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Mid-Season Hot11: Top Florida performers

October 8, 2019

Today the Inside the Gators staff is joined by two former Gators - offensive lineman Shannon Snell and defensive end Johnnie Church - to vote on the Florida football top 11 performers at the half way point of the 2019 regular season.

21 players total received votes across the six ballots. Only four players were named on all six ballots.

Note: Players are ranked by number of votes, but number of ballots was factored in as well, so that one person's vote couldn't overly inflate the value of a player. That is why you see Ventrell Miller (three ballots), despite having less points, ranked ahead of Kyree Campbell (two ballots). A player listed on more ballots got precedence over a player listed on less ballots even if they had less total points.

Number in parenthesis is the number of ballots player was on

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DE 62 (6)

Who would have thought that Florida would strike gold in the Transfer Portal. He has been the biggest playmaker and most consistent player on a defense full of playmakers and players

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TE 53 (6)

He has been an absolute match-up nightmare for opposing defenses. He has always had size and athleticism, to his credit he has worked on improving his hands

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S 43 (6)

Coming out of high school the knock on Davis was that he would always go for the kill shot, who was pegged as a big hitter who suffered when asked to play coverage. Now here he is leading the nation in interceptions



WR 42 (6)

One of the better all around players on the team, while he has been silent on punt returns this year, he is averaging 20 yards per catch and is tied for the team lead with three touchdown catches

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LB 34 (5) Though he still struggles when asked to drop back into coverage, he has continued to be a force in the box. He has almost doubled up Florida’s second leading tackler and is on pace for a 100 tackle season
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QB 30 (5) After clearly being beaten out by Feleipe Franks over the spring, the talk was whether or not Trask would even see the field before Emory Jones. He has, and for the most part he has played surprisingly well. His lack of pocket presence and mobility being the strikes against him
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WR 22 (5) He does have the one big 65-yard reception, but other than that he goes about his business being a solid, sure handed receiver who makes catch after catch while flying a bit under the radar
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WR 14 (4) While he is second on the team in both catches (19) and yards receiving (258) he probably isn’t having the standout year so many predicted due in large part because Florida’s receiving corps is so deep


RB 14 (3) His 327-yards and 4.7 yards per carry average is mostly because of the 88-yard touchdown run against Auburn. However, even without those rushing stats, he has been a dependable blocker and a major receiving target out of the backfield
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LB 5 (3) He’s missed one complete game and hasn’t made a ton of tackles, but he always seems to be in the right place and when given the chance, makes the play
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DT 14 (2) Florida’s big man in the middle has not only occupied blockers, allowing others to make plays, but he has also recorded 18 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble

Others who received votes: Brett Heggie  10 (2 ballots), Jeremiah Moon 10 (2), Kaiir Elam 8 (2), Marco Wilson 7 (2), Evan McPhereson 3 (2), CJ Henderson 9 (1 ballot), Trey Dean 8 (1), Adam Shuler 5 (1), Nick Buchanan 1 (1), Tommy Townsend 1 (1)


  • With the way the unit has struggled, not surprisingly offensive linemen received only three votes total across the six ballots
  • If you were told before the season that neither Tyrie Cleveland or Trevon Grimes would receive a single vote, what would you have thought about Florida’s passing attack?
  • Jonathan Greenard received five of the six first place votes. Shawn Davis received the other.


# Player Comment
1 Jonathan Greenard

Thank you Todd Grantham! This young man is tenacious & plays old-school (like Jabari Zuniga). He doesn't look that fast! He doesn't look that big! He doesn't look overly strong! But looks are deceiving! This cat is a walking, talking beast with an appetite to attack opponents like the most famished apex predator. His hand activity (violent hands) is a highlight film in itself. And you can see that he has quickly taken a leadership role on this team. His game reminds me of Terrell Suggs with the Baltimore Ravens.

2 Kyle Pitts

I didn't even know who the kid was until game two or three! Now, I know EXACTLY who he is. Can we say matchup nightmare? Enjoy him this season and next; because barring injury, that's all the time we will have him as a Gator. He easily can be a wide receiver at any level if he desired to be.

3 CJ Henderson

Surprising, right? Not for me, go back and look at his tape this season, he’s been great in pass pro and ripping people apart in the run game. The defense takes on a whole new dimension when he is on the field.

4 Freddie Swain

Just a solid, heady football player who has excelled at getting the most out of limited opportunities. From how solid he is at fielding punts to making tough catches, he's kind of a jackknife type of player. Both he and Josh Hammond have both shown there's a good possibility for them to be drafted. I LOVE both of these players and their team-first approach over their careers. Guys like these two are the internal nucleus to team camaraderie!

5 David Reese

A third best gem from Jim McElwain, he's been a constant for us in aligning the defense and punching big backs in the mouth. He's made A TON of short-yardage stops over 3.5 years that has been huge for our team. He's still doing that to this day. THUMPER!

6 Van Jefferson

His on-field presence & route-running alone, has opened up the opportunity for other receivers to make plays. He draws pass interference calls often by his ability to simply turn defensive backs in circles when trying to cover him.

7 Kyle Trask

At this point, this pick would probably be interchanged with Feleipe Franks. Minus what appears to be a very rusty internal clock inside of the pocket, this young man has been fantastic. He really doesn't even make bad throwing decisions. He's tough, competitive, and might be 2nd best gift Mac left us with.


Josh Hammond

Underrated gem who just does everything right within his role on our team. When his number is called, he almost always deliver.

9 Shawn Davis

Kid is young and has shown flashes of Reggie Nelson with some huge, momentum changing picks and solid tackling in a reserve role.

10 LaMichael Perine

The run game might not have materialized like we thought, but his pass-catching abilities coupled with his blitz pickups are invaluable assets. PLUS, the kid just works and doesn't complain!

11 Ventrell Miller

I was close to throwing Jeremiah Moon in here, but I'll say Miller in a surprising vote. He's made some impactful plays when I didn't even think he'd be on the field at the start of the season. He has been a welcomed surprise.


# Player Comment
1 Jon Greenard

Thank God for the portal. I usually favor offense over defense normally, but Greenard has CLEARLY been our best player. Period.

2 Shawn Davis

Both the dreads and his play are bringing back memories of “The Eraser” Reggie Nelson.

3 David Reese

Tackling machine. Can’t imagine that the defense would be as good as they are now without him.

4 Trey Dean

He has done a good job replacing CGJ. What is scary for other teams is that he’s going to get better with time.

5 Kyle Pitts

A big body weapon that wasn’t fully taken advantage of until Kyle Trask took over at quarterback.

6 Kaiir Elam/Jaydon Hill

This pick is based a bit on a learning curve considering that they are both true freshmen. DBU is in good hands for the future. Both played very well for freshmen when both Marco Wilson and C.J. Henderson we’re out of the lineup.

7 Adam Shuler

Undersized at defensive tackle, but making big time plays. He’s been very explosive.


Brett Heggie

Okay, he didn’t have a great game against Auburn, but, all things considered (returning from knee surgery) he’s been really consistent and has played very well.

9 Freddie Swain

Auburn found out quickly how talented, and fast, he actually is.

10 Evan McPherson

7-of-8 on field goals. he is having a super solid season as expected.

11 Kyle Trask

He’s be a bit turnover prone, but with this opportunity he’s gotten, he’s also made some big time plays.

Johnnie Church, Sam Gravelin, Ethan Hughes, Chris Ortega, Shannon Snell and Mark Wheeler contributed to this report

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