Ack's Insights

In this week's edition I look at the possible depth chart for the upcoming football season and where the incoming freshman may fit in. Also included are some football tidbits, baseball notes, a basketball recruiting note and more!

Here is a look at the fall depth chart and maybe where some of the incoming freshman may fit in.

WR Carlos Perez, Jemalle Cornelius, Vernell Brown
WR Dallas Baker, Kelvin Kight, Kenneth Tookes
WR OJ Small, Terrence Holmes, Reggie Lewis
LT Max Starks, Tavarus Washington
LG Shannon Snell, Anthony Guerroro
C Mike Degory, Dewayne Dubose
RG Billy Griffin, Ryan Carter
RT Lance Butler, Randy Hand
TE Ben Troupe, David Kenner, Darrell Carpenter
QB Ingle Martin, Gavin Dickey, Chris Leak, Justin Midgett
FB Billy Latsko, Eddie Hatch, Ray Snell
TB Ran Carthon, DeShawn Wynn, Ciatrick Fason, Jimtavis Walker

DE Darrell Lee, Travis Harris
DT Kenny Parker, Eric Holcombe
DT Ron Dowdy, Mo Mitchell, Ray McDonald
DE Bobby McCray, Steven Harris, MacKenzie Pierre
SLB Channing Crowder, Dwright Jackson
MLB Todd McCollough, Reid Fleming, Taurean Charles
WLB Matt Farrior, Brian Crum
CB Johnny Lamar, Nick Brooks, Jermaine McCollum
CB Keiwan Ratliff, Matt Jackson, Deshawn Carter, Tremaine McCollum
SS Guss Scott, Cory Bailey
FS Daryl Dixon, Jarvis Herring

Incoming Prospects:

Look for Andre Caldwell at Carlos Perez's spot and Chad Jackson behind Dallas Baker. Remember Ratliff is the co-starter with OJ Small. Carlton Medder will probably redshirt but will get a lot of reps during camp just in case the injury bug hits the offensive line. He may work at Left Tackle first then move around. Obviously Chris Leak gets into the mix right away at Quarterback but keep an eye on Justin Midgett. Zook cannot afford to redshirt both and Midgett is the likely one. The summer is more important to Gavin Dickey than Martin because he could lose some ground to Leak. Other players who could factor on the depth chart include Jon Colon, who sat out the spring with a back injury but has clearly fallen to third team, and Sylvester McGrew, who's experiment at offensive line may carry over till two a days.

Reynaldo Hill steps into the corner spot with Johnny Lamar and Nick Brooks. Dee Webb gets into the mix with Matt Jackson for time behind Ratliff. If Webb emerges as does Hill, Ratliff's snaps could be 70-30 in favor of offense. Defensive line will have two possibly three names in the mix. Look for Marcus Thomas to get in the mix behind Kenny Parker and Michael Hill behind Ron Dowdy. Jarvis Moss needs to add some weight this summer and could move into contention at either end spot. The only other defensive player that could see early reps is Earl Everett at SLB. Joe Cohen wants a look at running back and Reggie Nelson could definitely play safety as a freshman and be a major factor on special teams.

Snippets and tidbits...
One summer tape UF offensive coaches are studying is their success in the redzone. Last season the Gators scored 33 touchdowns in 49 trips inside the 25. The percentage of 67% is well below the goal of 75%. Two things that will improve this number is the running game which will be a main point of redzone play calling and Dallas Baker. 

Defensively Charlie Strong is looking at different ways to get the best players on the field without sacrificing the run or pass. Cory Bailey is very good in nickel situations with defending the run and pass but Strong is also looking at possibly all three ends with Travis Harris, Bobby McCray and Darrell Lee inside. This gives UF maximum speed and athletic ability against the spread offenses that are similar to the one they see in practice every day. 

Running off at the keypad...
The Gator baseball team needs a sweep and a lot of help this weekend to make the SEC tournament. The Gators have won only three road games, one road series (at Georgia-who is last in the conference) and average just above 2 runs a game on the road. UF is seeded 9th and with a sweep would get to 14-15-1.Tennessee (who UF swept) Alabama (who UF won 2 of 3) and Arkansas all are one game ahead in the loss column at 13-14. If all three win two games the Gators are out. If all three win one game and UF sweeps the Gators are in as a 6 seed. If UF wins 2 of 3 versus Kentucky they need one of the three teams to get swept. The Matchups are as follows: Alabama at Miss St., LSU at Arkansas and Tennessee at Vanderbilt. I think UF's best chance is Mississippi St. winning two of three at home against a struggling Alabama team. UF must also sweep. Vanderbilt still has a chance so they could win two of three but Tennessee is playing great and LSU needs a win or a South Carolina loss and they are the overall number one seed. Whatever happens this young team is right where many expert predicted and even with the easy non conference schedule - which included an undefeated mid-week record - Pat McMahon's team could still fall short of the tournament. If UF can find it's way into postseason there pitching will be a big part of their success. The Staff has continued to pitch well even with no run support and the future is bright for Gator Baseball. Friday and Sunday's games are on Sunshine Network at 7pm and 1pm. 

Billy Donovan may sign Mohamed Abukar a 6-10 forward who is out of his letter of intent to Georgia and was cleared by the SEC. It is between UF and Kentucky and I like the Gator chances. 

Speaking of predictions the move of Miami to the ACC is going to happen. By the time this hits the front page the Canes could be making travel arrangements to Durham, Chapel Hill and many other Carolina destinations in 2004 or 2005. I like it and think the ACC deserves a lot of credit for raising their football up to par with the power conferences - Big 12 and SEC. With Miami in the ACC can now stake it's claim to the best conference in College Football.

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