Podcast: Talking Florida Gators fall scrimmage and latest news

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we discuss the Florida Gators fall scrimmage from last Friday night in the Swamp.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre breakdown how the Gators looked in the scrimmage and what guys stood out during the first scrimmage of fall camp.

Andrew and Nick also breakdown the latest news surrounding the football team as they head into another week of fall camp.


Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re back. Fall camp is still rolling. That’s a positive sign. Gators had their first scrimmage. All reports say that it was a good scrimmage. Definitely showed that there was some things to be worked on. Some guys maybe, I don’t want to say that were under talked about, underappreciated, stood out, but some guys that maybe hadn’t had good scrimmages or hadn’t played a lot in the past had a really good scrimmage. That was good. That’s kind of what you want to see out of fall camp. As you said many times, you definitely want to see this year, you want as many guys to be ready to play in this Covid-19 era as possible.

Nick:                         That’s going to be the trick is to get everyone, as many people as you can, ready. You look at LSU, you lose basically an entire offensive line room really out of nowhere. That’s going to be something to keep an eye on, and that’s something that the coaching staff has to deal with and try to get as many people ready as they possibly can. I think the biggest thing I got from the scrimmage is that the younger guys, Princely, Gervon, those guys. How do the freshmen handle being in the Swamp, under the lights? No fans, but in the Swamp, under the lights, music going, the video boards going. How do you handle that? I think of the guys that we heard about that wasn’t too big for them.

Andrew:                 It wasn’t too big at all. We’ll just go ahead and get into it. We definitely heard that Xzavier Henderson had a big scrimmage. Jaquavion Fraziers had a good scrimmage as well. We’ve talked about those two a ton. Everyone kind of knows my feeling on Fraziers. I think that was good to hear on that. Trevon Grimes didn’t scrimmage, because of some different things. I don’t want to say it’s big, because what does Trevon Grimes get out of scrimmaging in fall camp? He’s a veteran. A chance for the young guys.

The name that continues to be brought up a lot is Ja’Markis Weston. Everyone says he might be the most physically gifted receiver on the roster, as far as physical goes, overall. It’ll be interesting to see how he’s used as well. It sets up to be a really good group. You got really now six guys at that receiver position that are performing well or have performed well in Grimes, Copeland, Toney, and then Weston, Henderson, and Fraziers that we talked about. That’ll be interesting to see if there’s anybody else that steps up. Then how do you get all those guys involved? Dan Mullen’s done a good job of that in the past.

On the defensive side of the ball, Nick, Tyron Hopper is a guy that we continue to hear a ton about. I think the big thing for me with Tyron Hopper, and I think you’ll agree with me here, and that is he can cover a tight end. You’re not going to worry about Isaiah Nauta in 2018 driving the length of the field basically against you play after play on out routes and score a touchdown at the tight end spot. You feel comfortable with Tyron Hopper covering a tight end, because he is basically a safety in a linebacker body.

Nick:                         To me it’s just where does he play? You and I can just spitball a little bit right here. Where does Hopper play, and who does he play over?

Andrew:                 Right. I think he’s kind of a Will, a Will backer, in that role. Does that mean Ventrell Miller doesn’t play as much, or James Houston doesn’t play as much? I don’t know. Here’s my thoughts, Nick. Again, we’re kind of spitballing here, but on a passing down I want Tyron Hopper playing over both of those guys.

Nick:                         Like you, I’ve heard good things about Hopper. Obviously, fans wanted to see more of him last year. I would like to see more of him. I think last year he still needed to put on a little bit more weight. Here’s the thing. If we’re seeing more of him, that means he’s outplayed Ventrell and outplayed James. I guess, maybe I’m playing favorites. What’s the term? Favoritism with seniors. Maybe I’m doing that, but I think he’s going to have to beat those guys out. Right now, I don’t know if you go into the first game saying that. I think it’s also a situation where those guys will probably get the benefit of the doubt until you get into a game, and it’s like, listen, we gave you a chance. We’re two games in. This isn’t working, and you try somebody else. I think he’s going to get his opportunities. I just don’t think he’s the guy that is starting right now.

