He showed up at Florida at 206 pounds. At 6-foot-6, Alex McCalister was a great athlete that could jump and run, but playing along the line of scrimmage at Florida and against the beasts he had to face every day in practice was too much for him to handle at the time.
He almost walked away from it all as a freshman. If not for his friends on the squad, especially Dante Fowler, and then some success in the spring of his sophomore year, McCalister would not be ready to be a huge part of the Gators big defensive plans this season.
He talks a little about that period of time and how at 32 pounds later he is ready to take on the nation's best conference yet again.