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Gator All-Star Week: DeAndre Goolsby

It is ‘All-Star Week’ here at Fightin’ Gators as we highlight the players we feel are in for a banner year with the 2016 Florida football team. With that in mind, our Sunday All-Star is junior tight end DeAndre Goolsby.

How he got to Florida: Florida doesn’t get many prospects from the state of Kansas, but Goolsby’s recruitment was a big one with teams like Oklahoma and Arkansas prominently in the mix. The Derby, Kansas star chose the Gators in mid-October and enrolled early in January of 2014. . 

What he’s done at Florida:  In his freshman season in 2014, DeAndre Goolsby played sparingly in seven games and despite being the most talented tight end on the roster he caught zero passes. Maybe some of that playing experience helped him, but it seemed a wasted year. A new coaching staff comes along and even with heralded tight end transfer Jake McGee on board as the leader of the unit, Goolsby was able to respond as a sophomore with 17 catches for 277 yards and a touchdown.

Why he is a projected All-Star candidate: The current Florida staff likes to utilize the tight end as evidenced by the numbers that Jake McGee put up a year ago. With the experience that Goolsby now brings to the table, he will step into that top spot at the position and he has more physical gifts than McGee, especially when it comes to getting down field in a hurry.

Goolsby’s favorite route was the Wheel Route’ and he was extremely good at hitting the sideline and catching the ball thrown in front of him. He is also a good utility guy in the backfield and can be a lead blocker for a running back, or as an inline tight end to block on the edge.

He’s gained some good weight and gotten faster. He’s become a leader of a group that has talent behind him, but this is his year.

With a quarterback and a system that likes to spread it around it is conceivable that his numbers could triple from his 2015 pace. We think they will and that is why we have him as a Fightin’ Gators’ All-Star.

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