Podcast: Previewing the Orange and Blue spring game

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we preview the Orange and Blue spring game for the Florida Gators on Saturday.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre preview the guys they’re looking forward to seeing on Saturday in the spring game for the Gators.

Andrew and Nick also talk about recruiting and preview the guys who are scheduled to visit Gainesville on Saturday.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we are just two days short of the Orange and Blue game. That’ll kickoff at 1:00 on the SEC Network Plus. I know some fans are not very happy out not being on TV but is what it is. After last year, I don’t know how good the TV ratings were. I don’t know how good TV ratings are for any spring game, to be honest with you.

Nick:                         Yeah. I mean, just a little explanation as to why it is that way. Florida wanted to play at 1:00, and that’s because there’s a bunch of stuff going on on campus. They wanted to play at 1:00. There’s also a bunch of recruits coming in. If you have a game a nighttime game, which we loved, remember when Jim McElwain did that? We loved that.

Andrew:                 Friday night.

Nick:                         It gave you a ton of exposure. It was cooler at night. You got to play under the lights. But that game starts at 7:00, when it wraps up at 9:30, 9:00, then the coaches are doing media till 9:45, 10:00. You got kids that drove in that need to get out. Florida wanted to start at 1:00 for that, for a recruiting reason. The coaches can have more time with kids. It allows more travel time and coaches to interact with kids and recruits on campus after the game. Also gives them a chance, people who come in, to go see baseball at 3:30 after, or give them a chance to go see women’s tennis. Women’s tennis team is really good. Go see them at 10:00 AM.

Andrew:                 Right. I mean, I don’t know if they’re doing it this weekend. I’m dumb. I should have looked, but in the past they’ve made this big deal about it being the big Gator weekend with it all. That was the primary focus of the weekend.

Nick:                         Yes. The We Chomp Weekend.

Andrew:                 Yeah. We Chomp Weekend. There you go. That’s the whole thing. I mean, I know some people will come in for the spring game from out of town, but you’re hoping that baseball or softball or whatever it may be will also bring fans in as well to help with that. Dan Mullen is getting ready to troll somebody, whoever it may be, probably Florida State, with the spring game attendance.

Nick:                         I don’t care if the stadium is packed, and there’s 100,000 people sitting on top of each other’s shoulders. You have to make the announced attendance 41,014.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Why not?

Nick:                         41-0-14. It has to be the attendance. It can’t be anything. I don’t care if there’s eight people in the stands. Lie. Lie.

Andrew:                 All they got to do is say we sold tickets, even though they don’t sell tickets. I think Dan Mullen had it right. He said that while this is a game, it’s another chance to get better. It’s another competition for these guys and that kind of stuff. At the end all, end all, it’s about having fun for these guys. It’s kind of the reward for the end of practice, spring practice, and it’s about having fun. Last year you had, what was it, Chris Collingsworth catch a touchdown. You had a couple guys catch touchdowns. You and I were saying this is kind of boring, but anything they do in a spring game is going to be boring, just about.

Nick:                         Yeah. Who’s the real winner, and who’s the real loser?

Andrew:                 No matter what happens. If the offensive line looks good, the defensive line sucks. If the defensive line looks good, the offensive line sucks.

Nick:                         It’s a question you can’t answer. We’ve tried to answer it before. When Florida’s offensive line struggled in the past, I mean, when you had guys like Dominique Easley and Sharif Floyd and Ronald Powell, Dante Fowler coming off the line, I’m like, I don’t know if the offensive line is bad, because these guys are really good. They’re going to make a lot of offensive lines look bad.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         Then when the offensive line looked good early on last year, what’s wrong with Jachai Polite? What’s wrong with Cece Jefferson, Jabari Zuniga? Why aren’t they doing that? It’s hard to tell. Is something really lacking, or is one side just going to be really good? It’s hard to tell those things. I think Dan Mullen tries to make the event fun, inside and outside. You’ve got the fan fest that they do outside, the tailgate guys have their tents. There’s the garden. They’ve got the fans and tents, because it’s going to be hot. They’ve got giveaways and t-shirts and all this stuff. It’s fun. Then the big green egg cookoff contest is back. There’s lots of things to do outside. I think some people liked it, and some people didn’t. I’d love to see the range of people that liked it and didn’t like it when Laurence Wright caught a touchdown. Who else caught a ball?

