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Florida wide receiver Freddie Swain catches a pass during practice.

Athlon Sports: Florida Gators boast top-5 wide receiver group

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Athlon Sports: Florida’s receivers among nation’s best

Athlon Sports’ Steven Lassan on Tuesday ranked the top 50 wide receiver groups in college football. The Florida Gators came in at No. 5 overall and No.1 in the SEC. Lassan’s explanation:

“Under Jim McElwain’s direction, this unit has slowly morphed from a weakness into a strength. Antonio Callaway has led the team in receiving yards over the last two seasons and could be poised for his first 1,000-yard campaign with new quarterback Feleipe Franks at the controls. Brandon Powell [45 catches] is a reliable No. 2, but McElwain is eager to utilize Tyrie Cleveland more after Cleveland averaged a healthy 21.3 yards per catch in 2016. Dre Massey also returns after missing nearly all of last season due to a knee injury. Sophomores Freddie Swain and Josh Hammond are expected to provide depth at receiver, but freshmen James Robinson and Kadarius Toney will push for playing time. DeAndre Goolsby, C’yontai Lewis and true freshman Kemore Gamble provide a trio of options at tight end.”

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