For former five-star prospect Antonneous Clayton, many thought that 2018 could very well have been his time to shine. As it would turn out, however, he was pretty much missing in action all season long.
Finally, an explanation has emerged for Clayton’s absence. Sources indicate that Clayton elected to wear a redshirt in 2018 to gain an extra year of eligibility while learning the new defensive scheme. Reportedly, Florida coaches love Clayton’s upside and he could help with depth issues along the defensive line in 2019.
Since the first day that this 5-star defensive end arrived on campus, Gator fans have waited for this sleeping giant to awaken. As the highest rated player in his respective class, much was expected from Antonneous Clayton. Unfortunately, he has yet to meet those expectations and has been a non-factor over his three seasons at Florida.
Sure, the competition at DE has been awfully stiff at Florida since Clayton arrived. There have been so many good defensive ends over the last two seasons, the Gators almost had to rent an extra team bus to take them all to away games. Jachai Polite, CeCe Jefferson, Jabari Zuniga and Jordan Sherit saw the lion’s share of playing time in 2016, 2017 and 2018, while Clayton was overshadowed.
The 2019 season will probably be Clayton’s best opportunity to get playing time with the Gator defensive line being somewhat inexperienced. That being said, if he still doesn’t manage to make any impact, a transfer seems more than likely.
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