Look at Depth - WR/TE

With the 2008 version of the Florida Gators getting ready to hit the practice field on Monday, 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.

Urban Meyer has always wanted to put together the fastest team in America, and this year's receiving corps shouldn't disappoint. The most important factor for Florida may be its depth. In Meyer's first season in Gainesville, there were times when the Gators had only one or two healthy receivers. Now, Dan Mullen and Meyer may have to figure out a way to get everyone involved.

Percy Harvin -- The uber-talented junior will likely lead the Gator receiving corps in touches, yards and probably any other statistical category. Of course, a lot of that depends on how his health holds up since he's broken down at points during his first two seasons. Not to mention, he's coming off the spring heel surgery.

Louis Murphy -- The senior has patiently awaited his turn on the Gator depth chart and now heads into the season as one of Florida's best deep threats. He's got great size and leaping ability, good hands, and at one time he was the fastest Gator on the field.

Riley Cooper -- Like Murphy, Cooper has the ability to be a deep threat for the Gators. An unbelievable athlete, Cooper has been slowed by injuries throughout his first two seasons, but this could be a breakout year for him.

Deonte Thompson -- The redshirt freshman patiently waited out last season, finally understanding that a full year this year was better than a partial one as a true freshman. He outlasted the transfer rumors and should be an exciting player to watch this season.

Carl Moore -- Meyer didn't bring in a junior-college transfer for nothing. Florida expects Moore to make an immediate impact. He became noticeably more comfortable as the spring progressed, and if fall camp follows the same path, he should be an important part to Florida's offense.

David Nelson -- Nelson's career has been similar to Murphy's. The two are tall, speedy receivers who just happened to be lower on the depth chart because of great talent ahead of them. Nelson should see plenty of action this season and get a handful of catches in a backup role.

Justin Williams -- Time is quickly running out on Williams and his Gator career. He had a strong spring, but needs to do something this fall to be a valuable contributor. Of course, he could be flipped to defense and help out the thin safety position, too.

TE – Cornelius Ingram -- Especially being a local kid who turned his back on the NFL to return to Gainesville, most Gator fans are excited to see what Ingram will do this fall. A tremendous athlete, the one-time-quarterback will allow Mullen and Meyer to show all sorts of different looks on offense this year.

TE – Aaron Hernandez -- The top tight end prospect in the nation from 2007 made an immediate impact last season and should play a similar role this season.

The others…

RSR TE Tate Casey, RFR Paul Wilson, FR Frankie Hammond, Jr., FR Omarius Hines, FR T.J. Lawrence

Total scholarship players – 11 WR, 3 TE

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