Franz Beard's Thoughts of the Day; April 16

A few thoughts to jump start your Thursday morning...

During his four years as Florida’s head football coach, Will Muschamp signed 94 players to scholarships – 45 on the offensive side of the ball, 47 on the defensive side and two kicking specialists. Those numbers might have been adequate except there was a revolving door, starting with the spring before Muschamp had ever coached a game. If you count the 10 players who transferred out that Urban Meyer had signed plus three medical hardships, three players dismissed and four Meyer signees who left early for the NFL, then the numbers start getting shaky. Now subtract 31 players of the 94 Muschamp signed who left for various reasons and you start to understand why there were serious numbers issues.

Forget the players Meyer signed. Any time there is a coaching change you expect attrition although it was particularly high when Muschamp arrived. Concentrate instead on the 94 that Muschamp brought in with four recruiting classes. Here is how those numbers break down:

Quarterbacks: 6
Running backs/fullbacks: 5
Wide Receivers/tight ends: 18
Offensive line: 16
Kickers: 2
Defensive line: 23
Linebackers: 7
Secondary: 17

The numbers at three positions jump out at you: running back/fullback; offensive line; and linebackers.

Muschamp inherited five running backs, four of whom were NFL quality. He lost two after the first year and then signed only five more. Those numbers might have been adequate except he never figured out what to do with Trey Burton and wanted to run power football with a two-back set. He never had the combination of nine running backs and fullbacks that is considered healthy for that style of football.

He inherited 11 linemen but two of those took medical hardships and two transferred to Boston College where they both started. Of the 16 offensive linemen Muschamp signed five took medical hardships and one was dismissed from the team. Additionally, two left early for the NFL after 2014, leaving inadequate numbers for Jim McElwain in 2015.

There were six scholarship linebackers when Muschamp arrived and of the six one was moved to fullback, one was dismissed from the team and one left early for the NFL. Muschamp signed only seven linebackers in four years, leaving only six for McElwain.

SIGNING CLASS ATTRITION 2011-14

Left early for the NFL: 5
Transferred out: 17
Dismissed: 2
Medical hardship: 5
Did not qualify: 2

RECRUITING CLASS OF 2011

QUARTERBACKS (2)

Jeff Driskel: Transferred to Louisiana Tech after 2014 season. Started 21 games at UF, finishing his career with 3,411 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions; 644 rushing yards for 9 touchdowns.
Jacoby Brissett: Transferred to North Carolina State after 2012 season. Played in 13 games with four starts at UF, completing 41-74 passes for 455 yards, 4 touchdowns, 3 interceptions and running for 3 yards and 3 touchdowns.

RUNNING BACKS/FULLBACKS (2)

Mike Blakely: Transferred after spring practice, 2011.
Hunter Joyer: Played in 50 games, started 11, all at fullback. Ran for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns, caught 6 passes for 29 yards and 1 touchdown.

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS (3)

A.C. Leonard: Transferred to Tennessee State after 2011 season. Had 8 catches for 99 yards in 2011.
Javares McRoy: Transferred after spring practice, 2011.
Ja’Juan Story: Transferred after 2011 season.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (2)

Tommy Jordan: Medical hardship after 2012 season.
Trip Thurman: Has played in 27 games with 10 starts. Expected to start at left guard if healthy in 2015.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (2)

Clay Burton: Moved to tight end after 2011 season. Started 25 games from 2012-14, finishing with 21 catches, 180 yards and 1 touchdown. Tevin Westbrook: Moved to tight end and played 37 games, started 5. Caught 11 passes for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns.

LINEBACKERS (1)

Graham Stewart: Transferred to UConn after 2011 season.

SECONDARY (5)

Jabari Gorman: Played in 49 games at safety in four years, making 116 tackles including 4.5 for loss and intercepting 3 passes.
Chris Johnson: Transferred to Duquesne after 2012 season. Played in 26 games in two years, with 19 tackles at linebacker in 2011 and 35 rushing yards at running back in 2012.
Loucheiz Purifoy: Left early for NFL after 2013 season. Had 102 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions in his career.
Marcus Roberson: Left early for NFL after 2013 season. Had 56 tackles, 1 sack and 3 interceptions in his career.
De’Aunte Saunders: Transferred to Tennessee State after 2012 season.
Valdez Showers: Moved to running back then wide receiver. Career numbers 98 rushing yards (7.5 per carry), 20 catches for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns. Could start at slot receiver in 2015.

RECRUITING CLASS OF 2012

QUARTERBACKS (1)

Skyler Mornhinweg: Has appeared in 3 games, all three as a starting QB in 2013. Numbers are 44-63, 344 yards for 3 touchdowns with 1 interception.

