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.
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.
Though he's only played in two games, he’s been responsible for several explosive plays.
|Dameon Piercee||He continues his hard-running ways. He leads the team rushing touchdowns and is a load to bring down. Impressive showing so far.||A|
|Malik Davis||Last 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 Wright||The 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|
|Kemore Gamble||He’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 two||B-|
|Keon Zipperer||His 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-|
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.
|Xzavier Henderson||Henderson’s coming into his own in this offense. He showed some explosion against the Bulls.||A|
|Justin Shorter||He 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 Weston||He’s clearly buried on the depth chart with the regular guys getting so much time. Hard to produce when that happens.||INC|
|Trent Whittemore||Like 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 Wells||Probably 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|
|Richard Gouraige||This 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|
Just not a lot of playing time so far for the Fort Lauderdale product.
|Ethan White||Probably 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 Harrod||With 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|
|Kingsley Eguakun||The 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 Leonard||He got in a little bit when Eguakun went down for the second time against Tennessee but hard to evaluate a small sample size.||INC|
|Stewart Reese||He’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 Braun||He’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|
|Jean Delance||People 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-|
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.