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Dante Fowler Jr. looks like a future All-SEC defender.
Winning in the trenches is priority No. 1 in the SEC, and it looks like the Gators managed to find some stud linemen in 2012.
Freshmen Dante Fowler Jr., Jonathan Bullard and D.J. Humphries carved out crucial roles this season and look like favorites to start at Buck linebacker, defensive end and left tackle, respectively.
Fowler displayed the most promise of the trio. The 6'3", 277-pounder made an instant impact as a pass-rusher, recording 2.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss in a backup role. His blend of speed and power make him a terrific edge defender in Florida's aggressive defense.
Bookending Fowler is fellow first-year defender Bullard. While not as polished a pass-rusher as Fowler, the 6'3", 271-pound Bullard excels at stopping the run. Seeing action in all 13 games, the former 5-star recruit racked up 27 tackles, including five for loss.
He looks poised to take over the starting defensive end spot from Dominique Easley, who will likely shift to defensive tackle now that Sharrif Floyd is moving on to the NFL.
The final building block in the trenches is none other than top 2012 recruit D.J. Humphries.
Measuring in at 6'6", 275 pounds, the ultra-athletic left tackle showed tremendous promise as a late-season starter and blocking tight end. Humphries has all the physical tools necessary to be an All-American blindside protector, and with a year in the weight room, he'll quickly become one of the best offensive linemen in the country.