RUNNING BACKS/FULLBACKS (1)

Matt Jones: Left early for NFL after 2014 season. Played in 28 games with 15 starts in three seasons, gaining 1,431 yards for 11 touchdowns and catching 19 passes for 100 yards and 1 touchdown.

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS (4)

Rafael Andrades: Did not play in any games last year. Has played in 11 games in his career with 2 catches for 5 yards.
Latroy Pittman: Has played in 32 games with 10 starts. Career numbers are 19 catches for 188 yards.
Kent Taylor: Transferred to Kansas after 2013 season.
Colin Thompson: Transferred to Temple after 2013 season.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (2)

Jessamen Dunker: Dismissed from team after 2012 season. Transferred to Tennessee State.
D.J. Humphries: Left early for NFL after 2014 season. Started 19 games in three seasons. Made All-SEC freshman and Freshman All-America in 2012.

KICKING SPECIALISTS (1)

Austin Hardin: Redshirt in 2012. In 2013-14 was 11-22 on field goals and 27-27 on extra points. Career long field goal 52 yards. Starting placekicker for 2015.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Damien Jacobs: Juco transfer who played in 23 games with 4 starts in 2012-13. Finished with 34 tackles, 6 for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Jonathan Bullard: Has played in 36 games at both DT and DE in three seasons with 22 starts, 112 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Could start at DE in 2015.
Bryan Cox Jr.: Played in 19 games in 2013-14 with 10 starts, 34 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 6 sacks.
Dante Fowler Jr.: Left early for the NFL after 2014 seaason. Played in 37 games with 35 starts in his career. Finished with 140 tackles including 34 for loss and 14.5 sacks.
Jafar Mann: Moved to OL, then transferred to Alabama State after 2012 season.
Alex McCalister: Has played in 18 games in 2013-14 with 26 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. Could start in 2015.
Dante Phillips: Denied admission, signed with Tennessee. Quinteze Williams: Moved to OL, then transferred out after 2013 season.

LINEBACKERS (2)

Antonio Morrison: Has played in 33 games in three seasons with 23 starts. Had 101 tackles in 2014 and has 191 for his career with 9 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 1 interception.
Jeremi Powell: Played in 14 games in 2013-14 with 10 tackles.

SECONDARY (3)

Rhaheim Ledbetter: Transferred to Southern University after 2013 season.
Marcus Maye: Has played in 23 games in 2013-14 with 11 starts, 78 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 2 interceptions. Could start in 2015.
Brian Poole: Has played nickel and corner in 35 games with 16 starts, accumulating 80 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 6 interceptions. Returned an interception of Jameis Winston for a touchdown against FSU.

RECRUITING CLASS OF 2013

QUARTERBACKS (1)

Max Staver: Transferred to Tyler Junior College after 2013 season.

RUNNING BACKS/FULLBACKS (1)

Kelvin Taylor: In two seasons has six starts with 1,073 rushing yards for 10 touchdowns and 7 receptions for 29. Expected to start at running back in 2015.

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS (5)

Alvin Bailey: Redshirt in 2013; played 6 games mostly on special teams in 2014.
Ahmad Fulwood: In two seasons has accumulated 29 catches for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns. Expected to start in 2015.
Marqui Hawkins: Transferred to UAB then to Indiana when UAB dropped football.
Demarcus Robinson: In two seasons has 58 catches for 833 yards and 7 touchdowns. Will start in 2015.
Chris Thompson: Has played mostly special teams. Two-year receiving stats are 4 catches for 30 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (6)

Trenton Brown: Juco transfer. Started five games at tackle in 2013; six starts at guard in 2014.
Cameron Dillard: Redshirt in 2013; played in four games as reserve center in 2014.
Max Garcia: Transferred to Florida from Maryland. At UF started 12 games at guard and tackle in 2013; started all 12 games at center in 2014.
Octavius Jackson: Medical hardship after 2013 season.
Roderick Johnson: Medical hardship after 2014 season.
Tyler Moore: Left early for the NFL after 2014 season. Transferred to UF from Nebraska. At UF started 14 games at guard and tackle.

