GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Wednesday that the Gators' starting line-up is set and that the team will begin scheming for Hawaii today [Thursday]. Ladies and gents, here's your 2008 Florida Gators starting line-up and projected back-ups. (Barring more knee injuries, of course.)
FYI: This depth chart is just my opinion and assumes Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy will be healthy...Please, folks, leave me a comment if you agree, disagree or thought of something I forgot...
--Tim Tebow, jr. Accounted for 55 touchdowns in 2007; performs minor surgery on unsuspecting Pacific Islanders.
--Cameron Newton, soph. All the physical tools to be a starter. But will he ever learn how to relax in the pocket?
--Kestahn Moore, sr. Florida coach Urban Meyer says Moore is a dynamic running back. Meyer also says Moore might play fullback a la Billy Latsko in 2006.
--Emmanuel Moody, Rsoph. Moody didn't transfer from USC to sit the bench. You might recall Moody saying something about being a featured back.
--Chris Rainey, Rfr. With Moore in at fullback, Rainey becomes a serious offensive threats.
Outside WR "X"
--Louis Murphy, sr., Meyer's "go-to player."
--Riley Cooper, jr., An amazing athlete, can Cooper remain healthy?
Outside WR "Z"
--Deonte Thompson, Rfr., Primed to make a major impact.
--Carl Moore, jr., Tebow's favorite target at the beginning of two-a-days, according to Meyer. (Everyone else was hurt.)
Slot "P" (As in the "Percy" position)
--Percy Harvin, jr., Will he be ready?
--Brandon James, jr., Meyer has been gushing about James' overall improvement this week.
--Jeffrey Demps, fr., Gotta think Florida will design a few plays each game for this kid.
--Jason Watkins, Rsr., Has developed into the Gators' best offensive lineman.
--Marcus Gilbert, Rsoph., The Gators' top reserve offensive lineman, according to Meyer.
--Mike Pouncey, soph., The Gators' only first-year starter. Saw action at defense last season.
--James Wilson, Rfr., Quickly moving up the depth chart.
--Maurkice Pouncey, soph., The best young lineman in the SEC?
--Mike Pouncey, soph., Was a back-up center last year before moving to defense.
--Jim Tarrt, Rsr., Will his shoulders hold up the entire season?
--Maurice Hurt, Rsoph., Finally healthy and eager for playing time.
--Phil Trautwein, Rsr., Was a preseason first-team all-SEC selection in 2007 before his foot injury (micro fractures).
--Carl Johnson, Rsoph., Not quite 100 percent healthy but is an option.
--Aaron Hernandez, soph., Meyer considers Hernandez a receiver.
--Tate Casey, Rsr., UF better hope that Hernandez stays healthy.
PROJECTED DEFENSE COMING TOMORROW