Swamp legends like Reggie Nelson and Percy Harvin set a high standard for Florida Gators who wear the number one on their jersey.
According to head coach Dan Mullen, who will enter his second year at the helm of Florida in 2019, it takes a “real baller” to wear the number one jersey and he won’t just let anybody have it. Instead, it has to be earned.
In his first season as head coach, nobody on the team had the privilege of dawning the number one jersey. Could that change next season? Perhaps Florida will have a few players capable of earning the number one.
Here are the top Florida Gators who have a chance to earn this honor as spring practice gets underway:
This workhorse was a bit overshadowed enetering the 2018 season, with most of the hype focused towards the return of Jordan Scarlett and Malik Davis. That didn’t last very long, however.
Perine ran through defenders like a human bowling ball and punished would-be tacklers as he cracked off explosive plays. While he is not as elusive as Percy Harvin was, this monster could certainly do justice to the #1 jersey.
Now here is a guy that has elusiveness that is reminiscent of Percy Harvin. Throughout the 2018 season, fans were begged for Toney to get more touches as good things usually seemed to happen when he carried the rock.
Is he #1 worthy, though? Time will tell. As he enters 2019, expect this electric playmaker to be even better with a year of experience at wide receiver under his belt.
Gator fans rejoiced when they learned that Van Jefferson, arguably the best wide receiver on the roster, would return for another season at Florida instead of entering the NFL draft. This Ole Miss transfer student developed as one of Franks’ favorite targets in a breakout season.
Jefferson makes big-time catches and at times has just embarked corners that attempted to cover him. He could be the “elite” type of player that Mullen would allow to wear #1.
This ball hawk’s playmaking abilities are somewhat reminiscent of former number one DB Reggie Nelson. CJ Henderson manages to make disruptive plays all over the field, with impressive quickness. Opposing offenses learned pretty early on in Henderson’s career that you are better off just leaving him alone, which is likely why he didn’t record many interceptions in 2018. Henderson became the first Gator freshman of all time to grab two interceptions in his first two starts, as a freshman in 2017.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has said that Henderson is best player that he has ever coached at the corner position. One would imagine that means Henderson could switch to the legendary number one, if he so chooses.
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