Florida: Who replaces Dante Fowler Jr. at DE?

Every year, programs must replace key players.

The next three weeks I’ll take a look at 13 SEC programs (Chip Towers and Seth Emerson have UGA covered) and a key player who must be replaced this season.

Tevan Bryan is looking to replace Dante Fowler Jr. at defensive end for Florida. (Florida Sports Communications)

Tevan Bryan is looking to replace Dante Fowler Jr. at defensive end for Florida. (Florida Sports Communications)

Who replaces Dante Fowler Jr.? What is a redshirt freshman from Casper, Wyo., doing at Florida?

Trying to take the place of the third overall pick in the NFL Draft.

After the Gators plucked Taven Bryan out of Wyoming in 2014, he redshirted last fall while he learned technique and schemes.

He then excelled this spring.

“That’s my big Wyoming wild man,” defensive line coach Chris Rumph told gatorzone.com, the athletic program’s website. “He’s a big old caveman and wants to use all his brute strength.”

At 6-5, 275, Bryan has the size to play both tackle and end, and first-year coach Jim McElwain has mentioned him playing fullback, if needed.

“Taven’s gonna do so good, I’m trying to tell you man,” defensive end Alex McCalister told gatorzone.com.


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