Dunlap Keeping Eye on Young DL

Other than Tim Tebow no Gator player will be under the microscope this season more than defensive end Carlos Dunlap. The big junior is projected as a potential top five pick in next April's NFL draft and has his eyes on the school's single-season sack record of 13 held by Alex Brown ('99).

Carlos Dunlap was credit with 9.5 sacks a year ago and if he is to fulfill the lofty expectations others have for him he'll have to be a more consistently dominant force rushing opposing passers.

Yet as the season begins Dunlap is equally concerned about the other players on the Gator defense, particularly the younger ones. After a month of practice he wants to see how they respond to opening day.


On what he's looking for:

"Basically it's the first game of the season and I'm just looking forward to how my guys are going to come out and play. I understand it's not the biggest game. It's not Tennessee that we're playing but I still want my guys to come out and not overlook this team and just carry on what we've been working on this whole camp."

On the progress of the younger defensive linemen:

"(As for) the sophomore defensive linemen, Earl Okine and all those guys; I expect a lot of things from them. I think they're going to be in the rotation and help us out a little bit especially in the first couple of games. The freshmen they're still adjusting. Kedric (Johnson) and Gary (Brown) are still working and I see the potential in them. I think they're going to be able to contribute to Florida football."

On Sophomore DE William Green:

"William Green is definitely going to be in the rotation. He'll probably be out there more than 15 snaps a game. We expect a lot of things out of William Green. He's a great pass rusher. He works hard and has a motor that always goes. He does great on Coach Meyer's special teams."

On his expectations for himself:

"For me to carry over from the camp. Just continue to work and protect the run game a lot more. I did pretty good in the passing game (last season), but I just want to continue to get better at the whole game of football, not just one aspect. I don't want to be known as just a pass rusher."


Carlos Dunlap has the tools to be one of the best defensive UF has ever had. That's a pretty tall order at a school that produced Jack Youngblood, Kevin Carter and Brown among many others. While his defense against the run does have room for improvement, it's his ability to harass opposing quarterbacks that will determine his legacy in Orange and Blue.

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