By Graham HallCorrespondent

To say Jordan Sherit has a team-first mentality would be an understatement.

He isn’t going to wow you with his physical nature, and his highlight reel doesn’t scream “future NFL standout”.

But those who have seen the redshirt sophomore progress on and off the field say Sherit has become a leader of Florida’s defense this season.

As the Gators enter their annual rivalry game against Florida State, Sherit leads Florida’s defensive line in tackles (36) while contributing 3.5 of UF’s 28 sacks this season.

It hasn’t been an easy road to this point for the Tampa native, however.

With the injuries his unit has faced in 2016, Sherit has faced similar ailments yet has continually found a way to take the field week in and week out.

“He’s a guy who has battled through some (injuries),” Gators coach Jim McElwain said of Sherit. “He’s not a guy I talk about on the injury sheet, but his name is always there.”

A case in point of Sherit’s effort and fortitude came last Saturday with Florida’s season on the line in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Facing fourth-and-goal from their own 1-yard line, Florida’s defense needed to stop an LSU offense that had continually found ways to move the ball against the Gators.

As Derrius Guice leapt for the end zone, Sherit came across the line, grabbing the running back in mid-air as safety Marcell Harris did the same.

Ball game, Gators.

Tigers Stadium, stunned.

For a unit missing redshirt junior Bryan Cox Jr., it was up to Harris, Sherit, Caleb Brantley and Taven Bryan to keep Florida’s SEC Championship hopes alive.

“We had a great push from the defensive line,” Harris said. “With the extra pull from Sherit, we managed to get him stopped.”

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