Though things could still change over the next five days, the Florida Gators on Monday morning released the team’s first official depth chart for the 2013 season.
Florida omitted players that are not participating in the season opener due to injury or suspension; therefore, the depth chart below is an “active” version rather than a “best-case scenario” version. Notations marked with (») can be found below certain positions.
OnlyGators.com will update this post shortly with additional details and thoughts from head coach Will Muschamp‘s Monday press conference.
QB: 6 Jeff Driskel, 3 Tyler Murphy
RB: 33 Mack Brown, 37 Mark Herndon, 10 Valdez Showers
» 24 Matt Jones is not playing on Saturday.
FB: 43 Hunter Joyer, 25 Gideon Ajagbe
WR (X): 1 Quinton Dunbar, 11 Demarcus Robinson
WR (Z): 83 Solomon Patton, 5 Ahmad Fulwood, 85 Chris Thompson
» 13 Latroy Pittman and 4 Andre Debose (out for season) knocked out of Z.
F Position: 8 Trey Burton, 13 Latroy Pittman, 30 Michael McNeely
TE: 88 Clay Burton, 87 Tevin Westbrook, 84 Colin Thompson
» 18 Kent Taylor not on the three-deep.
LT: 70 D.J. Humphries, 76 Max Garcia
» 74 Trenton Brown no longer the back-up to Humphries.
LG: 76 Max Garcia, 63 Trip Thurman
» 77 Ian Silberman no longer the back-up to Garcia.
C: 72 Jonotthan Harrison, 64 Kyle Koehne
RG: 64 Kyle Koehne, 77 Ian Silberman
» 67 Jon Halapio is not playing Saturday; Thurman moved to left guard.
RT: 73 Tyler Moore, 74 Trenton Brown
» 75 Chaz Green is out for the season; Brown moved to right tackle.
DE: 90 Jonathan Bullard, 94 Bryan Cox, Jr.
NT: 44 Leon Orr, 4 Damien Jacobs
» Orr jumps back ahead of Jacobs due to injury, but Jacobs returns to practice on Monday and could start Saturday.
DT: 2 Dominique Easley, 55 Darious Cummings
Buck DE: 6 Dante Fowler, Jr., 95 Alex McCalister
» McCalister did enough to move into the two-deep.
SLB: 7 Ronald Powell, 13 Daniel McMillian
MLB: 51 Michael Taylor, 49 Darrin Kitchens
» 3 Antonio Morrison is suspended for the Toledo game.
WLB: 11 Neiron Ball, 49 Darrin Kitchens
» Ball moves inside, pushes Kitchens to second-string.
RCB: 14 Jaylen Watkins OR 15 Loucheiz Purifoy
LCB: 5 Marcus Roberson, 16 Vernon Hargreaves III
Nickel CB: 24 Brian Poole, 16 Vernon Hargreaves III
Dime CB: 20 Marcus Maye, 31 Cody Riggs
S: 20 Marcus Maye, 42 Keanu Neal
» Neal debuts on the depth chart.
S: 31 Cody Riggs, 21 Jabari Gorman
K: 16 Austin Hardin, 97 Brad Phillips
» Muschamp on picking Hardin over Phillips: “Right now, Austin would be [the starter]. Brad was slowed by a groin. Again, Brad kicked well when he kicked. He just didn’t have as many attempts and at-bat as Austin did. Austin sort of distanced himself to be the kickoff guy and have the placekicking duties. Again, Brad has been a guy that’s been in the game before and done it when the lights were on. That’s something we’re going to continue to work through through the season.”
P: 4 Kyle Christy, 40 Justin Vogel
» 19 Johnny Townsend purposely held off depth chart (redshirt).
H: 10 Tyler Murphy, 43 Kyle Crofoot
» Trey Burton is no longer holding.
LS: 46 Drew Ferris, 43 Kyle Crofoot
KR: 83 Solomon Patton, 10 Valdez Showers
» Debose is out for the season.
PR: 5 Marcus Roberson, 8 Trey Burton, 24 Brian Poole
» Muschamp on why Purifoy is not listed as a kick or punt returner: “He’ll be back [as a kick returner] at times. We rotate guys through there. It depends on also the off-returner at times is somebody that’s going to spray the ball. We want two returners back there – if they’re going to try and pin the ball, we may want more of a blocker at the off-returner. We have multiple guys. He’s also returned punts for us as well.”