Number 96 on our countdown to kickoff is defensive end Sterling Stanley. Stanley will be a redshirt freshman this season after sitting out the 2013 campaign. He played his high school football at powerhouse Dwyer in Palm Beach. At 5-11 182 pounds, saying Stanley is undersized for his position is an understatement. But what he lacks in size, he makes up for in the classroom. Stanley’s a very good student who consistently gets straight A’s. He also scored highly on his SAT. As a walk-on, academics are of the utmost importance and it’s good to see such an astute student.
Stanley also hails from a Gators legacy. His father, Reggie Stanley, played on the 1989 team and also was an assistant coach of his Dwyer football teams. Both Sterling’s took part in the 2012 appearance in the FHSAA 7A State Semifinal game where they lost to the Boyd Anderson Cobras. The head coach at Dwyer is Florida alum Jack Daniels. Daniels won the state championship in 2009 and 2012 with Dwyer and has also sent some top talent to the Gators. Current Baltimore Raven Matt Elam, as well as former Gators to transfer out of the program Jacoby Brissett, Gerald Christian, and Robert Clark come to mind as the most prominent.
Although Stanley most likely won’t get a lot of playing time, he brings a lot of excitement today because that means there’s only 96 more days until Florida takes the field.