Even though it’s still very early in preseason camp, Florida coach Will Muschamp and his offensive coaches have already been able to identify the Gators’ top three wide receivers.
They are senior Deonte Thompson, redshirt freshman Quinton Dunbar and junior Frankie Hammond.
Muschamp has also identified his best all-around receiver. That would be Hammond.
“Frankie has been our most consistent receiver,” Muschamp said. “Quinton and Deonte have been our most vertical threats down the field, big-play receivers, more of our vertical guys. Frankie consistently has been our best receiver as far as catching the ball, finishing plays, blocking, all-around receiver play.
“Deonte and Quinton have been more of our vertical guys who have created some more explosive players for our offense. Those would be the top three guys right now.”
At the moment, though, Brantley still does not have a No. 1 go-to guy, although Hammond, Dunbar and Thompson are all strong candidates heading into the season.
Dunbar was the surprise of the spring with his ability to stretch the field and make plays down field.
“That definitely boosted my confidence with him,” Brantley said. “He can run any route, catch any ball. We’re hoping for big things out of him, and I think he will be able to prevail this fall.”
The Gators have found three playmakers at wide receiver. Now the search is on for more in camp.
“We need to develop more playmakers at the wide-out position,” Muschamp said. “We’ve got to get guys more consistently making plays in space and big plays on the field for us in the passing game besides the guys we kind of felt came through in the spring.”