Trevon Grimes, WR: The Ohio State transfer was one of the nation’s top receivers coming out of high school a year ago and played as a true freshman last season. He appears to have the whole package: size, speed, hands.
Van Jefferson, WR: He’s a proven playmaker in the SEC who caught 91 passes for 999 yards and four touchdowns over the past two seasons with the Rebels. Like Grimes, he’s got good size (6-2, 192), and speed. Having played against Mullen twice, he’s had a good understanding of what the Gators will be doing in the passing game.
Jean DeLance, OL: A transfer from Texas, DeLance played in two games for the Longhorns as a true freshman in 2016. So, obviously, this redshirt sophomore is physically ready to play on the line in the SEC. He’ll probably get reps at guard and tackle this spring, but likely will push for playing time at one of the tackle spots in the fall.
Marlon Dunlap Jr., DL: A transfer from North Carolina, Dunlap played in seven games for the Tar Heels as a true freshman in 2016, recording one sack. He impressed the former coaching staff with his play on the scout team last fall. He brings instant depth at defensive tackle and is expected to be in the playing rotation in the fall.
Nick Smith, LB: A knee injury during summer workouts sidelined him for his true freshman season in 2017. He was physically close to being ready to play late last season and now is good to go for the spring. He runs extremely well and will compete for playing time at outside linebacker.
Ventrell Miller, LB: A tough, physical athlete, Miller might have had a chance to get in the playing rotation as a true freshman last season. But his year ended when he was suspended for credit fraud. He may be facing further disciplinary action from the university, but he’s been cleared to practice at a position that is in need of building depth.
Daquon Green, WR: It looks like Green was going to be a major contributor last season after Jim McElwain raved about his hands and ability to go get the ball midway through preseason camp. But the season came and Green disappeared and ended up redshirted. Obviously, he has some skill and the ability to make plays. In a new offense with a new position coach, Green could push for significant playing time.
It’s hard to get excited about Grimes & Jefferson, when it’s not known if they’re going to be eligible to play!
It’s hard to get excited about Grimes & Jefferson, when it’s not knowing their eligibility!