5 standout players from Gators first scrimmage

The Florida Gators continued spring camp with a full scrimmage inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for their seventh practice. The scrimmage was closed to fans but the media was allowed to watch.

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Five standouts

Zach Carter
The redshirt sophomore from Tampa was a beast on Thursday afternoon. Carter has waited patiently for his opportunity and he’s making the most of it this spring. Carter had multiple sacks on the day and was regularly in the backfield.

Brad Stewart
Stewart has been battling Jeawon Taylor for playing time and reps this spring. Both safeties played well — each had big hits during scrimmage — but it was Stewart that came away with an interception. Feleipe Franks stepped up into the pocket and tried to find Josh Hammond on a post but Stewart was able to step in front of the pass and take it 30-something yards down the field on the return, including breaking a Franks’ tackle on the way. Stewart continued his day by breaking up several passes, once shouting at Emory Jones to “stop playing with me” and “stop throwing the ball at me” after another pass break up.

Tyrie Cleveland
Entering his senior season Tyrie Cleveland is trying to find his role in a deep receivers corps. Cleveland certainly made an impact on Thursday with two touchdowns, one where he skied above Chris Steele for an athletic, physical reception and another with C.J. McWilliams in coverage. Cleveland also hauled in a long reception from Emory Jones. Cleveland finished the day with four catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns.

Andrew Chatfield
Chatfield spent the 2018 seaosn redshirting but has been a player to watch this spring. The redshirt freshman was all over the field Thursday. He was regularly in the backfield, finishing just behind Carter in terms of sacks and had a handful of tackles for loss as well. Most of Chatfield’s reps came against the second and third team offensive line (Carter was mostly with the ones and twos) but he was still a standout player Thursday.

5. Ventrell Miller/Jesiah Pierre
The pair of linebackers both had very good scrimmages. Miller had a couple of passes batted down as well as a handful of tackles and tackles for loss. Pierre has been transitioning into the BUCK role and had a good scrimmage highlighted by bull rushing Michael Tarquin and throwing the offensive lineman on his butt on the way to a would be sack.

Offensive stats (accumulated by Gator Country)
Passing:
Feleipe Franks – 8/16 for 138 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Emory Jones – 6/17 for 76 yards, 1 TD
Kyle Trask – 11-21 for 143 yards, 2 TDs
Jalon Jones – 2/5 for 55 yards
Nick Sproles – 1/4 for 12(?) yards

Rushing:
Emory Jones – 8 for 64 yards
Iverson Clement – 10 for 40 yards
Isaac Ricks – 14 for 35 yards
Dameon Pierce – 14 for 23 yards
Lamical Perine – 5 for 19 yards
Jalon Jones – 2 for 17 yards, 1 TD
Kadarius Toney – 1 for 11 yards
Feleipe Franks – 5 for 7 yards, 1 TD
Kyle Trask – 1 for 6 yards
Malik Davis – 6 for 5 yards
Nick Sproles – 1 for 3 yards

Receiving:
Joshua Hammond – 2 for 88 yards, 1 TD
Tyrie Cleveland – 4 for 73 yards, 2 TDs
Kadarius Toney – 4 for 44 yards, 1 TD
Freddie Swain – 3 for 41 yards
Erik Askeland – 1 for 37 yards
Van Jefferson – 3 for 34 yards
Lamical Perine – 2 for 18 yards
Kyle Pitts – 2 for 18 yards
Dennis Gross – 1 for 18 yards
Kemore Gamble – 2 for 17 yards
Rick Wells – 2 for 17 yards
Malik Davis – 2 for 7 yards

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