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Three Gators ranked inside ESPNs top 100 college football players for 2022

Florida had a trio of players arrive on ESPNs set of the very best 100 college football players heading into 2022 on Wednesday. Linebacker Brenton Cox Jr., quarterback Anthony Richardson and offensive guard O’Cyrus Torrence all fell in final 20 dots of the list.

Cox fell 21 spots from No. 59 in 2021 to No. 80 with this years list. After collecting 8.5 sacks and 41 tackles (26 solo) as a redshirt sophomore, hes seeking to set a fresh school record in sacks before going to the professionals. Injuries hurt the linebacker room in early stages last season, however the ESPN staff thinks a healthy group could open things up for Cox to attain his goals.

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Change is everywhere you try Gainesville, but Cox is really a constant. He combined 8.5 sacks with 10 run stops at or behind the line in 2021, and he split up four passes in coverage, too. With Ventrell Miller returning from injury, Cox could helm a dynamite LB corps.

Richardson will come in at No. 93 on the rankings after not placing this past year because the backup to Emory Jones. The ESPN staff isnt shy about praising Richardsons potential, but itll take actual production for him to go any higher with this list.

Hes huge (6-4, 252 pounds). Hes got a large arm (among his 38 completions this past year were six over 30 yards), and hes ridiculously fast (rushes of 80 and 73 yards). The person has all of the tools. Now we reach see if he is able to put all of them together.

Four spots under Richardson is Torrence, among the five men who’ll be charged with protecting the first-year quarterback. Despite allowing just three pressure in 378 pass-block snaps this past year, Torrence moved up from No. 100 to just No. 97. Go figure.

An under-the-radar recruit, Torrence (listed at 6-5 and 347 pounds) was an instantaneous star for head coach Billy Napier at Louisiana. Now the former Freshman All-American and All-Sun Belt star will play his trade with Napier in Gainesville. He immediately becomes Floridas most proven and high-upside lineman.

If Napiers guy actually is successful in the SEC, he could easily get drafted in the initial three rounds this spring.

A surprising snub on the list is defensive tackle Gervon Dexter, who was simply ranked earlier in the week in Todd McShays top-50 NFL draft prospects. Like Richardson, he must add a bit more consistency to his game, but Dexter has been considered among Floridas best project players for a couple years.

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