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?
Did you just hop on the Gator bandwagon?
Moving Dominique Easely to DT is going to be a mistake, imo
Could you elaborate on your post please? Thanks.
Verrrrrry excited about this team, especially John Brantley.
Also, for your position battles: LT is going to be a fun one between Xavier Nixon and Matt Patchan. Both have first round potential. Patchan actually has top 5 potential.
Thoughts on the play of Will Hill last year and heading into this year?
Can't wait to see our running game though
I thought Nixon played really well for a younger guy last year and naturally will just get better and better as he plays more games.
I like the call on Bostic being the defensive impact player of the year....he just oozes potential...
I like alot of your projected starters only thing I would chance would probably be I think they will shift A.J. Jones to the inside and start him at MIKE and Hicks and Edwards on the outside and rotate Bostic and Jelani in.
I think the DB's should be very terrific with two very experienced and talented safeties and some an incredible freshman DB blass coming in. I think Joshua Shaw will push for time as a freshman as he has a lot of similarities to Josh Haden when he came in as a freshman.
very suprised they didnt take a JUCO QB instead of Murphy with their last scholarship as they are absolutely F'ed if Brantley goes down and he is already a 4th year Junior next year who could leave early for the NFL and I don't think Burton is the future but I guess they were putting all their marbles in the Christian Lemay basket for next year's recruiting.
I also agree with the guy who said Nixon is a lock for LT Pathchan is good but had a very very serious knee injury he might not ever be the same coming back from but he has a very good work ethic and should contribute this year as a blocking TE on certain situations as there biggest TE is 230 pounds.
Speaking of the TE situations I don't expect a TE to be on the field much this year, the two freshman GC and MM are both very talented but TE usually need a year or three to fill out and learn to use there hands to block so I would think there will be a lot of 4 WR sets and 3 WR and 2 RB sets this year.
I did find a tiny mistake, in the CB Position Battle part, Bushnell and Browm sat behind SRs Wondy Pierre-Louis and Markihe Anderson. Rickerson got thrown off the team in 08 for beating his GF or some **** like that.
I kinda think it will be Rainey in the Slot though. He started to show some promise in his receiving game towards the end of the year. I also keep hearing how Beal is a ******* beast at Mike but he just cant stay healthy.
Damn, my bad regarding mixing up Rickerson with Anderson. Good call, sir. Thanks. I fixed it.
Da Big Harv, Bostic is as close a lock for Mike as Nixon is to LT, IMO.
Alot of people covering the team, are thinking that it might look alot like our offense when Leak was here. I understand that, but I think we have more talent at the skill positions than when Chris was at QB. But alot depends on the new WR coach, Azzani, and how well our OC Adazzio learned from last year's experience. I want to see us put up points like our 2001 team (Rex and Gaffney) and the 2008 second half offense.
i see a capital one bowl in their future
If Bama makes it to the BCS than I see us back in the Sugar.
Spring Practice update:
Patton is killing it so far in the first 2 days. Granted this is mostly 1 on 1 drills with no pads.
Bostic, Beal and Edwards are rotating at Mike with the 1's.
Jordan Reed is now wearing #11 instead of 16. He along with Gerald Christian are rotating at TE with the 1's. Christian is my favorite to win the starting spot.
Edwin Herbert is going to transfer. Kid is a former JuCo and is probably not going to get much if any PT this year at DT.
Rainey has looked good at the Y/slot position.
Deonte still has had some drops.
Elam has been getting a lot of reps at nickel back with the 1's.
Day one starters on D:
D-Line starters, Green, Howard, Hunter, Trattou.
LB starters, Hicks, Bostic, A.J. Jones.
Secondary, Ja. Jenkins, Hill, Black, M. Jenkins.
Jersy numbers for the EE's:
EDIT: also updated the OP with most recent roster (Schollies only) We are sitting at 85 scholarship players now. I figure we might see 2-3 more transfers due to various reasons before fall.
thanks for the updates bro
good stuff man
Desmond Parks is going to have surgery to repair torn ligaments in his wrist. This is believe to have been caused by a collision during the first 2 days of Spring practice with Fr. CB Jaylen Watkins.
Alli has been making great catches and runs during 7 on 7 drills.
At one point duting scrimmages they had Beal and Bostic on the field together.
Okine is hearing it from Coach McCarney. Kid needs to learn how to finish plays.
Burton is looking like he has some wiggle and speed.
Gillislee is really showing how good he can be.
Feel free to ask questions how certain players are doing here in this thread, too. I will try my best to get answers.
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