SEC's Top 25 Players: No. 15 Dante Fowler Jr.
Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 4:59 p.m.
No. 15 Dante Fowler Jr.
Position: Buck linebacker
Weight: 261 pounds
Why he's No. 15: Fowler's statistics in his first two seasons playing the hybrid position on the Florida defense are rock solid, but there is a feeling that he might be on the verge of one of those breakout seasons that will lead to an early departure to the NFL Draft.
He certainly has the skill set. Fowler is the prototype for the position, a linebacker who can drop into coverage but also rush the passer. He is an excellent run-stopper and is strong enough to take on pulling guards on sweeps.
An example of how Fowler can play came against Tennessee last year when the Gators lost Jeff Driskel early in the game to an injury. Fowler and the defense took over the game. Fowler had 3.5 tackles for losses, forced two fumbles and recovered one of them.
In his two seasons as a Gator, the former FSU commit has only six sacks and that's a number that needs to go up if a young Florida defense is going to be effective. Fowler does have 18.5 tackles for loss in two seasons and 80 overall tackles.