Workouts continue and players begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Summer B session will provide the backstretch to a strength program that begins essentially in January. With the youth on the team it also effects the strength staff as well. They will try to gauge the tolerance level of each athlete to know how hard they can push them to get ready for the humidity of August and Fall Camp. The new NCAA rules allow freshman to begin practice with the upperclassman so they will be thrown to the wolves early. One other rule is that you cannot have two (two a day) practices on consecutive days .I believe all these changes are directly related the off-season events in College Football the last couple of seasons. Eraste Autin, a former Gator freshman, collapsed in summer workouts in 2001 and it was a difficult summer and offseasons with incidents at Northwestern, FSU and in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. The biggest thing Rob Glass and his staff look for in determining levels of tolerance is body perspiration. With very little through a rigorous workout could mean the athlete has not reached his max, while too much sweat early in a workout could me lack of proper hydration. Each athlete based on this eyeball evaluation will be encouraged to water more or push themselves a little bit more.
The SEC Media days come up in late July in Birmingham, Alabama and we will have extensive coverage. It is attended by all SEC Head Coaches and their top players on offense and defense. Ron Zook will be taking Max Starks and Keiwan Ratliff to visit with the hundreds of media members. Here is a list of other players:
Alabama - LB Brooks Daniels,TB Shaud Williams
Arkansas - OT Shawn Andrews, LB Tony Bua
Auburn - LB Karlos Dansby, QB-Jason Campbell
Georgia – DE David Pollack, TE Ben Watson
Kentucky - WR-Derek Abney, DE Vincent Burns
LSU - DT Chad Lavalais, OG Stephen Peterman
Ole Miss - QB Eli Manning, DT Jessie Mitchell
Mississippi State - LB T.J. Mawhinney,WR Justin Jenkins
South Carolina - DB-Dunta Robinson, OT Travelle Wharton
Tennessee - QB Casey Clausen, LB Kevin Burnett
Vanderbilt - QB Jay Cutler, DE Jovan Haye
There will be no David Greene, Jared Lorenzen or Brodie Croyle. But certainly Clausen and Manning will draw alot of attention at the Quarterback position.
Snippetts and Tidbits
Since the 1960's, each decade UF had 5 Gators taken in the NBA Draft up until the 90's in which three were taken. While Mike Miller was taken 5th in the 2000 draft and Jason Williams 7th in the 1998, UF will not have a lottery player this season nor a first rounder. In today's basketball world, if you are a senior you may go in the 2nd round. As many as 12 foreign players and 3 high school players could be taken in the first round not to mention underclassman like Jarvis Hayes and Mario Austin. If UF is to have a top 10 pick next year someone will have to leave school early. David Lee is a strong candidate considering he will be a junior and does not want to slide into the senior second round.The second round in the NBA Draft is not guaranteed money while the first round is and each position is slotted for rookies.
Pat McMahon was rewarded with a two year contract extension and here are some of this past season's accomplishments. It was the 13th consecutive year with 30+ wins and the 25th in school history. The Gators, who appeared in a Regional for the second consecutive year, had nine wins against rank opponents and went 12-0 in mid-week games this season. The proving ground that this was a young and talented team was evident in their 31-6 mark at home. The .838 winning percentage was the eighth best ever in school history.
Gator Defensive End signee Jarvis Moss out of Denton,Texas, was in a major car accident the weekend of June 14th. He flipped his car and totaled it on interstate 10 but came away with barely a scratch. He will be ok and ready to report in two weeks.
The Gator Coaching Staff is the seventh highest paid in the conference at 118,763. Alabama is the highest and Kentucky, LSU, Georgia, Tennesee and Auburn are all ahead of the Gators. The top coordinators are Jimbo Fisher at $205,000 of LSU and John Chavis of Tennesee at $203,000. No Gator assistant, including defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, are in the top 10 in the conference.
Final Statistic of the Week: $119,445. Highest paid assistant coaches in the ACC. It's NC ST not FSU. So don't feel to bad Gator fans. Although how does NC St. pay more than Florida?
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