Rivalry Week: UF, FSU future stars, part 2

We're taking a look ahead to the next three meetings and projecting which Gators and Seminoles could possibly leave their mark on the rivalry.

Today, we’ll highlight the UF offensive players and the FSU defensive players. We did the reverse on Tuesday.


UF RB Matt Jones

The 6-foot-2, 228-pound Jones had a fantastic spring and is poised for a breakout season. He’s the perfect fit for the Gators’ power-run offense. He’s a punishing runner who quickly hits the hole and runs through contact. He’s likely going to average 20 carries per game behind a physical offensive line and should have no trouble topping Mike Gillislee’s total of 1,152 yards in 2012.

FSU LB Telvin Smith

Without question, Smith is the vocal leader of Florida State's defense, and for a senior who plays with so much emotion, there are few bigger stages than the Florida game. The 6-3, 215-pound Smith has been through the battles with the Gators, but he came up small and made just two tackles in last year's loss. He won't want to go out on a sour note, and he figures to be in the center of the action for the Seminoles this time around.