Florida’s 2018 football season was nothing short of magical. In Dan Mullen’s first year at the helm, the Gators shocked the world by crushing Michigan in a New Years Six bowl and finishing the year at 10-3.
Still, one just can’t help but wonder what could have been possible if the Gators had one of their best weapons available for the entire season.
In 2018, elite corner Marco Wilson’s season was upended early due to a torn ACL. It was only the second game of the year, against Kentucky on September 8, when Marco suffered the gruesome injury. There is no telling what could have been possible if Marco stayed healthy all year long.
Perhaps the Gators even beat Georgia with Marco Wilson on the field. The Bulldogs took advantage of a depleted Florida secondary to put the Gators away, late in the second half.
The rich tradition of DBU
It doesn’t seem like all that long ago. The 2016 Gators featured one of the greatest pairs of elite corners in the entire country, with Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson lining up on the field.
It didn’t take long for Florida to reload, or possibly even improve. In 2019, Florida corners Marco Wilson and CJ Henderson could be the envy of the entire country.
When watching Marco Wilson on the field in 2017, it was hard to believe that he was only an 18 year old kid. Wilson looked more like a grown man while shutting down receivers on the field than somebody who just graduated from high school a couple of months earlier.
How fitting it is for Marco Wilson, who’s older brother Quincy played corner for the Gators, to carry on the torch at DBU. Coming out of high school, Marco was chased by an impressive number of major programs like Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia.
Wilson made his first career start in the 2017 season opener against Michigan. It didn’t take long for him to earn the respect of Gator Nation.
In all of Gator football history, Wilson joined the elite company of Joe Haden, Janoris Jenkins and Marcus Roberson when he became only the fourth freshman to start at cornerback on opening day. Even Vernon Hargreaves, who was an outstanding Florida corner as a freshman, did not start on opening day.
While starting every game of the 2017 season, Wilson led the team in breaking up passes. He was one pass break-up shy of topping Vernon Hargreaves’ true freshman record (11). Rightfully so, Wilson was voted onto the freshman All-SEC Team following the 2017 season.
With plenty of experience now under his belt, look for Marco Wilson to become a household name and possibly even the SEC’s best corner this year. The 2019 Florida secondary looks as promising at corner as ever, which is good news for Gator Nation.
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