ESPN analyst compares Antonio Callaway to former Heisman finalist, makes prediction on Gators QB
Entering his third year, Florida WR Antonio Callaway is well-recognized as one of the SEC’s top wideouts as evidenced by his preseason selection to the All-SEC second team. As a freshman in 2015, Callaway immediately established himself as the Gators’ go-to play-making wide receiver.
ESPN’s Tom Luginbill, who attended a few Florida practices this spring, recently appeared on The RoundTable on WJOX 94.5 FM and had high praise for Callaway, even comparing him to a former Heisman Trophy finalist.
“That’s the best route-runner as a receiver I have seen since Amari Cooper was at Alabama in college football,” Luginbill said of Callaway. “One-on-one he’s almost uncoverable. Even my best corner, I don’t know if I would feel confident putting him on an island with (Callaway) one-on-one. He is absolute lighting in a bottle.”
From a stats perspective, Callaway has been good, but not great. In two years, he has recorded 89 receptions for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns. It’s no secret that Callaway’s production at wide receiver has been hampered by Florida’s poor quarterback play post-Will Grier’s suspension. Luginbill noted that if McElwain can win 19 games in two seasons without strong quarterback play, it’s a sign that the Gators could be a playoff team with a skilled quarterback. In Luginbill’s eyes, that will come down to how Feleipe Franks performs as a redshirt freshman this season.
“I don’t think Zaire has any chance of the being quarterback there,” Luginbill said. “I am shocked by that move. I don’t understand it. It’s not an easy offense to learn in three weeks.”
Luginbill compared Zaire to Everett Golson, a former Notre Dame quarterback who transferred to FSU in 2015. Golson was eventually benched in favor of Sean Maguire, but did win the Seminoles’ starting job out of camp (which Luginbill seems to have forgotten).
Audio of the segment can be listened to below:
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— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) July 19, 2017