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The Midseason Edition: Rank'em

GAINESVILLE -- It’s the bye week, so what better time to rank Florida’s top 10 players to date…

1. WR/KR Solomon Patton – 28 catches for 426 yards, 5 total touchdowns: Florida’s most explosive and reliable playmaker. Think how inept UF’s offense would be if the senior were still a jet-sweep specialist?

(Solomon Patton | courtesy rantsports.com)

2. CB Vernon Hargreaves III – 19 tackles, 3 interceptions, 7 passes broken up: ‘Nuff said. 

3. LB Michael Taylor – team-leading 41 tackles, 3.5 TFL: Florida’s top linebacker on a unit that’s struggled all season. It’s strange to live in a world where Taylor is a better linebacker than Antonio Morrison, but alas, that’s where we are and it’s a major reason why Florida suddenly cannot stop the run.

4. UT QB Nathan Peterman DL Dante Fowler Jr. – 27 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 8.5 TFL, 7 quarterback hurries, 3 FF: The sophomore is still learning how to set the edge in the run game, but the baby-faced pass rusher remains Florida’s most menacing defensive line presence.

(Dante Fowler Jr. (No. 6), Jon Bullard (No. 90) | courtesy zimbo.com)

5.  WR Trey Burton – team-leading 29 receptions for 336 yards, 1 touchdown: The sheriff of Checkdown Central. With minimal zero tight end production, the senior is quarterback Tyler Murphy’s favorite target, especially on third down.

6. ARK QB Brandon Allen DL Jon Bullard – 20 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries: Not as heralded or dynamic as Fowler Jr., but Bullard has been one of Florida’s most consistent (despite playing out of position inside) linemen in Dominique Easley’s absence. 

7. CB Loucheiz Purifoy – 14 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 FF, 1 blocked punt: Borrowing ESPN Bill Simmons’ 90-10 theory, 90 percent of what Purifoy brings to the table is still better than almost any cornerback in the country. 


(Loucheiz Purifoy | courtesy cbssports.com)

8. Kentucky’s whole team K Francisco Velez – 3-for-3 on field goals, long of 44 yards: The walk-on hasn’t missed since leapfrogging Austin Hardin and Brad Phillips on the depth chart.

9. S Jabari Gorman – 30 tackles, 1 interception: The unsung junior is the team’s best tackler in the secondary and is better in coverage than Cody Riggs.  

10.  LG Max Garcia – At tackle it’s a different story, but when at guard (his natural position) Garcia has been UF’s most consistent and productive offensive linemen -- hands down. 

Thoughts? Comments? Your own list(s)… 

Have at it.

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I should note: This list was a pain to come up with. 10 players on this team?????

Funny stuff Jesse , no changes needed,
I think you got it right. The only one missing would be the new punter. He got lots of work against Mizzou and if things don't change soon he may be #1 on the list by years end. At least we can sit back and laugh at our selves.
Go Gators, beat Georgia to lessen the sting.

lmao @ Jesse...funny dude

on a serious note...I'd pick Louchiez Purifoy to join my beloved Canes, he has all the right stuff to be a star on the next level, provided he stays grounded.

These are all excellent players who can start on any team in the country.

Despite the injuries, we should still be a competitive, exciting team to watch... but we're not.

Hence my disillusion with the coaching staff.

A win against Georgia would mean a whole lot this year. It would salvage our season, to a great degree.

I'm not saying we can pull it off. I have zero faith in my Gators. But I also believe in miracles. SUICYCO be crazy like that.


I should note: This list was a pain to come up with. 10 players on this team?????

Posted by: Jesse Simonton | October 24, 2013 at 05:59 PM

Your one funny dude!!!! Wish you were a Canes fan and were our beat writer. I like how you tell it how it is. The gator fans are lucky to have you!!!!

If a Gator player tears another ACL, does that Gator's knee make a POW sound if no one is there there to hear it ?

Gator fans ARE lucky to have Jesse. This dude always provides interesting reads, and brings all sorts of funny, unrelated stuff into his articles, which only makes the article even more entertaining.

Keep up the good work Jesse!

Muschamp acknowledged that the coaching staff mismanaged freshman tailback Kelvin Taylor’s touches in Saturday’s 36-17 loss to Missouri.

Taylor rushed for 74 yards on 12 carries, including a 20-yard touchdown sprint on Florida’s best drive of the afternoon late in the third quarter.

The freshman (53 yards on the drive) sparked UF’s first offensive touchdown in six quarters but was oddly pulled for the next two series and had just one carry the rest of the game.

Muschamp said Taylor is running the ball “extremely well,” and “obviously needs to touch it more as he has shown playmaking ability.”


No offense Jesse, but if i'm a recruit, why would I wanna play for a team that mismanages their players so bad? IJS.

Taylor needs to start the rest of the season.
I have said it before, Jesse is the best blog writer employed by The Herald. Our reward for putting up with Matt Watts for so long.
SUICYCO, it won't take a miracle for the Gators to resume their winning ways. It will take the darn coaches to do the right thing, call better plays and start the right players.

Lol, i like jesse...almost as much as jlo.

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