Andrew:                 Yeah.

Nick:                         I didn’t want that to come off as negative. I’m sitting here thinking I don’t think he’s surpassed those guys yet.

Andrew:                 Let me ask you this. We’ve talked about this a ton. Does it really matter who’s starting at that linebacker spot? Because you’re going to rotate so much. We’ll get into this a second at safety. Does it really matter? Dan Mullen said this in the past. We can have starters, but after the game when we get the participation chart, it may all be even as far as snaps go. At the end of the day, that’s what matters, in my opinion, is who plays 40 snaps compared to who plays 20 snaps, or who plays 40 snaps compared to 30 snaps. We saw that a lot last year at the safety spot.

Nick:                         Man, don’t bring the safeties up. I think that’s true. Like you said, I don’t know how great Ventrell and James have been in terms of pass coverage, and that’s something I think Hopper, I would say will be better at. Maybe it’s a situation, I think right now James and Ventrell will be starting, and then there is going to be a healthy rotation. That’s just how they run it. Could there be a point where Hopper takes over a starting job, I think over James? Maybe. That’s going to be on James though and on Hopper.

Andrew:                 Right. Here’s the thing. If you’re Hopper, or if you’re Ventrell or you’re Houston, you kind of welcome that. Let me say this. I think it’s a good sign, because the last few years, in my opinion, there hasn’t been a ton of depth at the spot. For instance, last year was there really that much depth there? Did you really feel comfortable with some of those guys to come in and play after Reese or after, who am I missing? Who played beside Reese last year? Drawing a blank now. You know what I’m saying? Did you really feel comfortable with that situation? I didn’t.

Nick:                         I’m trying to think back, even when Antonio Morrison was there, you felt great about linebacker, but then he would get exposed against the pass. I think it’s probably Alex Anzalone.

Andrew:                 Yeah.

Nick:                         You felt good with him turning and running with people. Probably since like Anzalone and Jared Davis, where you were like, we’re good. You’re good here.

Andrew:                 That’s what I’m saying.

Nick:                         Am I missing anyone?

Andrew:                 No.

Nick:                         You’ve got to have that mix of guys that … Go ahead.

Andrew:                 Not that I’ve come up with. You think about Anzalone. You think about Davis and those guys. You really liked Anzalone there, because he was a former running back, but did you really, outside of those guys, feel comfortable? Like we said with Vosean, and Vosean I thought was pretty athletic, but he was exposed.

Nick:                         He’s a super athletic guy. It’s just the nature of football right now. You look at a guy like Kyle Pitts. You look at a guy like Jacob Copeland, even a guy like Trent Whittemore, these guys are so big, so fast. It used to be the case where if you had a fast guy it’d be like Solomon Patton. We can put a linebacker on him for a minute, because the linebacker can be physical with him enough at the line of scrimmage that he’s thrown the timing of Solomon’s route off. We’ve gotten around that. Can our linebacker run with Solomon? No, but he can be physical with him at the line of scrimmage, mess up the timing, and then we’ll be okay, or mess him just up enough, and then we drop back into a zone, and we’ll be fine. Now you’ve got guys like Kyle Pitts, and I don’t know if there’s a single linebacker or safety that can cover him one on one truly.

Andrew:                 Hell, I don’t know if there’s a corner who can.

Nick:                         Lord help you if you’re going to put a five tank corner on him. That’s just the nature of the game. I think if you look at linebackers in the League, they’ve completely changed. My favorite linebacker growing up, Zach Thomas, would he be able to play in the NFL today? I don’t think so.

Andrew:                 Like Brian Urlacher.

Nick:                         Yeah. I don’t think Urlacher would be able to play. It’s just the linebacker position has to get involved, because the offensive players have evolved. You get everything from, you see high school football went to running the spread or running different stuff, and then that trickled into college, and now it’s trickling into the pros. I think you’re just getting these guys that are so big. We talk about the star. You’ve got to find a unicorn. You kind of got to find a unicorn at linebacker now, because you’re getting bits of pieces. If you can mix Hopper and Miller together, you’ve got the linebacker that you’re looking for.

