Countdown to Kickoff: Gators #89-86

Continuing our countdown to the season with the player jersey numbers and Thursday marks the 86th day before the Gators kickoff the season. We are doing a little catch up here so we are going through jersey numbers 89-6, which include Alvin Bailey, Kalif Jackson, and Raph Andrades.

#89 Alvin Bailey

Number 89 belongs to Alvin Bailey. The redshirt sophomore receiver was able to get on the field in six games of his redshirt freshman year, but has yet to collect a single stat as a Gator.

The best thing we can say in terms of hard facts is that he had two catches for 47 yards in the spring game in April and looked impressive then. He seemed destined for the slot position when he arrived here, but McElwain and staff have moved him to the outside. Maybe this will be a chance for the former high school quarterback at Seffner Armwood to get on the field and do something.

#88 Camrin Knight

With Daniel Imatorbhebhe making a quick exit after enrolling early in January, we will move the next tight end on the roster to number 88. Camrin Knight will arrive in late June and won’t be pressed to play right away.

Knight is more of a big bodied tight end that played both as a tight end and a defensive end. He finished his high school career with just 335 yards in his two years of football, but he is better known for his blocking on the offensive side of the ball. He could end up being the best blocking tight end on campus when he arrives but needs to grow his 230 pounds on his 6-foot-5 body.

#87 Kalif Jackson

There is no denying the size of this true freshman that showed up early from high school and participated in spring drills. He had three catches in the spring game and showed the ability to go over the middle of the defense, even against Florida’s first defense.

He’s 6-foot-4 and now over 215 pounds and put on good weight fast since arriving on campus. Jackson was big on getting high to catch the ball in high school and he will definitely be a red zone target whether that is early or later in his career. I wouldn’t anticipate him playing in year one, but he’s intelligent and he has height that the gators don’t have other than Ahmad Fulwood.

#86 Raph Andrades

With as much time as he spent on the field as a true freshman, it would seem that Raph Andrades would have had a more productive career so far. Now heading into his fourth and final year on campus, Andrades has no more stats than the three starts and five passes he caught in year one.

You can’t rule anything out, but the 2012 signing day surprise doesn’t look to be much of a factor this year, but he’s always been a solid Gator and team player.

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