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Florida vs. Arkansas: Few changes on Gators' depth chart

On this week's depth chart, Florida's offense and special teams remain static, and its defense gets a couple of cosmetic changes.

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The Florida Gators have released their depth chart for Saturday's game with Arkansas, and, basically, nothing's changed since last week, thanks to some good health against Kentucky. The major alterations come on defense, where Dominique Easley's injury shuffles the defensive line, and a linebacker moves to a new starting spot.

Offensive Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team Third Team
Quarterback Tyler Murphy Skyler Morhninweg
Running back Matt Jones Mack Brown
Fullback Hunter Joyer Gideon Ajagbe
X receiver Quinton Dunbar Demarcus Robinson
Z receiver Solomon Patton Ahmad Fulwood Chris Thompson
F receiver Trey Burton Mike McNeely
Tight end Clay Burton Tevin Westbrook
Left tackle D.J. Humphries Max Garcia
Left guard Max Garcia Trip Thurman
Center Jonotthan Harrison Kyle Koehne
Right guard Jon Halapio Kyle Koehne Ian Silberman
Right tackle Tyler Moore Trenton Brown

There are no changes to Florida's offensive depth chart, though the persistence of Chris Thompson, a good candidate for a redshirt, on offense, is odd.

Defensive Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team
End Jonathan Bullard Bryan Cox, Jr.
Nose Leon Orr Darious Cummings
Tackle Damian Jacobs Jonathan Bullard
Buck Dante Fowler, Jr. Alex McCalister
Sam Ronald Powell Darren Kitchens
Mike Antonio Morrison OR Michael Taylor
Will Michael Taylor OR Neiron Ball
RCB Loucheiz Purifoy Vernon Hargreaves III
LCB Marcus Roberson Vernon Hargreaves III
Safety Jaylen Watkins Marcus Maye
Safety Cody Riggs Jabari Gorman
Nickel Brian Poole Vernon Hargreaves III
Dime Marcus Maye Cody Riggs

Darious Cummings moves from backup defensive tackle to backup nose tackle, Damian Jacobs moves from backup nose tackle to starting defensive tackle, and Jonathan Bullard slides into the second-string role at defensive tackle, which hints at how Florida's likely to use him extensively for the rest of the year.

After an excellent week on the field, Michael Taylor, listed only at backup Mike linebacker last week, moves to co-starter at both Mike and Will, with Neiron Ball, who did not actually start for Florida despite being listed as the starter, moving to co-starter at Will and beinig listed behind Taylor.

Despite Vernon Hargreaves III starting for the second consecutive game, and Loucheiz Purifoy's slow start to the 2013 season, Purifoy and Marcus Roberson, who will be returning from injury against Arkansas, are listed as Florida's starting cornerbacks, and Brian Poole is listed as Florida's starting nickel back.

Special Teams Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team
Kicker Austin Hardin Brad Phillips
Punter Kyle Christy Johnny Townsend
Kick returner Solomon Patton Loucheiz Purifoy
Punt returner Vernon Hargreaves III Marcus Roberson
Holder Tyler Murphy Kyle Crofoot
Long snapper Drew Ferris Kyle Crofoot

A week after substantive change on special teams, things remain static. Competitions at kicker and punter that Will Muschamp said were open last week were apparently won by Austin Hardin and Kyle Christy, though Christy never had to punt against Kentucky because Florida never had to punt against Kentucky.

What do you think of this depth chart? Are you surprised Hargreaves isn't a starter, even if he's starting? Do you like what Florida's done to its defensive line with Easley out of commission? Let's discuss nothing for a very long time and inevitably have a Driskel vs. Murphy argument in the comments.


Andy Hutchins is Alligator Army's managing editor. Follow Alligator Army on Twitter and Facebook.

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