A David Reese by any other name

Florida junior linebacker David Reese, a sports management major, did not miss a start last season after returning from surgery on both wrists. The Farmington, MI. native led the team in tackles (102) and finished second on the team in tackles-for-loss (10).  He also tallied 1.5 sacks, one interception and one quarterback hurry in 2017. [Gary Cosby Jr./GateHouse Media Services]

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.”


  1. Great, great article! I had two dogs one upunce a time. Named both Dwayne. I’d call out, “Dwayne, here boy.” They would both come, and I’d kick out at the one I didn’t want. Always worked.

    Once again, Pat, this was a great article. Where do you get your ideas from?

      • There you go again. Guess your limitation is that you lack a sense of humor and thus you cannot recognize sarcasm or satire in another’s post.
        Here’s a tip for you, don’t take what’s said literally until you know better. Another one, don’t take yourself or others so seriously, after all this is a fluff piece on a sports blog, during the slow summer months.
        Once again just trying to help

        • CO Jones. Not in need of your type of help. But thanks anyway. And using any “kick” words in reference to dogs, or women, will never be funny to me. Never. But using them concerning conversation about football….hell yes. And using them with intelligence just makes them even better. But a rare find on here these days.

          • The part where you insinuate you are more intelligent than others posting here is somewhat funny because for one, a claim like that regarding comments on a sports blog is asinine and second, you come across as a total A hole and yet you don’t know you do. That is the funny part.
            Keep trying

          • Not really trying to add fuel to the fire, or whatever it is that goes on here from time to random time, but if using the word “kick” in the context of football is OK, then perhaps using it in the context of “kicking some radical Islam” is OK too as it pertains to the word “ass”. Or is that not on the list of approved usage as well?

            Just wondering. The A/C is on full blast, and my IQ has gone down accordingly.

      • Gator-6: Thanks. I think TampaGator may be incorrigible. Some people measure their day, their self-worth by the number of conflicts they engage in, even when the conflicts are made of whole cloth.

        Apart from the unhappy TampaGator, I’ve been wanting to say to you that you seem to have the uncommon ability of disagreeing with another without being condemning, without condescension, without being hateful and alienating. I’ve inferred from your posts that you were a ranking military officer–in the Army, perhaps. If that is true, such a gift would be of great value as you, and those you command would know.

        • Well thanks, Leland. I guess I was a relatively high ranking Army officer at that, but knowing I had a better chance of becoming a nun than a general, I decided to retire at 32 years while I still had ’em fooled. I did in fact spend a lot of time in command, but as my old man, a retired command sergeant major himself, used to tell me, “Just make sure those Joe’s aren’t following you only out of curiosity, and you’ll be OK”.

          I think we’ve all evolved over this current off-season, taken criticism and moved forward….Tampa has for sure, and even works a little humor into his posts too, which everyone would agree are excellent analyses. But the thing I’m most curious about until we start football again in earnest……are you by any chance a humorist and author? Or an English professor? I say that because your observational wit reminds me of my favorite English Lit professor of all time — Duane Locke, Phd — himself a Southern poet of distinction and recognized scholar on the greatest Southern poet of all, Sidney Lanier.

          • Served with the 21st infantry regiment, 24th division, as an enlisted radio operator in Korea, 1951-2. Took my G.I. bill to UF for several years (1954-63), then with a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, taught at the university level ’till I retired.

            Couple of comments: 1) after I read something, I ask myself, “What did I learn from that?” or some similar question e.g., after a piece designed to be entertaining, “Was I entertained?”, and so on. When my answer (to myself) is negative, I frequently want to criticize. My criticism on this site simply takes the form of humor, carefully disguised sarcasm. 2) if you know UF football from 1947, when I became a fan, to 1963 when I left the University, you might see why I don’t take it all quite as seriously as, say, TampaGator. An neither did my classmates, I thought. We went to the games, watched it closely, rooted for the Gators, never drank during the game, and had a great time even through all the losing. And had a party that night, win or lose. 3) I love my time at UF, the friends I made (many now passed on), my professors (almost all now passed on), the spectacular girls, the whole thing. 4) I played baseball for ten years, more or less, even briefly at UF. I saw almost from the beginning that fans didn’t see the game in the same way the players do. I was a catcher–that’s where 99% of the action occurs in baseball. Around home plate. I learned to almost totally ignore what others said about a game or a player. I think it is even more true about football. To know what’s going on, you have to be a player or coach, at all the games, at all the practices, at all the meetings, etc. You might see why I don’t pay a lot of attention to analyses like you frequently find on this site.

          • Leland — Phd Clinical, ABPP Clinical, Fellowship Specialty Training in Neuro, Behavioral Medicine, and Academic Medicine. Faculty, F. Hebert School of Medicine 03-13, 24th Infantry Division 76-78.

            Old fart too. Where did you teach general-experimental? Might know some same people.

        • Ieland. Nothing in the content of your post was directed at what was “great” concerning the content of Pat’s article. It was just silly, almost juvenile, nonsense. But that describes your almost always non-topic posts on here.

          • And Ieland. I never measure my day by what I post on a sports blog, and what I post certainly does not define my emotional state as a human being. But nice try.

          • Another somewhat funny reply in the sense that you are seriously analyzing the content of Leland’s post as it relates to the article while that was not the intent of the post.
            Funny because it went over your head.
            You come across as a professor grading a student . So again, lighten up this is only a sports blog.

  2. Reese really tried to lead the team last year even when several teammates chose not to make the effort needed to win and I really appreciate that. I think he will be a good coach on the field on a part of the team that scares me and needs improvement for the upcoming season.

  3. Thinking about their initials, perhaps one could be the Doctor and the other the Driver. But the way recent years have gone, the best we can hope for is that both young men are still playing at the end of the season.