Andrew:                 Was it Collingsworth or Doring? One of them caught it.

Nick:                         Doring.

Andrew:                 Doring did. Okay.

Nick:                         They don’t like that, because that ends up being … To me, that’s just kind of fun, especially for older players, guys that maybe played with Laurence Wright or maybe fans our parents age that when they were in college he was catching passes, or he was doing this when I was in college. It’s great to see him out there. While it’s not great for football, in terms of the X’s and O’s, I think it’s really great for just fans and to create that fun environment. It’s a very inclusive environment for past players.

Andrew:                 Right. Like you said, some people are going to be happy about it, some people are going to be whatever about it. Dan Mullen tried last year to build it up and pack the Swamp for the spring game. He’s doing that this year. Again, I don’t know that it’ll be full. I highly doubt it will be, but it’s all about seeing guys. For me, Nick, and you may disagree here with this, but there’s nothing Feleipe Franks can do, there’s nothing Perine, there’s nothing none of those guys can really do in this game to say they got better, or they got worse, whatever it may be. I don’t think you even see those guys very much. Would you agree with that?

Nick:                         Yeah. Dan Mullen’s been saying that all along. We can give the ball to Perine 35 times. What are we going to learn about ourselves? We know what Lamical Perine is. We know that he’s going to be one of our best offensive players, so what are we gaining from in a practice situation giving him the ball 35 times in the spring game, letting him run for 150? What are we learning about our team?

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         We can go and call soft coverage and throw slants to Kadarius Toney, and he’ll spin around and be exciting and make things happen.

Andrew:                 Beat some walk-on.

Nick:                         What are we going to learn? I think the biggest thing that maybe fans don’t know is Todd Grantham and Dan Mullen, they might say this drive sucked on offense or defense, whatever happens. They’re working together, and there’s certain things they want. There’s certain looks they want to see.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         Todd, call this defense three straight plays. Same defense. Don’t change it at all. I’m going to call this certain set of plays, and I want to see if Feleipe Franks is making the right call, if he’s realizing. Van Jefferson, Trevon Grimes, a young Malik Davis. He’s not young, but in terms of experience. If these guys are picking up on that. Todd will do the same thing. I want to call this blitz. It should end up in us getting a positive play on defense, a negative play on offense. Call it. Let’s see if they do the right thing. There’s a lot of stuff that goes on that you don’t really find out about, or you don’t know, because you’re not privy to the coaches talking back and forth.

Andrew:                 Right. Exactly. You’re exactly right. How does Stone Forsythe adjust? How does Nick Buchanan, Brett Heggie, Delance, any of those guys, adjust? Again, I say this tongue in cheek, because we just talking about it, but you do look at the offensive line to see how those guys are moving a little bit, to see how those guys are working as a unit. It is their first time under the bright lights. TV, no TV, it’s still their first time doing that. While we can say, they look great, does that mean the defensive line looks bad? For instance, like you just said, maybe they don’t bring a ton of pressure against the one OL to help their confidence. There’s several different things that can be played through it.

Again, it’s about just seeing some of these young guys. What does Chris Steele look like? What does Malik Davis look like coming back from injury? Younger David Reese is a guy that comes to mind of wanting to see him. Amari Burney is a guy who a lot of people talked about. For me, it’s about seeing different individuals go through things, more so than it is the team doing anything.

Nick:                         Right. Then also, as we tape this on Thursday, the team will have a walkthrough on Friday. That will be just helmets, no pads really, and that’s a huge practice. It’s not just the standard walkthrough before a game. This is the chance where the coaches have had 13 practices. Friday will be the 14th, and then the 15th and final will be the spring game. Coaches have had the chance to see this is what we want them to work on on their own, because we can’t physically be coaching them until we get back on the field for summer.

