Grading the defensive two-deep depth chart

Oct 20, 2022 | 3 comments

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Here at the bye week, with the regular season just past the halfway point, it seems like a good time to hand out some midterm grades. Here is the Gators’ two-deep defensive depth chart and our assessment of how each player has performed so far this season.


Princely Umanmielen: After losing his starting spot to Justus Boone after the Kentucky game, Umanmielen returned to the starting lineup and broke out with five tackles for loss over the next four games, including three against Missouri, and pressures on the quarterback. However, zero tackles against LSU hurts his grade.

  • Grade: C-

Justus Boone: Boone initially earned starting reps after the Kentucky game following lackluster play from Umanmielen and a big sack against Kentucky. However, that didn’t last long, and he found himself back as a backup. With 15 tackles, he hasn’t had a crazy impact, but he hasn’t been completely abysmal.

  • Grade: C-


Desmond Watson: The 6-foot-5-inch, 415-pound sophomore has one main job when out on the field: plug gaps. His play against South Florida earned him a starting spot, which he hasn’t relinquished since. Although he’s done a good job filling gaps, a lack of impact plays, as with the rest of the defensive line, does drop his grade.

  • Grade: C-

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