It’s Senior Day in The Swamp on Saturday. But you also could call it Young Guy Day — because a whole bunch of true freshmen who haven’t played, or haven’t played since the first two non-conference games, are going to get on the field and show what they can do. And, thanks to the new redshirt rule, those players are still going to have four years of eligibility remaining after this season.
Dan Mullen, of course, has remained mum on what he plans to do with quarterback Emory Jones. He can play in two of the final three games and still redshirt. The question is, which games will we see Jones. Will it be Saturday, in a game where he could play a whole lot, and then in the bowl game? Or does Mullen keep Jones on the bench against Idaho and then give him a special set of plays for the FSU game, like he did against Georgia?
My feeling is we’re going to see a whole lot of Jones against Idaho. And with that, we’re going to see the kind of offense Mullen ultimately wants to run here, with a true dual-threat quarterback.
UF fans also should be looking forward to seeing wide receiver Jacob Copeland for the first time. He is the most dynamic offensive player in the 2018 recruiting class and has some Percy Harvin qualities about him. He’s still behind in terms of learning the overall offense, but Mullen can give him some of the plays that he does know and turn him loose.
Numerous other true freshmen could see the field Saturday, including outside linebacker Andrew Chatfield, offensive tackle Richard Gouraige, defensive end Malik Langham, linebacker David Reese and others.
On a day where the 20 seniors are going to be honored, the Gators are going to give us a glimpse of the future.
Prediction: Florida 49, Idaho 10.