They’ll go through very, very specific things and very specific drills, because they’ll be able to get that on film. They get that film in the player’s hands. This is what you need to work on from now until the summer. We can’t work with you, but when I see you in the summer, I’ll know whether or not you’ve been working based on if these things that we’re showing you on film right now on Friday are where they need to be when we get back.

Andrew:                 Right. Agreed. There’s so many different things that go into the spring game, that kind of stuff. A lot of it, like you say, is an opportunity for the coaching staff to put on film. For instance, I’m picking on the offensive line for no reason, expect for that’s the first thing that came to mind, but John Hevesy can look at that film and say, you see that false step you took? That’s the difference in you making a block against a big-time defensive end at Alabama or Auburn or Georgia or LSU, whatever it may be, or Feleipe Franks getting sacked. While there’s not a ton of this, that, and the other as far as the game goes, like you just said, it’s a teaching moment. It’s film of techniques that can be worked on from now until the start of that fall camp in the first week of August.

Nick:                         Like you said, in terms of the game too, yes, it’s a game, and yes, they want to make it fun for everybody. I think this is probably where Will Muschamp got it a little bit wrong in terms of what the spring game was. It’s just the last practice. It’s not like you get 15, and they give you this chance to do an exhibition. This is just the last practice.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         It’s just the third scrimmage. Will Muschamp just treated it like that, like we want to get better, we’re going to use this as a regular practice. Dan Mullen wants to make it for the fans and make it a fun environment. It’s free to go to. There’s going to be music, and it’s going to be fun, but it also is just the last practice. There is that aspect of it where it’s still learning, still getting things on film and still teaching, even though you’re playing a game, and you have fans there. You’re trying to give them a fun product to watch. It still is just a practice. There’s a balancing act there.

Andrew:                 Well, I think it’s a fine line, because the normal fan does not want to watch the team go through one-on-one and offensive line or work on handoffs. That kind of stuff is not what the normal fan wants to see.

Nick:                         Throw the ball around. Score some points.

Andrew:                 Yeah. It’s one of those things where Mullen has to, and it’s any coach, you have to have a fine line. How do I make this fun, keep people into the game, while also getting the work done? I think that’s a big thing that everyone kind of talks about. It’s a thing where in high school you always played an opponent for your spring game, a lot of times. That’s something that you don’t get in college, but you got to find a way to get work done while also having fun. This is a chance for the fanbase to get energized, even more ready for that 2019 football season.

Nick:                         Exactly. That’s where the balance is. Coming out of some of those Will Muschamp springs was just like, what did I just watch? That was terrible. Then you kind of go into that off season a little flat.

Andrew:                 It’s one of those things where it’s like you kind of have, if you’re Dan Mullen, you kind of do things to end Feleipe’s note on a good note. You end Emory Jones’ spring on a good note. You end those on good notes to where the fans are happy about it, but also the player’s happy about it. Like you say, this is their last chance. Whatever they do on Saturday is pretty much there until they step foot back on the field for fall camp.

Nick:                         Go out with some confidence.

Andrew:                 Let me ask you this. We’ll start to move on a little bit. I guess, give me a name, if you can, and we’ll just do one as a team, but someone who surprised you this spring.

Nick:                         To me, John Huggins. I think he’s really stepping into that role that Chauncey Gardner played and filled. I think he’s going to be a guy that gets a lot of playing time. And Amari Burney. Amari Burney is a guy that is going to be huge for Florida on defense. I saw someone talking about he’s faster than CJ Henderson. He’s not that fast, but listen, he’s significantly bigger. His speed has surprised me, and how quickly he closes the gap and gets to the guy with the ball. That’s been surprising to me. He’s going to be a very good player. I’m excited to see what he does and what Todd Grantham does with him. So, those two guys probably for me on defense.

Andrew:                 You stole mine. I was going to go Amari Burney, because of that, because he’s a guy who I think he worked at linebacker. Then he was going to play some of that star role. In high school he did play some safety. He’s kind of been a guy. I think that in this day and age of football you need someone who’s big physical like himself but can still move like he does. I think that’s going to be a big key. I’ll have to agree with you there.

