Tuesday, October 16, 2007

JUCO DT Epps Commits to Florida

The Gators got another commitment on defense yesterday. Troy Epps, who has played for the Coffeyville Red Raiders for the past two season, has verbally committed to the Gators. Epps is a defensive tackle, but can play anywhere on the defensive line and be effective. In six games this season he has 47 tackles, 14.5 of them for a loss, 2 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles.

Epps played high school football in Union, South Carolina, where he not ponly played offense and defense for the football team, but also lettered in soccer, and was the number 1 heavyweight wrestler in the region for four straight years. His senior season he played full back and defensive tackle. He had 65 tackles, 6 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. Epps running back coach said that he had great hands and was very powerful. He was named offensive and defensive player of the week during the season.

Epps obviously has the power and speed to play defensive tackle and as a JUCO transfer will be ready to step right in next year. The defensive line has been a problem for the Gators this season, who lost 3 starters from last season's defensive line. The Gators have addressed the line in recruiting, but this will be an immediate help next year. Last years number 1 defensive lineman, Carlos Dunlap, will most likely join Epps on the inside and help to create a dominant front four once again.

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