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100 Days of Florida Football: No. 58 Moral Stephens


Moral Stephens is an incoming freshman for the 2014-2015 football season. Despite what his career as a Gator holds, he already made the right choice by signing with UF over the likes of Arkansas, Georgia, Miami, and that team from Tallahassee.

Listed at 6’3” and 247 pounds, Stephens is already a large athlete. He was closer to 210 pounds as a sophomore and junior in high school and played wide receiver, but the freshman will play tight end for the Gators.

Moral Stephens is from Perry, Florida, and attended Taylor County High School. He played both football and basketball while leading the football team to the FHSAA 4A Regional Semifinals as a senior. Stephens had 1,105 yards and 14 touchdowns on 56 catches en route to being named a 4A Honorable Mention selection.

ESPN had Stephens listed as the 201st ranked 2014 recruit in the country, just missing out on cracking the Top 200. He was listed as 27th best at his position and 34th best in the state. Keep in mind that this was when he was listed as a wide receiver. Stephens was asked to gain weight when he signed with Florida to contribute at the tight end position.

As a four-star recruit out of high school, Stephens has good hands and the ability to catch in traffic. He did not have the best breakaway speed, which could contribute as to why he was asked to make the switch to tight end. In Kurt Roper’s new pro-style offense, there will be playmakers needed all over the field and Stephens has the ability to be one of those playmakers from a flex position like tight end.

There are eight tight ends listed on the Florida football roster. Three are seniors, one is a sophomore, and the rest are freshman. Moral Stephens may not get the most playing time this season as new coordinators look to get production right away from experienced players, but Stephens has a chance to learn the offense and make an even bigger impact over the next four seasons.

Keep an eye on Stephens this fall, as he will be wearing number 82. Bair Diamond, another Florida tight end, is also listed with jersey number 82, so we will see if one changes numbers or if an official position change is in line. Teams can have two players with the same number, but not both on offense or both on defense.

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