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Chomping at Bits: Florida releases 2020 football roster, Week 1 depth chart

Finally, we have new names and faces in familiar places.

Gators coach Dan Mullen hopeful UF will play football in fall, but hurdles loom Al Diaz/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

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Florida’s 2020 roster is out: You’re not gonna believe this, but Kyle Trask is listed as a quarterback. (Florida Gators)

Roster release allows for assessing weight gain: I sometimes muse about doing this with all the listed weights from a player’s recruitment to his final roster appearance, and it’s not worthless analysis by any means ... but it’s also a pretty crude metric, when you think about it, no? We, the public, aren’t really privy to how much Player X is paying attention in team meetings or how sharp Player Y’s cuts are, but we have a sense of who was overweight or underweight and is now “properly” conditioned for football. It’s something you couldn’t do with basically any women’s sport, mind, because those sports don’t routinely report weights publicly — not that that public protection actually keeps female athletes from facing scrutiny over their weight.

Anyway, Ethan White lost a lot of weight... (Thomas Goldkamp, 247Sports)

White out for opener, Pouncey out for season: ...and he won’t be ready for Florida’s season opener because of an ankle injury, while freshman defensive back Ethan Pouncey will miss the 2020 season after hip surgery. Freshmen Lamar Goods and Fenley Graham, projected to be reserves, will also miss Florida’s opener with injuries. (Nick de la Torre, Gator Country)

Florida drops Week 1 depth chart: More on this later. (Zach Abolverdi, Gators Territory)

Brian Johnson now Florida’s first Black offensive coordinator: I suspect that his promotion changed his title much more than his job duties — Mullen’s still calling most plays, and I bet Johnson was giving input like Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy do even as a mere quarterbacks coach; here, Johnson basically shrugs when asked what’s changing — but I’m of the opinion that Johnson is destined for really big things in coaching, and I think Florida employing him for as long as it can will be a good thing for the program. Spotlighting him might help with that. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Championship or bust for Florida? I disagree with both the sentiment and the framing, but I was already prepping something on the topic for tomorrow (and later this week, too). (Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times)

Marta Perez returning to Florida for fifth year: Emily Glaser lost a national player of the year-level talent when Sierra Brooks decided to turn pro last fall, and lost out on making an NCAA Championships run in Perez’s final year this spring. But Perez will be back with the Gators this season, and Glaser has one of her most talented teams since arriving at Florida. (Morgan Perry, Florida Gators)

That was yesterday: Demi Adejuyigbe’s years-long riff on Earth, Wind, and Fire’s sublime “September” has become a consistent delight to the world — but the man behind it is even more compelling and wise in conversation. (Bethy Squires, Vulture)

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