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The Sunshine State’s College All-Star Team Would Win a National Title AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack
AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Over the past four years, there are not many states that can say they have produced college football talent the way the state of Florida has. Between Florida, Florida State, and Miami, they have been factories for NFL talent. Now you can add the rest of the Florida schools to that list.

In 2018, the state of Florida had some ups and downs for their college football programs. Central Florida went undefeated during the regular season again, the Gators came back from a poor showing in 2017 to win 10 games, the Hurricanes went in the opposite direction, and the Seminoles’ bowl streak ended. But even the worst teams in the state had players show out. So if we were to build an all-star team for the Sunshine State, what would that look like?

It isn’t exactly easy to compare players at the same position when they play in completely different conferences and decide who had a better season. How does 800 yards in Conference USA compare to 600 in the ACC? Or 100 tackles in the AAC to 75 in the SEC? Well, I decided to go case-by-case and look at all of the numbers for each player at each position, and this is the team I came up with.

Offense

Quarterback

McKenzie Milton, UCF

2018 Stats: 171-for-289, 59.2 percent passing, 2,663 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions; 79 carries, 307 yards, 9 rushing touchdowns.

Running Backs

Devin Singletary, FAU

2018 Stats: 261 carries, 1,348 yards, 5.2 yards per carry, 22 touchdowns

Travis Homer, Miami

2018 Stats: 164 carries, 985 yards, 6.0 yards per carry, 4 touchdowns; 19 catches, 184 yards

This one was close because Homer had less yards and touchdowns than a few guys. However, he also was facing tougher defenses than players from other schools that only 100 yards difference on the season wasn’t enough to beat a guy who was playing better defensive fronts every week.

Greg McCrae had a little over 100 yards more than Homer on the season, but each of them played Pittsburgh and Homer had the much better game. Homer rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown on eight carries against the Panthers, while McCrae only rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries.

Wide Receivers

Gabriel Davis, UCF

2018 Stats: 53 catches, 815 yards, 7 touchdowns

Jovon Durante, FAU

2018 Stats: 65 catches, 873 yards, 5 touchdowns

Nyqwan Murray, FSU

2018 Stats: 54 catches, 744 yards, 3 touchdowns

Tight End

Harrison Bryant, FAU

2018 Stats: 45 catches, 662 yards, 4 touchdowns

This one is weird because a player like Miami’s Brevin Jordan is so talented and I think he is one of the most talented tight ends in the country, but Bryant just put up huge numbers compared to Jordan. If the yardage was a little closer, I would have put Jordan in this spot, but Bryant had well over double the yards, over double-digit more catches, and the same amount of scores.

Offensive Line

Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Martez Ivey, Florida

Jordan Johnson, UCF

Tyler Gauthier, Miami

Tyree St. Louis, Miami

Defense

Defensive Line

These are in no particular order because they were all dominant throughout the season. I also have five because I felt like it and if I am building a team, all five of these guys will be on the field.

Brian Burns, FSU

2018 Stats: 52 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles

Gerald Willis III, Miami

2018 Stats: 59 tackles, 18 TFL, 4 sacks

Jabari Zuniga, Florida

2018 Stats: 45 tackles, 11 TFL, 6.5 sacks

Joe Jackson, Miami

2018 Stats: 47 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 1 touchdown

Jachai Polite, Florida 

2018 Stats: 45 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 11 sacks, 6 forced fumbles

Linebackers

Shaquille Quarterman, Miami

2018 Stats: 82 tackles, 14 TFL, 5.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Michael Pinckney, Miami

2018 Stats: 74 tackles, 11 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 interception

Sage Lewis, FIU

2018 Stats: 124 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 8 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown

Defensive Backs

C.J. Henderson, Florida

2018 Stats: 38 tackles, 5 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 5 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles

Richie Grant, UCF

2018 Stats: 108 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 6 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

Jaquan Johnson, Miami

2018 Stats: 92 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida

2018 Stats: 71 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 2 touchdowns

Special Teams

Kicker

Evan McPherson, Florida

2018 Stats: 17-for-19 field goals, 50-for-50 PATs

Punter

Tommy Townsend, Florida

2018 Stats: 51 punts, 2,315 yards, 45.4 yards per punt, 71-yard punt

Returners

Terrence Horne, USF

2018 Stats: 6 returns, 282 yards, 2 touchdowns, 47.0 yards per return

Jeff Thomas, Miami

2018 Stats: 10 kick returns, 260 yards, 26.0 yards per return; 9 punt returns, 221 yards, 1 touchdown, 24.6 yards per return

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