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Alex Anzalone Florida Linebacker

I watch football like I read books, I jump around all of the time. I don’t like watching commercials so I have about 4 games recording at once. I record the games and then watch them in their entirety without having to deal with delays. It’s almost the same as watching film.

There are exceptions to the rule and I will focus on certain teams live, and then review the game again later.

Turning it to the Florida versus Kentucky game, last Saturday, Alex Anzalone had a sack. On the very next play the Quarterback threw the ball out into the flat and Anzalone made the tackle on the Wide Receiver. Kentucky Quarterback Drew Barker tried to scramble and Anzalone dove at his feet and

made his third tackle in a row.

Anzalone did not make every tackle in the game, but he did in this particular series which reeled in my interest.

Will Muschamp left new Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain with plenty of talent on defense. He also left some offensive talent, if you don’t consider the Quarterback position. However, Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio should have that problem solved after sitting out the 2015 season.

Anzalone is a Muschamp recruit and the defensive guru may know squat about offense, but he really does know defensive talent.

McElwain is just a good coach, period, as he is currently proving.

The Florida Gators advanced to 2-0 after destroying Kentucky 45-7, and the game really was not as close as that.

Anzalone was a 4 star recruit out of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. He was listed as a 6-3, 231 athlete by ESPN and he was 11th on their list. He was offered by a lot of schools including Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC and so many more. He was also a good enough student to be offered by Stanford, Notre Dame and Northwestern. The in-state schools were definitely interested, but apparently he prefers sweating at Christmas over snow.

ESPN ranked the Florida Gators 2013 recruiting class 2nd behind Alabama. It had such stars as

Vernon Hargreaves III, Kelvin Taylor, Caleb Brantley, Demarcus Robinson, Keanu Neal, Jordan Sherit, Antonio Riles, Jarrad Davis and Joey Ivie.

After two games, Alex Anzalone and Jarrad Davis are tied for the most tackles on the team. They should be neck and neck throughout the season as the Gator defense remains tough.

Jarrad Davis obviously came in with Anzalone in the 2013 class and he played some as a true freshman and is now a senior. Davis was second on the team in tackles a year ago behind Antonio Morrison and now Anzalone is in Morrison’s position after the Indianapolis Colts drafted Morrison in the 4th round.

Davis is the Gator Middle Linebacker with Anzalone occupying the Weakside Linebacker position. Senior Daniel McMillian starts at the Strongside Linebacker and all of the back up players are freshmen.

The Gators host North Texas this week in what should be another easy game for them before they get going with 7 straight SEC games.

They will be in some memorable games with Tennessee, Georgia and maybe a couple of others for supremacy of the SEC East.

Jarrad Davis is on my Preseason SEC team, but Alex Anzalone may be joining him if he keeps playing as he did against Kentucky.