Open practice observations: Offense

Monday's open practice was the most vanilla of the three, as the number one offense didn't face the number one defense until the last period of practice. The Florida offense didn't show much throughout practice, and many of the standouts on Monday were the same ones as the recent open practices.

The quarterback position has shown consistency in three open practices and that didn't change Monday. However, that's not always a good thing.

Jeff Driskel continued his strong fall in the open practices. He's poised, knows where he's going with the ball and has an advanced understanding of what to do in Brent Pease's offense. The Gators opened a two-minute drill portion of practice, and Driskel hit Quinton Dunbar on a 15-yard out route to start it. The ball was out of Driskel's hand before Dunbar even made his cut to the sideline. It's a common theme in most of his throws this fall.

Tyler Murphy continues to show that he will be capable of running the offense if needed. He struggles with throws past about 20 yards, but he can hit the intermediate routes. Skyler Mornhinweg had a strong practice after really struggling on Saturday. It was the same story for Max Staver, making some impressive throws and struggling on other basic ones.

The running back issues are easy to see. Will Muschamp has been vocal with his concern about ball security and pass protection, and the pass protection struggled on Monday from almost every running back that hit the field.

The receivers were led by Quinton Dunbar, who continues to impress in every open practice this year. His timing with Driskel appears to have taken a step forward and could provide a big help for an offense that needs reliable pass catchers. Demarcus Robinson had another impressive day on offense. His ball skills continue to shine. He had a pass bounce off his chest and stuck with it in the air to pull down an impressive catch. If the ball is in his vicinity, he's going to come down with it -- even if he doesn't catch it immediately.

Ahmad Fulwood ended red zone drills with a touchdown catch. His big frame can be a target down there. After struggling mightily in the first two open practices, Latroy Pittman made a few nice catches and actually had a good day.

Kent Taylor and Colin Thompson had their best days of the three open practices. Taylor made a few nice catches over the middle of the field, and Thompson was a safety blanket near the line of scrimmage. Thompson even got open down the field but was underthrown by Murphy.

The offensive line worked mostly against Florida's second team defensive line. As expected, they dominated those reps. Jon Halapio won't be ready for contact until Friday at the earliest, but he was at practice and dressed out. Trevon Young has spent a majority of his time during open practices at offensive tackle. It appears he won't be at tight end any longer, but he's dealing with a massive learning curve at tackle.


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