This, of course, will be the mother of all camp competitions. It is the one everyone will be talking about, writing about and speculating about. The outcome likely will determine what direction the offense — and the team in general — is heading.
At the end of the spring, Feleipe Franks appeared slightly ahead of Kyle Trask and Trask slightly ahead of Emory Jones. The three will start basically even in camp and it will be a wide-open battle for the starting role.
What kind of work the quarterbacks put in this summer will be evident from the start.
This has become one of the Gators’ most loaded positions, one that is a legitimate five deep with players who have all shown the ability to produce.
Jordan Scarlett likely will open the spring as the No. 1 back, and he’ll be hard to unseat based on what he’s done in the past and the way he rebounded last spring after missing the 2017 season.
Malik Davis, Lamical Perine, Adarius Lemons and the two true freshmen — Iverson Clement and Dameon Pierce — will be pushing him every step of the way.
It’s the kind of competition that should bring out the best in everybody.
With two-year starter and preseason all-star T.J. McCoy returning, most probably are assuming that the position is his, locked down.
But veteran Nick Buchanan is going to have something to say about that.
In his first two years, Buchanan has seen little playing time on the line at guard. But when he made the move to center in the spring and almost instantly blossomed in his new spot.
He earned significant reps with the No. 1 offense and showed he’s going to push McCoy hard for the starting role in camp.
When you look at the talent and potential at this spot, it’s going to be one of the most intriguing competitions in camp.
Dre Massey, Kadarius Toney and true freshman Jacob Copeland are all potential home-run hitters and they will be in a position to hit some in Mullen’s offense.
Mullen features the slot receiver, especially when he has an explosive playmaker to work with like he did with Percy Harvin.
Now, he appears to have three potential playmakers at the position, all expecting to see playing time.
The secondary is set at three spots with returning starters Marco Wilson, CJ Henderson and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson at cornerback and nickel, respectively.
They’ll find out in camp who the starting safeties are going to be.
Jeawon Taylor likely will nail down one job if his shoulder holds up. But there will be plenty of competition at both spots, with Brad Stewart, Donovan Stiner, Quincy Lenton, Shawn Davis, Amari Burney and John Huggins all vying for playing time.