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Gator All-Star Week: Jarrad Davis

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 Wednesday All-Star is senior linebacker Jarrad Davis.

How he got to Florida: Jarrad Davis committed to Auburn in May before his 2013 signing day. That commitment lasted all the way until December, when Florida finally came through with an offer. A big fan of the Gator defense, he let people know ahead of time that if Florida offered he would flip and he did after a December official visit.

Gator All-Star Week: Jalen Tabor (Saturday)

Gator All-Star Week: DeAndre Goolsby (Sunday)

Gator All-Star Week: Caleb Brantley (Monday)

Gator All-Star Week: Johnny Townsend (Tuesday)

What he’s done at Florida:  Davis was likely the most under-utilized player on the roster as a freshman and sophomore. Granted the defenses were good regardless, but he played in 21 games in those first two years, seemed to make plays whenever he was out there. Davis totaled 47 tackles with five tackles for loss and a forced fumble. In 2015 he more than doubled those numbers with 98 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5 passes defensed, and a forced fumble.  He had some second team All-SEC mentions on the year as well.

http://www.scout.com/player/162167-jarrad-davis?s=168&year=2016

Why he is a projected All-Star candidate: With Antonio Morrison gone, Davis is the real leader on the defense in 2016. He has a chance to break some tackling records with his ability and the players around him.

Davis is the best Florida has had in a while when in the open field and with some distance separating him and the ball carrier, at making a bee-line for the ball carrier and bringing him down. He has tremendous closing speed for a guy his size.

He’s also heady and a team player. He is always doing the right thing and what the play calls for him to do. He really has a chance to earn All-American honors in 2016.

 


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