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Florida vs. New Mexico State: Gators' depth chart features Will Grier or Treon Harris at QB

Not too many surprises here, unless you thought that Florida was naming a starter at QB via depth chart.

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We're just five days away from the first game of the 2015 season for the Florida Gators, and that means that we've finally come to the point at which the Gators can release their first official depth chart for the year.

Here is that depth chart in table form for offense, defense, and special teams, with some analysis of each unit.

Offensive Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team Third Team
Quarterback Will Grier OR Treon Harris
Running back Kelvin Taylor Jordan Scarlett OR Jordan Cronkrite
Outside receiver Demarcus Robinson C.J. Worton
Outside receiver Ahmad Fulwood Antonio Callaway
Slot receiver Brandon Powell Alvin Bailey
Tight end Jake McGee C'yontai Lewis
Left tackle Mason Halter Martez Ivey
Left guard Trip Thurman Travaris Dorsey
Center Cam Dillard Tyler Jordan
Right guard Antonio Riles Andrew Mike
Right tackle David Sharpe Fred Johnson

The OR at quarterback was obvious, and the presence of an OR for true freshman running backs Scarlett and Cronkrite doesn't surprise very much. True freshman Callaway showing up at a wide receiver spot is interesting, though; the absence of the suspended Latroy Pittman probably facilitated either Callaway or Bailey showing up on this list, even if my bet's on Bailey.

Defensive Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team
End Jonathan Bullard Cece Jefferson
Nose Joey Ivie Khairi Clark
Tackle Caleb Brantley Taven Bryan
RUSH Bryan Cox, Jr. Jordan Sherit
SLB Alex Anzalone Jeremi Powell
MLB Antonio Morrison Alex Anzalone
WLB Jarrad Davis Daniel McMillian
CB Vernon Hargreaves III Deiondre Porter
CB Jalen Tabor OR Quincy Wilson
Safety Keanu Neal Duke Dawson
Safety Nick Washington Marcell Harris
Nickel Brian Poole Quincy Wilson

Missing men Alex McCalister and Marcus Maye would have assuredly started at RUSH and the safety spot occupied by Washington, so their absences aren't surprising. But it's interesting to see Khairi Clark as a backup defensive tackle after a fall camp during which his name was rarely mentioned, and odd to see just five linebackers named, one of them being the maybe-he's-still-injured Morrison. (Where's Matt Rolin?)

Porter being VH3's backup may also be an eye-opener for some, but it's a better bet that Tabor and Wilson will be Florida's corners if Hargreaves should ever get hurt than it is that Porter would step up in his stead. And it's a minor surprise that Washington beat out Harris for the starting spot with Maye out.

Special Teams Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team
Kicker Austin Hardin Jorge Powell
Punter Johnny Townsend Austin Hardin
Kick returner Brandon Powell Vernon Hargreaves III
Punt returner Vernon Hargreaves III Brandon Powell
Holder Johnny Townsend Case Harrison
Long snapper Ryan Farr OR Jonathan Haney

Unquestionably, that's a lot more Hargreaves and Powell than some would like to see, but Florida's lack of speedsters makes finding returners difficult. Clearly, this Florida staff seems to want to give more work to its established stars rather than, say, installing Chris Thompson as a kick returner, something we saw for much of 2014.

One also wonders if Harrison, a wide receiver/running back by trade, would be the holder on fakes.