Top five newcomers in open practice

The Gators had a lighter practice on Saturday morning in The Swamp, just one day after the team went through the second scrimmage of the fall. Two weeks away from the season opener against Toledo, it's clear that some freshmen and junior college transfers are starting to separate themselves and earn playing time. They continued to show it on Saturday morning.

Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson

Even if this list were the five best players at practice on Saturday, Robinson would still be on it. In two open practices, he has been every bit as impressive as the hype that followed him through spring ball in Gainesville. He practiced seven times in the spring because of an ankle injury, but it allowed him to get a better understanding of the offense.

It's showing now. Robinson catches everything. The Florida quarterbacks behind Jeff Driskel haven't been accurate in the two open practices, but as long as it's in the general hemisphere of Robinson, he's coming down with the ball. The former Army All-American showed on Saturday that he can also be a red zone target, catching multiple touchdown passes in red zone drills. He'll be an important part of the Florida passing game this year.

Safety Marcus Maye

The redshirt freshman came down with an interception against Jeff Driskel that came in the end zone. He almost added another one later in the 11-on-11 portion of practice, but a walk-on receiver came in at the last second and broke it up, much to the disappointment of the Florida secondary. Maye isn't a true newcomer after redshirting last season, but he took a redshirt because of a meniscus injury and remains a freshman based on eligibility. His teammates have seen the camp Maye is having, and it's to the point where they're surprised when he doesn't end up making a play.

He worked with the linebackers some for the one-on-one coverage drills against running backs coming out of the backfield. Again, Maye was rarely off step and stayed with every running back. His build is impressive and gives him the strength to stay with playmakers on offense, but he's aggressive and rarely out of position. Expect a big year from this one.

Linebacker Daniel McMillian

McMillian has the build to compete immediately in his Florida career, and it looks like he'll do just that. The coaches have mentioned him multiple times as a player that's fighting for a starting position. He needs to improve some of his coverage skills, but McMillian is a great athlete that should find a role immediately.

He had an interception during seven-on-seven on Thursday and continues to be around the football. If Antonio Morrison's suspension holds and keeps him out for two games, McMillian will be heavily involved on the field against Toledo and Miami.

Defensive tackle Darious Cummings

He made the list Thursday and deserved it again today. Cummings got a lot more reps on Saturday than on Thursday, and as I said then, I am of the belief he will push for that starting nose or defensive tackle spot opposite Dominique Easley early this year.

Cummings has some width and weight to him, but that doesn't mean he isn't quick. He is really making it hard for the inside guys with his quickness and then he comes with a tremendous punch that is probably a bit unsettling once an offensive lineman thinks he has has him squared up. -- Bob Redman

Offensive tackle Trevon Young

I continue to be impressed with the true freshman tight end turned offensive tackle. In only his second day at the position he spent a lot of time at second team at left tackle and he held his own against the best players on the defensive line coming from the outside.

Young has yet to meet any kind of potential he has. He certainly had to keep his weight in check so far to play at tight end. Now he can try and bulk up -- he already looks pretty big -- and work on the little things at the position technique-wise. He looks to have a promising future. -- Bob Redman

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