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CeCe Jefferson (96) is one of several Florida players who could change positions in 2018.

Multiple Florida players could change positions in 2018

Zach Abolverdi

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The most notable name is CeCe Jefferson, who decided to return for his senior season after considering an early jump to the NFL.

The former 5-star recruit played defensive end and tackle under the previous Florida staff, but this year he will play some outside linebacker for new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham in his 3-4 scheme. Returning defensive ends Antonneous Clayton and Jabari Zuniga also could get some reps in that role.

Elijah Conliffe saw action last season as a reserve defensive tackle, but his playing time could increase in Grantham’s defense. The 6-foot-4, 317-pound pass rusher has the perfect frame to be a 3-4 end, but needs to shed some weight this spring.

Shawn Davis, Brian Edwards, Chauncey Gardner and Brad Stewart played safety last season, but all four of them were recruited to Florida as cornerbacks. With numbers being low at that position, one or two returning safeties may move to corner this year.

Like Jefferson, Martez Ivey also came back for his final year and hopes to improve his draft stock in 2018. Ivey started the first nine games last year at left tackle and the final two contests of the season at left guard. Where Ivey plays this fall remains to be seen, but he will anchor Florida’s offensive line as a senior.

Kadarius Toney made an immediate impact as a freshman and has a chance to thrive as a slot receiver in Dan Mullen’s spread offense. However, the former high school quarterback also could see some action behind center in a wildcat package.