UF FOOTBALL

Six UF players to watch and probable depth chart


Florida sophomore running back Kelvin Taylor became the starting tailback last fall, but will have competition from fellow sophomore Adam Lane during spring practice.

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Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 8:38 p.m.

Players to watch

1. Adam Lane, tailback: The powerful and explosive Lane became the forgotten tailback last fall when he redshirted and fellow true freshman Kelvin Taylor emerged as the starter (and possible future star) at tailback. Lane will have a chance to get his hands on the ball this spring with so little depth at the position. He's strong, quick, built low to the ground, and could bring another dimension to the position.

2. Demarcus Robinson, wide receiver: The offensive coaches kept expecting Robinson to emerge at some point last season as a true freshman, but it just never happened. Problems off the field led to him being suspended twice, the second time for the final two games of the season. If he can get his school and personal life in order, he has the ability to become a major playmaker in Kurt Roper's offense. Muschamp said earlier this week that Robinson is doing everything the coaches are asking him to do. If he continues to do that, he has a chance. If he doesn't, he may never have that breakout moment everyone keeps waiting for.

3. Chris Thompson, wide receiver: The former Gainesville High star flashed some of his potential in his limited role as a true freshman last season. He has the speed to stretch the field and give the Gators a legitimate deep threat in the passing game. He seems to be in the mold of some of Roper's former receivers who put up some big numbers at Duke.

4. Joey Ivie, defensive lineman: In a limited role, Ivie showed as a true freshman that he can more than hold his own on the defensive line at this level. He's continued to impress his teammates and coaches with what he's done in the weight room and conditioning in the offseason. He's expected to push for a starting role at tackle, but also is versatile enough that the coaches also are going to play him some at end.

5. Jarrad Davis, linebacker: He emerged as one of UF's most consistent defensive playmakers during the latter portion of his true freshman season in 2013. He's shown to be an instinctive and hard-hitting linebacker who can play inside or out and also is a dynamic player on special teams. He'll get some time at middle linebacker and outside linebacker this spring, and has a chance to nail down a starting role at one of those positions.

6. Daniel McMillian, linebacker: At the end of spring practice a year ago, Muschamp said McMillian, a true freshman at the time, was pushing for a starting role. But once the season got here, McMillian disappeared, his chances of playing diminished by injuries. If he can get back to where he was at the end of last spring, and shows a better overall grasp of the defense, he'll push for a starting role.

Probable spring depth chart:

DEFENSE

Defensive end

90-Jonathan Bullard

94-Bryan Cox Jr.

17-Jordan Sherit

-- Taven Bryan

Defensive tackle

55-Darious Cummings

91-Joey Ivie

57-Caleb Brantley

Defensive tackle

44-Leon Orr

99-Jay-nard Bostwick

45-Antonio Riles

Buck

6-Dante Fowler Jr.

95-Alex McCalister

Outside linebacker

11-Neiron Ball

40-Jarrad Davis

28-Jeremi Powell

Middle linebacker

3-Antonio Morrison

40-Jarrad Davis

Outside linebacker

51-Michael Taylor

13-Daniel McMillian

Cornerback

1-Vernon Hargreaves III

-- Duke Dawson

Cornerback

24-Brian Poole

-- Jalen Tabor

Safety

21-Jabari Gorman

22-Nick Washington

26-Marcell Harris

Safety

20-Marcus Maye

42-Keanu Neal

Punter

19-Johnny Townsend

4-Kyle Christy

OFFENSE

Quarterback

6-Jeff Driskel

17-Skyler Mornhinweg

-- Will Grier

9-Jacob Guy

19-Ryan McGriff

Tailback

21-Kelvin Taylor

33-Mack Brown

22-Adam Lane

37-Mark Herndon

Fullback

41-Hunter Joyer

25-Gideon Ajagbe

Wide receiver

1-Quinton Dunbar

11-Demarcus Robinson

81-Marqui Hawkins

30-Michael McNeely

Wide receiver

5-Ahmad Fulwood

85-Chris Thompson

86-Raphael Andrades

34-Case Harrison

Wide receiver

4-Andre Debose

9-Latroy Pittman

89-Alvin Bailey

Tight end

88-Clay Burton

87-Tevin Westbrook

-- DeAndre Goolsby

Left tackle

70-D.J. Humphries

55-Roderick Johnson

LG

73-Tyler Moore

63-Trip Thurman

-- Drew Sarvary

C

76-Max Garcia

54-Cameron Dillard

Right guard

74-Trenton Brown

-- Drew Sarvary

-- Kavaris Harkless

Right tackle

75-Chaz Green

74-Trenton Brown

Placekicker

16-Austin Hardin

95-Francisco Velez

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