Florida’s Wilson says he will return for 2020 season

Florida defensive back Marco Wilson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

 Florida’s defense, and the secondary in particular, received a shot of good news Monday afternoon. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marco Wilson announced that he is returning for his redshirt junior season in 2020 rather than enter the NFL draft.

  Wilson posted the following on Twitter: “I will be returning to the University of Florida for another year. Our team has a lot of goals that we are still working to accomplish and I would love to be a part of that experience. I cannot wait to get back to work with my brothers for this upcoming season.”

 Before the Dec. 30 Orange Bowl, Wilson said he had a decision to make about the draft and that he would meet with his family and the Florida coaches after the bowl game before deciding.

 In his UF career, Wilson has started 26 games. This season, he recorded 36 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.

 He figures to be one of the leaders in a relatively young secondary that lost  junior cornerback CJ Henderson to the draft. He declared his intentions in December and did not remain with the team for the Orange Bowl.

 Wilson showed his versatility this season by making a successful move to the star position in the latter part of the season. He returned to cornerback for the bowl game, but there’s a chance he will see playing time at both positions next season.

 With Wilson’s decision to return, there’s a chance the Gators will lose only one underclassman to the draft, although junior wide receiver Kadarius Toney still has a decision to make. Deadline to declare for the draft is Jan. 17.


  1. This coming season keeps looking better and better with Wilson and Grimes both deciding to stay one more year and contribute to the Gator football team. Both are extremely talented football players, and I was praying both would return. Marco is so very talented/versatile that he can play any position in the defensive backfield. Grimes will have his opportunity to shine and become the elite wide receiver we already know he is. GO GATORS!!!

  2. Mullen is stacking the deck and if we pick up a couple of wild cards for the O-line or another top running back from the Portal or recruiting it is going to be the best class we have had in a long time. Look out, I feel it starting to rumble and roar in Gville, it could be explosive.

  3. So Toney may be thinking to enter the draft……hold on hombre, that would be a bad bad mistake at this time, or even a year from now. Anybody know how many minutes of playing time he played each game? Seems to me he saw much less time than Emory Jones, and neither have played enough to get a look from the NFL.

    • Agree but disagree, Dirt. I don’t get a lot of that type of arrogance from KT — it’s surely got to bother him how things have turned out that way. Let’s just say his talent has yet to be fully tapped?

      We had a quarterback a few years ago who transferred after being told by the coach that he’d have to compete for the starting job after a year long suspension — now there was a true “legend in his own mind”. Good, sure…but not THAT good to dictate terms to the coach.

  4. How about this, Fromm has declared for the NFL draft!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No Burrow, No Fromm, the Red Sea is parting for UF to make a run for the SEC East and maybe the SEC Championship. If you look at our 2020 schedule and our two big SEC games will both be against new quarterbacks. We could end up in the CFP if we our only lost is the SEC Championship. Got LSU in the Swamp and UGA neural. If we don’t stub our toe we could be in the catbird seat.

    • Not only that, but yet another of their 5-stars is transferring. Probably to Tenn, but that’s not the point: Something is going on up there in Athens, and it doesn’t have anything to do with Kirby Smart’s penchant for cutting fingers off visiting parents.