Harrison Becoming Center of Attention

Replacing one Pouncey is tough, but following two Pounceys at the center position is a very unenviable position for anyone. Sophomore Jonotthan Harrison may have to be that guy and that is without having played the position for seven years. Harrison is drawing praise from head coach Will Muschamp for his efforts and really likes the transition from playing guard and tackle a year ago.

Jonotthan Harrison spoke last week after Muschamp talked about the job he was doing and the 6-4, 300-pounder was all grins talking about it.

"It's going real good," he said of the position change. "It's a big change from left guard, but I am enjoying it so far and I've been working at it all spring. I played center my first year in high school, but that was it, so not much experience."

Harrison didn't ask questions about the move, he just jumped right in when asked and understands he will have a lot on his shoulders.

"They didn't tell me why, but for the betterment of the team I am just going to work at it," he said. "I have to learn the calls, especially with the new offense. The center has to do more of the ID's and things now, I am getting used to that.

"I was shocked (when they told me), but excited at the same time. I heard bits and pieces about me playing center, and I am just excited it has finally happened."

Harrison did talk briefly to Michael Pouncey who started one year for Florida at the position in 2010. However, he hasn't really watched a lot of game film on the future pro player.

"I haven't studied him much, but I have talked to him," Harrison said of Pouncey. "He said, ‘you just have to go hard and study your playbook.'"

A genuinely excited look came upon Harrison's face when he was asked about the progression of the Florida offense. He believes it is coming around.

"The offense as a whole, we are looking good," he said. "We're going to be amazing and I feel like this is all going to mesh together as soon as we get used to playing together… especially with the young offensive line."

Harrison understands the youth and the issues that come with replacing four starters on the offensive line. He also knows there is a little bit of familiarity already within the group and believes that will help foster a formidable unit moving forward.

"Yes we are young, but we worked together on the second string (last year), a lot of us," he said. "We are just bringing it all together on the first string."

Frank Verducci is the new offensive line coach at Florida, and according to Harrison, he is a straight shooter that doesn't yell much, until you get on his wrong side.

"If you push his buttons… yes," Harrison answered when asked if Verducci would yell at them at practice. "Verducci is going to tell you what you need to get better on."

Praising His Adversaries…

In spring, it is all about facing teammates on the opposite side of the ball. Harrison had some big praise for one of Florida's youngest players on that side of the ball.

"Dominique Easley is one of the tougher ones, especially since he is right over me and playing (against the center) now," Harrison said of the sophomore defensive tackle. "He gets off the ball real fast and is real strong for his size. He is really making me better at center."


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