Though things will undoubtedly change for the Florida Gators throughout the 2015 season, especially with players coming back from injury and suspension after Week 1, the team released its depth chart ahead of its season opener against the New Mexico State Aggies on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The contest will be head coach Jim McElwain‘s first with the Gators, and it will all go down inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and air live on the SEC Network.
Here is Florida’s first official depth chart released in nearly nine months.
QB: 7 Will Grier OR 3 Treon Harris
RB: 21 Kelvin Taylor, 25 Jordan Scarlett OR 32 Jordan Cronkrite
TE: 83 Jake McGee, 80 C’yontai Lewis
WR: 11 Demarcus Robinson, 18 C.J. Worton
WR: 5 Ahmad Fulwood, 81 Antonio Callaway
WR: 4 Brandon Powell 89 Alvin Bailey
LT: 75 Mason Halter, 73 Martez Ivey
LG: 63 Trip Thurman, 52 Travaris Dorsey
C: 54 Cam Dillard, 64 Tyler Jordan
RG: 71 Antonio Riles, 77 Andrew Mike
RT: 70 David Sharpe, 74 Fred Johnson
DE: 90 Jon Bullard, 96 CeCe Jefferson
NT: 91 Joey Ivie, 54 Khairi Clark
DT: 57 Caleb Brantley, 93 Taven Bryan
RUSH: 94 Bryan Cox Jr., 17 Jordan Sherit
SLB: 34 Alex Anzalone, 23 Jeremi Powell
MLB: 3 Antonio Morrison, 34 Alex Anzalone
WLB: 40 Jarrad Davis, 13 Daniel McMillian
CB: 1 Vernon Hargreaves III, 15 Deiondre Porter
CB: 5 Jalen Tabor OR 6 Quincy Wilson
Nickel CB: 24 Brian Poole, 6 Quincy Wilson
S: 42 Keanu Neal, 7 Duke Dawson
S: 8 Nick Washington, 26 Marcell Harris
K: 16 Austin Hardin, 98 Jorge Powell
P: 19 Johnny Townsend, 16 Austin Hardin
H: 19 Johnny Townsend, 24 Case Harrison
LS: 41 Ryan Farr OR 47 Jonathan Haney
KR: 4 Brandon Powell, 1 Vernon Hargreaves III
PR: 1 Vernon Hargreaves III, 4 Brandon Powell
» Morrison is listed as the starter … becuase he’s starting after a miraculous six-month recovery from an injury that supposedly required 10-12 months of rehabilitation.
» Though there are already seven freshmen listed on the depth chart, McElwain expects to use many more in games this season. As such, McElwain is not promising redshirts for any first-year players. “There’s no one that’s guaranteed a redshirt because you just never know as you go forward. There will be a lot more [freshmen] that will show up in the game day statistics than the seven that are listed there,” he said Monday.
» McElwain expects the Gators to play up to nine receivers, even though only six are listed on the depth chart.
» Though he would not reveal whether Ivey would have been listed as starting left tackle had he been healthy, McElwian noted Monday that he’s pleased with Ivey’s play and sees him playing a big role as soon as he can get back on the field.
» Three suspended players – redshirt junior defensive end Alex McCalister, redshirt junior defensive back Marcus Maye and senior wide receiver Latroy Pittman Jr. – are not listed on the depth chart. McAlister will likely start at defensive end with Bullard moving inside to defensive tackle. Pittman’s role on offense is yet to be determined, and Maye will certainly factor in somewhere in the secondary depth chart.