Muschamp sees some standouts

With just over a week until the Gators take the field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to close the spring with the Orange & Blue Debut, the development continues to take place for the Gators on the practice field. There are multiple positions that lost experienced players and needed to take a step forward, and the Florida coaching staff sees players emerging there so far this spring.

The spring game on April 6 might have a different look because the Gators currently have six healthy offensive linemen. With some of the development continuing at multiple spots, Florida head coach spoke about a few players emerging that he sees at a few positions this spring.

Offensive line:

"I feel very strong with where we are on the offensive line. We got some injuries, but Max Garcia and Tyler Moore are two good pickups for us. Those guys are good football players. Very pleased with that."

Running back:

"Matt Jones continues to run the ball well. Hunter Joyer has done some nice things for us at the fullback position. I've been very pleased with Gideon (Ajagbe). He's a guy that's done some nice things in the two-back stuff that we've been doing as far as the run blocking and things. To be in a new position, very pleased with him."

Defensive line:

"I think Dante Fowler is playing well. I think he's rushing the passer well. He's understanding when we're in our 3-4 stuff standing up and moving around. I think I've been very pleased with Damien Jacobs. I think he's playing his best football. He's playing very square on blocks, doing a nice job of anchoring and playing the double teams and keeping his gap. Just think he's playing his best football since he's been here.

"I think Darious Cummings is probably a little further ahead of where Damien was this time last year, so that's promising for us. Not where he needs to be, so let's don't get that confused, but certainly probably ahead of where Damien was at this time last spring. That's a promising thing."


"I think Marcus Roberson is up to 193, 194 (pounds). He's changed his upper body. It's gotten stronger. He's better on the line of scrimmage in press. He's more disruptive on receivers and routes. I think he's made some strides. Marcus Maye is a guy that's been very productive. He had an interception Saturday and done some really good things, but with that, we gotta continue to get some reps and continue to get turns. We're making too many mistakes as far as where his eye control needs to be. But again, you go back to production. The guy's producing and making plays, let's narrow some things down for him and put him in a situation to play fast.

PURIFOY WORKING ON BOTH SIDES: After spending the first seven practices of the spring exclusively at wide receiver, Loucheiz Purifoy is now spending time primarily at cornerback. He'll still mix in some reps on offense, but he's back in the Florida secondary now, where he is most comfortable.

When practices going into 7-on-7 mode, Purifoy will start his reps in the secondary and then move over to take some snaps at wide receiver on the other side.

"He's an explosive guy, catches the ball well," Muschamp said. "He's got good ball skills, he's got good vertical speed. He plays the game fast. I don't know what his time is in the 40, but when you get on the field, he plays fast. You notice him on the field."

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