NOTE: All heights and weights are from www.gatorzone.com and all rankings and ratings are from Scout.
Upcoming important dates:
Pro-Day is set for March 17th (Open to the Public)
Spring game is scheduled for April 10th. (Obviously open to the public, $5 per ticket)
Gary Brown has been dismissed from the team.
Patchan might not be back till Fall practice.
Mike Pouncey is moving to C from RG.
Jordan Reed is moving to TE from QB.
Dee Finley is moving over to OLB from S.
Josh Evans is moving to S from CB.
Chris Rainey is going to start this spring with the WRs, working in the slot (Y position).
Am guessing that Travan Van starts out at RB.
We are sitting at 86 schollies by my count.
D.J. Durkin was brought in to coach LBs and Special Teams, formerly ST and DE coach at Stanford. (Replaces Vance Bedford, DC at Louisville)
Stan Drayton was brought back to coach RBs formerly same position at Syracuse. (Replacing Kenny Carter, RB and ST coach at Louisville)
Zach Azzani was brought in to coach WRs, formerly same position at Central Michigan. (Replacing Billy Gonzales, WR and passing game coord. at LSU)
Teryl Austin was brought into share Defensive Coordinator position with Chuck Heater, formerly DB coach with Arizona Cardinals. (Replacing Charlie Strong, HBC at Lousiville)
Here is my Pre-Spring game projected Starters:
QB - Brantley
RB - Moody/Demps
FB - Pridemore
WR (X) - Carl Moore
WR (Y) - Andre Debose
WR (Z) - Deonte Thompson
TE - Desmond Parks
LT - Xavier Nixon
LG - James Wilson
C - Mike Pouncey
RG - Carl Johnson
RT - Marcus Gilbert
RE - William Green
DT - Jaye Howard
NT - Omar Hunter
LE - Justin Trattou
Will - Brandon Hicks
Mike - Jon Bostic
Sam - A.J. Jones
CB - Janoris Jenkins
FS - Will Hill
SS - Ahmad Black
CB - Adrian Bushell
K - Caleb Sturgis
P - Chaz Henry
KR - Chris Rainey/Jeff Demps
PR - Soloman Patton
NOTE: Returning starters in Blue
TE: Parks has a year of scout team under his belt. He was RS'd and now has some young guns to compete with in Gerald Christian and Michael McFarland, not to mention Jordan Reed moving over from QB. I gave it to Parks because he has been here for a year, but I liked what I have seen from Gerald Christian in the the Army AA game and senior highlights.
RE aka FOX DE: William Green has been here and the staff has thought highly of him since day one (never RS'd him). He has a little filling out to do but has steadily gained weight and muscle under Coach Marroti. Love his speed, height and wingspan. Think he has game comparable to Jarvis Moss. Kedric Johnson, Ronald Powell and Lynden Trail would be my guesses for competition. Trail is most likely going to RS because he needs to gain some weight to play DE in the SEC. Powell has premium level athleticism and is 6'4 240 right now. I like him taking over at Fox before the season is over.
Y WR aka slot: Andre Debose is the leader, IMO. Granted he was hurt and had surgery to repair a hamstring injury last year, but from reports he is ready to go for spring practice. Chris Rainey is going to be getting some reps here, too. Not sure of the competition here, but if Debose stays healthy I feel like it's his post to lose. Incoming frosh Chris Dunkley and Adrian Coxson might be better suited for X and Z (split end and flanker)positions. One guy that I like, but might also be better suited for X or Z is Omarius Hines. He really impressed me in the limited action he was given. He might outgrow WR, because of how ripped he is.
CB (opposite Janoris): Jeremy Brown, by most accounts, was having the better practices than Janoris when both were freshmen. Injuries have slowed down Bushell, also. I doubt anyone can blame the staff for having them sit behind a couple of seniors (Anderson and Pierre-Louis) and two of the most talented CBs to ever suit up in the O and B, in Jenkins and Haden. Hopefully they will be injury free and we get to see one of them win the job opposite Janoris. I would assume that the main competition will come from incoming blue chippers Jaylen Watkins and Josh Shaw, not to mention Moses Jenkins. I really like the size/speed of Watkins.
September 4th vs. Miami (Ohio)
September 11th vs. South Florida
September 18th @ Tennessee
September 25th vs. Kentucky
October 2nd @ Alabama
October 9th vs. LSU
October 16th vs. Mississippi State (Homecoming)
October 23rd BYE
October 30th vs Georgia (@ Jacksonville)
November 6th @ Vanderbilt
November 13th vs. South Carolina
November 20th vs. Appalachian State(Senior Day)
November 27th @ Florida State
Offensive MVP: John Brantley
Defensive MVP: Jon Bostic
Frosh impact player on offense: RS Frosh Andre Debose
Frosh impact player on defense: True Frosh Ronald Powell
I am thinking that we can still win the SEC East and have a rematch against Alabama in Atlanta. Not sure who will win, but do know that Alabama will be favored, and rightfully so. You gotta knock off the king of the hill to be king. I am hoping for a big year from Deonte Thompson and Omar Hunter.
Where all my Draft Countdown Gators at?