Punter William Few comes up at 48 on our countdown to kickoff. Few is a redshirt freshman from Plant High School in Tampa and had a pretty solid career there. During high school, he handled the field goal and punting duties for the Panthers during his junior and senior years. Over his two years, Few hit 14 of 17 field goals, including a Plant record 13 of 15 with a long of 48 yards his senior season. He also mad 45 of 51 PATs and notched 15 touchbacks, proving he has a solid leg.
Few was a solid contributor on and off the field at Plant. He was named Class 8A First Team All-State, First Team All-Suncoast, and First-Team all Hillborough County for his efforts during his senior campaign. During his first year on the varsity squad in 2011, the Panthers won the state championship. Few equaled his athletic success and maybe even surpassed it in the classroom where he was a member of the National Honor Society and the president of Plant’s community service club.
You could say football and smarts run in William Few’s family. His father, John, and his brother, James, both suited up for Ivy League schools. John played and attended Princeton and James went to Cornell. William had the opportunity to also play at Cornell, as well as Lehigh, Charleston Southern, and North Carolina, but chose to stay close to home at Florida.
Although Few likely won’t see the field this season, stranger things have happened. Just last season Francisco Velez came on strong as a walk-on to win the field goal kicking duties from highly touted Austin Hardin. And in a position where there are usually only one or two scholarship players ahead of you, Few has a shot at getting a kick or two in, despite being behind Kyle Christy and Johnny Townsend. Having players like Few on the Gators puts a smile on my face. A kid who could have gotten an Ivy League education and lots of playing time deciding to boost Florida’s academic standards and try to scrap his way to the top of the depth chart. William Few is just that, so look for him in No. 48 for the Orange and Blue next season.