The first official Florida Gators depth chart of the 2016 season has been released, and it has few surprises for close watchers of the team.
Let's make that a more legible table.
Offensive Depth Chart
|Position||First Team||Second Team||Third eam|
|Quarterback||Luke Del Rio||Austin Appleby||Feleipe Franks OR Kyle Trask|
|Running back||Jordan Scarlett OR Mark Thompson OR Jordan Cronkrite||Mark Herndon||Lamical Perine|
|Outside receiver (left)||Antonio Callaway||Josh Hammond||C.J. Worton|
|Outside receiver (right)||Brandon Powell||Ahmad Fulwood|
|Slot receiver||Dre Massey||Brandon Powell||Freddie Swain|
|Tight end||DeAndre Goolsby||Moral Stephens OR Camrin Knight|
|Left tackle||David Sharpe||Kavaris Harklass|
|Left guard||Martez Ivey||Nick Buchanan OR Brandon Sandifer|
|Center||Cam Dillard||T.J. McCoy|
|Right guard||Tyler Jordan||Richerd Desir-Jones|
|Right tackle||Fred Johnson||Jawaan Taylor|
The double ORs at running back strike me as pure motivation, a challenge to Cronkrite, Scarlett, and Thompson — whom I suspect will get carries in that sequence on Saturday, despite the non-alphabetical way they're listed on this depth chart — to differentiate themselves from their competition.
Florida didn't list a single offensive lineman twice, a welcome deviation from 2015 depth charts that often had to list players at multiple positions. That said, I imagine that a Sharpe injury would not force Harkless, who has been hapless in three spring games, into action, instead producing a shuffle on the line, and I think that might well be true for Dillard (whom Jordan might replace), too.
The suspended Tyrie Cleveland, C'yontai Lewis, and Rick Wells are all not listed. I suspect Cleveland would be in the outside receiver group behind Fulwood and Lewis would be the second-string tight end, if eligible.
Defensive Depth Chart
|Position||First Team||Second Team||Third Team|
|End||Bryan Cox, Jr.||Keivonnis Davis OR Justus Reed|
|Nose||Joey Ivie||Khairi Clark|
|Tackle||Caleb Brantley||Cece Jefferson OR Taven Bryan|
|End||Jordan Sherit||Jabari Zuniga||Jachai Polite|
|SLB||Daniel McMillian||Jeremiah Moon|
|MLB||Jarrad Davis||David Reese|
|WLB||Alex Anzalone||Kylan Johnson||Vosean Joseph|
|CB||Quincy Wilson||Chauncey Gardner|
|CB||Duke Dawson||Joseph Putu|
|Safety||Nick Washington OR Marcell Harris|
|Safety||Marcus Maye||Jeawon Taylor|
|Nickel||Duke Dawson||Chris Williamson|
The first thing to note about this defensive depth chart is that the position that was sometimes dubbed RUSH on 2015 depth charts is now going by end. I think the Sherit-Zuniga-Polite group is slightly more likely to function as pass-rushing ends, but there's not a bona fide pass rusher among those ends.
(As predicted this spring, Antonneous Clayton — who I'm more doubtful is going to play as a true freshman — isn't on the two-deep)
Also obviously worth noting: Jefferson is no longer listed at end. The five-star recruit is growing into a frame that may be more suitable for defensive tackle down the line, and while he's still possessed of more speed than power at this point, he could be a force inside.
Beyond the front four, Davis being at MLB as Anzalone sits at WLB strikes me as a bit odd, because I'd take Anzalone's lateral agility over Davis's, but both should be very good at whatever position they play. And Dawson is the winner of the Teez Tabor Is Out Sweepstakes, sliding into the starting corner spot opposite Wilson, though I imagine Putu will get significant (and a significant number of) reps outside, especially in nickel situations.
Special Teams Depth Chart
|Position||First Team||Second Team|
|Kicker||Eddy Pineiro||Jorge Powell|
|Kick returner||Dre Massey||Brandon Powell|
|Punt returner||Antonio Callaway||Brandon Powell|
|Long snapper||Ryan Farr|
I predicted this exact special teams depth chart (albeit with backups to Townsend and Farr listed) this spring. I would very much like Powell to not return kicks.