Offense: Grading the two-deep depth chart

Apr 3, 2019 | 0 comments


Today Inside the Gators takes a closer look at Florida’s offensive two-deep depth chart with two weeks of spring football remaining.

QUARTERBACK
PlayerCommentGrade
Feleipe Franks

Franks talked about how his confidence has risen with every passing year. During spring, he has looked better than ever. Stoic in the pocket and good timing with his receivers.

B+
Emory Jones

He was expected to make a big leap this year and seriously compete for the starting job, but he still makes poor decisions and lacks vision out of the pocket. He flashes now and again, but still has a lot of room for improvement.

C-

 

RUNNING BACK
PlayerCommentGrade
Lamical PerineThis may be one of the best running back corps Florida has had in years. Perine can do almost anything and has shown to be the true No. 1 back heading into the spring game.A
Malik DavisDavis will serve as a nice change-of-pace back for Perine. He can catch out of the backfield and is solid in pass protection.B+

 

TIGHT END
PlayerCommentKH/MW
Kemore GambleGamble played in all 13 games in 2018 on special teams, but he looks like he has taken the next step this spring. He is the favorite target of multiple quarterbacks in practice and seems to be open every down. Time will tell if practice translates to the game.B
Lucas KrullHe showed a nice well-rounded play style in spring before he was pulled out with the shoulder injury. He led the tight ends in blocking drills and displayed excellent hands in the team sessions. As long as the staff is patient and makes sure he comes back 100 percent, he will be a weapon.B+

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Van JeffersonFlorida sure is happy to have Jefferson back. No one appears to have better hands in traffic than the fifth-year receiver. Whenever Franks is in trouble, he looks for No. 12.A+
Josh HammondAnother reliable receiver. Hammond showed in the scrimmage what a deep threat he was using his speed and ball tracking ability. He still needs to work on getting off press coverage better but look out for Hammond to have an impressive year.B

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Freddie SwainSwain has been a reliable target in the flat for most of spring ball. His route-running ability always leaves him open when the QB is looking for a dump off.B
Kadarius ToneyDan Mullen looks for any excuse to give Toney the ball. He makes an excellent gadget player and has made some highlight plays during the spring.B+

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Tyrie ClevelandCleveland was one of the most impressive players during Thursday's scrimmage. He showed a full route tree and caught anything near him. He and Franks really seem to be connecting so look for that combo in the regular season.A-
Trevon GrimesGrimes has been a frustrating player to watch. One practice he catches everything and blocks with ferocity and the next he can’t hang on to anything. He will need to work on his consistency if he wants more playing time.C

 

LEFT TACKLE
PlayerCommentGrade
Stone ForsytheOne of Stone Forsythe’s best qualities is his ability to play all over the line, and he may need to if injuries start to pile up on a thin offensive line unit.B
Richard GouraigeGouraige has been a pleasant surprise during spring ball. He still needs to work on his technique and consistency, but if he continues to trend upward, he will see lots of playing time in the fall.C+

 

LEFT GUARD
PlayerCommentGrade
Brett HeggieOne of the more consistent pieces in an offensive line that seems to lack it. Whenever UF is running the ball, it seems to be in Brett Heggie’s hole.B+
Ethan WhiteAfter reporting at close to 400-pounds, the early entry freshman has slimmed down noticeably. He is still a big body, and he uses it well. He is hard to move, but his foot speed and athleticism leave a lot to be desired.D

 

CENTER
PlayerCommentGrade
Nich BuchananAfter a decent season last year, Buchanan looks much improved. Rarely a bad snap and he does well in pass protection, but he still needs to work on picking up a-gap blitzes quicker.C
Kingsley EguakunThe first job of the center is to snap the ball, and Eguakun has had some trouble with that. While the snaps have been all over the place, the freshman’s blocking ability and technique look dependable enough for a depth lineman.C-

 

RIGHT GUARD
PlayerCommentGrade
Chris BleichBleich has been the best of a thin unit on the right side of the line. Decent in pass protection but has not gotten much push in the run game against UF’s tough defensive front.C+
William HarrodHarrod is still very raw in his technique, and offensive line coach John Hevesy will have his hands full with all the freshmen he will need to work with this year.C-

 

RIGHT TACKLE
PlayerCommentGrade
Jean DelanceDelance will step in for projected-first-rounder Jawaan Taylor at the right tackle spot (at least until Noah Banks returns) but he lacks the anchor that Taylor was for the line in 2018. He is improved from last spring, but can still be beaten by speed rushers and not great at getting to the second level in the run game.C+
Michael Tarquin

With Noah Banks out, the freshman Tarquin has been given lots of reps with the 2’s this spring but has not impressed. As you would expect from an early entry freshman, there have been lots of mental mistakes and is often the victim of a Hevesy tirade after he is beaten or pushed aside.

D
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