Floyd, Easley currently on different paths for the Gators
When Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley arrived in Gainesville this past summer, both were considered among the best high school football recruits in the nation.
But the two appear to be headed in different directions with the Gators right now.
Last week, Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney said Floyd, ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com, was one of the Gators' most improved defensive players.
In Saturday's 55-14 win over Vanderbilt, Floyd had seven tackles (2.5 for loss), second on the team.
"You could feel him in the game,'' UF defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "That big joker was getting in there and he was moving and he was disrupting. He was disruptive in the backfield and making plays. He wasn't just getting across the line of scrimmage and not making plays. He was making some plays. We really like the way Shariff is coming along, and he just needs to keep coming.''
Meanwhile Easley, who was rated the No. 2 defensive tackle, is struggling. Easley is not part of the traveling squad and did not make the trip to Nashville.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said Easley did not travel "for a lot of reasons", and Austin said making the adjustment at the college level is part of Easley's trouble.
"Right now, h'e just kind of lost, not up in the depth chart,'' Austin said. "Other guys are doing a lot better. Every freshman has their issues and things they go through. He's no different than any other.''