Look at Depth - RB

With the 2008 version of the Florida Gators getting ready to hit the practice field in less than a week, the anticipation of a title run couldn't be more fervent. With that said, here's a position-by-position look at the Gators as they prepare for Urban Meyer's fourth season in Gainesville.

After missing a feature back for Meyer's first three seasons, the Gator backfield is now somewhat crowded. That doesn't mean that a feature back will emerge, nor does it mean that Tim Tebow won't be the one to run the ball in critical short yardage situations. But with competition and new life behind coach Kenny Carter, the Gator backfield is certainly something to keep our eyes on during fall camp.

Kestahn Moore -- The true senior will most likely head into fall camp at the head of the depth chart. Not because of talent, but because of longevity and durability. Meyer makes it clear that players are not given their playing time, they must earn it over time, and Moore has the most game experience. He is a solid blocker in the backfield and is usually good for a five-yard gain, but his ball security and ability to break tackles has been a question mark.

Emmanuel Moody -- The redshirt sophomore who transferred from USC can easily become the go-to-guy in the backfield. He has the elusiveness and explosiveness to pick up long gains, but also has the power to be a force in short yardage situations. He'll need to improve his blocking and his ball security to become Florida's feature guy.

Mon Williams -- Whether it be injury or other factors, the redshirt sophomore hasn't been able to work his way into a regular role, but this fall Williams may get his chance. A very talented back with great size and strength has shown in spring games and limited action that he can get the job done. He and Moody have a very close relationship, but could be battling for the main spot.

Chris Rainey -- The redshirt freshman was electrifying in the Orange and Blue Game, but he lacks the size to be a full-time back. That doesn't mean Rainey won't be a valuable part of the backfield. He'll be a change-of-pace back and has too much talent and too much speed not to be utilized. Plus, he's always got a smile on his face and brings that attitude onto the field.

Brandon James -- The true junior has made most of his noise on special teams, but he has been successful coming out of the backfield. One thing that separates James from some of the other smaller backs is that he's shown he can protect Tebow in the backfield. He's strong as a horse and has the talent to be another quality specialty guy out of the backfield.

Percy Harvin -- Running back? Wide receiver? Percy Harvin can do pretty much whatever he wants. He's bulked up significantly, added weight, while maintaining his lightening speed. It's obvious to say, Harvin will be on the field, but in what capacity will change game-to-game and even play-to-play.

Jeff Demps -- As the fastest guy on the team, everyone's looking forward to see what Demps can do on the football field. With lots of depth at running back, it may be tough for the freshman to find his way onto the field, but on the other hand, I can't see Meyer keeping the fastest guy on the team sitting on the sidelines.

T.J. Pridemore -- The true freshman will be looking to play a role in the Gator backfield as the H-back. At 6-2, 240, he's got the size to be an option, but with possibly two of the best tight ends in the SEC on the roster, how he'll be used is yet to be seen.

Total scholarship players – 7 (Harvin counted towards receivers)

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