GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Like most quarterbacks, Woody Barrett is quick to credit his offensive line for his success.
The Auburn signee from Winter Garden (Fla.) led West Orange High School to the Class 8A Semifinals in 2015, and the team finished with a 12-2 record.
Barrett knows last season would not have been possible without one lineman in particular: offensive tackle Stone Forsythe, an enrollee early at Florida.
“He anchored our O-line,” Barrett said of Forsythe. “I never worried about my blind side. I knew I was good on my left everytime I dropped back.”
Though Barrett appreciated Forsythe’s pass protection, it was his run blocking that impressed him the most.
“He mauled people, man,” Barrett said. “He’s aggressive before the snap and after the play. He doesn’t stop blocking. After he knocks somebody down, he’ll go find somebody else to pancake.”
Forsythe played in the highest classification of Florida high school football and was an all-state selection as a junior and senior. The Orlando Sentinel ranked him as the second-best offensive tackle in Central Florida.
Forsythe is one of three signees for UF along the offensive line, but he’s the only early enrollee at the position.
“The coaches really liked that I put the work in to enroll in January, because they need O-linemen,” Forsythe said. “They’re going to throw me in the mix right away and give me an opportunity.”
At 6-foot-7, 309 pounds, Forsythe already has the frame and physicality of a college lineman.
“I definitely think my size is an advantage,” Forsythe said. “I don’t know what’s going on in the playbook, so I’ll need to learn that. If I can, hopefully I’ll be able to play early.”