Offense: Grading the two-deep depth chart

Oct 9, 2019 | 0 comments


With the regular season halfway over, it seems like a good time to hand out some midterm grades. Here is the Gators’ unofficial two-deep offensive depth chart and our assessment of how each player has performed so far.

QUARTERBACK
PlayerCommentGrade
Kyle Trask

The offense hasn’t skipped a beat since he replaced Feleipe Franks in the fourth quarter at Kentucky. In some ways, the timing and consistency in the passing game actually looks better. However, his lack of pocket awareness has caused him to take some unnecessary sacks and lose four fumbles.

B-
Emory Jones

Other than the one series against Auburn where it looked like he might be the new starting quarterback, they haven’t asked him to do much in his limited playing time. When they’ve let him throw the ball down the field, he’s looked pretty good.

B

 

RUNNING BACK
PlayerCommentGrade
Lamical PerineThrough little to no fault of his own, he hasn’t had the huge season that a lot of people expected him to have. Perhaps his 88-yarder against Auburn will be a turning point for the running game.C
Malik DavisAlthough he is listed second on the depth chart UF releases every week, Dameon Pierce has received five more carries than him. Davis is averaging just 2.9 yards-per-carry – by far the worse of the top three running backs – and lost a fumble against Miami.D

 

TIGHT END
PlayerCommentGrade
Kyle PittsIt was no secret that he had the size and athleticism to be a potential mismatch, but who would’ve thought he’d put it all together this quickly? He ranks second among all FBS tight ends with 25 catches and 11th with 254 yards. He’s an All-America candidate.A+
Lucas KrullHe doesn’t have a reception this season, and his blocking has been noticeably poor at times. He hasn’t developed at the rate some people were expecting.D+

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Van Jefferson

He leads the team with 19 receptions and is second with 258 yards. However, he was a non-factor in the wins over Miami and Auburn, which keeps him from getting an ‘A.’

B+
Jacob CopelandHe caught his first career touchdown against UT Martin, but he dropped a pair of deep passes when he was wide open against Tennessee and Towson.C-

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Josh HammondHe’s Mr. Reliable. He rarely drops passes and always seems to make the big play when the Gators need one. His 65-yard catch and run against Miami set up the winning touchdown, and his 76-yard rush sealed the win at Kentucky.A-
Freddie SwainHe leads the team with 280 receiving yards and is tied for the lead with three scores. His 146 yards against Auburn were the most by a Gator in a single game since 2014.A-

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Tyrie ClevelandHe hasn’t played poorly, but he’s gotten lost in the shuffle a bit in the Gators’ deep receiving corps.C
Trevon GrimesHe hasn’t scored a touchdown yet, but he’s fourth on the team in both receptions and yards. A bit more was expected of him given his 6-foot-5 stature and great speed.B-

 

LEFT TACKLE
PlayerCommentGrade
Stone ForsytheIt doesn’t say much, but he’s probably been the most consistent lineman. He seems to make the fewest number of costly mistakes, although two of his missed blocks have led to the quarterback getting injured.C+
Richard Gouraige

The line seems to run-block better when he’s playing left guard, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him work himself into a starting role soon. He’s had some issues with penalties.

C+

 

LEFT GUARD
PlayerCommentGrade
Brett HeggieHe was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the win over Tennessee, but he’s also had some really bad missed blocks. His whiff almost caused Perine’s 88-yarder to get blown up at the line of scrimmage.C
Ethan WhiteHe’s only played in garbage time against the two FCS opponents, so it’s hard to find anything positive or negative about him.C

 

CENTER
PlayerCommentGrade
Nich BuchananHe hasn’t stood out much positively or negatively, which is usually a good thing for a center.C+
Tanner RowellHe’s played in all six games but mostly on special teams. His mullet is a sight to behold.INC

 

RIGHT GUARD
PlayerCommentGrade
Chris BleichHe’s been the weakest link on an already weak line all season, and they’ve played him less and less the past couple of games.F
TJ MooreHe’s played in all six games but hasn’t played many snaps on offense. Heggie has actually been the top backup at right guard.INC

 

RIGHT TACKLE
PlayerCommentGrade
Jean DelanceHe’s a close second to Bleich for the offensive lineman who has struggled most this season. In SEC play he’s a massive liability in both run-blocking and pass-protection.F
Michael Tarquin

Like White, he’s only played against UT Martin and Towson, so it’s hard to assess him.

INC

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