Andrew:                 Right. Like you just said, you’re at a situation now where you’re more of a spread. You see the Falcons are talking about this. In 3rd down situations, dropping Keanu Neal down to that linebacker spot to run with tight ends and stuff. Maybe that’s where you see, or not maybe. That’s where you’re going to see Amari Burney have a really good year and be a guy. He can cover a tight end. You feel comfortable with him covering a tight end or a back or whatever it may be.

I like Hopper there. The thing for me, the question mark for me with Hopper is can he really come down and ball a little bit and brawl with some of those guys in the running game? That’ll be the question mark. That’s like you said, weight gain there. It’ll be interesting there.

Let’s go to safety a little bit. Kind of news at safety is Brad Stewart’s working a little bit at the star, but it’s still going to be a four-man rotation there with Dean, Stewart, Stiner, and Shawn Davis.

Nick:                         Yeah. Obviously, I think Trey Dean and Stiner will kind of be playing in that same role. Everything I’m hearing, we’re going to have the same four-man rotation, where you’ve got your two groups. If you loved it last year, rejoice. It’s coming back. To me, Trey Dean had a very good freshman year. It’s just we quickly found out that the star wasn’t for him.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         Dan Mullen said, you got to find a unicorn, a guy that can play and do all these roles. It just didn’t work out for Trey. Marco Wilson will play there a little bit, and they’re going to figure out who’s going to play in that role. Obviously, Amari Burney can do it. It’s very dependent on down distance and the personnel you have on the field. If you’re goal line, the star is not going to be Marco Wilson. The star is going to be Burney, or you might even slide another linebacker there to try to get big bodies on the field.

I think Trey Dean, and we talked about it last year, his reluctancy to go to safety, but everything I’ve heard all throughout camp is that he has taken to that position. There might have been some reluctancy in his mind after his freshman year and after his sophomore year, but now going into his junior year, it’s we tried the star experiment, and that’s not working. Let me just trust the coaching staff. Let me try out this position. Good on him. Obviously, some people might not want to hear that he told the coaching staff no, but we’re moving past that. He’s working out at safety, and from everything I’ve heard he’s really taking to the position.

Andrew:                 Taking to it. Kind of bought into this is where my future’s at. There’s still money to be made, Trey. I think he’ll be fine there. Everybody I talked to, Nick, and I don’t know about you, says that Shawn Davis continues to impress. You and I talked about this a little bit on our Zoom chat with our Gator Country members on Tuesday, and that is ability’s never been a question mark for Shawn Davis, just staying healthy and just kind of putting it all together. You and I talked about this when he signed with Florida. We thought Shawn Davis could easily be a guy that was three and out and had, I don’t want to say All American, but All SEC abilities, just because that’s how good he was. He’s athletic as all get out, is a ball hawk and everything else. Just hasn’t been able to kind of put it all together.

It’ll be interesting. I think and I hope that we get to see a full year of healthy Shawn Davis and kind of see what he can do, because I think he can really take that safety spot from, I don’t want to say a question mark, because I think there’s plenty of guys that can play there, but a situation that you can look at and say, what’s going to happen here? Is it just going to be a full man rotation? To Shawn Davis is going to be a guy that’s going to stay on the field every play.

Nick:                         Yeah. I think I’d like to see that. At times last year, you saw the way that depending on the team, when Florida was playing better teams, you could see the play calling was different depending on which safety group was out on the field. That was maddening at times. Like you, if Shawn Davis can do it, and he earns it, that’d be great. Maybe Shawn Davis and Trey Dean are the two guys there. I know Donovan Stiner continues to play well, and he has the coach’s complete trust, whether or not fans like to hear that. He has the coach’s complete trust.

To me, he’s really like a Nick Washington kind of safety. Just really smart and really dependable. We talked about it all the time. If you could just mix Marcel Harris and Nick Washington together, you could have an All-American. I think he’s a very Nick Washington guy. Super dependable. The coaches trust that if Stiner’s on the field he’s going to get the linebackers in their position and make sure everyone’s on the same page. He’s just like having another coach on the field.

