Offense: Grading the two-deep depth chart

Oct 1, 2021 | 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
Emory Jones

The heir apparent to Kyle Trask had some undesirable games against FAU and USF with a combined four picks. Since then, he seems to have really come into his own. Jones himself even says he’s more comfortable.

B
Anthony Richardson

Though he's only played in two games, he’s been responsible for several explosive plays.

A

 

RUNNING BACK
PlayerCommentGrade
Dameon PierceeHe continues his hard-running ways. He leads the team rushing touchdowns and is a load to bring down. Impressive showing so far.A
Malik DavisLast year he was more of the pass-catching option. He’s been resurgent in the run game, looking like his 2017 self and leads all running backs with 257 rushing yards.A
Nay’Quan WrightThe third in the Gators’ stable of backs. He can be a spark plug when the Gators need it and is probably one of the most underrated of the group. He’s ripped off several big runs these last two games.A

 

TIGHT END
PlayerCommentGrade
Kemore GambleHe’s been the starter all four games. But he didn’t record a catch until the Alabama game. He’s becoming more involved in the passing game compared to the first twoB-
Keon ZippererHis catches so far came against Alabama. Like Gamble, Florida expects him to block more than catch the ball it seems. He’s been good in that regard.B-

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Jacob Copeland

Copeland showed just how explosive he can be with his performance against USF. He leads the team in receiving yards because of it. He didn’t have many catches against Alabama but did still move the ball with two DPIs. What hurt his grade was the fumble against Tennessee.

A-
Xzavier HendersonHenderson’s coming into his own in this offense. He showed some explosion against the Bulls.A

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Justin ShorterHe hasn’t been that No. 2 like we expected of him but Shorter’s made his hay as a willing blocker on the outside.B
Ja’Markis WestonHe’s clearly buried on the depth chart with the regular guys getting so much time. Hard to produce when that happens.INC

 

WIDE RECEIVER
PlayerCommentGrade
Trent WhittemoreLike Shorter, Whittemore’s been effective as a blocker from the slot position. Most of his work as a receiver seems to come in the middle of the field. We’ll see how much more of a target he becomes in the next few games.B
Rick WellsProbably the most pleasant surprise from the receiving corps. He’s waited his turn on the bench and it’s paid off. Wells has displayed great quickness as a receiver. He has a catch in all four games this year and leads the team in that category.A

 

LEFT TACKLE
PlayerCommentGrade
Richard GouraigeThis is his more natural position. He’s allowed some sacks but the Tampa product is seeing a team’s best rushers almost every game.B
Gerald Mincey

Just not a lot of playing time so far for the Fort Lauderdale product.

INC

 

LEFT GUARD
PlayerCommentGrade
Ethan WhiteProbably a fan favorite on the offensive line. We’ve waited to see what he can do in Year 3 and he’s delivered.A
Will HarrodWith White playing so much, it’s hard for Harrod to see the field any time soon unless in mop-up duty or due to an injury.INC

 

CENTER
PlayerCommentGrade
Kingsley EguakunThe redshirt freshman impressed so far this year. He’s a physical guy who is always looking downfield for more work. Florida hasn’t had any issues snapping the ball that I can think of.A
Richie LeonardHe got in a little bit when Eguakun went down for the second time against Tennessee but hard to evaluate a small sample size.INC

 

RIGHT GUARD
PlayerCommentGrade
Stewart ReeseHe’s a part of an interior offensive line that’s run the ball on everyone it faced this season. Although he has been hampered by injury at times. It’s really fun to see him act as a pulling guard.A
Josh BraunHe’s seen a good amount of time this year due to some injuries along the line. He’s handled himself well despite allowing a free rusher or two.B

 

RIGHT TACKLE
PlayerCommentGrade
Jean DelancePeople expected him to be the weakness of the offensive line. He does have multiple false start penalties against him. But Florida’s been able to run to his side and hasn’t been responsible for a sack or hurry according to the Gators’ stats.B-
Michael Tarquin

Filled in for Delance on multiple occasions now with him getting hurt in two games and effectively held out in another. He seems to be holding his own out on the right side.

A

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