October 19, 2018

CFB - Latest Gators Player Notes
10/15/2018 - Evan McPherson  
OCT 15 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Evan McPherson, K, Florida,...McPherson has made 11 of his first 12 collegiate field goal attempts, knocking in 21-, 25-, and 43-yarders today...He is also perfect on point after attempts (25-25)...Also handling kickoff responsibilities, McPherson sent four of his seven kickoffs into the end zone for a touchback...He totaled 433 yards on kickoffs and averaged 61.9 yards per kickoff. Three were returned for 51 yards. - SEC Football

10/14/2018 - Jordan Scarlett  
Dan Mullen prefers not to talk about what prompted his 14th-ranked Florida Gators and the Vanderbilt Commodores to spill off the sidelines. Derek Mason says a Florida player said something to the Vanderbilt coach. In the end, the Gators' big comeback overshadowed the near brawl in which both head coaches yelled at each other. Jordan Scarlett ran 48 yards for the go-ahead touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and No. 14 Florida rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Vanderbilt 37-27 on Saturday to match the largest road comeback in school history.

The Gators (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a 26-game skid when trailing by 18 or more points. They scored 24 straight after Vanderbilt jumped out to a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter, their first comeback win since Sept. 27, 2003, at Kentucky. "Mistakes happen in football," Scarlett said. "It's how you fight through adversity and how you respond, and I think we responded really well." The finish was nearly overshadowed by an incident in the second quarter on a Florida punt return with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey on hand to watch. - AP College Football


10/08/2018 - Vosean Joseph  
OCT 8 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida...Vosean Joseph posted the first multi-sack game of his career in Florida's win over LSU and he did it in the first 20-plus minutes of the game. He entered the game with three tackles for loss this season and had three in the first 20-plus minutes of Saturday's win. He also posted career highs in tackles (14) and tackles for loss (3.5). He also led the Gators in both categories against LSU...Through six games, Joseph is the Florida's leading tackler with 42, including 6.5 for losses. He has also recorded three sacks, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery, which he returned for 20 yards. - SEC Football

10/08/2018 - Vosean Joseph  
OCT 8 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: VOSEAN JOSEPH, FLORIDA, Junior, Linebacker, Miami, FL/Norland...Vosean Joseph recorded 14 tackles, including 3.5 for losses, and two quarterback sacks as 22nd-ranked Florida defeated #5 LSU, 27-19. With the victory, the Gators improved to 5-1, 4-1 in the SEC. Notes: Vosean Joseph is the eighth Florida player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since linebacker Antonio Morrison (Oct. 4, 2015). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

10/06/2018 - Lamical Perine  
Lamical Perine scored twice on short runs, including one after a trick play in the fourth quarter, and No. 22 Florida beat fifth-ranked LSU 27-19 Saturday in another nail-biter in the series. Brad Stewart's 25-yard interception return for a touchdown - the first pick Joe Burrow has thrown this season - essentially sealed the victory for the Gators (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference). Florida scored all its points after 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow became the sixth player to be inducted into the school's ring of honor. With Tebow watching much of the game from the sideline, Florida looked a little like a championship contender. Perine grinded out tough yards, Florida's defense was as good as it's been all season and the difference was another perfect play call by coach Dan Mullen. - AP College Football

10/03/2018 - Martez Ivey  
LT Martez Ivey will face a challenge this week holding off LSU 6-foot-3,301-pound junior DE Rashard Lawrence, who has 17 career sacks and three tackles for loss this season. Plenty of scouts will be on hand to see how the 6-foot-5, 306-pound Ivey performs against a future NFL defensive lineman.

10/03/2018 - Jachai Polite  
DL Jachai Polite continued his breakout season with two sacks against Mississippi State. For the season, Polite has 18 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

10/01/2018 - Jachai Polite  
OCT 1 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jachai Polite, DL, Florida...The Gators have recorded at least five sacks for the second time in their last three games. Polite, who entered the season with two career sacks, recorded his first multi-sack game of his career and boasts a team-high four sacks this year...He also added three tackles and a pass breakup. He was part of a defensive line that sacked Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald six times and held the Bulldogs to 202 total offensive yards. - SEC Football

10/01/2018 - Evan McPherson  
OCT 1 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Evan McPherson, PK, Florida...McPherson has made 8 of his first 9 collegiate field goal attempts, adding a 39-yarder and 21-yarder against Mississippi State...He also handled all kickoff responsibilities with four kickoffs for 250 yards. He recorded one touchback and averaged 62.5 yards per kick. - SEC Football