KICKING SPECIALISTS (1)

Johnny Townsend: Averaged 42 yards per punt in 2013. Redshirted in 2014. Will be the punter in 2015.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Jay-nard Bostwick: Redshirt in 2013; played in 5 games in 2014 with 3 tackles.
Caleb Brantley: Redshirt in 2013; played in 12 games with 21 tackles including 4 for loss in 2014. Expected to start at DT in 2015.
Darious Cummings: Started 16 games at DT in two years after transferring in from juco. Had 45 tackles, 8 for loss, 3 sacks and 1 interception in his career.
Joey Ivie:Played as a freshman and sophomore, projected starter in 2015.
Jarran Reed: Did not qualify, went to East Mississippi Community College, signed with Alabama 2015.
Antonio Riles: Redshirt in 2013; moved to OL in 2014 and played in four games as a backup guard. Could start at guard in 2015.
Jordan Sherit: Redshirt in 2013; played in nine games and made 3 tackles in 2014.
Trevon Young: Left Florida after 2013 season, transferred to Eckert College to play basketball.

LINEBACKERS (4)

Alex Anzalone: Has played in 22 games in two years with 16 tackles including one for loss. Could start in 2015.
Jarrad Davis: Has played in 21 games in two years with two starts; 47 tackles including 3 for loss. Could start in 2015.
Daniel McMillian: Has played in 13 games in two years with 13 tackles including 1 for loss. Has a chance to start in 2015.
Matt Rolin: Missed two seasons recovering from ACL injuries. Had an outstanding spring and could play a lot in 2015.

SECONDARY (4)

Vernon Hargreaves III: Third team All-America as a freshman; first team All-America as a sophomore. Career totals 88 tackles, 2 for loss, 6 interceptions and 24 pass breakups. Could be the first corner taken in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Marcell Harris: Redshirt in 2013; played in 12 games in 2014 with 7 tackles.
Keanu Neal: Has played in 22 games in two years with 8 starts at safety. Career numbers are 50 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 3 interceptions.
Nick Washington: Season-ending injury in game two in 2013; played in 12 games in 2014 with 5 tackles.

RECRUITING CLASS OF 2014

QUARTERBACKS (2)

Will Grier: Redshirt in 2014; ended spring as the #1 QB heading into 2015 season.
Treon Harris: Played in nine games and earned six starts in 2014, finishing the season with 1,019 passing yards for 9 touchdowns with 4 interceptions and rushing for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns.

RUNNING BACKS/FULLBACKS (1)

Brandon Powell: Played in 11 games in 2014 with two starts. Ran for 70 yards and 1 touchdown; caught 15 passes for 147 yards and 1 TD. Could start at slot receiver in 2015.

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS (6)

DeAndre Goolsby: Played in 7 games in 2014 but didn’t catch a pass.
Cyontai Lewis: Redshirt in 2014.
Jake McGee: Transferred from Virginia before 2014 season. Injured in season opener and received medical waiver to play in 2015. Should be starter at TE.
Ryan Sousa: Redshirt in 2014.
Moral Stephens: Redshirt in 2014.
C.J. Worton: Played in three games in 2014; caught 2 passes for 12 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (6)

Travaris Dorsey: Redshirt in 2014. Could start at guard in 2015.
Kavaris Harkless: Redshirt in 2014.
Nolan Kelleher: Took medical hardship after 2014 season.
Andrew Mike: Redshirt in 2014. Could start in 2015 at right tackle.
Drew Savary: Took medical hardship after 2014 season.
David Sharpe: Played in six games in 2014; will start at left tackle in 2015.

KICKING SPECIALISTS (0)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5)

Taven Bryan: Redshirt in 2014.
Khairi Clark: Redshirt in 2014.
Thomas Holley: Redshirt in 2014.
Justus Reed: Redshirt in 2014.
Gerald Willis: Dismissed from team after 2014 season. Had 14 tackles in eight games in 2014.

LINEBACKERS (0)

SECONDARY (5)

Duke Dawson: Played in 11 games with one start at safety in 2014. Was in on 14 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown. Could start at safety in 2015.
J.C. Jackson: Redshirt in 2014 after injury in season opener. Deiondre Porter: Redshirt in 2014.
Jalen Tabor: Played in 12 games in 2014 with five starts. Made 31 tackles including 4 for loss, 2 sacks and had a pass interception. All-SEC freshman and freshman All-America. Should start at corner in 2015.
Quincy Wilson: Played in 12 games, started two with 22 tackles, 1 for loss and an interception.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

What shocks you more about the recruiting from 2011-14: the obvious holes at certain positions or the attrition?

MUSIC FOR TODAY

Maybe the best band you never knew is The Funk Brothers. Perhaps the name doesn’t ring a bell but if you listened to anything that was on the Motown label in the 1960s and 1970s, then you know The Funk Brothers. They were the band that played for all the great Motown singers. They reunited for a documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” a few years back and also performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival. This is a terrific rendition of the old Stevie Wonder hit “For Once in My Life” with the great Joan Osborne on the vocals and The Funk Brothers playing the music.


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