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Mid-Season Hot11: Top Florida performers

October 11, 2018
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Inside the Gators staff members Joseph Hastings, Kassidy Hill and Mark Wheeler are joined by former Florida offensive lineman Shannon Snell to vote on the Gators Florida football top 11 performers at the half way point of the 2018 regular season.

21 players total received votes across the four ballots. Only five players were named on all four 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 Jordan Scarlett (three ballots), despite having less points, ranked ahead of Vosean Joseph (two ballots). A player listed on more ballots got precedence over a player listed on less ballots even if they had less total points.

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Number in parenthesis is the number of ballots player was on

PLAYER POS VOTES COMMENTS
Jachai Polite

 

DE 43 (4) He has been the biggest playmaker on a defense full of playmakers. He is lighter and more mobile this season, and thus has been a terror off the edge
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

 

STAR 37 (4) Though he still has some lapses, his tackling has improved drastically since last season and he has gotten it done in coverage as well
Freddie Swain

 

WR 34 (4) Surprisingly, he has been the big play receiver, leading Florida in yards, and average per catch and tied for the lead in touchdowns. Then, as an added bonus, there's his play as the punt returner
Feleipe Franks

 

QB 32 (4) He is still wildly inaccurate, but he has improved leaps-and-bounds over last season
Lamical Perine

 

RB 22 (4) When Malik Davis went down, it was Perine who stepped up. His 5.5 ypc for a back with over 50 carries, and working behind UF's offensive line, is impressive
Jabari Zuniga

 

DE 20 (3) He can disappear for stretches, but when he's on, he's on. He is tied for the team lead in TFL, leads in quarterback hurries and is tied for second in sacks
Tommy Townsend

 

P 12 (3) He is only 8th in the SEC in yards per punt, but he has had some bombs when Florida most needed them and his average is held down somewhat by pooch punts to pin the opponent
Evan McPherson

 

K 9 (3) Depending on whether you consider it a missed call against Kentucky, McPherson is perfect, or damn near perfect, on the season
Jordan Scarlett

 

RB 4 (3) He isn't the best runner or the best pass receiver out of the backfield, but when you factor in pass blocking, he earns his reps
Vosean Joseph

 

LB 10 (2) He still takes bad angles now and then and can fail to properly wrap-up, but he is also capable of making game changing plays like he did against LSU
Kadarius Toney

 

ATH 6 (2) He has been involved running, passing, receiving and returning. Despite all those ways he has had the ball in his hands, he still doesn't seem to get enough touches


Others who received votes: Damon Pierce 5, Jawaan Taylor 9 (1 ballot), C.J. Henderson 6 (1 ballot), Tyrie Cleveland 3 (1 ballot), Moral Stephens 3 (1 ballot), Donovan Stiner 3 (1 ballot), Tederrall Slaton 3 (1 ballot), Van Jefferson 2 (1 ballot), David Reese II 1 (1 ballot), Brad Stewart 1 (1 ballot)

Notable: 

  • I am the only vote for Tyrie Cleveland. That was only because I factored in special teams play
  • Trevon Grimes didn't get a single vote
  • I am the only vote for C.J. Henderson. He is quietly having a very good season. It is quiet because opposing teams aren't challenging him as much
  • Only one offensive lineman received votes (Taylor) and that came from a former offensive lineman in Snell
  • Jachai Polite received three first place votes. Feleipe Franks received the other.

SHANNON SNELL SAYS 

# Player Comment
1 Feleipe Franks

Probably the mid-season MVP. He’s made good decisions, managed games, and made plays. Impressive campaign thus far.

2 Jachai Polite

The reincarnation of Alex Brown, only faster off the edge. Has become a game changer. Has 1st round draft pick written all over him.

3 Jawaan Taylor

Surprising, right? Not for me, go back and look at his tape, he’s been great in pass pro and ripping people apart in the run game.

4 Freddie Swain

Big play Freddie. His ability to take a short route or a punt to the house has changed a few games this year. Sneaky fast.

5 Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

Remember when we thought he couldn’t tackle? Talk about changing the narrative. His sure-tackling and cover ability has him playing at a high level.

6 Evan McPherson

Has been automatic. His big leg and accuracy has been nice to have especially when the Gators cross midfield 

7 Vosean Joseph

Was having a good season up to the LSU game where he took it to another level. Named National Defensive player of the week after he and Polite made life miserable for LSU

8

Lemical Perine
Damon Pierce
Jordan Scarlett

Not enough opportunities for everyone, seeing how there’s only one ball, but when given the opportunity, they’ve all taken full advantage.

9 Tedarrell Slaton

He's been a rock in the middle of the line. Has done well clogging up holes and letting the linebackers run free.

10 Van Jefferson

Started off hot, then cooled down as of late. Very talented with the ball in his hands, and he’s a tough matchup one on one

11 David Reese II

Injury put him down on this list, but when you watch him play, you realized he changes the entire defense. He a tackling machine.

12 Tommy Townsend

Man, I hate putting a punter on this list but his ability to flip the field has been ULTRA valuable. 

Mid-Season Hot11: Top Florida performers

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