Countdown to Kickoff: #57 Caleb Brantley

Continuing our countdown to the season with the player jersey numbers and Friday marks the 57th day before the Gators kickoff the season. Number 57 on this Gator roster is redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Caleb Brantley.

This is the year that Caleb Brantley is expected to make a meteoric rise in his level of play at Florida. Showing up at Florida with lots of accolades on the recruiting trail but not a great work ethic, Brantley has really worked himself now into a position to make a difference for this defense.

Among the top five defensive linemen on the roster, Brantley has a real chance if not likelihood to start. His lone start last season came in the bowl game against East Carolina where he put himself in position after a strong fall of really working hard.

Not getting a lot of playing time due to numbers, he still finished with 21 tackles from his interior line spot and that included four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

He’s put himself in a position physically, at 6-foot-2 and 319 pounds, to be able to not only hold his ground in the middle, but be more of a play maker that he showed at times a year ago.

Here's a flashback video the night that Brantley committed to the Gators.

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