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Dante Fowler saw action in all 13 games as a freshman in 2012 and finished with 30 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Last season, Fowler finished fifth on the team with 50 tackles, first with 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He was also named to the All-SEC second team by the media and team captain for a couple of games.
The big improvement in Fowler's numbers weren't only related to increased playing time his sophomore year, though. In fact, Fowler admitted to ESPN’s Edward Aschoff that he didn’t know the whole playbook as a freshman:
Going into the spring, I was able to play a lot faster. I learned a lot of things -- some good things and some bad things -- as a freshman. That's going to happen when you're a freshman. There are going to be some bumps and some bruises that I was going to have to go through, but I felt playing as a freshman helped me a lot because it helped me mature. Coming into my sophomore year, I'm going to be able to play faster, I know all the plays and this defense that we're running is something like an NFL scheme, so it helps me a lot to understand the game. I'm also going and watching [more] film. I know a lot of people don't watch film, but when you force yourself to do stuff like that, it helps you become a better player.
Last season, Fowler finished 10 games with at least two solo tackles. He was also disruptive in other ways—forcing two fumbles in the big victory over Tennessee, for example.
Fowler was the main guy the coaching staff looked to step up when Dominique Easley missed half of the season with an ACL injury. He did that and them some, but you still get the feeling he hasn't reached his full potential playing in a Florida uniform.