FLORIDA COLLEGES REPRESENTED ON THE JAGUARS ROSTER.
There are nine Florida college players on the Jacksonville Jaguars team roster. The teams include: University of Florida (UF), Florida State University (FSU), University of Central Florida (UCF), and the University of Miami. The focus will be on five players.
BLAKE BORTLES (UCF)
Bortles had a disaster of a year in 2016. However, his stats were good in 2015. He threw for over 4,000 yards and had 35 touchdowns and18 interceptions. However, the entire team regressed as well. The offensive line has been improved and we have new coaching and a potential star running back. A return to form will be a giant plus for the Jags.
DANTE FOWLER (UF)
Dante Fowler came out of UF projected to be a top 10 draft choice by NFL.com. Sadly, he tore is ACL during the his first practice 2015. He rehabbed and returned in 2016. He had 4 sacks and 23 tackles in 2016. If he can play at the level expected prior to the draft… the sky’s the limit.
CALAIS CAMPBELL (MIAMI)
Campbell is a free agent and new to the team in 2017. He played for nine seasons for the Arizona Cardinals. During those seasons, he averaged 6 sacks and 55 combined tackles per year during his career. Can he continue to play this well?. If he does, he is a great asset for the Jags.
JALEN RAMSEY (FSU)
Mike Mayock described Ramsey as a “dream scenario” on draft day. He was an All-American and All-ACC player in 2014. He was a rising star for the Jags in 2016 with 2 interceptions and 65 combined tackles. Ramsey can only get better.
TELVIN SMITH (FSU)
Smith was a delightful 5th round surprise for Jacksonville. His 351 combined tackles, 4 interceptions, and 5.5 sacks during his first two seasons show a very solid starter who has great potential to be even better.
CHANGES CAN PRODUCE A WINNING SEASON
These five players have a huge upside. Barring injury, they will all be strong contributors to a successful season. Combine our Florida guys with a new coaching staff, improved offensive line, and a potential franchise running back and a winning season is very possible.