Projecting the two-deep depth chart

With the 2013 season right around the corner, there are some major questions that still remain regarding Florida’s depth chart. Will Muschamp and his staff have yet to release an official depth chart this fall but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take what we have seen from open practice, combine it with what the coaching staff has told us along with our sources and project what the two-deep depth chart will look like when Florida kicks off against Toledo on August 31.


Quarterback: Jeff Driskel, Tyler Murphy

Running Back: Matt Jones*, Mark Herndon

Tight End: Clay Burton, Kent Taylor

Fullback: Hunter Joyer, Gideon Ajagbe

Wide Receiver (X): Quinton Dunbar, Ahmad Fulwood

Wide Receiver (Y): Demarcus Robinson, Solomon Patton

F**: Trey Burton, Solomon Patton

LT: D.J. Humphries, Trenton Brown

LG: Max Garcia, Ian Silberman

C: Jon Harrison, Kyle Koehne

RG***: Jon Halapio, Tyler Moore

RT: Chaz Green, Trenton Brown or Tyler Moore

  • * If he’s healthy, Matt Jones will be the starting running back. If he isn’t able to go for the first game the depth chart will be Mark Herndon, Brown, Valdez Showers, Kelvin Taylor and Adam Lane.
  • ** The “F” position looks like it will be more of a slot receiver than it has in previous years. Last season, you mainly saw Trey Burton line up in the backfield but word out of camp is that Burton will spend more time in the slot.
  • *** If Jon Halapio is healthy, he will be the starting right guard. If he can’t go, Tyler Moore would be the starter with Silberman or Koehne backing him up.

Offensive Notes:

Depth charts can be misleading. For instance, if D.J. Humphries were to miss time with an injury, the likely move would be to slide Max Garcia over to tackle and have Tyler Moore play left guard. Will Muschamp has said that Moore can, and will play all over the line this season. At this time, I believe he will be the first linemen off the bench, regardless of how the depth chart looks.

The same goes at receiver. Last season the “F” position consisted of mainly Trey Burton and Omarius Hines working out of the backfield in a sort of hybrid fullback/tight end position, while occasionally being moved into the slot. The indication that we are getting from the staff is that the “F” position will be more of a slot receiver this season. While Demarcus Robinson is listed as a starting receiver here, you could see a game where Florida starts with Quinton Dunbar and Burton/Solomon Patton in the slot with a running back, tight end and fullback.


BUCK: Dante Fowler Jr., Ronald Powell

DT: Dominique Easley, Darious Cummings

NT: Damien Jacobs*, Leon Orr

DE: Jon Bullard, Bryan Cox Jr.

Sam LB: Ronald Powell, Daniel McMillian

Mike LB**: Mike Taylor, Alex Anzalone

Will LB: Neiron Ball, Darrin Kitchens

CB: Marcus Roberson, Vernon Hargreaves

S: Marcus Maye, Jabari Gorman

S: Cody Riggs, Keanu Neal

CB: Loucheiz Purifoy, Jaylen Watkins

Nickel: Brian Poole, Vernon Hargreaves

  • * Damien Jacobs will be the starter here if he is healthy.
  • ** Mike Taylor will start at Mike until Antonio Morrison comes back from his suspension. Morrison is the starting Mike LB whenever he returns

Defensive Notes:

The same depth chart intricacy pops up on defense as well. Jaylen Watkins is the third cornerback on the roster, so just because Hargreaves is listed behind Roberson, that doesn’t mean he will be automatically inserted into the lineup if Roberson goes down with an injury.

There will be a lot of movement at linebacker. Antonio Morrison’s fate is still up in the air – and even though I think he will be back for the Miami game – there will be a lot of rotation among the unit.

When Morrison comes back, he will be the starter at Mike, which creates a log jam on the outside. Mike Taylor can play Mike or Will, Daniel McMillian seems to be staying put at Sam, Kitchens can play either outside linebacker position and Daniel McMillian seems to be staying put at Sam for now. In my opinion, McMillian would become the starter at Sam if something were to happen to Jon Bullard. If Bullard were to miss time for any reason, you would see Dante Fowler Jr. slide over to end and Ronald Powell replace him at BUCK with McMillian starting at Sam.

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC