Spring Exit Interviews: Offensive Tackles

At the end of the spring football session Will Muschamp and staff meet with every football player about their progress from a career standpoint and current progress as it relates to where they are heading. The meeting is to talk about what they need to do to get to the point where they can be the most productive for the program and in some circumstances, whether they expect them to be productive.

We're going to break down the interviews for every offensive and defensive player on the depth chart from what we have heard and seen this spring and here is where we are at with the Florida offensive tackles.

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

Chaz Green: Junior lineman that missed most of the spring with an injury.

Through January: Green has had a mixed career so far with mostly good play. He is listed as a co-starter at right tackle and will certainly be in the hunt when August rolls around. I have always thought that he has the body of a guard along the offensive line and at 6-5 and 305 pounds I could see him moving inside if it means getting the best five linemen on the field at the same time.

Improvements since January: Hard to tell because of injury, so an N/A here.

Needs to work on: it is just a matter of concentration on every snap for Green. He won't be overpowered, but his little bit of bad play has come from mental errors.

Expectations for August: Show up ready to own that left tackle spot. He has competition now and that wasn't expected for this year and competition among linemen is usually the best motivator to get better.

D.J. Humphries: Has made himself the starter at left tackle after a strong freshman year and spring.

Through January: Humphries earned a role as the sixth lineman in the popular personnel set used by the Gators a year ago. Technique wise he came in more prepared than any freshman should be, he just needed to gain some weight and strength to be effective in the SEC. He earned Freshman All-SEC honors in the somewhat limited time he did spend on the field.

Improvements since January: He is up over 30 pounds at 6-5 and 285 pounds now and should play around 295 in the fall. He got extensive time (almost every big down) at left tackle this spring and made great strides over 15 practices learning the offense and his responsibilities.

Needs to work on: Just more weight and strength and continue to wor on the playbook.

Expectations for August: He isn't a lock to start at left tackle, but his ability at the position makes him the best fit. He just needs to maintain and get as close to that 300 mark that he can get by the start of Fall practice.

Tyler Moore: Sophomore transfer that is listed with green as a co-starter at right tackle.

Through January: Arrived on campus in January after missing football altogether in 2012. He was a freshman All-American tackle at Nebraska in 2011.

Improvements since January: He had to adjust a good deal to the speed he was seeing every day in practice here and that he did over the 15 week period. He is one of those guys that when he gets his paws on you it is over, but the linemen he was facing in practice every day were running around him at times. That toned down a great deal as practice closed in April and he got his feet under him.

Needs to work on: Keep working on the feet work. Stay on that playbook.

Expectations for August: Moore like Green could be a candidate to move inside in order to get the best five linemen on the field at all times. He practiced some at guard in the spring and he also looks like a decent fit at the position. Maybe this is something happening to prepare for next season when three inside guys graduate, but it appears he needs to get himself ready for both positions.

Quinteze Williams: Red-shirt freshman currently trying to get into the two-deep.

Through January: In 2012 he practiced on the defensive line where he was recruited to play, but never saw the field on Saturdays.

Improvements since January: He had a long way to go and had some improvement in the Spring. But, he is far from being a factor at this point, even with a small depth chart.

Needs to work on: Needs to work on everything. Technique, size (6-4, 280), strength, and feet work are all things he can spend some time on.

Expectations for August: Just get better. His newness at the position in itself means he has a long way to go to see the field, so just work on everything and make it show in the eyes of the staff.


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