Ack's Insights

This week's Ack's Insights - more Gator technology, off-season workouts and more.


With graduation this past Saturday many players spent this week at home with their families.  Next week, summer weights begin and the focus will be on getting bigger, stronger, and faster.  Last week we told you about the learning tools in place at UF to help athletes learn their assignments on the field, in the company of their own living room.  It even carries over to the weight room.  For all the new signees that will attend UF in Summer B, they will receive and instructional DVD,  filmed by the weight room staff on instruction of strength and conditioning drills.  This will allow incoming athletes (like Demetrice Webb, Chad Jackson, Andre Caldwell, Marcus Thomas, etc.) to properly train as if they were here on campus.  Rob Glass believes in working right as much as he does working hard.  If drills are not performed properly it does not matter how hard someone works.T he DVD includes demonstrations  of position specific drills that guys on campus will be doing over the next six weeks.    This allows an incoming athlete the opportunity, if done correctly, to come in at the same level of conditioning as a returning player.  The offseason program is now broken down to 12 weeks, beginning summer B, Week 6 the incoming freshman will enter the equation and form the largest summer group in recent memory.  Summer A, which is a traditional time for athletes to take off and workout at home, will provide the biggest participation in ten years at UF, with 90 players on campus for summer workouts.  The total will grow to near 120 for summer B.  This high number is a two fold effect - number one, Zook and his staff have set an importance on offseason conditioning especially the summer program and secondly, their are a lot of jobs up for grabs and a lot of playing time on the line this season. No athlete wants to put himself out of favor with coaches for choosing to not work hard in the summer.  One other ingredient that has been apparent to Rob Glass and his staff is that this is a closely nit team which has young leaders that guys look to follow.  They want to prove the experts wrong and that makes it easy to motivate them this summer.

Snippetts and Tidbits:

Kenneth Tookes was scoped this past week and will be fine this fall.  He is a tough kid who can work the slot position with Keiwan Ratliff and O.J. Small.  Coach Ed Zaunbreaker really likes Tookes in the redzone area.

Rob Glass will be in Salt Lake City this week at the National Strength Coaches convention in which he was honored a year ago.  It provides coaches with resources, knowledge and information from the NCAA to the guidelines of strength training.  No candidates for Mike Price or Larry Eustachy syndrome at this convention, just a lot of creatine and carbo power happy hours.

Ingle Martin and Gavin Dickey have already assembled a throwing practice with the receiver and defensive backs.  Expect it to be three nights a week with heavy competition at the receiver/defensive back spots.  Ron Zook was injured this past week but he expects to be on the road spring recruiting by mid week.  Coaches have already been to Texas and the Mississippi Jucos with Joe Wickline speaking at a recent clinic in Biloxi.

Speaking of clinics, if you have a quarterback in the making you need to contact the BMW Camp in Ocala, Florida. It is the Kerwin Bell, Shane Matthews, Danny Wuerffel passing camp for 8th graders through 12th grade.  This is the second year of the camp that sent several kids to college last year with top notch coaching.  Bel,l the Head Coach at Trinitiy Catholic High School in Ocala, hosts the camp with former Gator greats Matthews and Wuerffel.  It is Friday June 20-22 at Trinity Catholic High School and the contact number is 352-224-1206.  Former NFL players and ex-gators will also be working the camp.  This year's top quarterbacks in Texas and Florida have committed to come and participate in the camp.

BASEBALL:  Six games to go for Pat McMahon and the UF baseball team is one game out in the loss column in the SEC East.  UF lost 2 of 3 to Auburn who most likely will host a regional, this past weekend.  UF sits eighth in the conference but can finish number two by winning the East and as high as fifth without winning it.  South Carolina benefited this past weekend by sweeping a bad Kentucky team.  UF closes with Kentucky at home but travels to 13-11 Ole Miss this weekend.  The Gators have a two game lead on Tennessee and Vanderbilt  for the final spot in the SEC tournament.  Those teams do have to play one another at the end of the regular season.  Auburn's series win over UF was it's first since 1997.  The Gators are still ranked in Baseball America #24.  With the 4-3 loss Sunday the Gators dropped to 9-2-1 on Sundays.  One reason Justin Hoyman the ace of the Gator staff did not pitch in the doubleheader on Saturday was because of the chance to win the series.  He pitched well giving up 3 earned in 7-plus but got no run support.  If UF wins it's division they could bid for a regional although it seems unlikely the state will get three this season.  FSU and Miami seem to be locks for regional but it has happened before in NCAA tournament play that all three had a regional.  UF has an RPI of 22 this week.

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