The Florida Gators are in line for a big 2019 season and have a realistic shot at the College Football Playoff. But it looks like they’ll have to make that run without the services of four-star linebacker David Reese.
According to Swamp247, Reese has suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the entire 2019 season. The second-year linebacker was a redshirt who made four tackles in two games last year.
Reese was a valuable pickup for the Gators in 2018. 247Sports rated him as the No. 297 overall prospect in the country, the No. 20 outside linebacker, and the No. 53 prospect from the state of Florida.
The injury to Reese is a big blow to the Gators’ linebacker depth, as they have only a handful of experienced players left at the position.
— Blake Alderman (@Blake_Alderman) July 11, 2019
After going just 4-7 in 2017, the Gators surprised many under newly-hired Dan Mullen in 2018 with a 10-3 season capped off by a Peach Bowl win over Michigan. For their efforts, the Gators were given a post-season AP ranking of 7.
Though the Georgia Bulldogs still appear to have the SEC East on lockdown, the Gators appear to be nipping at their heels.
As with any SEC team, Florida’s 2019 campaign will likely be dictated by the defense. For their sake, the defense will have to stay healthy heading into the middle of the season.