Emory Jones, QB: He probably won’t be the starter, at least early in the season, but there’s a good chance he’ll be given a package of plays to run in games, like Tim Tebow did as a true freshman for Dan Mullen. He has the skill set Mullen seems to favor in his QBs.
Van Jefferson, WR: The Ole Miss transfer was perhaps UF’s best offensive player in the spring. If he’s ruled eligible this season, which appears likely, he has a chance to be a big-time playmaker in the passing game.
Tedarrell Slaton, DT: He flashed his potential as a true freshman last season and followed up with an impressive spring that saw him dominate at times. He could provide an explosive inside pass rush that has been missing in recent seasons.
Cece Jefferson, DE/OLB: Everyone seems to agree that this attacking defense and the rush end position are a perfect fit for his skill set. If his shoulder holds up, he has a chance to emerge as an elite player in his senior season.
Marco Wilson, CB: Despite starting and more than holding his own as a true freshman last season, the driven Wilson said he wasn’t satisfied with his overall performance. He’s determined to push his game to a higher level in 2018.
Jordan Scarlett, RB: He hasn’t played in a real game since the end of the 2016 season, when he began to emerge as an elite back. He’ll be looking to regain that form after showing signs of it in the spring.
C’yontai Lewis, TE: He hasn’t done a whole lot in his first three years, but he has good size and pass-catching skills, and tight end is a go-to position in Mullen’s offense.
Martez Ivey, OT: Following a potential career-changing offseason under Nick Savage, the former five-star recruit is looking to become the dominant player everyone thought he would be when he signed with the Gators.
Rayshad Jackson, LB: Under the new coaching staff, he’s gone from mostly a special teams player to a potential starter on defense. In the spring, he showed impressive speed, hitting ability and instincts. He’s earned the trust of his coaches and teammates.
Adam Shuler, DE: The graduate transfer from West Virginia brings all kinds of playing experience to the defensive line. And he has two years of eligibility remaining. He’s instant depth up front.