Predicting which players will redshirt

These lists are always difficult. Special teams often make them impossible to predict, but we'll take a shot. The Gators saw their final group of freshmen get to campus last week for the Summer B session, and the coaches will have decisions to make this fall about who will redshirt heading into the season.

LIKELY TO PLAY: Treon Harris, Deiondre Porter, Jalen Tabor, Brandon Powell, Gerald Willis, Drew Sarvary, Khairi Clark, Taven Bryan, J.C. Jackson, Duke Dawson.

Harris is my best guess to serve as the backup quarterback this season. Talks of Will Grier wanting to redshirt could turn into that happening, but there's no guarantee before fall camp starts.

It's hard to predict freshmen offensive linemen to see immediate playing time. That's why I lean toward Sarvary being the one of the new players to provide depth. The Gators don't have much of it on the offensive line.

With the departures in the secondary from last year's team, it's not a stretch to predict Dawson, Jackson and Tabor to all play as freshmen. Even if all three don't see time in the secondary, they're all great athletes that should be able to make an impact on special teams. Deiondre Porter could also be an immediate impact freshman on special teams.

Bryan, Clark and Willis could all play as freshmen, where the Gators are lacking in depth. The first unit is good enough to win games right now, but behind that, it gets ugly. Willis, if he lives up the hype, could be too good to keep off the field. Bryan showed advanced strength in the spring and is mature enough to play this fall. Clark is a big body that could produce results and help the run defense.

Powell might come as a surprise on this list considering Florida's running back depth. However, the coaches were disappointed to see him miss most of spring with a foot injury. They've been impressed with his speed, and considering the Gators don't have many speed threats in the backfield, I think Powell can carve out a role as a freshman. If not, he could play on special teams.

LIKELY TO REDSHIRT: Andrew Mike, Thomas Holley, Kavaris Harkless, Moral Stephens, David Sharpe, Nolan Kelleher, Justus Reed, Cyontai Lewis, Travaris Dorsey.

When in doubt, I expect freshmen offensive linemen to take a redshirt. That's why Dorsey, Harkless, Kelleher, Mike and Sharpe are on this list.

The transfer of Jake McGee should fill the need for a starting tight end. With Clay Burton and Tevin Westbrook also on the roster, it's hard to imagine Lewis making an impact as a freshman. The same logic works for Stephens.

Holley has the upside to be a star in the Southeastern Conference, but he's still new to football. He didn't play before his junior year in high school but still shows elite athleticism. Still, it's hard to imagine him being ready to take on SEC offensive linemen during his first season on campus.

UP IN THE AIR: Will Grier, C.J. Worton, Ryan Sousa, DeAndre Goolsby, Quincy Wilson.

There's an argument both ways for Grier. He has the experience from spring football and showed he can handle playing quarterback for Roper. But is he ready to handle tough road environments if Florida needs him? A lot of it could come down to how well Treon Harris plays during fall camp.

Sousa and Worton are behind nine scholarship receivers at the start of fall camp. Can they make up that time and get in position to make an impact? Sure, but it does seem like a stretch at this point. Both are good athletes that could play on special teams if Florida doesn't mind spending a year of either player's eligibility.

The logic behind Goolsby is the same as my belief of why Lewis redshirt. McGee and other veteran tight ends should dominate the snaps, but Goolsby looked like he could play during spring practice. That's the only reason I have him in this category.

Wilson might not be expected to play, especially behind freshmen that got experience during the spring. However, the special teams angle makes sense here.

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