Josh Evans holds up the number of Florida players on the Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists.
Last year, we tried 50 For 50, and got halfway done before things cropped up. This year, Alligator Army is coming back with 100 For 100, with 100 articles in the 100 days leading up to the first Florida Gators football game of the 2012 season, and will run down storylines, profile players, examine history, and make some predictions, possibly all haphazardly. The only thing we can promise is that each day's entry will bring us all one step closer to "Herrrrrrrrre ... come the Gators!"
And maybe that you'll get a couple of these a day for the next week or so.
Remember when Tim Tebow was all over every awards list, and seemingly spent most of the Decembers of his last three seasons in Gainesvile at awards banquets? That's not so much the case today.
The Maxwell and Bednarik Award watch lists are both out today, and the only Gators player on either list is Sharrif Floyd, who makes the Bednarik list. Floyd is arguably the most talented player on Florida's roster, quick and powerful up front — I know FlaGators really likes his talents, but I think he's still impaneled, and thus will not be able to back this up. But the chances Floyd has the sort of season that wins him the Bednarik Award seem slim to me.
There's significant stupidity inherent in preseason watch lists: It would be silly to name just a few players, and it's sillier still to name 65 players as "watch list" representatives, because that results in guys like Curtis McNeal (1,005 rushing yards for USC last year!) and Johnathan Franklin (you could have given me his conference and five guesses and I wouldn't have known what team he played for) being put on par with Montee Ball, Landry Jones, Denard Robinson, and Tyler Wilson.
But a team only having a few players on those watch lists says that few think that team has elite talent. It'll be up to Floyd and the Gators to prove otherwise.