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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Gator Breakdown: Quinteze Williams

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.

No. 79 Quinteze Williams

Redshirt freshman offensive lineman

Expectations for 2013: The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Williams signed with UF in 2012 as a defensive tackle. He redshirted last season but was moved to offensive tackle this spring because of a lack of depth along the offensive line. He isn’t on the two-deep depth chart heading into August practices and isn’t projected to play much.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Williams is still learning the offense and the nuances of playing along the offensive line, so his best shot at playing time will be as part of UF’s jumbo package -- but even then, he’s behind junior college transfer Trenton Brown, Ian Silberman, Kyle Koehne, Trip Thurman and the loser of the right tackle battle between Tyler Moore and Chaz Green.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Williams might see the field only in blowouts or against late-season, non-conference opponent Georgia Southern. This season is more about him learning the offense and the position than getting a lot of playing time. He’ll get a lot of work on the scout team.

Future impact: If Williams’ development proceeds steadily, he will be able to provide some valuable depth in 2014 and beyond.