Six UF players to watch and probable depth chart
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:
94-Bryan Cox Jr.
-- Taven Bryan
6-Dante Fowler Jr.
1-Vernon Hargreaves III
-- Duke Dawson
-- Jalen Tabor
-- Will Grier
-- DeAndre Goolsby
-- Drew Sarvary
-- Drew Sarvary
-- Kavaris Harkless