In fall camp this season, the redshirt sophomore finally feels healthy and able to help the Gators on the field.
Coming in as a freshman in 2013, Sherit was dealing with a torn ACL he suffered in high school. He took a redshirt that season to fully recover from the injury. Heading into 2014, Sherit was used as a backup defensive end and important part of special tams. Late last season, he had double hernia surgery that ended his season.
Sherit said he’s just “starting to get to know” his body after dealing with multiple injuries in recent years. He spent the last two years working with other Florida defensive linemen, trying to keep his spirits high after the frustration that came with being hurt. Dominique Easley and Dante Fowler were two important role models for him.
“Dominique Easley my freshman year, he’s the most talented player I’ve ever been around and just the way he practiced, everything about him,” Sherit said. “To see him get injured and the way he came back from that, his attitude and everything. Antonio Morrison, he got banged up a bit, guys like that, their attitude, there’s no time for you to sulk or anything like that. Just think of it as a positive and come back better.”
JEFFERSON LEARNING: Most of the players on the roster knew the type of player CeCe Jefferson was when the freshman came to campus. As a five-star recruit and former high school All-American, they knew athletic ability wasn’t going to be a problem.
For Jefferson to be ready to play as a freshman, he needed to learn the defense and how to line up at different spots.
“In high school, he kind of got stuck in the same position and it was easy,” Sherit said. “Now he’s a physical freak by himself, but he’s beginning to understand different parts of the defense and do different things. You could see it’s starting to click with him, where he’s getting to play faster and use that strength and that get up that he’s naturally given. He’s definitely developing really well.”
BUYING INTO MCELWAIN: When Jim McElwain was hired, it didn’t take long for the Florida players to buy into his program. His priority since day one has been the players, encouraging them to make as many trips as possible to the coaches’ offices so they could build relationships.
The players have seen a change in the program and are excited to play for their first-year coach.
“That just shows how great of a coach he is,” right guard Antonio Riles said of the team buying in. “He’s come in here and he’s understood situations and been able to, like he tells us, improvise, adapt and overcome. We’re just real excited about him in every way. Why wouldn’t you buy in?”
HELPING CALLWAY: Multiple veterans raved about freshman receiver Antonio Callaway after watching him in the offseason, but the middle-to-end of fall camp can be the toughest part for a freshman. Florida receiver Brandon Powell said he and Demarcus Robinson took Callway under their wing because they “saw that he could play right away” after he came to campus.
The freshman is now set to be a contributor to the Florida offense this fall.
“He’s been doing a good job at asking questions, asking the vets like things where to line up,” Powell said. “He goes in for extra help with coach to go over the plays and everything. You can tell that it’s been paying off. Just go out and line up where you’re supposed to, it’s kind of paying off for him.”