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50 For 50, No. 26: Marcus Roberson Could Be The Next Great Freshman Cornerback For Florida

There are 23 days until Florida's football opener against Florida Atlantic on September 3. Check out Alligator Army's 50 For 50 series for more of our 50 reasons to be excited for Florida football in 2011. We may or may not be kind of behind on this.

As Scott Carter notes in his post on Marcus Roberson's stellar fall camp so far, it's a bit ridiculous to be heaping praise on a freshman before he's even finished a full week of practice. But all indications are that Marcus Roberson could be the next great freshman cornerback for Florida, a very good thing if it comes to pass.

Omar Hunter's quote says a lot, I think:

"He reminds me of a Joe Haden almost," Hunter said. "He even wears that No. 5, so maybe that’s what it is. He comes out and he’s young, and he never lets anything get to him. He always holds his head up and he goes out to work."

Roberson's gotten the standard Will Muschamp praise, too — "Football is very important to him" — and comes with both the size (6'0", 184 pounds) and pedigree (St. Thomas Aquinas) to make some noise in his first season in Gainesville, much as Haden and Janoris Jenkins did before him.