Class Breakdown - OLs

Florida went out and signed five offensive line prospects and three from the Junior College ranks and those JUCO players will play spring ball next week.

Offensive Line


The Scoop

Florida needed to replenish the trenches and that's exactly what they did.  In order for the Gators to be successful on offense, they need a deep unit on the O-line, especially running no huddle.  The big uglies are 300 pounds plus and can't sustain the constant offensive attack.  They need capable backups and that's what the Gators will have this season.  Barring injury, they should go ten deep.  Florida signed three Junior College players, Tavarus Washington, Billy Griffin and Anthony Guerrero and they will all have three years to play two, meaning, if things didn't work out or they got injured, one could red-shirt and still have two years of playing eligibility.  On the high school front, Florida signed Steven Rissler and Carlton Medder.

Scouting Report

Billy Griffin (6-3, 295, 5.35) from Ventura Junior College is California is a center prospect that should provide immediate depth for the Gators.  A mature player that is solid at both run and pass protection.  Griffin has a great attention to detail.  He has trimmed down to 295 pounds.  At a combine last summer, he bench pressed 225 23 times.  He is originally from Ventura High School.

Anthony Guerrero (6-3, 320) is an offensive guard prospect from Norwalk (Calif.) Cerritos Junior College.  He is ahead is some areas like man pass protection which could benefit him in the spring as he tries to learn the new offense.  Guerrero is a nasty, tough and physical player as well.  He should provide immediate help on the offensive line.  He originally went to Downey High School in California.

Carlton Medder (6-6, 330, 5.3) is from Groveland (Fla.) South Lake High School.  Medder is a tackle all the way and if things go well for him he will have a chance to back up Max Starks as a true freshman.  Medder is tall with lots of range.  He is a pure "edge" guy that loves to compete.  He plays well in space, has a great frame and super balance.  Medder moves well for a big man and has a bright future if he does all the right things off the field.

Steven Rissler (6-3, 310, 5.1) is from Sarasota (Fla.) Riverview High School.  He is a center/ offensive guard prospect that will likely be a center at Florida.  He is a versatile lineman that is very intelligent and has that big body.  Rissler moves very well and is a physical player.  He bench presses 365 and carries a 4.0 GPA.

Tavarus Washington (6-4, 290, 5.2) is from Mississippi Delta Junior College.  He could play guard or tackle at Florida.   He is a talented player that moves well but is very raw.  Washington has not been exposed to a lot but shows that he can pick things up quickly.  He is hungry, coach-able and very attentive.  Washington will do whatever it takes. 

The Bottom Line

In 2003, Florida should have a tremendously improved offensive line.  Coach Joe Wickline (OL Coach) and staff have more players to rotate and the new Junior College transfers should provide immediate help at center, guard and tackle.  Don't be surprised if Florida experiments with Washington at both guard and tackle this spring.  Also, the JUCO trio is coming off two-years of Junior College ball so it's hard to evaluate those guys but spring should be a great measuring stick to see how good they are and how much they will really be able to help out the OL.  In addition, Medder and Rissler will have a chance to get into the rotation.  If not, they will definitely red-shirt.

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