GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With no Florida game to break down last weekend, the analysts at Pro Football Focus have put together a ranking of the Gators’ highest-graded players through the first five games of the season.
Interestingly, for all the criticism the offensive line has taken, two key cogs from that unit rank as the Gators’ top performing offensive players.
Redshirt-junior center Cameron Dillard has graded out at a 79.9 (on a scale of 1-100) through the first five games, allowing only 3 quarterback pressures in 179 pass-blocking snaps, according to the PFF data.
And true freshman right tackle Jawaan Taylor is close behind at 79.5 while boasting the highest run-blocking grade on the team (77.8) by a significant margin.
Among offensive playmakers, sophomore wide receiver Antonio Callaway (75.6) narrowly edges out sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett (75.5) and junior tight end DeAndre Goolsby (75.0) thus far.
Defensively, senior linebacker Jarrad Davis (84.2) leads the way, which is no surprise given his all-around standout performance this fall. In Florida’s last game at Vanderbilt, he amassed 15 total tackles and 3 pass breakups.
The analysts at PFF grade every player on every snap on a scale of -2 to +2 and then convert the overall grade to a 1-100 rating. They have provided SEC Country with custom reports on Florida each week this season and have plenty more college football content on their website.
Here is the full list of the top six highest-graded offensive Gators this fall. Meanwhile, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio returns from a two-game injury absence this week with a season grade of 68.3.
- Cameron Dillard, C (79.9): “Only 3 total QB pressures (1 QB hit, 2 hurries) allowed in 179 pass-blocking snaps.”
- Jawaan Taylor, RT (79.5): “Highest run blocking grade on team (77.8) by wide margin – next highest lineman is Dillard at 71.7. Ranked 6th best true freshman by PFF this past week.”
- Antonio Callaway, WR (75.6): “Has caught 3 of 6 deep targets (20+ yards or more) for 172 yards and a TD.”
- Jordan Scarlett, RB (75.5): “Forced 22 missed tackles (17th nationally) on 57 touches (55 runs and 2 receptions).”
- DeAndre Goolsby, TE (75.0): “Leads team in catches, zero pressures allowed in 28 pass-blocking snaps and only 1 drop.”
- Brandon Powell, WR (73.7): “Caught 19 of his 27 targets (70.4 percent) with 0 drops on the season.”
Meanwhile, PFF provided Florida’s eight highest-graded defensive players. Not all selections jive with the eye test as junior cornerback Quincy Wilson is rated lower than expected and fellow star corner Jalen Tabor did not make the top-eight list.
Nobody would question his impact for the Gators, but every rating system has its grading philosophy and this is just one.
The information is very interesting in many cases, though:
- Jarrad Davis, LB (84.2): “Defensive leader – only behind Quincy Wilson in number of snaps (277) and leads the team in stops (solo defensive tackle that constitutes an offensive failure) with 18.”
- Marcus Maye, S (81.5): “Allowed only 2 catches and a QB rating of 7.9 in his coverage in addition to missing just 1 tackle on the season.”
- Caleb Brantley, DT (81.3): “Leads team with 14 total QB pressures and 2nd nationally in pass rush productivity among interior defensive linemen (pressures on a per snap basis).”
- Duke Dawson, Nickel (80.6): “Allowed only 1 catch for 6 yards with 3 pass deflections against Vanderbilt.”
- Joey Ivie, NT (78.9): “Third nationally, just behind teammate Brantley, in pass rush productivity for interior defensive linemen, with 12 total QB pressures in 64 pass rush snaps.”
- Jabari Zuniga, DE (76.9): “Team leader in sacks.”
- Jordan Sherit, DE (76.7): “Tied with LB Alex Anzalone for 2nd on team in defensive stops with 14.”
- Quincy Wilson, CB (73.2): “Leads nation in QB rating allowed in coverage (1.5) with only 4 receptions for 47 yards surrendered in 14 targets.”