Backfield bounty


The Florida Gators' Chris Leak passes during their 31-24 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes' during the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL on Monday January 2, 2006.

SCOTT WHEELER/The Ledger
Published: Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Sun sports writer Robbie Andreu breaks down what the Gator backfield looks like with 48 days until the first game

Probable depth chart

Quarterback

12-Chris Leak

15-Tim Tebow

Tailback

33-Kestahn Moore

2-Markus Manson OR

21-DeShawn Wynn

28-Chevon Walker

H-back

42-Billy Latsko

29-Eric Rutledge

The upside

Chris Leak, a senior, has played in every game of his career and has started the last 33, making him by far the most experienced quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. He has played in big games and tough environments and seems to have taken his game to a new level now that he's been in the same offense for consecutive years for the first time in his UF career. ... Whether he plays at tailback or H-back, Billy Latsko's work ethic and presence are a positive influence on the other backs.

The downside

DeShawn Wynn, Kestahn Moore and Markus Manson are all experienced guys now and have all produced at times, but their lack of consistency has been an endless source of frustration for Urban Meyer. Wynn has the potential to be a dominant tailback, but Meyer is tired of hearing about his potential and is demanding results this season. ... Moore, who started the first five games and the Outback Bowl last season, missed the spring with an injured back.

Young guy to watch

Texan and true freshman Mon Williams rushed for 1,672 yards and 17 touchdowns in his senior season last fall and is a big back with speed. He'll have a chance to compete because the position is wide open going into two-a-days.

SEC rankings

1. Auburn

2. Georgia

3. Florida

4. Arkansas

5. Tennessee

6. LSU

7. Alabama

8. South Carolina

9. Ole Miss

10. Kentucky

11. Mississippi State

12. Vanderbilt

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