- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
During the summer, GatorNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Florida roster -- excluding the Gators’ 2013 recruiting class -- in our Gator Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Quinton Dunbar, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 97 Brad Phillips.
No. 86 Raphael Andrades
Sophomore wide receiver
Expectations for 2013: The Gators certainly need help at receiver, which has been a position that has been below average for the past three seasons. UF doesn’t have a consistent playmaker on the edge, and while Quinton Dunbar (50 career catches) and fullback/H-back/wildcat QB Trey Burton (69 career catches) do have experience, the Gators are going to need at least two of the five incoming freshman receivers to make an impact. The most likely is Demarcus Robinson, who enrolled in January and participated in spring practice.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Andrades played a lot last season but mainly as a blocker. He had just two catches for five yards, but did gain some valuable experience. Now that he has a full season in the offense and a better understanding of routes and route adjustments, he could provide the Gators with some help. He’s also getting coached by Joker Phillips, who joined the staff in January after being fired as Kentucky’s head coach. Phillips has coached receivers for 18 seasons and has two former pupils currently in the NFL. A good season would be 20 catches.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Andrades enters August not on the two-deep depth chart at any receiver position, which means he has some work to do. He doesn’t have the speed of some of the other receivers on the roster, so he has to be a route technician. If he doesn’t improve in that area, he’ll remain near the bottom of the depth chart.
Future impact: The Gators need so much help at receiver that even the smallest improvement will result in more opportunities for playing time. UF loses Dunbar, Burton and Solomon Patton (eight career catches) after the 2013 season, so the depth chart will be wide open in the spring.