Orange and Blue Debut Highlight Moments

Florida concluded spring practice on Saturday in The Swamp with the Orange and Blue Debut. The new offense showcased its tempo, causing problems for the Florida defense and giving new looks. The Florida running backs carried the load, led by Adam Lane and Mack Brown.

Jeff Driskel dealt with the inconsistency that plagued him through the spring practices. He finished the day 18-32 for 167 yards and one touchdown. Most of his yardage came while hitting open receivers on drag routes. His passes to the medium and deep range of the field showed average accuracy. He struggled to keep deep throws down the sideline in bounds, giving his receivers no chance to make the catch. He just has to do better throwing the football for the Florida offense to be as productive as it can be this fall.

Despite that, Driskel's legs looked as healthy as they have during the spring practices. His speed and quickness helps him get to open space, but since he was non-contact on Saturday like he has been all spring, some plays were blown dead by referees where he likely wouldn't be tackled in the spring.

The running game highlighted the day. Adam Lane rushed for 64 yards on 12 carries while Mack Brown led the team with 59 yards on nine carries and one touchdown. Brown's highlight run came when he reversed field in the redzone, being tackled at the one and punching it in the next play.

Demarcus Robinson delivered a highlight catch to finish off a strong spring. The sophomore receiver caught a drag route from Driskel and got to the sideline. He made a move to cut the ball back to the middle of the field, losing freshman defensive back Duke Dawson and heading to the end zone. Robinson also added a punt return that went for nine yards after he looked bottled up after catching it. The sophomore led the day with 45 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Will Muschamp made it clear at the start of spring that the kicking game was a focus. Austin Hardin had a strong day, making all four of his field goals. The four came from 43, 42, 35 and 24 yards. He had one low point in the first half when he banged an extra point off the post, but Muschamp said a bad snap was to blame.

Jonathan Bullard had a good game at defensive tackle. The junior moved exclusively to tackle this spring and gave 350-pound guard Trenton Brown trouble with his speed. Bullard ended the game with four tackles and would've had at least one sack if the quarterbacks were live.

Defensive end Alex McCalister didn't have a standout game on the state sheet, but he shows flashes of his potential. He came flying through the middle of the offensive line on a third down snap, forcing Driskel out of the pocket and toward the sideline. Instead of the quarterback getting to the sideline and stepping out, McCalister caught him before he could get there.

Marcell Harris led the defense with nine tackles and had one pass breakup. The most important part for him was staying healthy all spring, and he showed up in a big way on Saturday.


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