Then I also will say this. It’s not that I’m surprised, but it’s good to see a guy like Jonathan Greenard already be kind of up to SEC speed a little bit and not being a step slow.

Nick:                         No. He’s right there. Obviously, Jeremiah Moon hasn’t gotten the opportunity, and he will get the opportunity, but hasn’t because of his injury. To me right now, he’s ready to go. He’ll step in right Day 1 and start.

Andrew:                 I think that’s a big addition there. There’s a ton of guys who you say should be able to pass rush, but not very many guys who have done it. Andrew Chatfield should be able to. Zach Carter should be able to. We talk about Jeremiah Moon. He hasn’t done it for a full season. So, a lot of guys that should be able to do it. Greenard’s done it.

Nick:                         And done it with this defensive coach as well. Not just any old grad transfer that comes in. He played for Grantham. He had a great season with Grantham in terms of tackles for loss. Definitely a guy that will be integral, especially early on, to what they’re going to do on defense.

Andrew:                 Let me ask you this. Who are you, I don’t want to say most excited, but who are you looking forward to seeing play on Saturday? Give me an offense and defensive guy.

Nick:                         Offense I want to see Feleipe Franks. I think he built a lot of goodwill. Listen, even for me, at times, it got bad with Feleipe, the way that he was covered, the way that the fans treated him, the perception of it. It got bad. I think he built a lot of goodwill the way he played against Michigan and Florida State to end the year. Continue building on that. Not necessarily, you don’t have to rebuild a relationship. You told the fans to shush. You told me to shush. Quite frankly, you’re earned that right, the way you were playing.

Andrew:                 Yes, he earned that right, Nick, but you started it off …

Nick:                         Listen, I don’t like it.

Andrew:                 You’re starting with me in the spring here and getting me fired up. He told the fans to shush. I mean, that’s your own fans. That’s your own fans.

Nick:                         Maybe they needed to.

Andrew:                 I mean, maybe they did, but that’s not the quarterback’s place to do that.

Nick:                         Come back and have a good spring. Show what I’ve seen, which is that you’re much improved. Continue showing that.

Andrew:                 Okay. Offensively, I’m going to go.

Nick:                         Go offense. I got some, he’d be 1. I got some like 1B, 1C options there too.

Andrew:                 Okay. I guess I have an A and a B. I’ll go A first. Opposite of Feleipe, I want to see Emory Jones, a guy who, in my opinion, improved drastically from what we saw this time last year to what we saw in the Georgia game and what we saw towards the end of the year. For me, it’s Emory. How big of a step has he even improved this spring? I think you and I will say that he’s improved a lot. How much has it been? Then let’s just kind of see that out there. Again, he’s not going to take Feleipe’s starting job, unless Feleipe does something to lose it, but I think you want that second quarterback. I think you’ll find ways to get Emory in the game again this year. I’m looking forward to seeing Emory still take that next step forward.

Nick:                         Yeah. I want to see Emory. I want to see Malik Davis.

Andrew:                 You stole my next one. I shouldn’t have let you to.

Nick:                         To me, he looks really good. We talk about all the time when guys are coming back, is there that hesitation? To me, there’s no hesitation for him. I’m interested to see him. Then my other one is the offensive line. I mean, I try not to be really hard on the second team offensive line. They’re just not cutting it right now, and it makes sense. They’re very young. It’s like Dan Mullen says, our second team offensive line right now …

Andrew:                 Going to senior prom.

Nick:                         Yeah. They’re high schoolers. Just keep growing, keep progressing. It’s going to be your first time in the Swamp in front of fans. Just go out there and do your best. Try to enjoy it. I want to see them continue to get better.

Andrew:                 I was going to say Malik. For no other reason, just to show that he’s healthy, like we know he is. That’s just another really good back you’ve got out there. Malik was a guy. Then I was going to say not necessarily the second team OL, but more just a guy like Stone at left tackle. He’s a guy that I think we all haven’t talked about enough and kind of overlooked a little bit. A guy John Hevesy loves. Just to be able to see him go out there with the first team OL to see kind of how he goes.

