Though things will undoubtedly change for the Florida Gators throughout the 2014 season, likely even before its season-opener against the Idaho Vandals on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, head coach Will Muschamp on Tuesday released the team’s first official depth chart in nine months.
QB: 6 Jeff Driskel, 3 Treon Harris
RB: 21 Kelvin Taylor OR 24 Matt Jones OR 33 Mack Brown
F/B: 41 Hunter Joyer, 25 Gideon Ajagbe
TE/B: 88 Clay Burton, 83 Jake McGee
WR (X): 1 Quinton Dunbar, 11 Demarcus Robinson, 89 Alvin Bailey
WR (Z): 5 Ahmad Fulwood, 4 Andre Debose, 85 Chris Thompson
WR (Y): 9 Latroy Pittman, 10 Valdez Showers, 14 C.J. Worton
LT: 70 D.J. Humphries, 78 David Sharpe
LG: 63 Trip Thurman, 73 Tyler Moore, 71 Antonio Riles
C: 76 Max Garcia, 72 Drew Sarvary
RG: 74 Trenton Brown OR 73 Tyler Moore
RT: 75 Chaz Green, 55 Roderick Johnson
DE: 90 Jonathan Bullard, 94 Bryan Cox, Jr.
DT: 44 Leon Orr, 91 Joey Ivie
NT: 55 Darious Cummings, 99 Jay-nard Bostwick
Buck DE: 6 Dante Fowler, Jr., 14 Alex McCalister
SLB: 11 Neiron Ball, 34 Alex Anzalone
MLB: 51 Michael Taylor, 40 Jarrad Davis
WLB: 3 Antonio Morrison, 13 Daniel McMillian
Dime LB: 11 Neiron Ball, 40 Jarrad Davis
CB: 1 Vernon Hargreaves III, 5 Jalen Tabor
CB: 24 Brian Poole, 23 J.C. Jackson OR 12 Quincy Wilson
Nickel CB: 20 Marcus Maye, 24 Brian Poole
Dime CB: 24 Brian Poole, 26 Marcell Harris
S: 42 Keanu Neal, 7 Duke Dawson
S: 2 Jabari Gorman, 22 Nick Washington OR 26 Marcell Harris
K: 16 Austin Hardin OR 95 Frankie Velez
P: 4 Kyle Christy OR 19 Johnny Townsend
H: 6 Jeff Driskel, 43 Kyle Crofoot
LS: 46 Drew Ferris, 43 Kyle Crofoot
KR: 4 Andre Debose, 1 Quinton Dunbar, 85 Chris Thompson
PR: 4 Andre Debose, 11 Demarcus Robinson, 1 Vernon Hargreaves III
» Though Burton is listed as the starting tight end, that is likely purely out of respect for him being a four-year player at Florida. UF could also need a blocker in for its first play of the game. McGee will be the Gators’ primary pass-catcher out of the position. This is not indicative of McGee’s status with the team.
» Cummings will be the defensive tackle facing center (nose), while Orr will be playing the more versatile three-technique position, likely lining up a bit closer to the guard.
» Taylor starts at middle linebacker over Morrison, who did not prove to be overly productive at the position in 2013. Davis flashed as a freshman and will be backing up both Taylor in the middle and Ball in Dime packages.
» Florida has four true freshmen and four second-year players in its two-deep depth chart for the secondary. Many of these assignments will change throughout the game as Muschamp will likely take a couple weeks to nail down a solid starting secondary.
» Starters have not yet been determined at kicker or punter, though chances are Muschamp will use both Hardin and Velez on field goals this season. If all remains equal with Christy and Townsend, Christy will likely edge out the sophomore due to his age, allowing Christy to play as a senior while Townsend takes the redshirt he was supposed to receive last season.
» Driskel takes over as the first-string holder.