April 6, 2013; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (15) defends wide receiver Raphael Andrades (86) during the spring practice for the Orange and Blue Deput at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

100 Days of Florida Football: No. 86 Raphael Andrades

No. 86 Raphael Andrades

Raphael Andrades only appeared in two games in 2013 due to injuries. He played in nine games in 2012 as a true freshman but only recorded two catches for five yards. Andrades started three games that season, including the first of his career against the Kentucky Wildcats. He also had starts against Vanderbilt and in the Sugar Bowl vs. Louisville.

Andrades was a three-star recruit coming out of high school and the number 99 wide receiver in the country according to Rivals.com. He chose Florida over Arkansas, Stanford, and Vanderbilt, but has yet to see much production in his time at UF. The best thing might be the fact that he is from Tallahassee, where he attended Lincoln, and it always puts a smile on my face to see the Gators sign a guy from that town.

There is more than just football talent in Andrades’ blood: he was a 36th round draft pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of high school. He played on the baseball team his freshman season. Although he did not see any action during the season, it takes a vast amount of time and dedication to balance an SEC baseball schedule and football spring practice schedule.

The depth chart for the 2014 season is not in Andrades’ favor as of right now. With his limited production and previous injury, he is behind the likes Quinton Dunbar, Andre Debose, Ahmad Fulwood, and Latroy Pittman. With new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, the Gators need wide receivers to step up and get open for quarterback Jeff Driskel. If there is a lack of production to start the season, Raphael Andrades could find himself getting a start in a conference game and using it to jump start his last two years as a Gator.

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