FOOTBALL PREVIEW: A look at incoming freshmen

Yesterday was the first day for the freshmen football players to report to the University of Florida. Here's who I personally think will contribute on the offensive side of the ball this season. Tomorrow I'll give you insight on the defensive side of the ball. Again, this is mostly my opinion, but remember it's "tainted" with some of my insider knowledge.

Starting on offense:

QB - Cornelius Ingram – He'll need to have one of the best two-a-days in fall practice for a true freshman in years to avoid a redshirt this year. While extremely talented, I expect him to be redshirted. It's also my expectation that Ingram will stay at the quarterback position.

TB – Markus Manson is a complete back. His athletic ability is equal to any RB on our roster right now. I think he plays this year and the Arkansas game showed that we can use 4 TBs in one game. Look for him to play a large part on special teams too.

FB – Eric Rutledge's academic status is still in the air, but I think Rutledge is here this Fall and I think he plays. His defensive past will help land him a spot on special teams and he will be a great asset to the 2 deep at the FB position.

WR – Mike McIntosh – As the #1 receiver on our board this past recruiting season, I see him getting spot duty early and then pushing for playing time later in the season. He is also a candidate for special teams.

WR – Marcus Baker – I believe Marcus will be glad to redshirt this year and play a prominent role on the scout team with his HS teammate Cornelius Ingram.

TE – Tate Casey – He needs to add a little weight to his tall frame. Tate has good height and ability but I am not sure he is ready to take a pounding in the SEC right now.

TE – Dane Guthrie – He is built to play already. If he comes in focused he could play right away. However, I believe that the addition of Markell Thompson was a key move in the off-season and will keep Guthrie on the sidelines.

OL – Drew Miller – Physically ready, he is so close to the 2 deep from day 1, that he will be there by day 10. I'm not ready to say he starts, but feel Drew will play this year and play a lot.

OL – Jim Tartt - Another kid that is physically ready to play. If he is healthy from shoulder surgery I also expect big Jim to see time this year. Unlike Miller, his time on the field will be used to prepare him for the future.

OL – Phil Trautwein – definite redshirt candidate. Phil needs to gain some strength. He does have excellent potential, but he is not ready for the rigors of the SEC.

OL – Jason Watkins - I think Watkins plays this year and much like Tartt, he will use this time to groom himself for the future. His potential may be better than any of the other linemen, and with the departure of Washington and Colon next year, I expect Watkins to compete for the starting LT position in ‘05

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