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
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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.