Fall football practice starts tomorrow for the Gators which means there are only 27 days until the season starts. The number 27 is worn by two different defensive backs for Florida. First, let’s take a look at Ben Peacock.
Peacock played his high school football at Braden River in Bradenton, FL. He was a four-year letterman for the Pirates, playing on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. At 5-8, 16o pounds, Peacock played both center and defensive back. He also was a pretty good weightlifter in the 154-pound weight class. His lift of 490-pounds combined between the clean-and-jerk and bench press in the Class 2A-Section 7 state qualifier gave him a first-place finish and a trip to the state championship. Peacock placed 13th in the state his senior year.
Although he has yet to see game action, Peacock has been an important part of the scout team. His freshman season, Peacock was part of the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. He earned Scout Team Player of the Week for the Tennessee game during his second year. Now, Peacock is entering his redshirt junior season with the Gators and looking to see the field for the first time.
This season, Peacock could be looked upon to provide leadership to a young defensive secondary. He and fellow redshirt junior Evan Schroeder are the only upperclassmen on the roster. Hopefully this will be the year Peacock sees the field for the first time, although he and the other 27 of the roster, Deiondre Porter (who we’ll take a look at later), won’t be able to be dressed on the sidelines at the same time, unless one of them switches to offense. Peacock is part one of a double-dip with 27 days until the Gators face-off against the Idaho Vandals in The Swamp.