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Five Thoughts: Opening game depth chart released

August 19, 2019
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Here are five fast thoughts as Florida releases the depth chart for the season opener against Miami.

* Kyle Pitts practiced with the receivers throughout the spring, but here he is listed back with the tight ends in a four way battle for the starting position. That isn't exactly a surprise, it's all but certain he will see time at both positions.

The big surprise here is the emergence of redshirt freshman Dante Lang - who is one of the four Gators listed as a top backup after he looked lost at times during the spring. Really to the point where I questioned if he was at the right school. Kudos to him for hanging in there and apparently having a damn good summer and fall camp.

* Yes, Kyle Trask and Emory Jones are listed as co-second string behind Feliepe Franks at quarterback. My take on it is if something were to happen to Franks, it would be Trask who goes in as the long term replacement. However, I expect to see Jones take the field before Trask as Dan Mullen utilizes him in certain packages.

* In some cases you take having co-leaders at a position as a sign of how strong the position is. I don't know if that is the case at safety where there's no starters named at either spot. In the best case scenario Brad Stewart and Shawn Davis would be the starters. Not that they are absolutely the two best safeties at this time, but they have the highest celiings and best all-around potential of those back there. 

* There are five true freshmen, Class of 2019 signees on the depth chart. Two on the offensive line: Ethan White, Michael Tarquin, and three cornerbacks: Jaydon Hill, Chester Kimbrough and Kaiir Elam.

* Maybe it isn't just all hype when it comes to Jacob Copeland. The players have been talking him up, and he certainly looks the part, but here on the opening depth chart Trevon Grimes has been moved from beind Van Jefferson, where he was listed all last year, to co-starter with Tyrie Cleveland on the opposite side of the field in order to make room for Copeland as the top backup to Jefferson.

 
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