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Florida vs. Michigan: Gators release first 2017 depth chart

Albeit one labeled as unofficial.

NCAA Football: Florida Spring Game Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The first depth chart of the Florida Gators for the 2017 season has been released. The full chart, which Florida titled as “unofficial” in their release, is below.

Let’s break that down into easier to read sections.

Offensive Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team Third Team
Position First Team Second Team Third Team
Quarterback Feleipe Franks or Luke Del Rio or Malik Zaire Kyle Trask Jake Allen
Running back Jordan Scarlett Lamical Perine or Mark Thompson Malik Davis or Adarius Lemons
Outside receiver (X) Josh Hammond Freddie Swain
Outside receiver (Z) Tyrie Cleveland Daquon Green
Slot receiver (Y) Brandon Powell or Dre Massey Kadarius Toney
Tight end C'yontai Lewis or DeAndre Goolsby Kemore Gamble Moral Stephens or Kalif Jackson
Left tackle Martez Ivey Tyler Jordan Kavaris Harkless
Left guard Brett Heggie Tyler Jordan Nick Buchanan
Center T.J. McCoy Tyler Jordan Brett Heggie
Right guard Fred Johnson Antonio Riles
Right tackle Jawaan Taylor Stone Forsythe T.J. Moore

I told y’all that the “Feleipe Franks or Luke Del Rio or Malik Zaire” phrasing was happening.

However, I did expect that that trio would be organized by alphabetical order. While they aren’t organized alphabetically by last name, they are by first name - whether that was intentional or not remains to be seen. Jim McElwain was rather clear that he didn’t intend to disclose a starter at quarterback and this depth chart is reflective of that.

With Antonio Callaway suspended, the three receivers atop the depth chart are Brandon Powell, Tyrie Cleveland, Dre Massey, and Josh Hammond. True freshman Daquon Green was much buzzed about in camp, and has earned himself a role at receiver.

On the offensive line, Tyler Jordan backs up several spots, as expected. The running back and tight end depth charts don’t yield any surprises, with veteran TEs C’yontai Lewis and DeAndre Goolsby listed as starters, and Jordan Scarlett cementing his role as Florida’s feature back.

Defensive Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team Third Team
Position First Team Second Team Third Team
DE Jabari Zuniga Jordan Sherit Antonneous Clayton
NT Khairi Clark Kyree Campbell Tedarrell Slaton
DT Taven Bryan Luke Ancrum Elijah Conliffe
DE CeCe Jefferson Jachai Polite Zachary Carter
SLB Jeremiah Moon Kylan Johnson
MLB David Reese Rayshad Jackson Cristian Garcia
WLB Vosean Joseph Cristian Garcia Lacedrick Brunson
CB Duke Dawson C.J. Henderson
CB Marco Wilson Joseph Putu Brian Edwards
Safety Nick Washington Shawn Davis Brad Stewart
Safety Chauncey Gardner Jeawon Taylor Quincy Lenton
Nickel Marco Wilson Donovan Stiner

With Marcell Harris out for the season, Chauncey Gardner starts at safety alongside Nick Washington. Duke Dawson is at one of the corner spots, as expected, and listed alongside him is true freshman Marco Wilson, brother of Quincy Wilson. The younger Wilson also appears as the starter at nickel, and had been widely expected to lock down the starting nickel job after camp. Several true freshman dot the depth chart for Florida’s secondary.

The defensive line depth chart isn’t surprising. Three true freshman appear on the third team, and are likely to see some playing time this season in the rotation. That trio of 6’4” Gators are Elijah Conliffe, Zachary Carter, and Tedarrell Slaton.

Redshirt freshman Jeremiah Moon will start at linebacker, along with sophomores David Reese and Vosean Joseph. Former walk-on Cristian Garcia appears as Joseph’s back-up, after recently earning a scholarship with the Gators.

Special Teams Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team
Position First Team Second Team
Kicker Eddy Pineiro Jorge Powell
Punter Johnny Townsend
Kick returner Tyrie Cleveland or Kadarius Toney
Punt returner Dre Massey or Brandon Powell
Long snapper Ryan Farr
Holder Johnny Townsend

Florida has two of the nation’s best specialists in Eddy Piñeiro and Johnny Townsend. With Callaway out, the depth chart for returner is filled by fellow wide receivers Cleveland, Massey, Powell, and exciting freshman Kadarius Toney.