This is not a snark-driven post, believe it or not. Dan Mullen dropped his first depth chart of the season, and it’s a good picture of the Gators’ strengths and weaknesses going into 2019.
The first thing to note is that this is a seasoned team. No true freshman has cracked the starting lineup and only one redshirt freshman, at offensive right guard, has. Of the 22 starters on offense and defense, I count 17 who are juniors and seniors and many of those are players who have redshirted.
That’s the kind of roster that made Mullen comfortable at Mississippi State. I might also add that’s the kind of roster that plays well for Grantham.
Ah, but then there’s depth. And it’s not pretty in a couple of key areas. Three of the backups on the offensive line are freshmen. So are both of the backup cornerbacks.
I’ll have my SEC preseason predictions up on Friday, but everything I see here reinforces my belief that if Florida stays healthy, it’s good enough to win nine or ten games this season. However, there’s definitely an issue to keep an eye on if Mullen starts losing offensive linemen or corners.