Your Guide to the #16ATORS

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February 3rd was National Signing Day, which means 25 new baby Gators were added to the Gator Nation! *and the crowd goes wild* Here’s a synopsis of what happened and what the team can look forward to for the 2016 season.

First Down: Mid-Year Enrollees

12 (13 if you count transfer Austin Appleby) mid-year enrollees were added to the roster, the most across the nation and the most in school history. These players are enrolled as UF students for the spring semester, so the have the opportunity to get a head start on practicing with the team and competing for those coveted starting positions. Giving the staff more time to work with players and more time for the players to work with each other will hopefully provide chemistry and rhythm on the field – two things we didn’t see so much in 2015.

Second Down: Quarterback Battle

There’s not one, not two, not three, but FOUR (count ‘em 1,2,3,4) guys competing for the No. 1 quarterback roster spot. The competition is made up of:

  • Two true freshmen – Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask
  • One graduate transfer – Austin Appleby
  • Last year’s transfer and redshirt junior – Luke Del Rio.

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking aren’t you missing someone who actually played for us last year? *cough cough Treon Harris cough cough* In a turn of events, Harris has decided to switch positions to wide receiver. Unclear if the decision came from the added competition or frustration from an underwhelming season in the position. So now, we sit back and watch the show as all four guys are already in Gainesville to participate in spring practices. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Third Down: Offensive Additions

In addition to the added quarterbacks, the offense saw quite the overhaul.

  • Three offensive linemen joined the roster – Stone Forsythe, Brett Heggie, and Jawaan Taylor (not to be confused with defensive back signee Jeawon Taylor).
  • Wide receiver – Tyrie Cleveland and his explosive style of play will be key to bringing some spunk back to the offensive side of the ball.
  • Kicker – Eddy Pineiro, a redshirt freshman junior college transfer, looks to improve the less-than-impressive kicking we saw last season. Coach Mac is clearly pretty confident in Pineiro considering he’s never recruited a kicker so hard.

Things seem to be on the up and up for offense, and this recruiting class will have the opportunity to prove it.

Fourth Down: Defense Round-Up

The Gators will need to fill the holes left in the defense after losing some key players.

  • Defensive backs and mid-year enrollees – Chauncey Gardner and McArthur Burnett.
  • Linebacker – Jeremiah Moon is someone to keep your eyes on – he was recruited by the Gators since he was a freshman in high school. (He was offered a scholarship before he could get his driver’s license.)

Let’s hope these guys can keep up the work last year’s defensive squad established in the Swamp.

The Roster:

It would take a novel to talk about all 25 new players individually, but we obviously want to give a shout out and congratulate them on joining us in Gainesville! Here’s a full list of signees and mid-year enrollees alike, and keep checking in for more news regarding spring practices and the 2016 Florida Gators Football Team:

Mid-year Enrollees:

Name Position Height Weight Class Hometown
McArthur Burnett DB 5-9 157 Fr. Pahokee, FL
Stone Forsythe OL 6-7 309 Fr. Winter Garden, FL
Feleipe Franks QB 6-6 214 Fr. Crawfordville, FL
Chauncey Gardner DB 5-11 197 Fr. Cocoa, FL
Josh Hammond WR 6-1 179 Fr Hallandale Beach, FL
Dre Massey WR 5-9 184 Jr. Greenville, SC
Eddy Pineiro K 6-0 178 R-Fr. Miami, FL
David Reese LB 6-0 240 Fr. Farmington, MI
Jordan Smith DL 6-5 225 Fr. Lithonia, GA
Freddie Swain WR 6-0 177 Fr. Ocala, FL
Mark Thompson RB 6-2 228 R-Jr. La Mott, PA
Kyle Trask QB 6-4 230 Fr. Manvel TX

Signees:

Name Position Height Weight Class Hometown
Antonneous Clayton DL 6-3 235 Fr. Vienna, GA
Tyrie Cleveland WR 6-2 194 Fr. Houston, TX
Brett Heggie OL 6-3 314 Fr. Mount Dora, FL
Vosean Joseph LB 6-1 215 Fr. Miami, FL
Quincy Lenton DB 5-11 207 Fr. Meridian, MS
C.J. McWilliams DB 5-11 163 Fr. Miami, FL
Jeremiah Moon LB 6-4 209 Fr. Hoover, AL
Lamical Perine RB 5-11 218 Fr. Theodore, AL
Jachai Polite DL 6-2 259 Fr. Daytona Beach, FL
Joseph Putu DB 6-2 195 Jr. Providence, RI
Jawaan Taylor OL 6-5 347 Fr. Cocoa, FL
Jeawon Taylor DB 6-0 191 Fr. Montgomery, AL
Rick Wells WR 6-0 200 Fr. Jacksonville, FL