Andrew:                 That’s kind of what we talked about a little bit as well, and that is does he do anything great? Probably not, but he does a lot of things good. Like you said, the coaches trust him and trust that he’s going to, I don’t want to say be in the right place every time, but he’s going to know where to be and everything else. Again, with a veteran-based team I think you’re not relying on Donovan as much there. Again, if you can just have one guy step up and be the guy, you could easily go with Stiner beside him there. It’ll be interesting to see. Then if you have a guy, do you put Shawn and Trey on the field together? Go ahead.

Nick:                         Do you think there will be a rotation, or do you think they’ll just have one guy?

Andrew:                 No. They’re rotating, bro. They’re rotating. You can already get pissed off.

Nick:                         I don’t want people to think that no one’s good enough to be like a Reggie Nelson or Matt Elam, where they don’t get off the field. That’s just not how Florida’s going to be running it.

Andrew:                 That’s not how they run it anywhere.

Nick:                         I don’t want anyone to think Trey Dean can’t do it, or Shawn Davis can’t do it. It’s just that’s not how Ron English and Todd Grantham at Florida are going to run the offense.

Andrew:                 That’s not how they run it any position, unfortunately. How many times did you go last year with a series where Greenard was off the field a whole series, and you’re like, what the hell’s going on?

Nick:                         Yeah. That’s how they run it. Listen, you won 21 games in two years, so who am I to be sitting here in my computer chair and saying you’re wrong? If it works, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Andrew:                 Yeah. I will say this. I heard this, and we’ll see how much it comes to fruition. Some people believe that this might be Todd Grantham’s best defense that he has at Florida so far, this year. I think that’s a big statement to make, but there’s pieces. There’s pieces there to be really good. You look at corner. You feel pretty good at corner with Elam and Marco there and with the depth of Chester and Jaydon. You feel good depth wise there. Maybe it is. We’ll see. That old saying of show me on the field. Show us on the field here in a couple weeks.

Let’s go to the offense, Nick. I don’t want to say there was nothing surprising out of the scrimmage, but, honestly, that’s the case. Your quarterback’s set. We all know who’s going to play quarterback there. I guess maybe a little surprising is that Damien Pierce is just really far ahead of Lorenzo Lingard, but that’s not surprising to me. I think Damien Pierce is very good. I still think there’s some question marks on how good Lorenzo Lingard is, just because he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. I think it’s good to hear that Pierce is still doing really well. Hopefully he’s the guy to kind of be that bell cow now that Perine’s gone.

Nick:                         To me, you look at the first year, and Dan’s first year I sat here saying, he’s going to pick somebody, because if you look at all of his teams, he picks a running back, and that’s his guy. Then it was really a true split that first year. Then last year it was Perine. Perine got like 70% of the carries.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         This year I think you’re back to a rotation. I think Lingard is that guy that will be the Perine in terms of the passing game. He’s a guy that can block. He can catch the ball, really athletic in that way. Then I think we’re going to see the resurgence of Malik Davis. Not that Dan Mullen has taken shots at Malik, but it’s just in the tone of his answers, which is why I hate doing these damn Zooms so much. You can really feel what a person’s saying when you’re in the room with them. In the tone of his answers, you can just tell that Malik was not ready, whether that was physically or mentally or a combination of both. When we would ask Dan Mullen about Malik Davis, and people would tell us to ask about him Monday through Sunday, twice on Sunday when he didn’t play after Saturday, and you could just tell he wasn’t ready.

When we asked Dan about Malik now, he starts like breathing heavy a little bit. He’s just like, this is the Malik Davis that was here when I got here, like when I first arrived. He is healthy, running. It’s not the broken foot. It’s not the knee. He’s healthy, running, confident. I think that’s probably the biggest thing for him was that I think he was healthy at points, but wasn’t ready to push his body.

Andrew:                 He didn’t trust it.

