After a grueling offseason, Will Muschamp gave the Florida Gators the final weekend of the fall off before the team will report back Monday night to continue film study for Idaho.
Since Will Muschamp met with the media on Friday after practice, his normal Monday press conference was pushed back a day — and with it, the release of the highly anticipated depth chart.
We’ve projected the depth chart here before but with a real game just a day away and the actual depth chart coming in 24 hours, why not take one last crack at prognosticating the depth chart while we can?
Muschamp and Kurt Roper have publically put little stock into the depth chart this offseason, saying parents and players look at it but the coaching staff doesn’t put much stock into it.
Also, the depth chart on paper tends to look a lot different than it does between the lines. For instance, last season, Trip Thurman and Kyle Koehne were the two offensive linemen that would come into the game when an offensive lineman went down. They weren’t listed as the backup to every position, but as has been documented this offseason, the coaching staff feels comfortable with about eight offensive linemen. That means there won’t be a true two-deep at each position along the line but, on paper, there might appear to be.
Again, in the secondary, the term “starter” doesn’t really mean a whole lot. Sure, you need two starters at safety but the cornerbacks will rotate constantly throughout the game as the defenses uses different packages. Vernon Hargreaves was never listed as an outright starter last season (he was listed as a potential starter denoted by an “or” between his name and Loucheiz Purifoy’s name) but started 10 games.
So, with all that out in the open, I’m going to take a stab at what I feel like is the most realistic depth chart. It may not be the one we see on paper tomorrow, but it’s how I see the offense playing out on the field.
Quarterback: Jeff Driskel | Treon Harris
Running back: Kelvin Taylor | Matt Jones
B Back: Matt Jones | Jake McGee
WR (X): Quinton Dunbar | Demarcus Robinson
WR (Z): Ahmad Fulwood | Andre Debose
WR (Y): Latroy Pittman | C.J. Worton
Tight end: Jake McGee | Clay Burton
Left Tackle: D.J. Humphries | Rod Johnson
Left Guard: Tyler Moore | Trip Thurman
Center: Max Garcia | Drew Sarvary
Right Guard: Trenton Brown | Trip Thurman
Right Tackle: Chaz Green | Rod Johnson
Buck: Dante Fowler | Alex McCalister
Nose Tackle: Leon Orr | Jay-nard Bostwick
Defensive Tackle: Darious Cummings | Joey Ivie
Defensive End: Jon Bullard | Bryan Cox Jr.
Will LB: Antonio Morrison | Jarrad Davis
Mike LB: Mike Taylor | Jarrad Davis
Sam LB: Neiron Ball | Jeremi Powell
Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves | JC Jackson
Safety: Keanu Neal| Marcell Harris
Safety: Duke Dawson | Jabari Gorman
Cornerback: Brian Poole | Jalen Tabor or Duke Dawson
Nickelback: Marcus Maye | Brian Poole
Placekicker: Austin Hardin or Frankie Velez
Punter: Kyle Christy | Johnny Townsend
Kick Returner: Andre Debose | J.C. Jackson
Punt Returner: Demarcus Robinson | J.C. Jackson
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