Florida football program’s Top 25 players of decade

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Florida linebacker David Reese II (33) eyes the Miami offense at the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Aug. 24. [Matt Pendleton/Correspondent]

As we continue with the Season of Lists and wait for the thumbs up or thumbs down on the 2020 college football season, we bring you the top 25 players of the last decade for Florida football. A caveat — we chose not to include current players because their legacies are not complete. And don’t be mad because we didn’t include any kickers or punters. There were too many good players.

We start the countdown with 21-25: 

No. 25 — CeCe Jefferson.

2015-18, Defensive end

As a five-star coming to Florida, Jefferson did not have the sack totals most Gator fans envisioned (10.5 for his career). But he did have 34.5 tackles for a loss and was a disruptive force as well as a leader.

No. 24 — Duke Dawson.

2014-17, Defensive back

The jack of all trades really came into his own his last two seasons at Florida with 16 passes defended and four picks as a senior. He was also a sure tackler with 81 for his career.

No. 23 — Chris Rainey

2010-11, Running back

Sure, he had his trouble off the field, but Rainey was able to lead the team in both rushing and receiving as a senior, not to mention punt returns. In his two seasons of the decade he had 1,824 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns.

No. 22 — La’Mical Perine

2016-19, Running back

He should be on this list just for the TD runs against FSU and Auburn. Perine came back for his senior year and showed what a valuable weapon he was as a receiver. He finished his career with 3,159 yards combined and 30 touchdowns.

No. 21 — David Reese

2016-19, Linebacker

The dude was just a tackling machine and if it was third-and-1 in a big situation, Reese would find the ball carrier and bring him down with attitude. He finished his career with 324 tackles and 19.5 tackles for a loss.