Ack's Insights

In this week's Insight's article, I review the upcoming football camp, off-seaon conditioning, talk about the Gator football opener and much more.

The football coaches will be hard at work over the next week as they entertain more than 500 campers for the Ron Zook football Camp. Kids of all ages up to senior's to be will workout where the Gators do, practice where the big boys do and play on the field that is called the Swamp. This camp has become an impressive recruiting tool for Florida over the years. Steve Spurrier landed the likes of Rex Grossman and Brock Berlin because of their work at summer camp. Ron Zook continued that history with the signing of Justin Midgett and Chris Leak from his summer camp. He also landed Eric Wilbur who he called the best punter he had in camp, which included the top three in the southeast. This camp can be a useful tool for coaches to get to know a young person for a couple of days, as well as evaluate how he handles collegiate coaching. This year will be no different with several of the top recruits in the country coming to Gainesville.

The summer strength and conditioning program continues and several leaders continue to emerge, led by QB Ingle Martin. Martin, who not only is working out with the receivers on the passing game but is trying to increase his arm strength in the weight room with specialized lifts. Lateral raises and low back pull downs are two of the lifts that are used to strengthen areas of emphasis for quarterbacks. The big thing Ingle has is ability to make decisions quickly with the bullets flying around him. Add arm strength through lifting and summer throwing and look out this fall. Other weight room warriors are Shannon Snell, Guss Scott, Nick Brooks, Darrell Lee, Lance Butler and Todd McCollough. Keiwan Ratliff continues to lead as wel,l especially during conditioning.

Other summer on goings in the football office include the Women's Clinic on June 21st in which woman will get the opportunity to "x an o" with the Gator coaches and a Media dinner with Ron Zook and the local media. This ought to be interesting....

Snipppett and Tidbits:
Keep an eye on Ed Zaunbreaker this fall, I would not be surprised if he moved from the Press Box to the sidelines. Last season in the box was considered odd by most fans considering Steve Spurrier's involvement with the QB's. With Rex calling the shots it seemed like a logical move. This season there will be all new quarterbacks and it may behoove Zaunbreaker (the quarterback coach) to move onto the field and out of the Press Box.

One incoming freshman that has not gotten a lot of publicity but may have a chance to contribute this fall is Howard Linguard.out of Oviedo. He is a salty linebacker who is not afraid to mix it up. Although UF is young at most linebacker positions he may be a candidate for special teams and backup action. Joe Cohen, the outstanding two-way player from Palm Bay, may get his opportunity at fullback in the fall. With no proven talent at the position he may get his college transition much like Ciatrick Fason did a year ago by mixing in on special teams and fullback. I personally think Cohen can be a factor on the defensive side in the future but for '03 if he wants to play fullback is the spot.

The recent charges of Steven Harris and Channing Crowder bring us closer to closure in this particular situation. With Harris getting a felony charge he may miss more game action for a suspension this fall than Crowder. Zook remains confident that the Judicial System will run it's course and Crowder and Harris will be a big part of the '03 equation. It appears Patrick Dosh is headed to East Carolina and with former Defensive Coordinator John Thompson. Word may come in the near future that Jonathan Marvin is officially leaving the team. It has been speculated for weeks, but he is not official as of yet.

The word is that Chris Leak has the strongest arm on campus right now and that includes Rex (when he is in town).

Florida averaged 25.9 ppg last season, which was only 69th in the country. First game opponent San Jose St. averaged 28.9, which was 43rd in the country and returns 7 starters on offense including quarterback Scott Rislov. They are a dangerous first game opponent considering the experience on Florida's team.

#47 is the number Ron Zook is giving the Booster Clubs for number of first time Gators that will enter the Swamp on August 30 in the season opener.

Finally the Stat of the Week
(23) that was the number of pass plays of 20 yards or longer that graduated. Add Matt Jackson, Rex Grossman to the mix of Aaron Walker and Taylor Jacobs and that number is (26). Kelvin Kight returns with (8) and Carlos Perez with (7) plays over 20 yards. Look for Baker and Ratliff to combine for those (23).


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