Florida’s veteran freshman

Florida defensive back Marco Wilson. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

True freshman cornerback Marco Wilson is playing more like a senior, and the numbers support that. He’s tied for the team lead for pass breakups with senior cornerback Duke Dawson. They both have seven.

Wilson, who has started every game, has quietly and confidently gotten the job done, sophomore safety Chauncey Gardner Jr. said.

“We tell him to just play ball and don’t worry about anything else, don’t get caught up in one-on-one situations,” Gardner said. “Just do your assignment, and then if the ball comes your way knock it down or keep it in your hands. He’s been playing good. He’s a young guy who has been like an older guy. He’s focused on playing football and not the outside noise.”

“I saw (his maturity) when he first came in. He was on a mission and we told him, ‘Keep that mentality and carry it into the season and keep playing football and keep getting better every day because the season doesn’t stop after one game, so you’ve got to keep playing and improving.’ ”


  1. Marco is one of the bright spots this year – so glad he, like his brother, are Gators! Keep it up – All SEC Freshmen team this year – All SEC next year!

    Go kick some Bulldog tail this weekend! Orange and Blue!