Florida has a rising star in TE Kyle Pitts, and he has gained another fan in former Ohio State and Florida coach Urban Meyer.

Speaking on the Big Noon Kickoff SEC Preview on FOX, Meyer projected the kind of season Pitts will have.

“I kept hearing about Kyle Pitts,” Meyer said. I’m close with Dan Mullen and he thinks the world of him. He loves him. He’s an outstanding player and a matchup nightmare. … You can’t put a corner on him. He’s a receiver playing tight end. With Kyle Trask at quarterback and Dan Mullen calling plays, he’s going to have 70-80 catches.”

Pitts will try to build on a big season in 2019. He played in all 13 games, and started 12 at tight end. Pitts made 54 receptions for 649 yards and 5 touchdowns, which is the second-most by a UF tight end since 1996. That number tied Antonio Callaway (2016) for the fourth-most by any Gator in a season since the start of 2007.

Those numbers for a tight end were third nationally amongst FBS tight ends in receptions, and seventh nationally among FBS tight ends in receiving yards. He was one of three Gators – Van Jefferson and Lamical Perine – to record 40+ receptions in a season for the first time since 2001.

The Philadelphia native is listed at 6-foot-6 and 239 pounds.