Offense: Grading the two-deep depth chart

Apr 19, 2019 | 0 comments


Today Inside the Gators takes a closer look at Florida’s offensive two-deep depth chart and assigns a grade to each player based on how they looked during the Gators' 15 spring practices.

QUARTERBACK
PlayerCommentGrade
Feleipe Franks

Franks confirmed what everyone already knew at the Orange and Blue Game: He is the starter going forward. The redshirt junior is easily the most comfortable in the pocket of the quarterbacks on the roster and has been the most consistent this spring.

A
Emory Jones

As Franks continues to improve, Jones remains stagnant. Though he uses his legs well and has a beautiful deep ball, he has lacked the same consistency that Franks has shown and will be watching from the sidelines come the first game of the regular season.

C

 

RUNNING BACK
PlayerCommentGrade
Lamical PerinePerine didn’t see much action in the Orange and Blue Game but has looked elite during spring practice. He can run well between the tackles, catch out of the backfield and, at times, has lined up at receiver. He is dangerous from all over the field.A-
Dameon PierceHe seems to get better every time he steps on the field. He led all backs in rushing during Saturday's game with his hard-nosed running and agility at the second level. He rounds out a very deep running back corps.B

 

TIGHT END
PlayerCommentGrade
Kemore GambleGamble slowed down in the second half of spring practices but had a nice day in the Orange and Blue game with 65 yards on a couple of receptions. He was mostly used for his blocking, and he did well in that area.B-
Kyle PittsThough he goes through positional drills with the wide receivers and is moved all over the field, Pitts is still somewhat considered a tight end and has become a reliable target for his quarterbacks over the middle. He led all tight ends with four catches and 56 yards on Saturday.B+

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Van JeffersonThough he was quiet for most of the exhibition game, Jefferson was still able to display why he is the No. 1 target for every quarterback on the roster. His sweet hands are unrivaled and almost unguardable.A+
Josh HammondHammond proved to be a reliable receiver in 2018 with 369 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. His play in the spring has been solid, but he has lagged behind several of the other receivers.C-

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Freddie SwainSwain carried the Blue Team with his 115 yards and two touchdowns. He has shown to be the perfect complement to Jefferson and Grimes on the outside.B+
Kadarius ToneyToney had the highlight of the game, not with his catching ability, but with a throw to Franks off a double reverse that went for 40 yards. Dan Mullen loves Toney’s athleticism and will be looking for every opportunity to get him the ball in the regular season.B

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Tyrie ClevelandCleveland slumped toward the end of spring and had trouble connecting with Jones during the spring game, including dropping a potential touchdown in the first quarter. Nothing indicates this slump is permanent, but he has some work to do in the off-season to be ready for Miami in August.B-
Trevon GrimesAfter an inconsistent spring, Grimes quieted all doubters with three touchdowns and 195 yards, an Orange and Blue Game record. The junior still needs to show he can perform at this high level consistently, but it’s hard not to get excited for the 6-foot-5 weapon on the outside.B

 

LEFT TACKLE
PlayerCommentGrade
Stone ForsythePass blocking was lackluster across both lines in the spring game, but Forsythe did well to protect Franks’ blindside for most of the first half. He has been a solid anchor on a young line.B
Richard GouraigeEvery time Jones or Kyle Trask dropped back last Saturday, it seemed like they were in trouble. Gouraige was beaten often by speed moves, and drives came to screeching halts as a result.C-

 

LEFT GUARD
PlayerCommentGrade
Brett HeggieHeggie struggled to open holes in the run game and was part of the line that allowed four sacks. The redshirt junior will need to be a leader for an offensive line that has a lot of work to do this summer.C+
Ethan WhiteEthan White struggled for most of the spring practices due to slow footwork and overall lack of athleticism, but he did surprisingly well on the left side with Forsythe next to him. The freshman is still raw, but his big frame does well to stop the stunts and a-gap blitzes.C+

 

CENTER
PlayerCommentGrade
Nich BuchananNick Buchanan’s name did not come up often during the Orange and Blue game, and that was probably a good thing. No bad snaps and the pass blocking was solid. Emory Jones said that his trust in Buchanan has grown the most of the offensive linemen this spring.B
Kingsley EguakunAnother freshman who still has a long way to go. Eguakun’s snaps have been inconsistent, and his command of the line needs to improve.C-

 

RIGHT GUARD
PlayerCommentGrade
Chris BleichRunning back Iverson Clement’s biggest run of the game came through Bleich’s hole in the middle of the line. On a day where running seemed to be a non-factor, Bleich stood out with his push on the ground.B
TJ MooreThe Orange team’s right side of the line had a tough day Saturday. Moore was pushed around often and was responsible for a sack on Franks in the second quarter. Moore showed little and will need to continue to battle if he wants to see time on the field in the fall.D+

 

RIGHT TACKLE
PlayerCommentGrade
Jean DelanceDelance, along with T.J. Moore, had a game to forget with two sacks allowed and multiple hurries on quarterbacks. Though he has been adequate at right tackle for most of spring, Delance did himself no favors on Saturday. Dan Mullen said after the game that the line is still incomplete, noting that he will need to get back out on the recreating trail to find a graduate transfer who will bolster the line.C+
Michael Tarquin

The freshman was average and gave his quarterbacks enough time in the passing game from the right side. He most likely earned some playing time with his play on Saturday, but only time will tell.

C-

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