Spring practice is in full swing. With four practices under their belt and the first spring scrimmage scheduled for this Saturday, Florida is getting into the thick of things this spring.
Kurt Roper’s offense has brought a new energy and life into practices. Whereas Florida would run hurry up segments during practice in the past, the entire practice is now a hurry up segment and both the offense and defense are getting acclimated to the new pace.
Will Muschamp met with the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss where his team stands approximately a quarter of the way through spring camp.
- Jordan Sherit’s injury has a hyperextended elbow. He’ll be in an orange non-contact jersey the rest of the week but Muschamp is hopeful that the defensive lineman will be cleared for contact by Monday.
- Neiron Ball has a sprained MCL and will be out for the rest of spring practice. Muschamp said the injury isn’t serious and that Ball is being held out for precautionary reasons.
“Neiron Ball has a sprained MCL. He’s going to be fine. He probably will not participate in the rest of spring. He probably could in the latter part, but feel like some other guys need some reps.”
- Darious Cummings missed practice on Monday and could miss more time while he attends to a family issue. Cumming’s father had a procedure done at UF Health and the defensive tackle has been excused to deal with his family matters.
Questions remain in the secondary
- Jabari Gorman has put together four very solid practices and Will Muschamp credited Gorman for being a good communicator at the position.
“He has done a nice job, the others I can’t say that, but he has done a nice job. He understands the importance of those, the communication of the back end. We just gotta do a better job at understanding that a mistake there is normally not good for the Gators.”
- Muschamp is waiting for Vernon Hargreaves to take the next step and assume a leadership role with the team.
- Both Duke Dawson and Jalen Tabor are coming along well for the Gators. Tabor is working exclusively outside at cornerback, while Dawson is competing for a starting job at nickel as well as playing outside. Muschamp said both players are self-starters in that they have no problem coming in “after hours” to meet with coaches or watch extra film.
- It is too early to tell who will win the starting cornerback job across from Hargreaves but Muschamp said he could get a clearer picture after the scrimmage on Saturday.
- As of now, Muschamp is concerned with the safety play and who will start opposite Hargreaves.
Wide receiver emerging
- Muschamp singled out six wide receivers as players who have been consistently productive this spring: Demarcus Robinson, Latroy Pittman, Quinton Dunbar, Chris Thompson, Ahmad Fulwood and Valdez Showers.
- Muschamp said that without question this is the most talented group of receiver he has had since taking the job at Florida.
Offensive line unrest
- The offensive line is in the infancy stages of beginning to take shape but there is still work to do.
- Muschamp and the defense haven’t held anything back to make things easier for the offense as they install a new scheme.
- Right now, D.J. Humphries, Chaz Green and Trenton Brown are the players in contention to earn a starting job at tackle. Humphries is strictly working at left tackle, Brown is strictly working at right tackle and Green can play both positions.
- Max Garcia had some snap issues on Monday but he is adjusting to his new position nicely. Trip Thurman and Cam Dillard are behind him on the depth chart.
- When Rod Johnson returns he will work at guard. The coaching staff liked his length and thought he would compete for a tackle spot but Muschamp believes he can win a starting job at guard this spring.