UA Day 1: News and Notes

With the first day of practice at the Under Armour All-America Game coming to a close, here are some quick notes and observations Gator Country has gathered throughout the first day’s events.

  • The first day of practice for an event like this is always the lightest. It was a lot of installation and position drills today, so not much opportunity for the players to make any big plays.
  • Both offenses struggled in the first practice session. Quarterbacks were having a hard time connecting with wide receivers and the offensive line groups couldn’t contain the defensive line.
  •  Speaking of defensive line, the Black Team will be anchored by its defensive line play. Having Robert Nkemdiche, Demarcus Walker, Elijah Daniel and Caleb Brantley on the line of scrimmage should give them a big advantage come Friday.
  •  Both Walker and Daniel looked good today. It seemed like Walker was in the backfield much of the day. Both were very disruptive.
  • Mississippi State commit and defensive end Chris Jones had a great day today. At one point, he was in the backfield three straight plays and registered a sack and another tackle for loss. He’s huge, too, standing currently at 6-foot-7, 257-pounds.
  • Defensive tackle Montravius Adams suffered an ankle injury at the beginning of practice today. The Florida target, who is scheduled to make his official visit to Gainesville after the Under Armour Game, spent the day on the trainer’s table before being hauled away in a golf cart.
  • Alvin Bailey looked impressive during drills. He beat a few defenders on some nice routes. He was making some sharp cuts and even beat Vernon Hargreaves III on a ball, too. The Florida commit saw some reps at punt return, as well, and it looks like he should get some time at that position on Friday.
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Drew is a senior at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. When not at school, Drew resides in Lakeland, Fla. Ever since working on his high school yearbook, Drew has had an interest in pursuing a journalism career after college. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of his school newspaper, The Samford Crimson, Drew has also been with Gator Country as an intern for one year. He enjoys the finer things in life like Tampa Bay Rays baseball and always making sure to make fun of the Atlanta Braves to Andrew Spivey’s face.