Nick:                         Coming off two season-ending injuries, you’re thinking the next step I make down the stairs could end my season. I’m not confident in anything. I think you’re finally getting a healthy and a confident Malik Davis back, and Dan Mullen’s excited about it. If Dan Mullen’s going to get excited about a player, it’s time for me to start paying attention to that guy.

Andrew:                 Like you said, he just didn’t trust it. When you don’t trust it, you’re definitely more cautious with it. That’s a big thing. I haven’t seen enough of Lorenzo Lingard to say he’s for sure going to be that every game or every 3rd down he’s going to be there, because I just haven’t. We knew last year Perine was going to be your 3rd down guy, because he could block, and he could catch out of the backfield. Does Malik Davis step into that role and become that guy if Lorenzo Lingard doesn’t? I do think that Malik Davis is a really good pass catcher out of the backfield and can do things that Damien Pierce can’t. That’s not to say anything bad about Damien Pierce. Malik’s just a different back from him. Something that I think could very well be very beneficial to Florida if Malik is ready to go and is back to somewhat of form that he was his freshman year.

Then, Nick, the thing that I continue, and we talked about this on our Zoom chat as well, and that is the depth at tight end after Kyle Pitts. I don’t mean depth as far as numbers. I mean quality depth that’s ready to play. There seems to be some concerns behind Kyle Pitts.

Nick:                         Yeah. It’s not that Keon Zipperer is not a good player or not ready to play. It’s just I think if you put him at a position right now you put a tag on him, he’s an H back.

Andrew:                 Right. He’s just a different player.

Nick:                         Not really ready to block. Yeah. Just a different skill set. When Kyle Pitts first came, I was like, he’s maybe an H back, maybe a big wide receiver. He’s not a tight end right now, his freshman year.

Andrew:                 He’s still not a tight end. What you talking about?

Nick:                         Right now I’ll call him a tight end.

Andrew:                 He’s going to have to be.

Nick:                         That stuff’s not fun.

Andrew:                 He’s going to be asked to play like a receiver.

Nick:                         If you’re a guy like Kyle Pitts, you’re 6’5”, and you can run like a gazelle, and you want to catch touchdowns. Now you got a coach saying, put your hand in the dirt and block this defensive end. You’re like, screw you. What? I don’t want to do that. That sounds terrible. Credit to him for doing it. I think he’s a guy right now that you look at him, and I’m comfortable saying he’s a three down player. Doesn’t matter what package you have in. If you’re in a heavy package, I’m comfortable running behind the tackle and Pitts.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         I’m comfortable doing that now. I wouldn’t have been comfortable saying that even last year, at the end of the season last year.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Kyle Pitts is going to be asked to be paid like a tight end, like Gronk, but I’m with you. We talked about this as well.

Nick:                         He won’t want to be called a tight end. Who gets paid more in the NFL, tight ends or receivers?

Andrew:                 Oh, receivers. That’s why Gronk was.

Nick:                         Unless you’re that top. Sorry, Kyle. I’ll stop calling you a tight end after you get drafted, start calling you a receiver.

Andrew:                 Gronk went through the whole grievance process to want to be paid like a receiver, because he had more plays flexed out at receiver than he did at the tight end spot. I think a guy like Jonathan Odom is going to be good. I think he’s just hurt by the Covid situation and not being on the field as much. Then, like you said with Zipperer, I think Zipperer has the talent. I think Zipperer is just a different player than Kyle Pitts. Hopefully you don’t have to really rely on that with Pitts this year, and you can develop that depth there.

Offensive line, Nick. In the scrimmage we heard they did well. Does that mean the defensive line did terrible? I don’t know. We’ll see here in a couple weeks. Does seem like Stewart Reese is helping out this line a lot, especially Ethan White, while he’s playing at center. We continue to hear good things about Ethan White. Props to him for doing the work that he needed to do to get into football shape and be ready and potentially be a starter in Year 2, when nobody thought he was even going to contribute at Florida.

