Florida will start one true freshman against Michigan on Saturday. And it is a familiar name in the Gator secondary.
Marco Wilson, the younger brother of former UF standout and second-round NFL draft pick Quincy Wilson, is listed as a starter at cornerback on the depth chart the school released Tuesday.
Wilson is slated to start ahead of senior Joseph Putu. Wilson is also listed as a starter at the nickel defensive back position.
Wilson’s rise to the top of the depth chart certainly is not a surprise. He’s been working with the No. 1 defense since early in camp.
“I love little Marco,” senior wide receiver Brandon Powell said. “I go against him every day. He’s in the slot covering me. For a freshman, he plays very physical. I like that, and he’s got a lot of speed, so I love going against little Marco.”
Powell said there are a lot of similarities between Marco and Quincy.
“Their dad trained them, so they got the same technique,” Powell said. “It’s just like going against Quincy all over again, just not as big and not as physical as Quincy. But give him about two more years, a year, and he’s going to be one of the next big DBs to come out of here.”
Wilson is one of six true freshmen listed on the two deep of the depth chart. Daquon Green is the No. 2 receiver behind starter Tyrie Cleveland, C.J. Henderson is listed behind Duke Dawson at cornerback, Donovan Stiner is the No. 2 nickel behind Wilson, Shawn Davis is backing up Nick Washington at safety and Kadarius Toney is the No. 1 or No. 2 kickoff returner along with Cleveland.