Spring Exit interviews: Guards and Centers

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 continue to break down the interviews for every offensive and defensive player on the depth chart from what we have heard and saw this spring and here is where we are at.


Jon Halapio: Three year starter at guard, often scrutinized but loved by the staff.

Through January: In his three years we have seen Halapio be the tough guy on the field, that is his mantra, if you will. Although he typically grades out very high, he seems to be the victim of poor execution on very few occasions that always seem to wind up on television.

Improvements since January:Halapio missed most of the spring with injury, but was close to 100% at the end of drills and was able to compete in the one-on-one matchups in the last week. Because he was down, he didn't get much time in, but consistency is the issue and we should see more of it with his first repeat OL coach in the last four years.

Needs to work on: It is never a physical thing with Halapio who is as physical as it gets. The mental aspect should be greatly improved with a repeat offense and offensive line coach.

Expectations for August: There is actually some competition here because of Tyler Moore and his versatility to play inside and outside. But, I expect Halapio to play well and be a mid rounder in the draft a year from now.

Max Garcia: Transfer in from Maryland where he was an All-SEC performer as a sophomore.

Through January: Played well in his two years at Maryland and sat out last season working on Florida's scout team in the fall. Some defensive linemen would tell you he was the best lineman on the team last year.

Improvements since January:Got acclimated to the offense and worked hard to solidify his spot at left guard vacated by James Wilson.

Needs to work on: It will be interesting to see how he adapts to SEC play, but from practice reports from players, he is ready to go already.

Expectations for August: Nothing but high expectations for Garcia who seems to have all the tools both mental and physical to be a big time player at Florida.

Trip Thurman: Red-shirt sophomore who saw limited time a year ago (mostly at tackle).

Through January: Was a tackle but has more of the shape of a guard. He is a guy the staff has really liked since his arrival. Was physically ready as a freshman last year.

Improvements since January:Worked a lot inside for the first time and got acclimated with the position.

Needs to work on: Just like any young lineman, he just needs to keep plowing through and wait for his time. It will come, s concentrate on the mental aspects of being a guard in the Pease offense.

Expectations for August: Be as ready as possible. He is the next one in line to step in if there is an injury or if someone needs a break. Own that playbook.

Ian Silberman: Junior who has seen little playing time.

Through January: Silberman has had a bit of an injury problem since his arrival over three years ago and that has hindered his progress. Originally a tackle, he bulked up and moved inside a little over a year ago and has yet to dent the depth chart.

Improvements since January:Missed the entire spring with an injury.

Needs to work on:Own the playbook. Get down and dirty on the field. He's in his fourth year and should be as physical as any player on the roster. Get to that point.

Expectations for August:Haven't seen it yet. An expectation of success would mean getting to the point where he could be relied on in the trenches to play at the level of the starters ahead of him.


Jonotthan Harrison: Senior and third year starter at center, which is a rarity in college football.

Through January: Has been a solid starting center for two years with minimal issues at the position. Is a preseason Rimington Award candidate for 2013.

Improvements since January: Harrison may benefit more than anyone on the team from a second year with the same offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. The center is that important and by all accounts he had a terrific spring.

Needs to work on: May be a bit more physical, not that he is any slouch in that department.

Expectations for August: Be the leader that he has to be as the center. Work hard in the summer with quarterback Jeff Driskel and stay on the same page with him and the other linemen he is in charge of.

Kyle Koehne: Versatile senior that has played every position on the line during his time at Florida.

Through January: Mostly a tackle, he has played all along the line often filling in for starters that were missing. Has been very consistent and someone the staff has always counted on.

Improvements since January:Worked at center mostly, where hadn't spent much time. Just continued to work everywhere and provide depth all along the front.

Needs to work on: Just a little bit of everything.

Expectations for August: Remain that dependable back up that the staff can call on. Koehne is definitely in the top seven of the returning linemen and there is no reason to expect anything else.

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