida players named first team All-Americans are honored with a brick in their name, located on the Gator Walk entrance in front of The Swamp. Inside the stadium at Touchdown Terrace, Pitts was also presented Thursday night with the John Mackey Award during a private event. This comes on the heels of Pitts' dominant performance Wednesday at Florida's Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds and posted the longest wingspan for an NFL receiver or tight end in the last 20 years. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#1 TE) Jr/2021 TE *Kyle PittsFlorida
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  03/30/21 - Richard GouraigerJr/2023, Florida, 6-4, 316 (DS#21 OG) + More +

  Florida offensive lineman Richard Gouraige received plenty of praise this spring from coach Dan Mullen. This offseason, Florida coach Dan Mullen had the responsibility of replacing starters at the two most important positions on his football team - quarterback and the player protecting his blind side. Both spots appear to be in good hands coming out of spring ball. Mullen acknowledged Emory Jones as QB1 following the final scrimmage, while calling Richard Gouraige one of two offensive linemen he feels most comfortable with. His position coach, John Hevesy, had no reservations about moving Gouraige to left tackle as a redshirt junior to take over for Stone Forsythe. "I feel very comfortable," Hevesy said of Gouraige. "He's done a great job so far, a very knowledgeable kid. Just very meticulous about his work ethic in everything he does."

The position switch was a welcomed change for Gouraige, who started 17 games at left guard the past two seasons. Gouraige said he enjoyed playing in the trenches and had to put his "big boy pants on" against SEC defensive tackles, but sliding outside has always been the goal and plan for him. "Playing left tackle is what I came here for," said Gouraige, a consensus top-100 overall recruit as an offensive tackle. "I like being on that island and going against the best edge rushers in the game. "There's nothing better than playing in the SEC and competing with guys like that. I just love playing tackle. It just feels more natural for me. I still have minor tweaks to fix up." - Gainesville Sun


(DS#21 OG) rJr/2023 OG Richard GouraigeFlorida
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  03/18/21 - Daquan NewkirkrSr/2022, Florida, 6-2, 317 (DS#58 DT) + More +

  UF defensive line coach David Turner raved last week about grad transfer defensive tackles Daquan Newkirk and Antonio Shelton, calling them "vital" additions to the team. Turner said they have meshed well with the rest of the players and served as role models to Florida's younger D-linemen. "I think they bring a sense of maturity and they show the younger guys how to work," Mullen said of Newkirk and Shelton. "Both of those guys have brought an unbelievable attitude within the team and with their work ethic, how they show up, how they prepare...I think those guys will make major impacts for us this year.

"You're bringing in transfers that are going to help, need based to bring them in. Not just bring in anybody. Those were, that was a need position. And the mindset of what we wanted out of those guys was that maturity, that leadership, that attitude and that's what they bring to the table." Mullen stressed that he only brings in transfers who can make an immediate impact and address depth issues, which the Gators had at defensive tackle with the departure of seniors Kyree Campbell, Tedarrell Slaton and Marlon Dunlap. - Gainesville Sun


(DS#58 DT) rSr/2022 DT Daquan NewkirkFlorida
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  03/15/21 - Kaiir ElamJr/2023, Florida, 6-2, 193 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  Kaiir Elam was the lone bright spot in a Florida secondary that struggled last year. The Gators finished 100th nationally in passing defense, but Elam had a strong sophomore season. He was named to the All-SEC Coaches' Football First Team after finishing with 39 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass deflections in 12 starts. "Not good enough," Elam said of his 2020 campaign. "I feel like I left some plays out there on the field. I'm just happy I can play this season, just to get better and keep elevating my game." Elam said he hasn't set any personal goals for himself like last year, other than being a leader on defense.

He also has a corner's mentality to not give up any receptions, and playing more press coverage this fall could help him meet that high bar. "Hopefully," Elam said when asked if he will. "I feel like that's what I'm best at, just playing press man. But obviously I would like to make more plays on the ball and force more turnovers, but everything goes back to just my main goal is to help my team win. "So not allowing a receiver to catch a ball. Leading the younger guys and other corners to keep getting better each and every day. Just being a better teammate and a leader to help my team win. Really that's my only goal this year." - Gainesville Sun


(DS#2 CB) Jr/2023 CB Kaiir ElamFlorida
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  03/14/21 - Zachary CarterrSr/2022, Florida, 6-3, 290 (DS#4 DT) + More +

  Florida defensive line coach David Turner had his football prayers answered this offseason. Defensive end Zachary Carter returned for his senior season, a smart decision according to Turner. "I told Zach I thought he had a chance if he came back to really establish himself as one of the better D-linemen," Turner said. "He knew, I think deep down, he knew he wasn't quite ready to make the jump." Turner's starting defensive tackles were, as seniors Kyree Campbell and Tedarrell Slaton moved on to the NFL instead of returning to school for their extra year of eligibility. That left the Gators with a major void inside, which was filled by the addition of grad transfers Daquan Newkirk (Auburn) and Antonio Shelton (Penn State).

