Florida Gators release first fall depth chart

By Adam Silverstein
August 29, 2011

As Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp and his staff continue to determine the starters for the team’s opening game of the 2011 season against the Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday (7 p.m., ESPNU), the team released its first fall depth chart after media day on Monday to provide a slightly clearer indication of how Florida will line up.

QB: John Brantley, Jeff Driskel
HB: Jeff Demps/Chris Rainey, Mike Gillislee
WR (X): Quinton Dunbar, Andre Debose
WR (Z): Deonte Thompson, Frankie Hammond
TE: Jordan Reed, Gerald Christian
F-21: Trey Burton, Hunter Joyer
*In with two halfbacks and one tight end
F-12: Gerald Christian
*In with one halfback and two tight ends
F-11 (Z-11): Frankie Hammond, Andre Debose
*In with one halfback and one tight end

[EXPAND Click to expand the remainder of Florida’s fall depth chart.]LT: Xavier Nixon, Chaz Green
LG: Dan Wenger, Kyle Koehne
C: Jonotthan Harrison, Dan Wenger
RG: Jon Halapio, Nick Alajajian
RT: Matt Patchan, Chaz Green

Buck: Ronald Powell, Kendric Johnson
DT: Dominique Easley, Leon Orr
NT: Jaye Howard, Omar Hunter
DE: Sharrif Floyd, William Green
Sam LB: Lerentee McCray, Darrin Kitchens
Mike LB: Jon Bostic, Michael Taylor
Will LB: Jelani Jenkins, Dee Finley

CB: Marcus Roberson/Jaylen Watkins/Jeremy Brown
CB: Moses Jenkins/Cody Riggs, Louchiez Purifoy
S: Matt Elam, Josh Shaw
S: De’Ante Saunders, Josh Evans
Nickel: De’Ante Saunders, Cody Riggs

KR: Andre Debose/Solomon Patton/Jeff Demps
PR: Chris Rainey, Jordan Reed/Frankie Hammond
K: Caleb Sturgis, Zack Brust
P: David Lerner, Kyle Christy
H: John Crofoot, Tyler Murphy
LS: Drew Ferris, Christopher Guido

F POSITION: Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis‘s F position is one that changes depending on the other personnel on the field. The first number refers to the halfbacks in the formation, while the second number corresponds to how many tight ends are on the field. (Ex. 21 = two halfbacks, one tight end). The student-athlete listed at the F position is the other playmaker on the field aside from the starting HB/TE and two WRs.

BUCK POSITION: Players listed at “buck” are more commonly referred to as hybrid defensive ends/linebackers. Examples of players coached by Muschamp at this position include Jason Taylor, Calvin Pace and Sergio Kindle. Powell, for example, would play defensive end in a 4-3 formation and linebacker in a 3-4.


» Wenger looks to have taken the lead at left guard over Koehne, who was given the nod last week by Muschamp. The position has been in flux all offseason.

» Floyd has returned to wearing No. 73 instead of No. 4.

» Injuries to Brown (knee) and Hines (hamstring) are the reasons why the former is listed as a potential starter (with the slash) and the latter is not on the depth chart.

» Saunders has supplanted Evans as the second starting safety as of press time. If he does hold that role, Riggs will likely start at nickel unless the team decides to insert Evans and shift Saunders for those plays. Riggs could also start as one of the two primary cornerbacks.

» Brust supplanted Brad Phillips, Lerner swapped spots with Christy, and Ferris took the lead over Guido in the specialist category. Additionally, Murphy becoming the back-up holder is certainly notable.[/EXPAND]


  1. cline says:

    Let’s Go Gators!

  2. David says:

    Can smell Gato football!!! I like that the DBs arent finalized. Keeps them working hard, and it keeps the opponents guessing (for now)

  3. Tractorr says:

    The most interesting thing I see is Pop Saunders starting at safety. Good to see he is coming along.

  4. SteveC says:

    What happened to Jeremy brown? He was slated as one starter now 3rd string?

    • Hurt. More on that soon.

    • David says:

      That doesnt mean 3rd string. At least I dont think so. It is clear when reading the actual depth chart that was provided that any of those 3 are the starters on that side. On the other side, Moses Jenkins or Cody Riggs will starter. Louchiez Purifoy is the only designated backup CB at this point. The “/” means could be “or.” The “,” that Adam used indicated back-up. That said, I wouldnt be shocked if any combination of Roberson, J. Brown, Riggs, or J. Watkins were playing both sides.

      • Correct. / = OR while a , = second-string. It’s a two-deep depth chart.

        Jeff Demps/Chris Rainey means both/either is the starter

        However the full line of..

        PR: Chris Rainey, Jordan Reed/Frankie Hammond

        indicates that Rainey is the starter and Reed OR Hammond is second-string.

  5. Aligator says:

    where is sam robey in all of this, glad to see wenger is going to contribute, that brings more starting exp to the line …

  6. Aligator says:

    where is James Wilson?

  7. j. says:

    Looking at the comments ,its clear depth isnt that bad.
    This is gonna be an exciting ride and lower expectations(for a year)take alot of pressure.
    Foley you keep making me a very happy Gator,thanks for your hardwork,you’re the cornstone of the Program.

  8. Aligator says:

    I think at the very least we will do as well as last year, I think the offense will have more purpose and direction for sure …. Weis is a better offensive guy that Addozzio was. Maybe this year we will get some breaks we did not get last year? there seemed to be so much confusion and contention. I think the team will do better this year …

  9. David says:

    I think this year may be a lot like 2007. Younger guys who have talent who just need to get their feet wet. Roberson is to Joe Haden as Moses Jenkins is to Wondy Pierre-Louis. I think the secondary will be the problem for us this year. That said, I still think we will be better than people expect and will compete for SEC East.

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