UF preseason camp: The sleepers

Florida JUCO transfer tight end Lucas Krull throws a pass to a teammate before Friday Night Lights last week at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Final of four articles previewing the Gators as they enter preseason camp. Practice No. 1 is this afternoon at the Sanders Practice Fields on campus:

Can these Florida football players contribute in a big way this season?

David Reese, LB: The true freshman, not the junior middle linebacker and team leader with the same name. His teammates have been raving about him all summer and he has a chance to have an immediate impact at a position of need.

Trey Dean, CB: With Marco Wilson and CJ Henderson holding down the starting roles, there’s a tendency to overlook Dean. But the true freshman showed in the spring he’s ready to play at corner when needed.

Ventrell Miller, LB: He missed all of last season due to suspension alleged credit card fraud case. He showed how hungry he was in the spring, making plays and big hits, all over the field.

Rick Wells, WR: Here’s another guy that missed last season and hasn’t done much in his career. But the former four-star recruit flashed a ton of potential in the spring and will be in the playing rotation at wide receiver.

Umstead Sanders, LB: He doesn’t even have an assigned number yet, but the junior college transfer appears physically and mentally ready to play, bringing depth to an area of need.

Lucas Krull, TE: Another junior college transfer who certainly looks the part. The Gators will find out in camp if he can play and push Lewis and the other tight ends.

Malik Langham, DE: The Gators are pretty well stocked on the edges, but this four-star prospect out of Alabama could have an impact this season if he has a strong camp.


  1. Krull is a physical mutant and has an awesome name, so he has to get some playing time and make some big plays. There is no way a guy named Krull doesn’t make an impact. Mark my words! They even made a movie about him 20 years before he was born!

  2. On September 1, I hope Mullen announces that Rick Wells has been suspended for 12 games and any postseason games this year, next year, and any year that follows the years that follow that year as it relates to playing football on the UF campus. How many unwise choices, including repeat gun associations, does Wells get before he is shown the door at UF? Let him go play for FSU, Miami, FIU, or FAU. Or even Georgia, as they seemingly can recruit and take commitments from recruits Florida or FSU cannot even offer.

    • I’m not a fan of wells or miller either. whatever happened to earning your way back? guys can turn it around, but the idea that you waive a magic wand and all the underlying problems go away is unrealistic imo. cris carter in the nfl did turn it around and make the hall of fame, but it took a long time. these guys are risky

  3. Robbie, good choices. I think we are going to have a QB (not great) outperform all expectations. Just not sure which one or maybe since there is talk about all three they use the same number and it can be a totality sleeper award. Don’t knw why just the Mullen and co will get something surprising out of one of these guys.