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July 3, 2014
20/14 of 2014: Florida's most important player is...
20/14 OF 2014 COUNTDOWN: I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII | IX
With the 2014 off-season quickly dwindling away, Inside the Gators will count down the 20 veterans and 14 youngsters most critical to Florida's success during the 2014 season. Players are ranked in terms of their importance in the Gators' upcoming season, not pure talent, and ordered into two categories - established returning players and players who are no further along their sophomore seasons and haven't really contributed as of yet.
This 10-part series will give you an idea of who Florida simply can't live without come August.
TOP 20 MOST IMPORTANT RETURNING PLAYERS
Size: 6-foot-3, 261 pounds
St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood
2013 season: 50 tackles (10.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one pass breakup, one fumble recovery
Class: Redshirt Junior
Size: 6-foot-4, 230 pounds
Oviedo (Fla.) Hagerty
2013 season: 42 of 61 for 477 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions; 17 carries for 38 yards and one touchdown; suffered broken leg in the season's third game
TOP 14 MOST IMPORTANT NEWCOMERS (THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO MAKE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION)
Size: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds
Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County
2013 season: Five catches for 23 yards; missed four games due to suspension