Editor’s note: Each day between now and Florida’s Allstate Sugar Bowl date with Louisville, GatorNation will review the season for a key Gators player and attempt to project what’s next. Today we’ll look at WR Frankie Hammond.
20 catches, 273 yards, 3 TDs
Role in 2012: UF coach Will Muschamp said Hammond was the Gators’ most consistent receiver in the spring and fall practice. He was supposed to be the No. 1 target but instead ended up the second option behind Quinton Dunbar.
The good: Hammond delivered two big plays that proved to be critical to a pair of victories. He caught a short pass, broke a tackle, and went 50 yards for a touchdown and 10-point lead against Bowling Green. He also had a 75-yard catch and run for a TD against Tennessee. Hammond may not have been very productive on the field but he was a good example for freshmen Latroy Pittman and Raphael Andrades in terms of work ethic, practice habits, and mental preparation.
The bad: Hammond had trouble with dropped passes. He also was caught in the size-speed trap: He wasn’t quite fast enough to be a downfield threat, but he’s not quite big enough (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) to be an over-the-middle target, either. Like most of UF’s receivers, he struggled to get separation at times, too. Hammond’s career totals (61 catches, 787 yards, 6 TDs) are less than what some of UF’s former receivers compiled in a season.
Crystal ball: Hammond has one last chance to leave his mark on the program, but it comes against a Louisville defense that is giving up 194 yards per game passing. He won’t get drafted but could end up in an NFL training camp. Hammond has a better future in track and field, where he competes in the high jump. He placed second in the SEC indoor championships and ninth in the NCAA indoor championships this past February and March.