New head coach Jim McElwain has to find the best 22 starters ahead of game one. The good news is he has several loaded positions, but the offensive line remains the biggest concern.

Here’s an educated guess of the team’s post-spring depth chart:


QB1: Will Grier
QB2: Treon Harris

Obviously, quarterback is one of the most interesting position battles on the roster for Florida. I do think Will Grier will get the start in game one, but that certainly doesn’t mean he’ll start game two. In fact, both may play throughout the season, and Florida may add another graduate transfer at the position.

RB1: Kelvin Taylor
RB2: Adam Lane

Kelvin Taylor will be the featured back, but if Adam Lane starts August like he finished in the Birmingham Bowl, the Gators will have a nice position battle. However, once Jordan Scarlett steps on campus, he may be the most talented back on the roster.

X WR1: Demarcus Robinson
X WR2: Chris Thompson

Demarcus Robinson is the team’s biggest weapon on offense or special teams. Robinson remains one of the SEC’s best kept secrets and could thrive in Jim McElwain’s offense, assuming the quarterback play is adequate. Chris Thompson is a backup with some nice speed and play-making ability. He’ll play a role.

Z WR1: CJ Worton
Z WR2: Ahmad Fullwood

After Demarcus Robinson, CJ Worton is the team’s best receiver. Worton isn’t the athletic freak that Robinson is, but he is a better route runner and probably has better hands. Worton is athletic enough to play several different roles at receiver. Ahmad Fullwood remains a big part of the offense, but UF needs more from him. His size is very attractive, and Fullwood could be in for a nice year.

Slot WR1: Brandon Powell
Slot WR2: Latroy Pittman

Former running back Brandon Powell has a home in the slot. Prior to his injury this spring, Powell was the best player on the field. Aside from Robinson, Powell will be looked upon as being a go-to playmaker who needs the football in space. He’s a home-run threat. Latroy Pittman is more of a role player. He’s the best blocker at the position and has above-average hands.

TE1: Jake McGee
TE2: DeAndre Goolsby

Jake McGee will be a big part of the offense, as McElwain always uses his tight ends, and he was UVA’s best receiver prior to transferring to Florida. McGee is coming back from a broken leg suffered last season. In the pecking order of receiving threats, it goes Robinson, Powell and McGee, in that order. DeAndre Goolsby proved this spring he’ll be a weapon. He reminds me of Jordan Reed, with similar athletic ability. Tight end is looking much better following spring practice.

LT1: David Sharpe
LT2: Martez Ivey

David Sharpe is the starter at left tackle, and he should have a very good season as one of the biggest offensive line breakout players in the SEC. Sharpe has a huge frame and above average athleticism. Martez Ivey is the future at left tackle, but he’ll probably start at right tackle immediately because of depth reasons. Ivey needs to add some weight before becoming the left tackle.

LG1: Antonio Riles
LG2: Travaris Dorsey

Formerly a defensive lineman, Antonio Riles has found a home at left guard. He’s big and physical, and he turned heads this spring and impressed the coaching staff. Travaris Dorsey looks to be the backup at the position entering fall camp.

C1: Trip Thurman
C2: Cam Dillard or Tyler Jordan

The veteran of the group, Trip Thurman is the most experienced player at the position, and he’ll replace Max Garcia at center. The only worry is Thurman’s injury-prone career; he’s battled them throughout. Cam Dillard is coming along, but his backup duties may be replaced by incoming freshman Tyler Jordan, who could earn playing time in his first year.

RG1: Andrew Mike
RG2: Richerd Desir-Jones

Andrew Mike has come a long way since he set foot on campus. Following his redshirt season, he was the most impressive interior offensive lineman during spring practice. He should start at right guard. Incoming freshman Richerd Desir-Jones has a ton of raw athletic ability and potential. He’s more of a boom-or-bust-type prospect.

RT1: Martez Ivey
RT2: Kavaris Harkless

The prized Martez Ivey should start day one at right tackle. Florida fans just hope that his five-star ranking lives up to the hype more than Xavier Nixon or DJ Humphries. Ivey is Auber-talented and athletic, but can he be a premier pass blocker? Kavaris Harkless is still really raw, despite going through spring practice and getting a lot of reps.