09/25/2018 - Dameon Pierce  
SEPT 24 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida...True freshman Dameon Pierce scored for the second straight game. His 47-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Gators against Tennessee. Pierce rushed for 63 yards on seven carries...Through four games, Pierce is the Gators' leading rusher with 228 yards on 21 attempts and averages 10.7 yards per run. - SEC Football

09/25/2018 - Jabari Zuniga  
SEPT 17 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jabari Zuniga, DL, Florida...Zuniga was a force to be reckoned with on the Gators defensive line against Colorado State. The junior started his third straight game at defensive end and produced a career-high 2.5 sacks for a loss of 25 yards. He also recorded five tackles and a quarterback hurry...He was part of a defensive line that sacked Colorado State's KJ Carta-Samuels five times throughout the game and recorded five sacks for the first time since the 2017 season opener against Michigan. - SEC Football

09/24/2018 - Cece Jefferson  
DL Cece Jefferson made an impact in his second game back from a disciplinary suspension, forcing a safety in the first half of the Tennessee game by tackling Tennessee RB Tim Jordan in the end zone. It was the second career safety for Jefferson. The 6-foot-1, 251-pound senior finished the game with three tackles, 1.5 for loss.

09/24/2018 - David Reese  
LB David Reese made an immediate impact in his first game of the season against Tennessee with a team-high 11 tackles and a fumble recovery that set up Florida's first TD. The 6-foot-1, 248-pound junior had sat out UF's first three games while recovering from an ankle injury suffered during training camp in August.

09/24/2018 - Feleipe Franks  
QB Feleipe Franks is continuing to make progress in his second season as a starter and his first season in Dan Mullen's offense. Against Tennessee, Franks completed 9-of-18 passes for 172 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, while adding 11 yards rushing and his first career rushing TD. Franks has posted a TD-to-interception ratio of 12-to-2 through the first four games of the season after posting a 9-to-8 ratio last season.

09/10/2018 - Cece Jefferson  
DE Cece Jefferson sat out for the second straight game due to a disciplinary suspension that is related to academics, according to a Gainesville Sun report. When asked if Jefferson will be back this week, coach Dan Mullen said, "We will see. He should be back. But it's Monday. We've got high standards around here now."

09/10/2018 - David Reese  
LB David Reese (ankle sprain) sat out his second straight game of the season and is questionable for Colorado State. "David is making progress," coach Dan Mullen said. The Gators sorely miss Reese, who was UF's leading tackler last season with 102 yards. UF has given up an average of 262.5 rushing yards in two games. "I don't know if he's the answer," Mullen said. "But getting him back certainly wouldn't hurt."

09/10/2018 - Adarius Lemons  
RB/KR Adarius Lemons, a sophomore, took to Twitter following the Kentucky loss to say he's leaving the team. "He'll finish off the semester academically," coach Dan Mullen confirmed Monday. "We will grant him his release and wish him well."

09/10/2018 - Marco Wilson  
CB Marco Wilson is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in the first quarter against Kentucky. Coach Dan Mullen said the preseason All-SEC corner will be tough for the Gators to replace. "You feel terrible for Marco," Mullen said. Freshman CB Trey Dean and sophomore CB Brian Edwards will be counted on to step up in Wilson's absence.

09/10/2018 - Jordan Scarlett  
RB Jordan Scarlett, a redshirt junior, is off to a disappointing start to the 2018 season with just 13 carries for 49 yards and no TDs. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Scarlett is going to need to pick up his production to improve his draft stock. Scarlett had shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield a bit this season with two catches for 34 yards, including a 30-yard catch and run last week against Kentucky.

09/10/2018 - Feleipe Franks  
QB Feleipe Franks was shaky in his first SEC start of the season, completing 17 of 38 passes for 232 yards with two TDs and one interception against Kentucky. Franks turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter, once on an interception and once on a strip sack recovered by Kentucky, which returned it 30 yards for a TD to end the game.

08/30/2018 - Cece Jefferson  
DE Cece Jefferson opted to return for his senior season rather than declare for the NFL draft. "I didn't feel I was physically or mentally ready for the NFL," Jefferson said. "If I'm going to the next level, I want to be 100 percent ready, no doubt in my mind." A former five-star prospect from Baker County (Fla.), the 6-foot-1, 252-pound Jefferson has amassed just 9.5 sacks in his first three years at Florida but could get more opportunities to rush the passer as a hybrid DE-OLB in new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's various 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes. Jefferson suffered a shoulder injury during the spring but is back to full health for UF's opener against Charleston Southern on Saturday.