"It was vital for us because we knew we needed, hopefully, a couple of older guys that fit in," Turner said. "We were fortunate to get two really good guys, not just players, but really good people. I did my homework. In this business everybody kind of knows everybody and you make phone calls. You want to make sure you're getting a guy that's going to be really good in your room. "And during the process, it's like recruiting all over again. You want to find out, No. 1, why they're leaving. No. 2, what are their goals? And No. 3, would it be a fit for you? Both of those guys checked all three boxes, and, I'm glad to have them. They've been really good for the younger guys and I think they've meshed really good with our group of guys." - Gainesville Sun


(DS#4 DT) rSr/2022 DT Zachary CarterFlorida
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  03/09/21 - Dameon PierceSr/2022, Florida, 5-10, 215 (DS#23 RB) + More +

  Dameon Pierce is taking on more of a leadership role this year in Florida's deep running back room. Helping out the younger players at the position and splitting more carries with them hasn't been a challenge for him. It's coming to grips with his seniority. "Finally admitting that I'm old," Pierce quipped when asked what's the biggest change in his role. Pierce is one of just five returning starters for the Gators on offense after starting 10 of their 12 games last season, leading the team in rushing with 503 yards and four touchdowns. UF also brings back redshirt senior Malik Davis (310 yards) and redshirt sophomore Nay'Quan Wright (213 yards, two scores) from 2020. The trio of backs combined for more than 1,000 yards rushing and 752 yards in the passing game, with Davis leading the way (31 catches for 377 yards) followed by Wright (19 catches for 219 yards) and Pierce (17 catches for 156 yards, one TD). - Times Union

(DS#23 RB) Sr/2022 RB Dameon PierceFlorida
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  03/09/21 - Stewart ReeserSr/2022, Florida, 6-5, 350 (DS#16 OG) + More +

  Florida offensive line coach John Hevesy is working with his unit and liking what he is seeing. Florida must spend this spring replacing starters at the two most important offensive line positions: center and left tackle. But a pair of departing seniors sounds a lot better than losing four of five starting linemen. That would have happened to the Gators if not for the extra year of eligibility granted to all fall sports athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That allowed seniors Stewart Reese and Jean Delance to come back for one more season, which UF coach Dan Mullen called "huge" for the O-line. "It's valuable to have those two back for me," position coach and running game coordinator John Hevesy said. "For (Reese) obviously to get his master's degree and also obviously just get back in shape after the layover he had from leaving Mississippi State to come here and then with COVID. … It's really beneficial for him this offseason to get himself in great shape to play. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#16 OG) rSr/2022 OG Stewart ReeseFlorida
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  03/04/21 - Kemore GamblerSr/2022, Florida, 6-3, 246 (DS#16 TE) + More +

  Florida tight end Kemore Gamble, a self-described finesse player, is looking to add more physicality to his game this year. The redshirt senior now takes over for Kyle Pitts on a full-time basis after starting in his place against Georgia and four other games last season. Gamble credited the Mackey Award winner for helping him improve his route running. "I got some of my route running from (Pitts). How he runs routes, he's always using speed and he's using his length to his advantage," said Gamble, who added that he doesn't try to play like Pitts.

"Kyle Pitts is Kyle Pitts. There's only one Kyle Pitts and there's only one Kemore Gamble. He does things that he's good at and I do things that I'm good at." Gamble called himself "more of a finesse guy" when asked about his strengths. He's also focused on improving the weaknesses in his game this spring. "I like to finesse people and I say my strength is the passing game," Gamble said. "I need to work on my running game still, getting more power, and get tougher when I'm blocking. That's what I think my weakness is right now. That's what I've been working on." - Gainesville Sun


(DS#16 TE) rSr/2022 TE Kemore GambleFlorida
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