Readers may be excited to take a first look at the Florida Gators 2013 spring practice depth chart (see below). Don’t be. As he explained in each of his first two springs with the program, head coach Will Muschamp repeated Wednesday that he does not put a lot of stock in the spring’s first depth chart. In fact, back in 2011, he said it is “not worth the paper it is printed on.” In other words, the depth chart below is just a starting-off point for 2013 and plenty can change between now and the start of the season. Nevertheless, below is the depth chart as it was presented on March 12.
“Obviously we gave you a depth chart. I know it’s just the most critical thing that’s going to happen in the next 12 months of your year,” Muschamp said Tuesday.
Florida omitted players who are injured and not participating at all in spring practice. A list of those players can be found at the end of this post.
QB: 6 Jeff Driskel, 10 Tyler Murphy, 17 Skyler Mornhinweg
RB: 24 Matt Jones, 33 Mack Brown, 21 Kelvin Taylor
FB: 43 Hunter Joyer, 29 Rhaheim Ledbetter* OR 25 Gideon Ajagbe*
WR (X): 1 Quinton Dunbar, 4 Andre Debose, 11 Demarcus Robinson
WR (Z): 15 Loucheiz Purifoy*, 88 Solomon Patton^, Raphael Andrades
F Position: 8 Trey Burton, 13 Latroy Pittman, 30 Michael McNeely
TE: 88 Clay Burton, 87 Tevin Westbrook, 18 Kent Taylor, 84 Colin Thompson
LT: 70 D.J. Humphries, 63 Trip Thurman
LG: 76 Max Garcia, 64 Kyle Koehne
C: 72 Jonotthan Harrison, 64 Kyle Koehne
RG: 67 Jon Halapio^, 64 Kyle Koehne
RT: 73 Tyler Moore, 98 Quinteze Williams*
DE: 2 Dominique Easley, 90 Jonathan Bullard, 94 Bryan Cox, Jr.
NT: 44 Leon Orr, 55 Darious Cummings
DT: 4 Damien Jacobs, 91 Joey Ivie
Buck DE: 6 Dante Fowler, Jr., 95 Alex McCalister
SLB: 49 Darren Kitchens, 11 Neiron Ball^, 28 Jeremi Powell
MLB: 12 Antonio Morrison, 34 Alex Anzalone
WLB: 51 Michael Taylor, 13 Daniel McMillian
CB: 5 Marcus Roberson, 8 Jeremy Brown
CB: 14 Jaylen Watkins, 24 Brian Poole
Nickel CB: 24 Brian Poole, 31 Cody Riggs, 14 Jaylen Watkins
Dime CB: 20 Marcus Maye, 10 Valdez Showers
S: 31 Cody Riggs, 20 Marcus Maye
S: 21 Jabari Gorman, 10 Valdez Showers
K: 97 Brad Phillips OR 16 Austin Hardin
P: 44 Kyle Christy, 39 Todd Fennell
H: 8 Trey Burton, 10 Tyler Murphy
LS: 46 Drew Ferris, 43 Kyle Crofoot
KR: 4 Andre Debose OR 15 Loucheiz Purifoy
PR: 5 Marcus Roberson, 8 Trey Burton
* BEING CROSS-TRAINED
» Ledbetter (safety) and Ajagbe (linebacker) are both working at fullback for the first seven days of practice. Ledbetter also played running back in high school, while Ajagbe has yet to find a long-term position with the Gators. “Both of those guys, the first seven days are going to give a shot at fullback and kind of see where we are,” Muschamp said. “Rhaheim played running back in high school, is very effective, catches the ball well. He’s got lower body punch and power. Gideon has not contributed much for us on defense since he’s been here and he deserves the opportunity to try and get in a situation to help us.”
» Purifoy will play receiver exclusively for the first seven days of practice but remains a starting cornerback for now. “Loucheiz will play the first seven days full-time as a receiver,” Muschamp said. “I felt like, again, a guy that hasn’t been full-time at that position, it would be good for him to go through the first seven days. […] They watch film in our league, too, so you can’t just always put Loucheiz in and throw a screen and run a reverse with him every time he’s in the game. We need to expand his package if we’re going to continue to move forward. He will still remain a corner on our football team, but he’s going to do the first seven days [on offense].”
» Williams, who was expected to be in the mix at defensive tackle, will give playing offensive line a go early in spring practice. “Quinteze Williams is a young man who we wanted to move over to the offensive line. A guy that’s got some size and girth to him, he’s going to continue to gain weight,” Muschamp said. “We felt like his opportunities at offensive line were going to be better than on the defensive line. He wanted to make that move.”
^ LIMITED FOR SPRING
» 67 Jon Halapio (knee) – “We feel like he will be ready to go [Wednesday] as far as spring ball is concerned,” Muschamp said. “He may be a little limited in some contact early in spring but certainly will be released after that.”
» 83 Solomon Patton (arm) – “Solomon Patton will be limited through the spring with the broken arm,” Muschamp said. “[He] has been a very effective player for us, really hurt us offensively when we lost him in the Georgia game last year. He was a guy that made a lot of plays for us on special teams and on offense. He’s a guy that I’m excited to get back. He will be non-contact all of spring.”
» 11 Neiron Ball (ankle) – Muschamp did not get into specifics on Ball but said he expects him to be able to practice when everything begins on Wednesday.
OUT FOR SPRING
» 75 Chaz Green (ankle) – “Chaz will miss spring with the ankle surgery he had after the bowl game,” Muschamp said. “It was a little more serious than we thought. He will be fine for fall. We’re just going to hold him through spring right now.”
» 7 Ronald Powell (ACL) – Muschamp did not get into specifics on Powell, but he is still recovering from his ACL injury and is likely being held out both to further his rehab and as a precaution against re-aggravating the injury. He may participate in non-contact work if anything.
» 9 Matt Rolin (ACL) – Muschamp did not get into specifics on Rolin, but he is expected to take a redshirt for his freshman season as he recovers from ACL surgery.
» 77 Ian Silberman (shoulder) – Muschamp did not get into specifics on Silberman, but he is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and will likely only participate in non-contact work.