08/30/2018 - Marco Wilson  
CB Marco Wilson started all 11 games as a true freshman for the Gators last season, joining Joe Haden (2007), Janoris Jenkins (2008) and Marcus Roberson (2011) as just the fourth true freshman to start at CB on opening day for the Gators. Wilson, the younger brother of former Gator and current Indianapolis Colts CB Quincy Wilson, displayed excellent coverage skills with 10 pass breakups. With Duke Dawson graduated and moved on to the NFL, Wilson will move into the number one corner spot as a sophomore, matched up with more primary receivers during his sophomore year.

08/30/2018 - David Reese  
ILB David Reese was UF's top run stuffer last season, leading the Gators in tackles (102) while finishing second on the team in tackles for loss (10) in 2017. The 6-foot-1, 248-pound Reese also tallied 1.5 interceptions, 1 sack and 1 QB hurry in 2017. Given UF's lack of depth at linebacker, it will be important for Reese to stay healthy and provide leadership to a young group.

08/30/2018 - Van Jefferson  
WR Van Jefferson was granted immediate eligibility to play for the Gators after transferring from Ole Miss during the offseason. Jefferson was UF's most impressive receiver during spring drills, running crisp routes while catching nearly ball thrown his way. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound Jefferson had 42 catches for 456 yards and 1 TD as a slot receiver at Ole Miss last season. His role could be expanded at UF this season in Dan Mullen's spread offense.

08/30/2018 - Jordan Scarlett  
RB Jordan Scarlett is looking for redemption after sitting out last season on suspension for his involvement in a credit card fraud scheme. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Scarlett is UF's most complete running back in terms of speed and physicality. Scarlett took over the starting running back job at UF late in his sophomore year in 2016 and was impressive, rushing for a team-high 889 yards on 179 carries with 6 TDs. Mullen wants to establish the run and Scarlett will get his opportunities in week one to show that he's up to the task.

08/27/2018 - Feleipe Franks  
QB Feleipe Franks was named Florida's starting quarterback for their season opener. First-year Florida coach Dan Mullen selected Franks on Monday in what the Florida release characterized as a close competition with redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask and freshman Emory Jones. Franks seemed to be the favorite from the start after playing 11 games, including eight starts, for the Gators last season as a redshirt freshman.

06/28/2018 - Antonio Riles  
OL Antonio Riles is leaving one Florida school to play for another. Riles will join Florida Atlantic as a graduate transfer, according to a report by OwlAccess.com. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Riles missed the entire 2016 season at the University of Florida after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in training camp that required sugery.

04/20/2018 - Cece Jefferson  
DE Cece Jefferson had shoulder surgery earlier this week and will be sidelined for about four months, the Gainesville Sun reported. Jefferson, who is a key member of the Gators' defense, sustained the injury during Saturday's spring game. The school has not yet announced that Jefferson had surgery. Jefferson, who also plays outside linebacker in the Gators' 3-4 alignment, led the team in tackles for loss (13.5), sacks (4.5) and quarterback hurries (six) last season, when he played in 11 games (eight starts). He considered entering 2018 NFL Draft, but opted to return to Florida for his senior year.

02/27/2018 - *Antonio Callaway  
2018 NFL Combine: Must-see Prospects per Position: WR Antonio Callaway, Florida, 5-10, 193, 4.46...Currently ranked 37th among WRs, 315th overall and a 7th-round value...There are three receivers currently among the projected first-round picks on NFLDraftScout.com's mock drafts, but Callaway might just prove a better athlete than any of them. Characterized as a taller Percy Harvin by some who evaluated both players at Florida, Callaway possesses exceptional quickness and speed, both of which should translate very well to the timed drills in Indianapolis. Even more important than the athletic testing, however, will be the personal interviews with teams as Callaway ran into multiple legal problems with the Gators, the last of which got him suspended for the entire 2017 season. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/27/2018 - *Taven Bryan  
2018 NFL Combine: Athleticism Key for these Prospects: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida...Bryan was considered one of the most athletic players on the Florida roster, not just the defensive line. His game is very streaky; positive numbers in the agility and movement drills will help dissipate some of the doubt. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/27/2018 - *Antonio Callaway  
2018 NFL Combine: Players Who Need to Interview Well: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida...Callaway is extremely talented but unreliable on and off the field. He was involved in multiple drug issues over his time in Gainesville and was suspended for the 2017 season for his involvement in a felony fraud case. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/27/2018 - Marcell Harris  
2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Marcell Harris, S, Florida...Harris was expected to have a Marcus Maye senior season, but he suffered a torn Achilles tendon over the summer and missed the season. Instead of petitioning for a medical redshirt and sixth year of eligibility, he elected to go pro. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/26/2018 - *Antonio Callaway  
WR Antonio Callaway, characterized as a taller Percy Harvin by some who evaluated both players at Florida, possesses exceptional quickness and speed, both of which should translate very well to the timed drills in Indianapolis. Even more important than the athletic testing, however, will be the personal interviews with teams as Callaway ran into multiple legal problems with the Gators, the last of which got him suspended for the entire 2017 season.

