Post-spring depth chart: offense

QB is solidified this spring, but Jeff Driskel needs some pass catchers

Updated: April 16, 2013, 3:53 PM ET
By Michael DiRocco | GatorNation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Now that spring practice has concluded, GatorNation takes a look at Florida's projected offensive depth chart heading into August practices. The defensive depth chart was examined on Monday. An asterisk denotes a player who enrolled early:

Quarterback
Jeff Driskel (Jr.) -- Tyler Murphy (RJr.),
Skyler Mornhinweg (RFr.), Chris Wilkes (Fr.), Max Staver (Fr.)

Driskel is clearly the starter, but it's a mess behind him. Murphy and Mornhinweg battled throughout the spring but neither was able to win the No. 2 spot. Wilkes is a 23-year-old former professional baseball player who originally signed with Ole Miss in 2008, but how quickly will he adjust to playing football again? Staver is more of a project and likely will redshirt. It's important, though, that someone emerge as a capable backup because Driskel has missed games because of injury in each of his first two seasons, and his style of play exposes him to more risk.

Running back
Matt Jones (So.) -- Kelvin Taylor (Fr.*), Mack Brown (Jr.), Mark Herndon (So.), Adam Lane (Fr.)

Jones really came on toward the end of his freshman season and followed that with an impressive spring. He is exactly what UF coach Will Muschamp wants in his pro-style offense: a big (6-foot-2, 226 pounds), physical downhill runner capable of 25 carries per game. Taylor, ESPN's top-ranked running back in 2012 and son of former UF standout Fred Taylor, flashed in the spring but is still learning the offense and struggled with pass protection. The staff really likes Herndon, a walk-on who averaged nearly 10 yards per carry as a senior at Ocala (Fla.) Forest. Lane is a Maurice Jones-Drew clone: shorter (5-9) but heavier (205 pounds) with a thick lower body.


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