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Gator All-Star Week: Caleb Brantley

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 Monday All-Star is junior defensive tackle Caleb Brantley.

How he got to Florida: Caleb Brantley played high school football less than an hour from Gainesville in Crescent City. He visited for a Junior Day in January of 2012, a little over a year from his signing day and committed while on the visit. He stayed pretty solid with his commitment until getting a little cold feet about a month from signing day, but a short lived de-commitment lasted just a day. The Under Armour-All-American was being heavily pursued by a lot of big time southern programs.

Fightin' Gators All-Star Week: Jalen Tabor (Saturday)

Fightin' Gators All-Star Week: DeAndre Goolsby (Sunday)

What he’s done at Florida:  After a redshirt year in 2013when he came in a little unprepared, Brantley buckled down and got in better shape so he would see the football field in 2014. In his redshirt freshman year Brantley started showing what he is capable of. He finished the year with 21 tackles, four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. As a redshirt sophomore Brantley improved his tackle total almost 50% logging 29 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss, of which two were sacks.


Why he is a projected All-Star candidate: A career backup so far, his numbers are pretty good when you think of them in those terms. He’s active and athletic. He has really good size and great quickness for that size.

With Jonathan Bullard gone, Brantley is the main guy expected to step up on the interior of the defensive line. He’s matured a great deal in his time at Florida and seems to be playing like he’s on a mission.

Brantley had a really good spring and believes this is the year he needs to show himself to be a man up front in order to do it big at the next level. A healthy Brantley should have 50+ tackles and be a force in the backfield similar to that of Bullard. If he does live up to that, the Gators are in good shape up front in 2016.



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