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.
Somehow this grade still feels too low. He’s putting together one of the best seasons in program history and shattering records. He should be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
Due to a wrist injury and Trask’s otherworldly play, Jones’ role has been greatly diminished. His only three passes came in the opener, and one of them was an ugly interception.
|Dameon Piercee||As expected, he’s run hard and proved to be perhaps the most difficult running back to tackle in the SEC. Unexpectedly, he’s also become a nice option as a receiver out of the backfield.||A|
|Malik Davis||The versatile playmaker finally looks like his old self following injuries in 2017 and 2018. He’s third on the team with 15 catches for 255 yards. His fumble against Texas A&M keeps him from earning a higher grade.||A-|
|Kyle Pitts||He’s the best tight end in the country, and it’s not particularly close. He broke the program record for touchdowns in a season by a tight end in the fifth game. His blocking has greatly improved, making him one of the best all-around players in the country.||A+|
|Kemore Gamble||With Pitts playing as well as he has, the backup tight ends haven’t been involved very much. Gamble did make a career-high three receptions for a career-high 51 yards and his first career touchdown against Georgia.||INC|
At times, he doesn’t play as physical as you would like from a guy who’s 6-foot-4. He’s had a couple of bad drops. Still, he leads the wide receiving corps in catches and yards and made an incredible, leaping touchdown against Georgia.
|Xzavier Henderson||He just doesn’t look ready to play at this level. He’s dropped a couple of passes, and his wrong route led to a pick-six against Georgia.||D|
|Jacob Copeland||He hasn’t been much of a factor this season, catching six passes for 118 yards. You get the feeling that the Gators will need him to have a big game at some point.||C|
|Justin Shorter||He’s caught touchdowns in each of the last two games. After starting the season as a screen specialist, they’re starting to put more on his plate, as he caught passes on a slant and a crossing route against Georgia.||B|
|Kadarius Toney||He’s the most improved player on the team and the best wide receiver. His route-running and discipline with the ball in his hands look significantly better. He’s already surpassed his previous career high with 29 catches for 339 yards this season. He entered this season with four touchdowns. He’s scored seven times this season.||A|
|Trent Whittemore||He’s been one of the most pleasant surprises on offense. He’s displayed great hands, quickness and awareness. His leaping grab between two South Carolina defenders was a thing of beauty.||A-|
|Stone Forsythe||He’s improved tremendously in pass-protection, which has long been considered his weakness. The Georgia game might’ve been the best game of his career. He’s playing like an NFL Draft pick.||A|
He’s played in just three games this season. UF employs a six-man rotation upfront unless there’s a blowout or somebody gets injured.
|Richard Gouraige||You’ve barely even noticed him, which is always a good thing for an interior lineman. He still doesn’t generate much push in the running game on a consistent basis. He’s probably still best suited at tackle long term.||B+|
|Griffin McDowell||He made his first career appearances against Missouri and Georgia. There’s not a large enough body of work to judge.||INC|
|Brett Heggie||He played one of the best games of his career against Georgia, as he helped pave the way for Pierce’s touchdown run and a couple of key first downs. He could move back to guard with the imminent return of Ethan White.||A-|
|Kingsley Eguakun||He’s played in all five games this season but primarily on special teams.||INC|
|Stewart Reese||He got off to a shaky start but turned things around against Missouri and Georgia before suffering a shoulder injury. He’s one of their better run-blockers.||B|
|Josh Braun||He filled in admirably after Reese left the Georgia game. He has the physical attributes you look for in a guard, and he also seems to be ahead of the curve mentally for a freshman. He could make his first start against Arkansas this week.||B|
|Jean Delance||He played well in the first three games but has regressed a bit over the past two weeks, with a couple of missed blocks and a penalty. Still, given the disaster he was last season, you’ll take this improvement.||B|
He played primarily on special teams before taking over for an injured Delance against Georgia. He made no glaring mistakes against the Bulldogs.