The Florida Gators released the depth chart for the home opener against the McNeese State Cowboys and UF head coach Billy Napier gave updates for two key offensive linemen.
Napier told reporters center Kingsley Eguakun is still questionable, but backup tackle Lyndell Hudson “will be available” if his services are needed.
Eguakun suffered a right ankle injury during fall camp and was expected to be a key piece for the Florida offensive line.
Gators quarterback Graham Mertz was sacked five times against the No. 12 Utah Utes defense, and one has to wonder if Eguakun’s presence would’ve taken more pressure off Mertz.
The Gators are considerable favorites in the home opener on Saturday, and the Cowboy defense isn’t expected to be a threat against the rest of Florida’s offensive wall. Because this is the case, the Orange and Blue can afford to let Eguakun rest another week and make sure his ankle is at 100%.
Florida International transfer Lyndell Hudson might take a few snaps Saturday night because Napier wants to give his linemen as much experience as possible.
“I think we kind of went into the game with maybe only 13 starts with that group up front,” Napier told reporters. “So that group is inexperienced.”
Hudson brings in plenty of experience after transferring from FIU. The sixth-year senior made 25 starts at tackle but dealt with a back injury for most of 2022. If all goes as planned this week, Hudson might see a few snaps against an FCS program.