Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Gator Breakdown: Jon Halapio
By Michael DiRocco
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.
Guard Jon Halapio is a steady starter for the Gators.
Expectations for 2013: Nobody on UF’s offense has been more dependable than the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Halapio. He has started 27 consecutive games, including every game of the past two seasons, and has started 33 of the 41 games in which he has played. Halapio was limited in the spring after undergoing minor knee surgery after the 2012 season, but he will be back at right guard when the Gators return to the practice field in August.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Florida’s offensive line will be better and tougher than it has been in the past three seasons, especially on the left side with new starters D.J. Humphries and Max Garcia. Halapio and center Jonotthan Harrison are the anchors up the middle. Chaz Green and Nebraska transfer Tyler Moore are battling for the starting spot at right tackle. This line has become considerably bigger and stronger since UF coach Will Muschamp called it soft after the home loss to Florida State in 2011.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Florida still doesn’t have the depth along the offensive line that Muschamp wants. Of the 10 players listed on the two-deep depth chart heading into August practices, one (Trenton Brown) has never played in an FBS game, another (Trip Thurman) has played in just three, and a third (Ian Silberman) has battled injuries throughout his career. Halapio has so far avoided an in-season injury serious enough to keep him off the field. Losing him for any length of time would be hard to overcome.
Future impact: Halapio will finish his career as one of the most consistent linemen in school history and most surely will be drafted into the NFL. It will be tough to replace that durability and consistency.