Since you stole the offensive line, I’ll go with the tight end position in general. Just see those guys. There’s a lot of guys that I think we all say what if, if they do start making plays. The talent’s there. It’s just all about putting it together and getting on the field. Kyle Pitts, Lucas Krull, those guys are all big targets, now translate it to the field.

Nick:                         Kyle Pitts. Dude’s a freak. He’s going to do some special stuff. I feel always hesitant to compare him to like Aaron Hernandez, obviously because of the things Aaron Hernandez did off the field, but that kind of impact on the field. Don’t know how you matchup with him, if I’m a defensive coordinator. I don’t know how. Unless I have another kind of ridiculous freak athlete on my defense, I don’t know how I would go about game planning to stop Kyle Pitts from doing whatever he wants to do on the field.

Andrew:                 He’s kind of New Age tight end a little bit.

Nick:                         Yeah. That kind of guy where, shoot, give that shovel pass. Make him like a running back. He runs like a receiver. He’s as big as a tight end.

Andrew:                 You see Gronk, and I’m not comparing him to Gronk, but the Patriots, they had no problem at all singling him out on one side of the field. Saying, we think your best player against our best player out wide, our guy’s going to get inside and hit a slant for five yards and get a 1st down.

Nick:                         Yeah.

Andrew:                 Defensively, I’ll go first, since you went first there. Mine is Steele. See Chris Steele out under the lights. We’ve all talked about how well he’s looked this spring. Have a chance to kind of show out and show everybody that DBU depth is back.

Nick:                         He’s good, man. He’s going to be good. I would have loved to have seen more of Jaydon Hill, obviously still coming back from the knee injury with him. He’s a guy that I’m looking forward to seeing when he gets back. I want to see Chris Steele. I want to see Zach Carter and Andrew Chatfield. I’m excited to see those guys. More so with Chatfield, because he’s been really playing against only the second and third team offensive line, and Carter’s kind of been playing a lot against the second team, but then some against the first team. They’ve looked really good and really impressive.

Andrew:                 Right. That’s one of those, are they that good, or is the offensive line that bad? We’ll still have that question on Monday.

Nick:                         Yeah. We’ll still have it on Monday. I just want to see those guys, and I want the fans to see those guys, because there’s been a ton of questions. When’s Zach Carter going to do this? What happened to Andrew Chatfield? He’s this four-star guy, and he redshirted. What’s wrong with him? There’s nothing wrong with the man. You’ll see him when he’s ready. He looks like he’s ready.

Andrew:                 A matchup I’d like to see, Nick, is Burney and Pitt matched up together.

Nick:                         Shoot, man. I think he can run, but I don’t know if he can run like that. Kyle Pitts is a freak.

Andrew:                 Yeah. It is. Any final thoughts, spring game? Mullen always says he has a trick up his sleeve. We’ll see what it is this year. They’ll kind of decide on the format and stuff on Friday. We’re taping this on Thursday afternoon. Any final thoughts, I guess, before we kind of move on?

Nick:                         No. I think it’ll be a good day. Just remember, if it at points is boring, they’re working on stuff. If you want to have success in the fall, they need to work on stuff in the spring.

Andrew:                 There you go. Pretty good recruiting weekend, Nick. One official visitor, tight end Jonathan Odom, son of Jason Odom, a former Gator offensive lineman. He’ll be the only official visitor this weekend, Nick. It’s a little early, I think. I still am not, I guess, don’t know what to say. Happy, I guess, is the best way to say it, but it doesn’t matter to me. Still not used to, I guess would be the best way of saying, this whole spring official visitors. I think it’s a little early, but you do you. He’ll be in. Not a lock to Florida, by any means. LSU is coming on. Bama made a really solid push when they hosted him on campus. That will be a big one.

