UF progress report: Linebackers


Antonio Morrison has brought his big-hitting style over to the middle linebacker spot this spring.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.
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Antonio Morrison has brought his big-hitting style over to the middle linebacker spot this spring.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer

Facts

Depth chart heading into August

Sam
11-Neiron Ball
28-Jeremi Powell
9-Matt Rolin

Mike
3-Antonio Morrison
49-Darrin Kitchens
34-Alex Anzalone

Will
51-Michael Taylor
13-Daniel McMillian
--Jarrad Davis

A closer look at what we learned about this upcoming group of Gators from spring practice. Linebacker Progress report: Already lacking depth, the Gators took a major hit when true freshman Alex Anzalone, the No. 2 middle linebacker, injured his shoulder the first day in pads and underwent spring-ending surgery. The big story has been the strong, steady play of Antonio Morrison at middle linebacker. Michael Taylor has had a good spring at outside linebacker and Darrin Kitchens has moved from outside linebacker to middle linebacker, where he is backing up Morrison. True freshman Daniel McMillian has flashed playmaking ability at outside linebacker.


Spring surprise: McMillian has made a bunch of plays. Once he gets comfortable in the defense, he'll be a major contributor in the fall. Spring star: True sophomore Antonio Morrison made the move from outside linebacker to middle linebacker and has been one of UF's most dominant defensive players — and its biggest hitter.

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