GatorNation video position preview: RB/FB
August, 17, 2012
ESPN’s GatorNation is previewing each position leading up to the start of the season with a short video. Each Friday until the season kicks off, Michael DiRocco and Jeff Barlis will analyze a position group, tell you who is starting and why, and provide a breakdown of the depth at the position. This week it’s running back/fullback.
The starters: RB Mike Gillislee (Sr.) and FB Trey Burton (Jr.)
The backups: RB Mack Brown (Rso.), RB Chris Johnson (So.), RB Omarius Hines (RSr.), RB Matt Jones (Fr.), FB Hunter Joyer (So.)
Comment: UF needs a back that is capable of carrying it 20 times and running between the tackles, and Gillislee won the starting job in the spring by proving he can stay healthy and be a reliable pass-blocker. He has produced in the limited opportunities he’s had (920 yards in three season). If he falters, Brown and Jones likely will get the next chance. Burton is versatile enough to line up at several positions, including wildcat QB. Joyer is a bruising blocker and short-yardage runner.
Young guy to watch: With all of Florida's question marks at the position, it's not hard to imagine Jones getting a shot at some point to show what he can do. The Seffner, Fla./Armwood star comes to UF a four-star prospect with great size at 6-foot-2 -- though he could use more bulk than his listed 213 pounds if he is to withstand the rigors of a full load in the Southeastern Conference. Taking over as the starter might be a stretch for the true freshman, but the talented Jones could conceivably leap up the depth chart and lay claim to the starting job in 2013.