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Pass rush specialist Clayton to see field this week?

Former 5-star defensive end Antonneous Clayton was the highest ranked prospect in the Gators 2016 recruiting class. With a lot of his class brothers playing on Saturdays, Clayton has been in the wait and see mode. It seems that waiting period is over.

Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph has been pretty good about playing a lot of bodies up front for the Florida Gators. He has one of the largest rotations of linemen in America and we saw that last year in his first year on the Florida campus.

With that in mind, it seemed just a matter of time for Antonneous Clayton to see the field in his freshman year. Many anticipated that playing time would come early and often, but a battle with putting on weight and being able to handle things up front kept that from happening.

Clayton went to social media on Tuesday and his Twitter account and tweeted that his time has come.  


The Under Armour All-American should provide some quickness to the quarterback and maybe more importantly another body up front to help.

His addition to the field comes on the heels of an injury to starting defensive end Jordan Sherit who head coach Jim McElwain said had a leg injury but was sure with Sherit’s mindset that he would return to play.

Clayton is a speedy freak off the edge and with the Gators still leading the SEC in sacks, his ability as a pass rusher should fit right in.

Stay tuned as we continue to follow this development at Fightin’ Gators. 


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