Let’s say you’re an offensive backfield in 2013. Your quarterback is a returning starter who finished with the tenth best passer rating in the conference. Last season’s starting tailback graduated. Your fullback can block, which is good, because he was only trusted with six touches all of 2012. As for depth…
They have four scholarship players, but none have played at the collegiate level at the position. Tyler Murphy emerged as the No. 2 QB in the spring after competing with redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg. Both, however, struggled with consistency and do not appear ready to take over if something happens to Driskel. The wild card here is Chris Wilkes, a former pitcher in the San Diego Padres’ farm system who left pro baseball and will be a 23-year-old freshman. He’s got good size and a strong arm, but he hasn’t played football in more than five years. Depth is also a concern at tailback.
Where would you stick that bunch in a list ranking all fourteen SEC schools? Well, if you’re the beat writer in Gainesville analyzing the Gators’ backfield, you’d place ‘em fifth.
Next Sunday, he looks at the receivers. I can’t wait to see where he puts them.