The Florida Gators are under 24 hours away from their spring game, the Orange and Blue Debut, on Saturday. And we finally know who will be on which teams in that game, thanks to the Gators revealing rosters after a draft on Friday.
That draft, which was run by Dan Mullen and his coaches and guest coaches, predictably separated quarterbacks Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask, the two leading candidates to be Florida’s starter at that most important position this fall. Franks will lead Team Orange, while Trask will start for Team Blue.
But beyond those two marquee names, the rosters have plenty more details worth noting. For example: Trask — and his Blue backup, Jake Allen — seem to have significantly more receiving talent on hand than Franks and fellow Orange quarterback Emory Jones will have, with Tyrie Cleveland, Trevon Grimes, C’yontai Lewis, Dre Massey, Freddie Swain, and Kadarius Toney all set to don blue jerseys.
And, furthermore, the Team Blue running backs are led by likely starter Jordan Scarlett and explosive sophomore-to-be Malik Davis — whose participation, less than half a year after a torn ACL ended his exciting freshman season, is likely to be limited.
In comparison, Team Orange will have Daquon Green, Josh Hammond, and Van Jefferson at wideout, and a battery of Adarius Lemons, Lamical Perine, and Dameon Pierce at running back. While that’s not a supporting cast entirely without talent, I’d take what Team Blue has on offense any day of the week.
Team Orange, though, does have slightly more defensive talent, to my eye. Linemen Kyree Campbell, Khairi Clark, Antonneous Clayton, Tedarrell Slaton, and Jabari Zuniga will wear orange, as will linebackers Vosean Joseph and David Reese and defensive backs Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, C.J. Henderson. Cece Jefferson, Kylan Johnson, and Marco Wilson will wear Blue, but defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is listed as an Orange coach, which seems somewhat telling.
And that sets up a scenario in which Team Blue has almost a first-string offense, and Team Orange has almost a first-string defense, something that should do little to quell speculation that Trask has caught or passed incumbent starter Franks no matter how the game itself plays out on Saturday.
What do you think of the Team Blue and Team Orange rosters? Do you see tea leaves to read? Do you wish we’d gotten an actual draft order?