Offensive Observations: Practice No. 4

Offensive Observations

  • Today was a down day for the quarterbacks. Jeff Driskel struggled a bit with his accuracy. Jabari Gorman made a diving interception of one Driskel pass and several other passes were almost intercepted as well. Driskel is still working to knock off the rust of not having played football in six months. He’ll be fine, today just wasn’t his day.
  • Will Grier also struggled with his accuracy today. He was high on his passes all day even when going through drills with no one covering receivers
  • Kelvin Taylor had a good day of practice. He hasn’t really been standing out but he had a great run today with a cut that shook Marcus Maye out of his shoes. He’s obviously No. 1 on the running back depth chart at the moment.
  • Max Garcia and Cam Dillard struggled a little bit today with their snaps. Garcia sent some low snaps back to quarterbacks while Dillard was high. This was the first day that the snaps had been suspect. Both Dillard and Garcia had snapped the ball well through the first three practices.
  • D.J. Humphries had a great practice. He did a good job of keeping Dante Fowler in front of him.
  • Trip Thurman and Tyler Moore have looked solid through four practices at their guard spots.
  • Chaz Green and Trenton Brown continue to do well at right tackle. Green is still ahead of Brown on the depth chart based on how the reps are being doled out.
  • Raphael Andrades returned to practice today and looked good. Andrades ran solid routes and caught most everything that was thrown his way.
  • Chris Thompson continues to have an impressive spring. Thompson’s welcome to the spotlight moment probably came today when defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson made a point to call out him today. When the defensive backs coach knows your name and calls you out as a receiver, you’re doing something right.
  • Mack Brown got dinged up during practice. It didn’t seem to be too serious but he did end up walking over to the pit to finish practice.
  • Valdez Showers had dropped some passes the first couple of practices but was solid during the fourth practice.
  • Alvin Bailey didn’t have as good of a practice as he had the first couple of days. Joker Phillips got on him a little bit during 7-on-7 for his route running.
  • Tevin Westbrook had a drop today (the Driskel pass was behind him) and that is noticeable because I can’t recall many — if any — drops Westbrook has had this spring. He’s put together four very solid practices.
  • Gideon Ajagbe returned to practice today. It was Ajagbe’s first practice of the spring. He caught a few passes but like last season was suspect as a blocker.
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  1. Hasn’t Driskel always struggled with being accurate? I don’t know why you think it’s because of ‘rust.” Someday, and hopefully soon, everyone will stop making excuses for the guy and come to the realization that Driskel is not a good quarterback. It’s very troubling to keep hearing excuses made for this guy. I’ve never believed that it’s bad coaching or the wrong system for the failure of Driskel to become a good quarterback. Roper has said that the most important attribute for a quarterback is accuracy. I don’t think you can coach a guy to become accurate, you can only put him in a position to be successful, but if he can’t throw, what good does that do?

  2. Snow print, why don’t you just save your comment and just cut & paste it for the future. ALL of the GC staff is well aware of your disdain for Driskel, but if posting your comment puts your mind at ease and allows you to go about your day with better clarity, at least save time doing it.

  3. Scooterp, I’m just pointing out reality. It seems like people are blindly following the regime line spewed by the leader of the regime, Will Muschamp. Like the followers of Hitler, they continue to ignore facts and are bound and determined to ignore anything that contradicts the propaganda put out by the leader. Facts are not welcomed, it’s ‘rust’, ‘coaching’, the ‘system. ‘injury’,the offensive line, etc. The real reason that is apparent to even a first grader is ignored and it’s almost heresy to point it out. I just am pointing out that there is no logical reason to say Driskel “will be fine.” I am not alone in not drinking the Kool-Aid.

  4. Actually… Muschamp, who I have been very critical of in the past, has accepted the blame, never whined about the injuries and has handled himself like a professional. We all knew when we got him what we were getting – a very talented assistant coach, with deep SEC blood lines and experience, who loves the grind that comes with the job and who would be a long term hire. Yes, he is learning a bit on the job, but I would rather go through this process than trying to find a Meyer or Saban every 5 years. Muschamp has come right out and said our offense sucks and maybe I need to re evaluate myself as a coach and my philosophy on that side of the ball. I don’t mind having a coach who can admit he is wrong or has made mistakes…as long as he can evolve and learn from them. This appears to be what he is doing.