Number 87 in our countdown is a lot like number 88, Clay Burton. Like Burton, Tevin Westbrook came to Florida as a defensive player. He played his first season along the defensive line, appearing in three games. Westbrook notched two tackles when the Gators traveled to Kentucky, including a 6 yard tackle-for-loss. But injuries at the tight end position helped him make the transition to offense where he’s played ever since. As a sophomore, he played in all 13 games, including a start against Bowling Green in the season opener. He didn’t register a catch, but he did grade out at least 80 percent in seven games. Last season, Westbrook had his first receptions, including a career-high 17-yarder against Vanderbilt. He racked up three catches for 30 yards in 12 games as the top pass catching tight end for the Gators. He made two starts at the position.
The 6-5, 257 pound Westbrook arrived in Gainesville as a defensive lineman. According to 247 Sports Composite Rankings, he was a three-star recruit, ranking as the 75th-best strong-side defensive end, 146th-ranked player in Florida, and No. 1,138 overall. Westbrook came from North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek, FL as a dual-sport star. He was a good basketball player, but choose to keep his talents to the football field at UF. He chose Florida over UConn, North Carolina, Purdue, USF, among others.
Like I said yesterday, look for Westbrook to still get playing time along with Clay Burton despite the arrival of Jake McGee. McGee is an athletic freak, catching anything in a 10-foot radius. Westbrook and Burton will still see the field however because they are very good blockers. It’ll be exciting to see Westbrook and the rest of the Gators taking the field in 87 days.