Nick:                         That’s all the credit in the world to him. I said on our Zoom, and I think we’re going to be more, because that went really well. You can hope on for like the price of a Starbucks coffee a month and be a member and jump on and talk ball with us back and forth. It’s like an interactive podcast almost. We had a really fun time with it yesterday, and I think we’re going to keep doing them. Go ahead and hope on Gator Country. You can join and talk to us about it.

I think Stewart Reese, I said it last night, and I don’t think he’s going to be an All-American or an All-SEC type of player. Maybe an All-SEC type player. There’s a bunch of really good interior linemen though in the league. I look him, and I think his biggest asset, on top of being a good player and very serviceable, is going to be helping the other guys. I’ve asked Dan about it in public, and I’ve asked other coaches and people around the team about it, and when you get a new guy in, even like when you get Lorenzo Lingard in, it’s kind of like you’re feeling your way around. You’re dipping your toe in the water, in the deep end. Then you’re walking around like, it’s kind of cold, I’m not sure. You’re timid.

There was none of that from Reese, because he came in not only knowing the playbook, but knowing the expectations. I think that’s the biggest part is knowing the expectations of the way John Hevesy wants me to practice, the way Dan Mullen expects things to go. I was in this lifting program. I’m not coming into that first lift and being like, what’s happening? No. I know the intensity that we’re going to go with. Then you bring in the factor that he’s able to jump in and hit the ground running, and then help guys like Ethan and help guys like Kingsley, those younger guys.

Even a guy like Kingsley, he’s been around for a year, but you miss a spring practice that everyone just missed, and you get a guy like Stewart Reese to come and be like, I don’t know if you’ve figured out what John Hevesy’s curse words mean yet, but when he says it this way, he wants you to do this. Depending on how much spit’s flying out of his mouth when he’s MFing you on the football field, he means this. It’s just a veteran voice to have around a position group that is a little bit young, but experienced, but very young.

Andrew:                 Right. Wait, there’s cuss words on the football field?

Nick:                         Yeah. It’s not Brett Heggie. I guess Brett Heggie and Reese aren’t young. Stone’s not, but you’ve got a bunch of those freshmen, sophomores now that I think you kind of want to see what the sophomores can do if a guy like Stone and Richard Gouraige. I think you’ve got some guys in the offensive line that will start because of their experience, but they’ll be on short leashes.

Andrew:                 No offense, Brett, but I hope you have your Doctor’s degree, after this long.

Nick:                         I don’t think he does.

Andrew:                 Yeah. I don’t think so either. That’s a joke. Anyway. That’s kind of the latest. Fenley Graham, Nick. Two weeks he’s out? Is that what it was? Two to three weeks is what Mullen said, right?

Nick:                         Yeah. Just a small fracture in his forearm. I can’t imagine how painful that is. He will be out for a couple weeks. I don’t expect him to make a huge impact on the season. You’re probably going to be coming back right as the season starts, right as you’re getting ready to go to Ole Miss.

Andrew:                 I think he’s your return guy if healthy. I do. I think that’s your return guy if healthy. He’s that talented with the ball in his hands. I think that’s your guy if healthy. Now, does missing that much time, does Dan feel comfortable there? I don’t know. That’ll be something to watch and to see there. It would not shock me at all if he didn’t play and is a return guy, especially you can kind of burn that year, because it doesn’t matter, because it’s not a year. You get that year back. In some years you would say, do we really want to burn a guy just to be a return guy? This year it doesn’t matter. Wouldn’t surprise me at all there. I think that’s all from the scrimmage. Anything else you kind of got from the scrimmage?

Nick:                         Shoot, I spun myself into a dang circle yesterday trying to figure out scholarship numbers and what this means. If I’m Dan Mullen, do I say, NCAA, screw you, I’m playing Justin Shorter, this doesn’t matter? This season doesn’t matter for eligibility. I’m just to play him.

Andrew:                 Nick, let me ask you this. This is kind of weird, but I’ll ask you this. What would be? Obviously, they could force you to forfeit, but the NCAA has kind of said they don’t care about fall championships this year. Does it? You know what I’m saying? Does it really matter what they say on the waiver? I’m just spitballing, of course. They’re not going to do that, but I’m just saying. Would the NCAA do anything? They said that fall sports basically don’t count this year, even though they don’t control football. If the SEC said, go ahead and play him, would Florida? I’m just spitballing.

