Urban Meyer names Florida, Georgia players as his breakout picks for 2020 season
In 2020, Florida and Georgia are among the many programs replacing key contributors who are now NFL rookies. Urban Meyer predicts that more touches will result in breakout for two particular Gator and Bulldog players.
Meyer and his “Big Noon Kickoff” colleagues were asked “Which player will become a household name by the end of the season?” in a recent FOX Sports segment.
“Recognizable or household names correlate right with great teams,” Meyer said. “Because there’s a lot of great players out there on bad teams you never hear about. They’re not on TV, they’re just not in the conversation.”
The former UF head coach’s first pick is a Gator who played for Meyer at Ohio State in 2017.
“So I went with Trevon Grimes at Florida,” Meyer said. “I think Florida is gonna have a heck of a year. If they stay healthy, I’m picking them to be a playoff team. He actually played for me at Ohio State. Big, tall, legitimate 10.3 100 meter guy with a returning quarterback, returning coaching staff.”
While the question asked for just one player, Meyer provided a second name.
“The other guy is (Georgia running back) Zamir White. Another guy that I saw up close and personal, recruited him in high school,” Meyer said. “When he came out of high school, he was one of the best backs I’ve seen the last five, six, seven years. (He is) powerful, fast, has it all.”
Grimes, who was rated the No. 41 recruit overall in the class of 2017, is entering his third season at Florida after transferring from OSU. He is projected to have a bigger role in Dan Mullen’s offense after the departures of senior wide receivers Tyrie Cleveland, Josh Hammond, Van Jefferson and Freddie Swain from last year’s squad.
White was the No. 1 running back and No. 9 prospect overall in the class of 2018. He had 24 scholarship offers, including Ohio State. Entering his third season at UGA, White figures to be Georgia’s lead running back in 2020 following the departure of D’Andre Swift.
Meyer stepped down at Ohio State after the 2018 season, retiring from coaching college football a second time.
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