Florida’s Week 0 depth chart

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.

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29 responses to “Florida’s Week 0 depth chart

  1. practicaldawg

    Fortunately for Florida, the SEC is not a physical conference, and the risk of injury is low. Oh wait.

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  2. SpellDawg

    They were crowing about the running-back depth last year and some of that seems to have carried over to this season, but that does not look like a team-strength to me. Davis has gone down with an injury the last two seasons and Perine, while good, doesn’t seem like a bell-cow.

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    • Cojones

      What is the reasoning on Perine? He is good and can wipe the smile off our collective faces when things are going well for us. Who do you think brings more to the fight on that team?

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      • Russ

        Yeah Perine is good. Obviously his success depends a lot on their OL, but he is certainly capable. With their lack of depth, they have zero margin for injuries.

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      • SpellDawg

        Perine recently made a comment to the effect that he doesn’t want to carry the ball 40 times a game. Maybe he’s looking forward to the League a little too much and worried about wear-n-tear. He’s clearly the #1, Davis is shifty in space but no bruiser and injury prone.

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    • practicaldawg

      Also, we had a couple of future NFL running backs in 2016 that didn’t look hot when the O-line was small, thin, and inexperienced.

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  3. dawgtired

    “I’ll have my SEC preseason predictions up on Friday”
    One of my favorite post you do…looking forward.

    On UF, with all of the off-season turmoil, I pictured a more disjointed team. Looking back, I guess most of the issues were with players yet to contribute. This may be UF’s last good team for a while.
    I was surprised that ESPN had UF with a 73% win over Miami. I thought it would be closer…

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    • Miami’s got big issues on offense… looks to be starting 2 true freshmen on the o-line, as well as a RFR at QB.

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      • SpellDawg

        Outside of Zuniga & Heggie, I don’t recognize any of the names on the OL or DL. I don’t miss the days when I knew the name of every 5* they had in the trenches. I think Florida pulls it out, but it’s going to be ugly. Miami is going to put some good licks on Franks.

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  4. Jack Burton

    Let’s not forget that, despite his decent finish to 2018, Felipe Franks is still the starting QB at UF.

    That guy sucks.

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  5. TMCDAWG

    I still do see UF as a significant threat. I believe they go as far as Franks takes them.

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    • rugbydawg79

      I agree… overlooking them is great risk… I can hear our children saying “why didn’t you crush them when you could ?”

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      • Russ

        We will. Kirby is fully motivated for Florida. I think he personally dislikes Side Show Dan and his mouth and will make sure we pound them.

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        • California dawg

          ‘Fuck those motherfuckers.’ I think you might be right about Kirby’s feelings towards side show Dan/Florida. No way Kirby doesn’t have the boys ready.

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  6. Biggen

    “Depth Chart”. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    🙂

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  7. tbia

    But I thought McElwain didn’t recruit a single player who was worth a shit.

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  8. Bulldog Joe

    McElwain and Mullen did a ton of redshirting. It should help UF get through one unfortunate recruiting class. Or it could be a replay of UGA’s 2013 season if the injuries and suspensions hit. I’m sure Grantham knows how that ends.

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  9. spottieottie

    Looking at the schedules, Florida and Auburn stand out as teams where I wouldn’t be shocked by any record between 10-2 and 6-6.

    UF’s depth is really gonna be tested by that three week stretch of Auburn/@LSU/@S.Car.

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    • practicaldawg

      Pencil in the UF-USC game as the best SEC East game of the year. I’m baffled as to why NO ONE is talking about the fact that UF will play “at sandstorm” with similar talent. In fact, USC’s line looks better to me. I really think it will be the best SEC East matchup of 2019.

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      • Mayor

        You make an interesting point. I actually think both Mizzou and USC have better personnel at the skill positions than FU–particularly at QB which is the most important player. I think FU falls flat. The winner of the AUB-FU game gets to 8 wins in the regular season and the loser wins 7 IMHO. Personally I’m pulling for Auburn in that one (hate ’em both but it’s better for GA if Auburn wins).

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  10. Biggus Rickus

    I get that they have a lot of older guys, but only one of those upperclassmen on the offensive line was considered a good recruit. They have good receivers, solid running backs and a very average QB. Outside of their corners and Zuniga, I don’t particularly like their defense. They don’t look anything like a top 10 team to me.

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  11. Cojones

    Don’t forget one reason for redshirting means the kid isn’t good enough to crack the lineup. Has the older redshirted player improved that much since last year? If it’s between him and a newby of no experience and who doesn’t know the plays, who is going to play and for what reason? There is a downside and an upside to what you consider is best right now and that older player didn’t suddenly get good and the younger player is a better athlete, but you don’t dare put him in this Miami game when your season is on the line beginning with game one.

    Mullen is between a rock and a hard place early and if a supreme effort is required in this game, the risk of injury goes up enough to imperil the season. Taking an early loss is like throwing shark bait out in 5-gal bucketfuls. Mullen has his work cut out for him and I don’t think the winning core is yet in place.

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  12. W Cobb Dawg

    Injuries aren’t the only reason a team needs depth. Heat & humidity, close games, hurry-up opponents, effects of travel, etc. all work against teams with a thin roster.

    And if all these redshirt players had real talent or were contributors they wouldn’t have been redshirted in the first place. Some, like the CB Wilson, were redshirts because of major injuries. Yet people expect Wilson to pick up where he left off without a hickup?

    Unless they get all the bounces, like last year, 2019 is going to continue to be a disappointment. The mojo has been working against them since the end of the Michigan game. Yet that’s all expected to change when they kick the ball off? Color me skeptical.

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  13. GruvenDawg

    There depth chart looks great to me! Especially on the o-line and DB’s. I don’t see any issues there.

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  14. Macallanlover

    I agree, mostly, Senator. They aren’t horrible, just ill suited for the Top 10. I can really see them at 8 wins if things go well for them, and 9 wins if they go unscathed by injuries, but don’t see a path to 10 wins. Losses to UGA and LSU, who are much better, means they would have to run the table. AU looks slightly better, but is traveling to the pits. It is the depth issue that gives them more downside than upside with their 8-4 record. SC, TN, and Mizzou are close enough to them to see an upset or two. I can see them as 6 or 7 wins more then 9/10. We will all know soon enough. I think we spend too much time on them, AU and A&M look like bigger threats to me, but it has been fun relishing in their miserable off season after the barrage of taunts based on absolutely nothing. Karma.

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