Five at Five: 5 players who have to step up for Florida

Florida quarterback Emory Jones is chased out of the pocket by linebacker Jonathan Greenard during the annual Orange & Blue Spring Game on Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in April. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Each day this week, Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley will give you five things having to do with this Florida college football season to help you get through the summer. Each day they will be posted at at 5 p.m. Therefore, “Five at Five.”

Today: Five players who have to step up for Florida in 2019.

  1. Jonathan Greenard, Buck: It’s a position that had a star last year in Jachai Polite and Greenard is a grad student who had to sit out most of last year with a wrist injury at Louisville. The year before, the athletic Greenard had 7.5 sacks for the Cardinals. Jabari Zuniga is going to get a lot of attention on the other side so Greenard will get a lot of one-on-one matchups.
  2. Richard Gouraige, RT: The guy who played this spot last year was a first-round draft pick. Whether Gouraige shows up to camp with the physicality he lacked in the spring remains to be seen, but the highly-regarded player has everything else you need to play on the edge.
  3. Trevon Grimes, WR: We saw flashes of brilliance from Grimes and he is going to get a chance to have a big season because Florida can throw so many talented wide receivers at you. Grimes had 26 catches a year ago but really showed up big against FSU. At 6-foot-5, he has a chance to go up and outfight defenders for the ball and really excels after the catch.
  4. Amari Burney, LB: Burney’s move from safety to linebacker is a leap of faith that he can be physical enough, but Florida coaches like the idea of getting his speed on the field. His teammates think Burney can be a beast and the former four-star recruit seems to be relishing in his new role.
  5. Lucas Krull, TE: Krull gave us one of the more memorable plays of 2018 with his throwback pass to Feleipe Franks. But what we saw in the spring looked like a polished tight end. Pro scouts were comparing him to Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce, which is high praise indeed, and he looked the part in the spring. 


  1. I am truly excited about how Coach Mullen and our new FB staff are reshaping this team – turning the Gators into contenders. The SEC is a very tough conference to consistently outperform – this Gator team is the next step to accomplishing just that. GO GATORS!!!