Then one of the bigger name targets coming in all the way from Vegas this weekend, Nick, is another tight end in Darnell Washington out of Desert Pines out in Las Vegas. UCLA has been a team talked about a lot, but Washington has been pretty vocal about wanting to visit and getting out on visits. So, two tight ends. Kind of goes back to what I said, show the tight end play a little bit, and maybe you land a commitment.

Nick:                         Oh. There it is. Andrew Spivey said it. Florida’s getting a commitment.

Andrew:                 There you go. I said it. Put words in my mouth there, Nicholas.

Nick:                         If they don’t, you know who to get your angry tweets off to. It’s @AndrewSpiveyGC. If Florida doesn’t get the commitment you want this weekend, just let him know how angry you are with him on Twitter on Saturday night and Sunday.

Andrew:                 Go ahead and tag Dan Mullen in that as well. Let him know. Another guy, Nick, and this is a guy that, we talk about commitments, but a guy to definitely watch. Jaheim Bell, the athlete out of Valdosta. He is a guy that Florida kind of wants in that H-back position. A guy, visited Florida State multiple times, but hasn’t committed to them. This is his second trip to Gainesville this spring. Out of Valdosta. Really good athlete. Can play just about anywhere on the field and kind of does in high school. 6’3”, like 213, 215 is what he told me, in that range. A guy that can run, while also playing that H-back role. He’s a guy to really kind of keep an eye on. I never say guys are on commit watch, but he’s a guy that I’d definitely watch this weekend.

Then, when you go to the defensive side of the ball, that’s where it kind of gets really good. They have the Alabama commit, cornerback commit, Jacquez Robinson, coming up from Jacksonville. Then Oregon athlete, he’s kind of more of a safety, Avantae Williams. Both those guys coming up. Both of those guys, it’s their third trip to Gainesville this spring. Another opportunity to kind of really push that momentum ahead, I guess would be the best way to say it. Then they got another defensive back in Jalen Kimber, coming all the way from Texas.

Big weekend all around. You’ll have a lot of the commits, Anthony Richardson, Leonard Manuel. Frasier is going to be on campus. Gervon Dexter is going to be on campus. Have a ton of commits on campus to kind of help with those guys. Also, the new commit, the new defensive back commit, Avery Helm, will be on campus, so that’ll be a big one. That was a big commit for the Gators. Big weekend, like you said. Having the game early, it’s got to be done in two hours sharp for TV purposes or internet purposes, whatever it may be. Long time to spend with those guys who come from out of state.

Nick:                         What is the protocol there? I guess, it’s unofficial, so they can hang out as long as they want. Obviously, if it’s unofficial, and they’re flying, then they’ve got restrictions there. If you’re driving, and you don’t have other things going on after, you can hang as long as you want? Is that?

Andrew:                 Yeah. You think a lot of these guys, like Jaheim Bell that’s driving down, you would think that you can get him to stay on campus for a little while after and talk to the staff, that kind of stuff. You would hope that. Then you still have Jonathan Odom on an official. That’ll start Friday night and go all the way through Sunday. You’ll have them. Just opportunity to have those guys on campus, show them a little bit, and more of a controlled practice type. Don’t think Dan Mullen don’t have something up his sleeve for those tight ends and any of those guys visiting to say, you see what the tight ends did in the spring game? That could be you. That kind of stuff. So, don’t be surprised in that kind of stuff.

Nick:                         Right. There’s certainly, plays will be called and people will be put into situations based on who’s in the stands. How do we want to feature the position of the guy that we want to talk to after? Did you see what Kyle Pitts did there? That’s how we want to use you. Did you see Amari Burney? Did you know that he played safety, and now he’s doing this? With your size, we think you could be able to either do what you saw John Huggins doing or what Amari Burney doing. That certainly comes into play when you’re talking about play calling and stuff like that.

Andrew:                 You got opportunities, at defensive back especially. You think Marco and CJ are good as gone at the end of the year, so you got Chris Steele. You can say, you want to come compete with Chris Steele? You two guys together can ball out. All that goes together.

