Taven Bryan is the most under-the-radar key to Florida's 2017 defense – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s hard to hide a guy as physically massive and imposing as Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan.
He’s officially listed at 6-foot-5 and 293 pounds, and he looks like he could show up on one of those World’s Strongest Man competitions on ESPN2 one day.
“He’s amazing. He could lift the whole weight room if he wanted to,” Gators running back Lamical Perine said.
And yet, Bryan was obscured last season, stuck behind former Florida standout defensive tackles and 2017 NFL draft picks Caleb Brantley and Joey Ivie.
Now a redshirt junior, he’s primed to slide into Brantley’s spot in the middle of the Gators’ defensive line this fall, though he still remains out of the spotlight.
Defensive ends CeCe Jefferson and Jabari Zuniga have generated a good bit of preseason buzz, the praise continues pouring in for the Gators’ young linebackers, and everybody wants to know where Chauncey Gardner Jr. will end up in the secondary, not to mention how the young defensive backs are coming along as a whole.
Bryan, meanwhile, remains the most under-the-radar potential impact star for this retooled Florida defense.
“I feel like he’s going to shock a lot of people this year. He’s very underrated,” Perine said. “That’s one guy like during this offseason he was working out, we would have a full workout, he would go in after everyone was done and walking out. He’ll go in and have his own workout. He’s working hard, man.”
Judging by the comments from his teammates, maybe it’s best that Bryan has the gym to himself for his workouts.
“Squat, bench, curl, whatever it is, that man is a beast. I’m telling you, he’s a beast. He’s a beast, like he’s a