WHO'S HOT: The freshmen along the defensive line. This is starting to become
redundant, but when Bowden, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and defensive
line coach Chris Rumph gush and praise them constantly, it's hard not
continuously make note of it.
WHO'S NOT: Whichever unknown offensive lineman had the misfortune of getting
into a fight with Jenkins.
QUICK HITS: Bowden said that DeAndre McDaniel produced a massive hit in
practice. That shouldn't come as a surprise since he led the spring in big
hits. … According to Bowden, the tight ends are having a good fall camp thus
far. … Bowden said that it's way too early to draw any conclusions on how the
quarterbacks are playing. He said the picture will become much clearer when the
teams start going through 11-on-11 drills. … Contact drills start Wednesday in
senior linebacker Brian Toal will redshirt the season following surgery to
repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.
The only spot that is locked up is quarterback Matt Ryan's, but he will find
some playing time for backup Chris Crane.
"We've got a package specifically for him," Jagodzinski told the Boston
Herald. "We do have a plan for him, and he will be playing early in games."
In one of the more hotly contested competitions in camp, junior right
tackle Clif Ramsey played with the first team while Pat Sheil was with the
second team. . . .
After getting knocked to the ground in practice on Monday, returner Jeff
Smith was wearing a green non-contact jersey yesterday.
Darryl Sharpton was not with the other injured players during the first 25
minutes of practice; however, according to Coach Randy Shannon, he was being
held out mostly for precautionary measures. Senior defensive tackle Teraz
McCray was held out today as well, but
"He's a little nicked right now, he's sitting out right now, that's all," said
Coach Shannon after practice. "[Sharpton] is getting better. Like I said, it
depends on when the bones and muscles heal, I don't know. He could probably
come in and start tomorrow if he had to."
Romeo Davis, Anthony Reddick, Damien Berry, and Chris Perry took part in
plyometric ladder drills.
Javarris James taped his ankle up and took a bit longer to hit the field for
drills, but practiced fully.
Hankerson and Ojomo Practice
Freshmen Leonard Hankerson and Adewale Ojomo, fresh from being cleared by the
NCAA to practice, participated in their first practice as Hurricanes. Ojomo was
not available for comment after practice because he had to go inside to lift
with the rest of the linemen, but Hankerson took a few moments to address the
"It feels really good," said Hankerson. "I'm out there with the team so it
feels really good. I've seen a lot of stuff that I didn't know and some stuff
that I did know. The stuff I didn't know, I'm getting to do it, so I'll know it
Coach Shannon also commented on their admittance. "It's nice. It's an
opportunity for those young guys. It gets discouraging when you have to sit out
and you want to be a part of something. They did everything that they were both
asked to do. They were just waiting for the Clearing House to clear them."
missed." With three days, they didn't really miss anything," he said. "They
still have 26 more days of practice."
In the limited time that the media was allowed to spectate, the team was able
to complete stretches and start some drill work. The offense and defense split
up, and the offense went over some run plays while the defense did an
unspecified drill. After about five minutes, the quarterbacks, receivers, and
running backs practiced catching some fade routes.
Armour Still on First Team
So far during the fall, Carlos Armour has quietly been practicing mostly with
the first team at cornerback. He has been the victim of several nagging
injuries throughout his career, including an ACL tear during his sophomore
season. He's been healthy now though and has impressed coaches in practice.
Does he have a starting job locked up? Not quite yet, according to
"He finished up at first team during the spring at that position, so now he's
going with the Ones. I don't know if he's a starter or nothing, but he's
working with the Ones and when the time comes, he'll have to keep going." "
Injuries got him, but like I told him, he can't worry about it now. It's a new
opportunity, a new season, and he's doing fine."
Urban Meyer was enthusiastic after Monday's workout, but not so much on
Tuesday. He wasn't negative, but seemed much more like a coach that knows the
Gators have a long way to go.
"It was very average," Meyer said. "It was the first day in pads, and it looked
like a young team."
The older guys continue to look better as each day goes on, but that's what you
would expect from the veterans.
"I'm pleased with the older guys, unfortunately on the [defensive] side of the
ball there's not a whole bunch of them," Meyer said. "I think Dustin Doe and
The most obvious question after day three was how did the new freshmen fare in
their first workout with the older players and the answer wasn't great. Meyer
paused for quite a while before responding to a question about whether any
freshmen stood out.
"No," he said. "Major [Wright] kind of excites you, but then he misses a
tackle. [Chris] Rainey did good. We did a little drill before practice, and
they threw it right in there. There's no place to run or hide in that thing,
and he's not the biggest guy in the world. I thought Rainey had a good day."
Last season, Meyer managed with only two quarterbacks, but this year he has the
benefit of three. Yesterday, he was high on John Brantley, and today was no
"John Brantley had another good day," Meyer said.
The same couldn't be said for starter Tim Tebow. At first impression, Meyer
didn't think he had one of his better days.
"I don't know if he had a great day today," Meyer said. "I'll have to check the
film. He's throwing the ball well. There's just a lot of stuff. He'll be
But with three quarterbacks, and Cameron
on Friday, Meyer said it is tough to get reps for all three guys.
"It's hard to get three guys enough reps to be game ready," Meyer said. "We're
going to have to cut back and find out who the back up is here real soon."
On the defensive side, Meyer was impressed with freshman defensive end Justin
"Justin Trattou is playing," Meyer said. "You can write that one down. He's
earned that right."
Making the Move
Everyone knows the names like Andre Caldwell, Derrick Harvey, Tony Joiner and
Cornelius Ingram. But what about the other members of the junior and senior
classes? The Gators are loaded with young talent, but some of the veterans who
haven't contributed a whole bunch are going to have to step up in the fall.
A few guys are making early names for themselves.
"Louis Murphy is doing a very good job," Meyer said. "Kestahn Moore didn't
practice today because he had a class, but he's another guy who is off the
charts right now and doing what we're asking him to do."
And a highly recruited redshirt freshman is also making a move in the right
"Someone who is making a little bit of a move is Jamar Hornsby," Meyer said. "
He's going through that player development between your first and second
Sub-par Day in the Trenches
The first day in pads brought the first day of contact between the offensive
and defensive lines. The veteran offensive line is supposed to be one of the
best units for the Gators, and the starting defensive line has some veteran
experience as well with McMillan, Javier Estopinan and Harvey. But today, both
lines showed some rust.
"If you walked away from this practice you wouldn't walk away saying those are
two good offensive and defensive lines going after each other because it wasn't
t," Meyer said. "It was the first day in pads, and we have to coach them up.
The heart and effort is there. We just have to coach them up."
According to yesterdays show offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher wasn't very
pleased with either Drew Weatherford or Xaiver Lee. Both knew what to do but
the two quarterbacks didn't do an outstanding job of actually doing it.
ESPN also reported that the Florida Gator defense is struggling especially at
I'm very impressed with the new offensive staff. The new boys on the block
will get the best athletes on the field. I love the move of Marcus Sims to
fullback. The former North Florida Christian standout has the ability to block
like a fullback and run like a tailback. Sims and Smith in the same backfield
is quite a scary thought.
Look out for Preston Parker because he is a star in the making. Not only can
he make the tough catches, he's also the Seminoles top blocking wide receiver.
Rod Owens could also be a household name before the season ends.
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