ATLANTA — David Reese was one of the players Florida brought to SEC Media Days last week.
The other David Reese may have a shot at being here eventually.
It may be confusing (“tackle by Reese, assisted by Reese), but Reese loves Reese. The junior linebacker had great things to say about the freshman linebacker.
“I’m telling you, that kid’s huge and he’s ready to play,” said the elder Reese. “He’s ready to go. He’s ready to play physically and mentally. With his body type, he can play inside or outside.”
Reese wasn’t alone in praising the freshman.
“He’s a guy that’s been standing out to me,” said senior defensive lineman Cece Jefferson. “His work ethic is great. His body type, man, this guy looks like he’s been in college for four years already. It’s just nice to see those guys come in and attack the way that they do.
“I tell them every day I wish I would have had (strength coach Nick) Savage for the last three years, because I probably would have been three-and-out. For them to come in and embrace it the way that they do puts a smile on my face.”
But there is still that confusion factor, one that the older player will try to alleviate this year by wearing “REESE II” on his jersey because his dad is also David Reese.
“People try to call us at the same time,” Reese II said. “That’s when my teammates have the most fun.”
Reese said he hasn’t come up with a nickname yet for the freshman to solve the dilemma. But he’s open to suggestions.
“Any ideas?” he said.
Maybe Jefferson has one.
“Hopefully I don’t see (the two of them) walking down the hallway at the same time,” Jefferson said. “Little Reese, maybe.”