Ranking Florida's 10 most important players for the 2017 season – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — First, a preface. Nobody knows how this football season is going to turn out for Florida, what the pivotal moments will be and who will shine brightest in those moments.
That’s the fun of it all.
At this time a year ago, nobody would have guessed Marcell Harris would lead the Gators in tackles in 2016, that David Reese would take over as a key to the defense down the stretch as a freshman or that Jawaan Taylor would become an instant standout at right tackle in his debut season.
The plans will change, players will outperform their expectations (or the opposite) and the narrative of the 2017 Florida football season will unfold one week at a time.
That said, here are the players Florida beat writers Ryan Young and Jordan McPherson expect to have the most impact/importance for the Gators this fall.
Ryan says …
10. Wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland: The prize of Florida’s 2016 recruiting class, Cleveland was held back as a rookie by an early hamstring injury and inconsistent quarterback play/play calling. A true breakout season from the sophomore would take defensive pressure off star wideout Antonio Callaway and really make the Gators offense dynamic with two potential game-changers on the outside.
9. Left tackle Martez Ivey: Everybody has heard coach Jim McElwain’s praise for the offensive line and its potential to be a strength. That doesn’t rest on any one guy, but Ivey is the face of the unit, the junior with the elite recruiting profile who has gotten better in each of his first two seasons at Florida and now moves from guard to his natural position on the outside.
8. Defensive tackle Taven Bryan: We’ve been hyping up the mammoth redshirt junior all preseason. Bryan still has to prove he can put it all