01/23/2018 - Jordan Scarlett  
Running back Jordan Scarlett and three other Florida players suspended last season amid felony fraud charges have rejoined team activities. School officials confirmed the return of the players Tuesday to The Associated Press. "All of our players understand the standards and expectations we have of them to be members of the Florida football program," Florida coach Dan Mullen said in a statement. Receiver Rick Wells and linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller also are enrolled in school and expected to take part in team workouts Wednesday. A fifth player, defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis, is enrolled but is recovering from injuries sustained in a scooter accident last fall.

Those five players and two others - receiver Antonio Callaway and defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones - entered a pretrial intervention program in late October that could result in the dismissal of felony credit card fraud charges. The players needed to make restitution and comply with probation protocols over a 12-month period to get the charges dropped without any legal findings. The seven were charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and identity theft. Each of them made one charge with a stolen credit card number, ranging in value from $500 to $2,000, authorities said. Two others - defensive end Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort - made multiple purchases using multiple stolen cards, police said. All nine missed the entire 2017 season and needed to go before the university's Student Code of Conduct Committee in order to return to the team in any capacity. - AP College Football


01/12/2018 - Marcell Harris  
Marcell Harris, the Florida safety who tore his right Achilles tendon in late July and missed all of last season, is forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Harris announced the decision Thursday on Instagram, saying he "became strong mentally and gained different perspectives of the game that I may have never seen" while sitting out. A fifth-year senior from nearby Orlando, Harris played in all 13 games in 2016. He had a team-high 73 tackles to go along with two interceptions and a sack. He appeared in 37 games in three seasons at Florida. He could have petitioned the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, but chose to pursue an NFL career. Harris is the fourth Florida player to leave school early this season, following defensive tackle Taven Bryan, receiver Antonio Callaway and kicker Eddy Pineiro. Defensive Cece Jefferson and left tackle Martez Ivey announced last week they will return to school for their senior years. - AP College Football

12/19/2017 - *Eddy Pineiro  
Florida's Eddy Pineiro, the most accurate kicker in program history, is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft. The fourth-year junior from Coral Gables made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday. Pineiro made 29 of his last 30 field-goal attempts, including 17 of 18 this past season. His 94.4 percent success rate in 2017 led the nation. He converted 38 of 43 field-goal attempts (88.4 percent) in two seasons, tops in program history. Pineiro says "it was a difficult decision, but going to the NFL has always been a dream of mine. I did some research and just thought the timing was right." He finished 12th nationally in touchbacks this season, with 39 of his 50 kickoffs downed in the end zone. That 79-percent clip led the Southeastern Conference. - AP College Football

12/14/2017 - Duke Dawson  
2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Duke Dawson, Florida,...Dawson registered 34 tackles during his senior season, as well as nine pass breakups. He tallied four interceptions on the year, including a pick-six against Michigan that he ran back 48 yards for the score. Dawson's four interceptions tie him with CJ Henderson for the most on the Gators and ties him for second overall in the SEC. - Florida Football

12/14/2017 - Johnny Townsend  
2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): P Johnny Townsend, Florida,...Townsend earned Coaches All-SEC second-team accolades after recording 3,043 yards on 64 punts this season. His average of 47.55 yards per punt led the SEC and put him second in the nation. The redshirt senior booted 27 punts inside the 20-yard line, while also registering 27 punts of over 50 yards. During the course of the season, he moved into first place in UF program history for total yards (11,090) and total punts (240). - Florida Football

12/14/2017 - Martez Ivey  
2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Martez Ivey, Florida,...Ivey garnered second-team honors after helping the Gators average 335.9 yards of offense per game this season. With his help, Lamical Perine and Malik Davis both eclipsed 500 rushing yards on the year. - Florida Football

12/14/2017 - *Eddy Pineiro  
2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): PK Eddy Pineiro, Florida,...Pineiro was named second-team All-SEC after finishing the regular season with the highest field goal percentage in the nation. He made 17-of-18 attempts this season, good for 99.4%. The redshirt junior finished his season making 16 straight field goals, putting him second in UF history for most consecutive field goals made. Through two seasons, Pineiro has converted on 38-of-43 attempts, putting him first in UF's history with a total field goal percentage of 88.4%. Pineiro set another UF program record this season, becoming the first Gator to make two 50-yard field goals in one game (UAB). - Florida Football