BUCK1: Alex McCalister
BUCK2: Justus Reed

Although new DC Geoff Collins may not call it the “BUCK” position, you’ll see a lot of the same formations in 2015. Alex McCalister is the premier pass rusher on the defensive line, and he’ll replace Dante Fowler’s production. You’ll see McCalister playing with his hand up and down this season. Justus Reed is a young, athletic player who just needs more experience and playing time.

DT1: Caleb Brantley
DT2: Joey Ivie

Defensive tackle is a position to watch. Talented youngsters Jay-nard Bostwick and Thomas Holley both missed spring practice, and both are talented enough to grow into starters. However, Caleb Brantley has just as much talent, and he should get the starting nod. Joey Ivie had a big spring and looked unblockable throughout. Both Brantley and Ivie will play major roles.

DT1: Taven Bryan
DT2: Khairi Clark

Taven Bryan was Florida’s spring MVP. Bryan came out of nowhere and became a force along the defensive line. He’s big, strong and powerful, and Geoff Collins is licking his chops at getting Bryan on the field come fall. Khairi Clark is another powerful defensive lineman who will play a major role in 2015. Clark will play some nose tackle this fall.

DE1: Jon Bullard
DE2: Bryan Cox

We’ll see Jon Bullard playing both outside and inside this coming season, but with Florida’s depth inside, Bullard could play more defensive end. He’s Florida’s most seasoned defensive lineman, and the former five-star is looking to blossom in 2015. There will be times when Alex McCalister, Jon Bullard and Bryan Cox are all on the field at the same time. Cox is an impact player.

WILL LB1: Jarrad Davis
WILL LB2: Daniel McMillian

Jarrad Davis is a very good tackler, and even though he missed spring practice recovering from a knee injury, he’ll be a player Geoff Collins and Randy Shannon are counting on in 2015. Daniel McMillian had a very good spring, and could 2015 be the year that he lives up to his high school hype? McMillian may be the Gators’ most athletic linebacker.

MIKE LB1: Antonio Morrison
MIKE LB2: Jarrad Davis

Antonio Morrison may miss some of fall camp recovering from his knee injury, but he should return to start the season. Morrison is the veteran catalyst for the defense. Jarrad Davis is too good to be kept off the field and will start. However, should Morrison not be ready, Davis could step in at middle linebacker.

SAM LB1: Alex Anzalone
SAM LB2: Matt Rolin

Alex Anzalone was a big-time signee for Will Muschamp, but he hasn’t blown into the linebacker everyone thought yet. However, with Morrison sidelined this spring, Anzalone took on a bigger role being the catalyst of the defense. The Gators hope Matt Rolin is a big contributor in 2015, too.

CB1: Vernon Hargreaves
CB2: Brian Poole

Vernon Hargreaves leads the Gators’ talented secondary. The All-American should become a top 10 pick in 2015. Brian Poole will play corner, and he’ll be a big contributor in Nickel coverage as the Nickelback.

CB1: Jalen Tabor
CB2: Quincy Wilson

Jalen Tabor is another young, talented cornerback for Collins’ defense. The Hargreaves-Tabor combo is one of the SEC’s best. Quincy Wilson surprised many folks in 2014, and he’ll play a bigger role this coming season.

SS1: Marcus Maye
SS2: Duke Dawson

Marcus Maye is ready to play a major role in 2015 after having a big bowl game against East Carolina. Duke Dawson can play either corner or safety, and he could break his way into the lineup in some form this season. He’s very talented.

FS1: Keanu Neal
FS2: Marcell Harris

Keanu Neal has a lot of potential, but he had some cover issues in 2014. Still, Neal is a nice player with experience to draw on. Marcell Harris is an excellent run-stopping safety who needs to stay healthy.

K: Austin Hardin
P: Johnny Townsend

Austin Hardin just needs some confidence. Hardin has been just 11 of 22 in field goal attempts to start his career. Johnny Townsend will replace Kyle Christy as the Gators’ punter, and he has a big leg that will help flip field position for the Gators.

KR: Demarcus Robinson
PR: Vernon Hargreaves

Jim McElwain proved during the spring game that Demarcus Robinson will return kick offs. He has to find ways to get the ball in Robinson’s hands, and returning kicks is another avenue. The sure-handed Vernon Hargreaves is probably No. 1 returning punts, but Robinson will return them, too, especially in favorable field position.