During the spring, we came up with a ranking of Florida’s 10 most indispensable players.
It’s time to revisit the list. Florida is 3-2 and its season will fully derail with a loss to Texas A&M on Saturday in the Swamp.
So, what did we write about each player and what has happened over the past six months? It’s extraordinary.
1. WR ANTONIO CALLAWAY
What we wrote: Callaway is Florida’s lone proven playmaker in the passing game. He has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns in his two seasons at UF. Callaway is the only player in school history with a rushing, receiving, passing, kick-return and punt-return touchdown in a career. Whether Feleipe Franks or Kyle Trask wins the job at quarterback, having Callaway available every Saturday will be a must for the Gators to snap out of their offensive futility. There are some promising receivers coming up, but none are as productive as Callaway.
What has happened: Callaway hasn’t played all season because he has been suspended for alleged credit-card fraud.
2. OT MARTEZ IVEY
What we wrote: Ivey is the most talented overall player on the roster, likely a year away from being a first-round prospect in the NFL Draft. He earned second-team All-SEC accolades last season at left guard and has started 20 games in his first two seasons at UF. Ivey now takes over at left tackle for David Sharpe. Ivey ranks second on this list only because of his inexperience at left tackle.
What has happened: Ivey has started every game and largely played well.
3. CB DUKE DAWSON
What we wrote: With Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson departed for the NFL, UF will count on Dawson to continue the high-level play at corner. Dawson led the team with seven pass breakups last season. He has two interceptions and two forced fumbles in his career. The Gators have little experience at corner beyond Dawson.
What has happened: Dawson has started every game and played well. He is tied for the team lead in interceptions with two.
4. RB JORDAN SCARLETT
What we wrote: Scarlett asserted himself in the second half of last season, locking down the starting job. He carried 179 times for 889 yards (a 5.0 yard-per-carry average) with six touchdowns. Scarlett will be a big asset for the new quarterback with his ability to get yards after contact. Florida’s depth behind Scarlett is good with Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson, but he could be a special back this season.
What has happened: Scarlett has played the same amount of snaps as Callaway – zero. Scarlett is implicated in the fraud case as well, so he continues to serve a suspension.
5. S MARCELL HARRIS
What we wrote: Harris is Florida’s leading returning tackler with 73, including brilliant fourth-down stops near the goal line against LSU and Iowa. Harris’ importance in the run game will be enormous as Florida breaks in a new set of linebackers. He’s the lone enforcer-type of safety with any experience.
What has happened: He is the third player in the top five to miss every game. Harris tore his Achilles in July and is out for the season. The top five players have combined for 10 starts out of a possible 25. That’s terrible misfortune.
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