Countdown to Kickoff: Player numbers 84-82

Continuing our countdown to the season with the player jersey numbers and Monday marks the 82nd day before the Gators kickoff the season. We took a break over the weekend so we have three numbers to catch up on. Let’s get to it.

#84 Blast from the Past Harrison Houston

They haven’t assigned number 84 yet, so we will take a stroll down memory lane for number 84. In 1990, the Florida Gators had a dynamic change at the helm of the program when Steve Spurrier came aboard. The Gators went from a ground oriented Emmitt Smith attack to an the fun-n-gun air attack that changed the SEC for years to come.

One of the big targets during that assault on SEC record books was receiver Harrison Houston who came on board with Spurrier ion 1990. Before he left as a senior in 1993, Houston was top 10 in Gator history in touchdowns receiving (19) and career receiving yardage (1,781 yards).

Oh what Florida would do to have those kind of numbers in their receiver group right now.

#83 Jake McGee

He was supposed to be the missing piece last year and that got derailed in the first full game of the season. As it turned out, the Florida offense was missing much more than just Jake McGee, but having him complete his senior year certainly wouldn’t have hurt. The giid thing is that the NCAA granted a 6th year of eligibility and now the senior will add to a group that the staff believes is a strong one.

McGee ran through drills in the spring and some of the routes but was totally off limits when it came to running against defenders. So, he is somewhat prepared with the man issue going to be how well he can handle it mentally and physically with his injury.

With all of the youth at the tight end position, having a veteran that has played a ton of football can only help and McGee came to Florida highly regarded and a real weapon for his former team Virginia. Expect McGee to make a big impact on the Gators in 2015 and be a top target for whoever lines up at quarterback.

#82 Moral Stephens

Stephens redshirted a year ago. At 6-foot-3 and 249 pounds he has a chance to really be a good one with both his ability to get down the field and run and his size that makes him just about prototype size to also play at the line of scrimmage.

As a senior t Perry Taylor County, he recorded 56 catches for 1,105 yards and 14 touchdowns and was a threat from anywhere on the field. He is probably behind the rest of the group right now, but with his physical abilities, once the light comes on the sky seems the limit.


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