Nick:                         I don’t think Florida would do it. I know what would be stopping them. I guess what would be stopping them in the NCAA saying you played an ineligible player, you’re forfeiting these games. That’s the threat that would stop you from doing it. I don’t know. Reggie Bush is getting his Heisman trophy back.

Andrew:                 Then your response can be, you said fall sports don’t matter.

Nick:                         My response would be, screw you.

Andrew:                 I’m saying, your response can be then, you said fall sports didn’t matter. Nick Saban would play him, but he’d probably already have a waiver too.

Nick:                         Nick Saban probably would have just already had the waiver taken care of.

Andrew:                 Yeah. He’d probably slip the NCAA a little note.

Nick:                         That’s the frustrating part. I share everyone’s frustration. I share the fans’ frustration, the players’, the parents’. There’s just no consistency in it. It’s so maddening.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         If you play quarterback, and you’re going to a big school, don’t even worry about the paper. Just go play. You’re fine. If you’re an offensive lineman, and you move to get home closer to your sick grandmother, no, no. You should sit out a year. There’s just no consistency in the NCAA. I’m sick of the NCAA. I would love for these Power Five conferences just to say, screw you, we’re going to do our own thing and make their own playing body.

Andrew:                 Home boy, Mark whatever, however you say his name.

Nick:                         I don’t think I’m ever getting a job at the NCAA.

Andrew:                 Probably not either. Mark Emmert though doesn’t care. The guy has basically said, you do what you want to do, whatever. They haven’t said anything about the season at all. They don’t care what happens in football. They said everybody makes their own decision. I guess when you’re the president of the company you’re not supposed to make decisions. I thought it was the opposite way around, but whatever. I don’t know. Again, Florida’s not going to do that. Nick and I are just messing around and having a little fun on the podcast, so don’t take that serious there. Any final thoughts on the scrimmage?

Nick:                         No. We’re looking forward to the next scrimmage. I think that’ll be next week, the week of September 13-19.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         Sorry, September 7-12. That’ll be next week. Month flipping over had my calendar all messed up. Just looking forward to the next scrimmage. We’ll have a bunch of stuff. We talked to Brian Johnson today, so I’ll have some updates on Anthony Richardson up on the site and some updates on Emory Jones. I think we all know what to expect and what we’re going to get out of Kyle Trask, but it’ll be interesting to talk to Coach Johnson and talk some quarterbacks, as well as talk to, I think we’re going to talk to Kyle or Emory tonight as well.

Andrew:                 Okay. Everybody’s raving about Anthony Richardson. This is one of those times where you’d love to be able to go out to fall practice and really see it, see just how he is and everything else. It is what it is. At least we’re having football season. Tell everybody where they can find us. Nick, tell everybody where they can join us. Like Nick said, come join us and get on these Zoom calls. We’re doing some Zoom. Nick and I enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun with members. It’s always good to kind of put a face with the name and everything else. Join us and hop on. We’re not going to do one this coming week, but the following week we’ll have one. Then we might do the same weekly during the season, if we have enough interest.

Nick:                         I’m ready to do it weekly during the season. It was a great time. Thanks everyone that came out. I enjoyed it. If you want to do that, www.GatorCountry.com for all your Florida Gator news. The podcast is there in audio and transcript form. At the top, when you go to Gator Country, if you’re not joined, there’s a little red button at the top that says Join Now. You can hit that, join. Buy a membership. See if we can get you a deal or anything. I don’t know if we’re running anything right now, but we’ll see if we can do something. Do your social media thing, as always. @GatorCountry on Facebook and Twitter. @TheGatorCountry on Instagram. I’m @NickdelaTorreGC. He’s @AndrewSpiveyGC.

Andrew:                 There you go. Guys, we appreciate it. We’ll see everyone next week. Another day closer to the season. As always, chomp, chomp, and go Braves.

Nick:                         You stay classy, Gator Country.

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.