SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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93. Jarrad Davis, Soph., LB, Florida
A naturally-gifted tackler with a physical demeanor, Davis showcased his ability as a first-year player last season with 24 tackles in limited action on a staunch defensive unit despite Florida’s turnover-prone offense.
The freshman was thrust into a meaningful role earlier than expected late in the year after injuries decimated the Gators’ depth at linebacker. He made an impact on special teams and quickly became one of the team’s most-respected players when he got his chance on defense, serving as captain against Mizzou and South Carolina.
The former Auburn commit signed with the Gators ‘on a whim’ as he puts it after watching Will Muschamp’s attacking style on defense. After an impressive spring, he’ll fit in nicely with more playing time this fall at the weak-side spot and continue his growth alongside Florida’s top returning tacklers from last season, Michael Taylor and Antonio Morrison.
2013 statistics: 24 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 FF
2014 projection: 46 tackles, 4.5 TFL, INT
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