Florida position breakdown: Receivers
Published: Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 12:13 a.m.
The Sun looks at the 2012 Florida football roster one position group at a time.
This is the third in a series breaking down the Florida football roster. Next Sunday, we'll take a closer look at the linebackers.
Probable depth chart
85-Frankie Hammond Jr.
-- Raphael Andrades
-- Kent Taylor
The Gators have some speed, experience and potential at wide receiver and tight end. Junior Andre Debose has shown some real flashes over the past two years that he's capable of being a big-time playmaker at wide receiver, to go along with his big-play ability in the return game. Senior Frankie Hammond is the Gators most experienced and most consistent wide receiver and has become a leader among the group. The strength of the receiving corps might be at tight end, where Jordan Reed began to emerge as a playmaker last season. With some experience now at a new position, the former quarterback has a chance to emerge as UF's leading receiver in what is expected to be a tight end-friendly offense under coordinator Brent Pease. True freshman Latroy Pittman's strong play at wide receiver in the spring has put him in a position to see significant playing time this season. He was the Gators' most dynamic receiver in several scrimmages and in the spring game. Fullback/slot receiver Trey Burton and former wide receiver Omarius Hines, who are listed as running backs, bring an added dimension to the passing game because of their receiving skills. Both could be real factors when they draw man coverage from a linebacker. Quinton Dunbar had a good spring and may finally be ready to emerge at wide receiver.
The Gators have not had a dynamic receiver since Percy Harvin left early for the NFL after the 2008 national championship season. That situation has not changed. Debose, Dunbar, Pittman and Reed have shown potential, but as Will Muschamp likes to say, potential means you haven't done anything yet, and that's pretty much the case with these guys. Debose has battled with consistency and every-down effort. Dunbar had a great spring a year ago, then disappeared last season. Pittman certainly looked the part of a dynamic wide receiver in scrimmages and the spring game, but it will be a different world when he enters SEC play for the first time in the fall. The departure of No. 2 tight end A.C. Leonard put a serious dent in the depth at tight end, where two true freshmen (Taylor and Thompson) might have to see the field early.
Young guy to watch
Several of the early enrollees made an impact in the spring, but the true freshman who stood out the most was former Ocala Vanguard standout wide receiver Latroy Pittman. He was singled out after just about every scrimmage, then showed his big-play capability in the Orange and Blue Debut in April, catching a 43-yard pass. Pittman has size (6-foot, 201 pounds), speed and appears very fluid and natural running routes. He has a chance to emerge as a go-to receiver in 2012.
Ranking the SEC receivers
4. Texas A&M
9. South Carolina
11. Mississippi State
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