Florida football coach Will Muschamp met with the media
Tuesday on the eve of spring practice, providing a preliminary depth chart and
addressing several issues as the Gators head into their first practice of 2013 on
The full depth chart is below, but one of the big highlights is the listing of cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy as a starting wide receiver. Purifoy is not listed at all on the defensive side of the ball.
According to Muschamp, Purifoy will remain a cornerback but he will also spend the first week of spring practice working exclusively with the offense in order to further develop his skills at a position of weakness for Florida.
“He (Purifoy) will still be a corner on our football team,” Muschamp said. “Y'all know me. Spring is about experimenting and looking at different things.”
While the Gators have plenty of depth at cornerback to allow Purifoy to experiment on the offensive side of the ball, there is uncertainty at the safety position, where both spots are wide open after the departures of Josh Evans and Matt Elam. The competition will be considerable.
As of now, two area players appear to be the frontrunners for starting spots.
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas alum Cody Riggs is listed as a starter at safety alongside Monsignor Pace alum Jabari Gorman. Depending on packages, cornerback Jaylen Watkins can also be used at safety.
Riggs redshirted last season after breaking a bone in his foot in Week 2 against Texas A&M, but he has the most experience at the position and will be the man to beat in spring.
Right tackle Chaz Green, the starter at the position last season, will miss all of spring after ankle surgery. Buck defensive end Ronald Powell will also miss the spring as he is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered during last year’s spring game. Freshman linebacker Matt Rolin (knee) and offensive lineman Ian Silberman (shoulder) will also miss spring.
Right guard Jon Halapio (knee), wide receiver Solomon Patton (arm) and linebacker Neiron Ball will be limited.
QB – Jeff Driskel, Tyler Murphy, Skyler Mornhinweg
RB – Matt Jones, Mack Brown, Kelvin Taylor
FB – Hunter Joyer, Rhaheim Ledbetter OR Gideon Ajagbe
WR (X) – Quinton Dunbar, Andre Debose, Demarcus Robinson
WR (Z) – Loucheiz Purifoy, Solomon Patton, Raphael Andrades
F Position – Trey Burton, Latroy Pittman, Mike McNeely
TE – Clay Burton, Tevin Westbrook, Kent Taylor, Colin Thompson
LT – D.J. Humphries, Trip Thurman
LG – Max Garcia, Kyle Koehne
C – Jonotthan Harrison, Kyle Koehne
RG – Jon Halapio, Kyle Koehne
RT – Tyler Moore, Quinteze Williams
DE – Dominique Easley, Jonathan Bullard, Bryan Cox, Jr.
NT – Leon Orr, Darious Cummings
DT – Damien Jacobs, Joey Ivie
Buck DE – Dante Fowler, Jr., Alex McCalister
SLB – Darren Kitchens, Neiron Ball, Jeremi Powell
MLB – Antonio Morrison, Alex Anzalone
WLB – Michael Taylor, Daniel McMillian
CB – Marcus Roberson, Jeremy Brown
CB – Jaylen Watkins, Brian Poole
Nickel CB – Brian Poole, Cody Riggs, Jaylen Watkins
Dime CB – Marcus Maye, Valdez Showers
S – Cody Riggs, Marcus Maye
S – Jabari Gorman, Valdez Showers
K – Brad Phillips OR Austin Hardin
P – Kyle Christy, Todd Fennell
H – Trey Burton, Tyler Murphy
LS – Drew Ferris, Kyle Crofoot
KR – Andre Debose OR Loucheiz Purifoy
PR – Marcus Roberson, Trey Burton