Notebook: Early look at UF's fall depth chart
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 8:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 9:37 p.m.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Florida head coach Will Muschamp released a post-spring depth chart.
“Don't know if it's worth the paper it's printed on, but that's kind of where we are as we ended spring and as we enter fall camp,” Muschamp said. “We'll see where these guys develop and we get there Aug. 1 and find out who's going to contribute for us in the fall.
“Again, very pleased with the progress through the spring considering some of the injuries and things we had, especially on the offensive line. I thought we made some positive progress heading into the summer.
“I'm excited about where we are, but you know how important this time of year is for your football team to continue to develop.”
Here's a rundown of the depth chart:
*Starters at the skill positions on offense are quarterback Jeff Driskel, tailback Matt Jones, fullback Hunter Joyer, tight end Clay Burton, wide receiver Quinton Dunbar, wide receiver Latroy Pittman and wide receiver Trey Burton. True freshman Demarcus Robinson is the No. 2 receiver at Dunbar's position.
*The No. 1 offensive line features D.J. Humphries at left tackle, Max Garcia at left guard, Jon Harrison at center, Jon Halapio at right guard and Tyler Moore or Chaz Green at right tackle.
*Starters on the defensive line are Jonathan Bullard at end, Damien Jacobs at nose, Dominique Easley at tackle and Dante Fowler at the Buck position.
*Starting linebackers are Ronald Powell at strongside, Antonio Morrison at middle linebacker and Darren Kitchens or Michael Taylor at weakside.
*The No. 1 secondary consists of Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson at cornerback and Jaylen Watkins and Marcus Maye or Jabari Gorman at the safety positions.
*Brad Phillips and Austin Hardin continue to be listed as co-starters for the place-kicking job vacated by Caleb Sturgis.
Muschamp was asked if moving Powell to outside linebacker on the depth chart is an attempt to get the best 11 defensive players on the field at the same time. With Powell at linebacker, Dante Fowler Jr. is the starter at the Buck position, where Powell was the starter before he injured his knee last spring.
“There's no question,” Muschamp said. “We'll start camp in our three-down look. To get our best guys on the field is a lengthy discussion we've had as a defensive staff. Certainly, Ronald Powell looks like he's going to be one of those guys.
“We're going to get our best rushers out there in our rabbit's package. Whether that's Ronald and Dante, and certainly Easley will be in that makeup at some point.
Jones, Brown the top TBs
One player conspicuously absent on the depth chart is true freshman tailback Kelvin Taylor, who appeared to emerge as the possible backup to sophomore starter Matt Jones.
Muschamp said the No. 2 tailback heading into the fall is junior Mack Brown.
“Certainly, Mack has distanced himself as the second-team back at this time,” Muschamp said. “He's a guy we've got a lot of confidence in that we expect big things from in the fall.
“He'll continue to progress. I think he's done a nice job running the ball, protections, catching the ball and finishing plays.
“Kelvin has done some nice things. He needs to continue to progress, more than anything, mentally with the offense. Physically, he's got some ability.”
Muschamp said eight players will take part in graduation ceremonies next week. They are Stephen Alli, Jeremy Brown, Timmy Clark, Chris Guido, Scott Peek, John Reichardt, Jesse Schmitt and David Young.
Muschamp said more diplomas will be handed out in the fall.
“After the exit interviews with our guys, we've got a slew of them that are going to be graduating in the fall,” he said. “So, real pleased with where we're progressing there.”