Florida position breakdown: Receivers
UF's receiving corps looking to break out in Roper's offense
Published: Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.
Will Muschamp is saying the Gators are the deepest and the most talented they've been at receiver since he's been at UF. The Gators do seem to have a lot of potential playmakers and plenty of numbers at wide receiver, where senior Quinton Dunbar is the most proven player. The return of Andre Debose for a sixth year could be a big boost. He was starting to really come on last August before he suffered a season-ending knee injury in camp. He's got breakaway speed (something he's shown as a kick returner) and could finally start producing in Kurt Roper's spread offense. Several wide receivers, including Demarcus Robinson, Ahmad Fulwood and Latroy Pittman, seemed to find that comfort (and production) level in the offense in the spring. Maybe the biggest positive for the overall group was the post-spring addition of standout Virginia tight end Jake McGee, a proven playmaker who could fill what had been a troubling hole in Roper's offense in the spring. McGee graduated from Virginia in the spring and is eligible immediately. He figures to be one of Jeff Driskel's go-to guys this season.
Muschamp said he doesn't like the word potential because it means you haven't done anything yet. Well, the Gators have plenty of receivers in that category, including Robinson, Pittman, Debose, Andrades and others. Robinson, Pittman and Debose seem to have all the physical tools to be productive players, but haven't done it on the field yet (the spring game doesn't count). Also, once you get past McGee, there is a big drop-off at tight end, which figures to be a key position in the new offense. Clay Burton and Tevin Westbrook have played a lot, but produced little. True freshmen DeAndre Goolsby, C'yontai Lewis and Moral Stephens have talent, but haven't played. Once again with the receivers, there's a lot of talk about potential as opposed to production.
Young guy to watch
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Alvin Bailey started coming on late in the spring and could emerge as another potential playmaker. With the way he closed out the spring, Bailey has a chance to get into the playing rotation with a good camp.
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