GAINESVILLE -- Florida is planning on significant contributions from several freshmen this season.
Right guard Jessamen Dunker, wide receiver Latroy Pittman, Buck linebacker Dante Fowler and weak-side linebacker Antonio Morrison are all listed as the backup at their respective positions on the Gators’ initial depth chart released Monday. And coach Will Muschamp said he expects defensive end Jonathan Bullard, defensive back Brian Poole, wide receiver Raphael Andrades, running back Matt Jones, tight end Kent Taylor and offensive tackle D.J. Humphries to see playing time, especially in the season opener against Bowling Green.
“There’s no question [the freshmen can work their way into the lineup],” Muschamp said. “Just because they are not on the two-deep [chart], it doesn’t mean they are not going to play in the game. There are some guys that maybe have a larger role offensively or defensively than maybe what’s being put on paper.”
Quarterback Jeff Driskel said Tuesday that he has seen improvement in the wide receivers since spring.
A unit that struggled last season, the receivers also had trouble adapting to new coordinator Brent Pease’s offense, which requires multiple players to shift or motion before the snap.
“They’ve progressed so much since the spring,” Driskel said. “The shifts and motions were kind of shaky. In the beginning of camp, we had a couple penalties with illegal procedure and stuff like that, but we’re really getting better and they’re polishing up their routes and motions as well.”
Florida finished 114th nationally in penalties last season with 100, 36 of which were pre-snap flags for false start, illegal motion/substitution or delay of game.