I wanted to hit on something, Nick. We hadn’t podcast since it happened, but quarterback Anthony Richardson is back in the class, recommitted on Saturday, last Saturday. Kind of took a strange turn when Florida was going after Carson Beck. He didn’t feel all the love. Florida missed out on Beck and was still showing Richardson the love, and it ended up paying off. You and I have talked about this, Nick, a lot. Carson Beck was going to be a really good fit for Dan Mullen’s offense, but Anthony Richardson’s a wonderful fit. When you design a quarterback on Madden to fit this offense, you design Anthony Richardson.

Nick:                         100%. I don’t where the narrative came from, like Florida wasn’t showing him love. I mean, when he recommitted, didn’t he basically say Florida was the school showing me the most love from the beginning, even through my decommitment, more so than any school? It wasn’t that. It was just he saw Florida going after somebody else and thought, okay. That’s going to happen. You’re talking about a kid who’s 16, 17 years old. He doesn’t understand that yet.

Andrew:                 Right. Michigan offered. Penn State offered.

Nick:                         Right. There were other offers rolling in. Okay, let me take a step back and take a breath and see what’s going on.

Andrew:                 Right. He said that in our story. He said that Mullen and Brian Johnson’s message really never changed for him. They continued to show love for him and all that. He definitely has to work a little bit on his passing game, but a lot of these guys that Dan Mullen’s going to recruit for his system are going to have to work on that a little bit. I’ll say this. I do think Anthony Richardson is a little further along than a guy like Emory Jones was when he came on campus. Even a little bit further along than a guy like Jalon Jones was. You and I watched both of them last year at Friday Night Lights, and you I both said Richardson was further along than Jalon Jones at that time.

Nick:                         Yeah. I agree.

Andrew:                 It’s big. You get your quarterback back. Local guy as well. You always want a quarterback to kind of lead you through, so that’s a big pickup. You get your quarterback, and your quarterback room now feels good again.

Nick:                         Fans feel good about it.

Andrew:                 Yeah. I would say for the most part fans were good about it. Some were a little upset that he would decommit and then come back. Wondered why and that kind of stuff. Like you said, he’s 15, 16 year old kid. You’re saying always is this, and that is there’s only one ball. Only one guy can throw the ball. You can throw it to five different receivers, but each time on the field when they take the snap, only one quarterback is going to be on the field.

Nick:                         Right. 100% correct.

Andrew:                 Nick, any final thoughts before we get out of here?

Nick:                         Final thoughts. If you’re coming, enjoy it. If you’re coming, and you enjoy it, also head over to baseball after. They need to bounce back. Great win on Tuesday.

Andrew:                 Mike Martin goes out a loser.

Nick:                         Oh my goodness. Mike Martin’s a legend in the college baseball, but that losing record against Florida will probably haunt him into his retirement. It’ll especially haunt him when he’s on that Canadian cruise that they gifted him.

Andrew:                 Yeah. He still has as many rings as you and I do.

Nick:                         That’s unfortunate. It doesn’t look like they’re going to get one this year.

Andrew:                 It was bad. Baseball definitely has to bounce back. Softball did bounce back with a sweep of Arkansas last weekend, not the best in teams. Need another big weekend this weekend as well. Nick, tell everybody where they can find us. We’ll get out of here. We’ll see everyone on Monday. We’ll recap the spring game, talk recruiting, all that good jazz.

Nick:                         www.GatorCountry.com for all your Florida Gator news. The podcast is there in audio and transcript form. The podcast can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Just search Gator Country. Subscribe. Never miss an episode. Do your social media thing. @GatorCountry on Facebook and Twitter. @TheGatorCountry on Instagram. I’m @NickdelaTorreGC. He’s @AndrewSpiveyGC. Check me out on Instagram. I got some pictures up from Augusta. We were lucky enough to get tickets for the Par 3, so I made a quick trip up there and back. That was an incredible course. It’s easily my favorite tournament of the year.

Andrew:                 Absolutely. Pulling for my boy Jordan Spieth or Tiger, either one. We’ll be good with either one. Guys, we appreciate it so much. As always, go Braves and chomp, chomp.

Nick:                         You stay classy, Gator Country.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.