Three breakout candidates at the Florida Football Orange and Blue Game

A number of players will making their Gator debut this Saturday
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The spring game for Florida Football is this week, and the Gators will take the field in The Swamp this Saturday at 1 PM. As is the case with every spring game, one never wants to read too much into the results of the game. If the offense looks good, it means the defense looks terrible, and vise vera.

But we are able to get reads on some players that do have some translation to the fall campaign. As such here are three players who could have a breakout performance and raise their stock heading into the summer.

Tank Hawkins

We have highlighted Hawkins on a handful of occasions here on the site and have a hunch he could be introducing himself to Gator Nation as a whole on Saturday.

The 5'9" and 170 pound wide receiver out of IMG by way of Virginia is one of the fastest prospects to suit up as a Gator in a long time. While still a junior in high school last year, Hawkins ran 10.37 seconds for the 100 meter dash and reports out of spring camp have hinted that his speed had burned Florida's secondary a handful of times.

If he can bust a long one on Saturday, we expect a lot of "Who is that guy?" to radiate throughout The Swamp.

Pup Howard

Another player we have highlighted here at Hail Florida Hail, Howard transferred in from South Carolina where he had zero missed tackles as a true freshman.

With Shemar James still recovering from his kneecap injury, Myles Graham sitting out due to back surgery, and Aidan Chiles not arriving until the fall, Howard has been the mainstay linebacker for the Gators this entire spring.

And if the intensity from the defense that we keep seeing in videos translates to on the field, Howard will almost certianley be in the middle of it.

Brandon Crenshaw-Dickson

If you go back to last year's spring game, the offensive line had plenty of problems in what wound up being a prelude for the regular season.

In an attempt to address the problems of the offensive line, Billy Napier has moved Damieon George Jr. to guard and has been playing Crenshaw-Dickson at tackle.

Crenshaw-Dickson transferred in from San Diego State in the offseason and can go a long way to solidifying the offensive line if he can continue the solid play he showcased while out west.