Freshman Jersey Numbers

Florida's top-ranked recruiting class has been on campus for a couple weeks now, working out with the older players and becoming a part of the team. Eleven freshmen enrolled in the spring semester and were assigned their numbers then, but the ones who came to campus late last month recently received their jersey numbers for the fall.

One of the most important freshmen will be Ronald Powell, whose pass rushing skills will be needed on a defense that lost both starting defensive ends. The freshman, who was ranked as Scout's top defensive end in the 2010 class, will attempt to fill that need while wearing No. 7 this season.

Scout's top defensive tackle, Shariff Floyd, is also on campus. An immediate impact isn't necessary from Floyd like it is Powell, but the George Washington (PA) High School alum will likely see the field based on his level of talent. He will line up at nose tackle wearing No. 73.

Dominique Easley could play defensive end and tackle, as he showed up on campus weighing 282 pounds. He shocked the recruiting world by committing to Florida during the Under Armour game and was later awarded the MVP of the game. He will provide depth to the Florida defensive line this season wearing No. 58.

Lynden Trail will need to add weight before contributing, but he has freakish speed off the edge that could turn him into a solid defensive end soon. Trail will wear No. 85 this season.

The Gators lost their middle linebacker who wore No. 51 last season, but they'll add another one this fall. Freshman Michael Taylor will wear the number in 2010.

Gideon Ajagbe seems likely to redshirt this season with the depth Florida has at the outside linebacker positions. He will wear No. 25 this season.

Darrin Kitchens was a late addition to Florida's 2010 recruiting class, as he committed on signing day when the Gators missed on two linebacker prospects. He will wear No. 49 this fall.

Cody Riggs may be behind the two other freshmen cornerbacks, Jaylen Watkins and Josh Shaw, who were on campus for spring practice. The St. Thomas Aquinas athlete, who was named the Gatorade Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, will wear No. 31 for the Gators this fall.

Jonathan Dowling should start the season as safety, despite talk he could switch between safety and wide receiver. He has skills to attack the ball when it is in the air, but it's his tackling that may take some time to improve. Dowling will wear No. 30.

Tyler Murphy joins Trey Burton as the two quarterbacks in this freshmen class. Murphy will wear No. 16.

Under Armour All-American Mack Brown joins a stable of running backs most teams would do anything to have. Because of that, an immediate impact won't be necessary. It would also allow him to heal a hamstring injury that bothered him throughout high school. Brown will wear No. 33.

Without a proven playmaker at the wide receiver position, it wouldn't be surprising to see two freshmen wide receivers get on the field. Chris Dunkley has the best shot for early playing time and will fight for it wearing No. 5.

Adrian Coxson doesn't have the elite speed Dunkley does, but his moves after the catch for someone his size could get him on the field. Coxson will wear No. 8. Quinton Dunbar seems the least likely to contribute at wide receiver this year. He will wear No. 84.

The only new offensive lineman for the fall semester is Chaz Green. The Tampa Catholic alumni will wear No. 75.

Tight end Michael McFarland will join a position stacked with young talent. He will wear No. 88.

Numbers for early enrollees:

LB Neiron Ball- 48
QB Trey Burton- 13
TE Gerald Christian- 32
WR Robert Clark- 81
S Matt Elam- 22
S Jordan Haden- 39
DT Leon Orr- 68
WR Solomon Patton- 83
CB Joshua Shaw- 29
OL Ian Silberman- 77
CB Jaylen Watkins- 14


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