12/11/2017 - *Taven Bryan  
Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan has decided to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft. Bryan announced his decision Monday on Twitter, saying coach Dan Mullen's return to Gainesville "made this decision very difficult because I have the highest regard for him." Bryan ultimately, though, chose to move on. The 6-foot-4, 291-pound junior from Casper, Wyoming, had 40 tackles and four sacks this season. His size, strength and quickness have NFL scouts projecting him to be an early round pick. Bryan is the second Florida player to turn pro since the season ended. Receiver Antonio Callaway, who was suspended for all of the 2017 season, signed with Atlanta-based agent Mel Bratton last week and hopes to get drafted. Callaway was one of nine Florida players suspended all season for alleged credit card fraud. Callaway and six others entered a pretrial intervention program that could result in the dismissal of felony charges. - AP College Football

11/02/2017 - Malik Zaire  
QB Malik Zaire draws the start for Florida on Saturday at Missouri. Gators interim head coach Randy Shannon is making a change at quarterback for his first game by starting the graduate transfer. Zaire has played sparingly following his summer transfer from Notre Dame, appearing in two games and completing 12 of 23 passes for 142 yards.

10/30/2017 - Malik Davis  
Florida will be without leading rusher Malik Davis for the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Davis injured his right knee in the first quarter of Saturday's 42-7 loss to Southeastern Conference rival Georgia. Interim coach Randy Shannon said Monday that Davis will have season-ending surgery. Davis leads the Gators (3-4, 3-3 SEC) with 526 yards on the ground and has been the team's most consistent playmaker. Without him, Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson will share carries beginning Saturday at Missouri. Shannon says "it's a big blow for us because he was an explosive running back." Linebacker Kylan Johnson also could miss the remainder of the season with a nagging hamstring injury. - AP College Football

10/23/2017 - Tyrie Cleveland  
WR Tyrie Cleveland is questionable for the Georgia game with a high ankle sprain. Cleveland played on two offensive series in the first half against Texas A&M but had no catches on two targets.

10/23/2017 - Jordan Sherit  
DL Jordan Sherit, a senior, is out for the rest of the season after undergoing hip surgery last week. Sherit suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of UF's loss against Texas A&M.

10/09/2017 - Brett Heggie  
OL Brett Heggie is questionable and in concussion protocol this week after suffering a head injury in the second quarter against LSU. With Heggie out, junior OL Tyler Jordan filled in at LG and would start there again this week if Heggie is unavailable to play.

10/09/2017 - Duke Dawson  
CB Duke Dawson had a career-high eight tackles and one pass breakup against LSU but also had his worst day in pass coverage of the season. The lowlights for the 5-foot-10, 202-pound senior from Cross City including a defensive holding call on third down that kept LSU's first TD drive alive, dropping two potential interceptions on a drive that ended with an LSU in the second quarter and being unable to come up with an interception on a 50-50 ball on a 47-yard pass from LSU quarterback Danny Etling to receiver DJ Chark. For the season, Dawson has two interceptions, five pass breakups and 20 tackles, including one tackle for loss.

10/02/2017 - Keivonnis Davis  
DL Keivonnis Davis, was involved in a serious scooter accident last week. Coach Jim McElwain, who visited Davis in the hospital, said his injuries weren't "life threatening" but that he had a couple of surgeries and has a long road ahead in his recovery.

10/02/2017 - Malik Davis  
OCT 2 SEC CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Malik Davis, RB, Florida...True freshman Malik Davis rushed for a career-high 124 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries against Vanderbilt...He is the first true freshman to rush for over 100 yards and two rushing touchdowns in a game since Jeff Demps did it against Arkansas on Oct. 4, 2008...He also became the first true freshman in the SEC to have two rushing touchdowns in a game this season...His two touchdowns help the Gators reach five rushing TDs for the first time since Nov. 1, 2014 when they did so against Georgia. - SEC Football

10/02/2017 - Brett Heggie  
OCT 2 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Brett Heggie, OL, Florida...Heggie was a member of an offensive line that allowed the Gators to rush for 246 yards and throw for 249 yards...He graded the highest among all of Florida's offensive lineman and he was the team's co-offensive player of the game...Heggie assisted in Florida being able to score five rushing touchdowns for the first time since Nov. 1, 2014. - SEC Football