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Early enrollees, early impact?

Each of the six players who enrolled early at UF could get on the field in 2012

Updated: February 15, 2012, 1:42 PM ET
By Michael DiRocco | GatorNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Spring football practice is roughly a month away. When Florida does take the field, there will be six early enrollees among the players vying for jobs. Here's a look at what kind of impact they could have on the 2012 season:

CB Willie Bailey
Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 175 pounds
High school: Hallandale, Fla./Halladale
Where he fits in: Florida already has quality at corner with Marcus Roberson, Loucheiz Purifoy, Jaylen Watkins and Cody Riggs, so Bailey will start his career on the back end of the depth chart. However, he has better size than Purifoy, Watkins and Riggs. He and Roberson (6-foot-1) are the only corners taller than 6-foot.
Chance of making a significant impact: With so much quality depth at the position, Bailey will have a lot of work ahead of him to get on the field on defense. However, he could be a valuable special teams player. That's his best chance of making an impact in 2012.

OG Jessamen Dunker
Height, weight: 6-6, 315
High school: Boynton Beach, Fla./Boynton Beach
Where he fits in: Dunker was told he will start his career at left guard, which is the weakest spot on the offensive line. But the hiring of new offensive line coach Tim Davis could change that. Kyle Koehne, Ian Silberman and Trip Thurman are players who will get a look at that spot. Koehne started one game last season, Thurman had shoulder surgery and Silberman rarely played. UF coach Will Muschamp has challenged the offensive line to become tougher physically and mentally, and Dunker's size and demeanor fits. He's bigger than Koehne, Silberman and Thurman and gives the Gators a chance to add a road-grader along the interior of the line.
Chance of making a significant impact: If you're going to play as a freshman offensive lineman, the guard spot is probably the easiest. You don't have to worry about line calls or dealing with edge pass-rushers. Dunker will be given every opportunity to earn the starting job.

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