Fightin' Gators Players of the Scrimmage

The Florida Gators concluded spring drills on Saturday with the annual Orange and Blue Debut. With a nice announced crowd of 35,000 on hand, some players stepped up in the last scrimmage of the year and one that may have opened the eyes of the coaching staff for some of the players. Here are our favorites from the scrimmage.

Cody Jones and I were going to pick our own top 5, but when we did so, we had the same five from Saturday. However I added a few more guys that I thought needed some recognition on the day.

Austin Hardin: We all know Hardin had a miserable season a year ago. I honestly thought there was no way he could go 4-4 on the day and that is actually what he did. Hitting on field goals from 24, 35, 42, and 43 yards on the day this has to be something that makes him feel better.

Marcell Harris :All the red-shirt freshman did was lead the team in tackles on the day with nine. He also had a pass break up and just was everywhere early in the scrimmage. It was an encouraging sign from a player that really struggled on the first day of spring and made huge strides during the 14 practices leading up to Saturday.

Adam Lane: The red-shirt freshman running back is an absolute load and may be the shortest player on the team. He is hard to bring down with his low center of gravity, and he runs so hard. If he finds a crease he gets through it so fast and with such power, arms will not bring him down. Lane rushed 12 times for 64 yards on the day.


Adam Lane(photo by Ron Irby)

Demarcus Robinson: I don't think there is any doubt he is the most explosive receiver on the squad and he showed that with one reception for 31 yards and a touchdown. He finished with five catches for 51 yards and the touchdown. The Gators like to get him the ball in the short field and let him do the work from there. On his touchdown pass, he did exactly that. Robinson was running a short crossing route in front of Jeff Driskel, Driskel hit him in stride and Robinson turned up the field quickly. Once there, he baited defenders to the far right before cutting it to the middle of the field and the score.

Jonathan Bullard: He was the most dominant player on the field. He wasn't credited with sacks, but should have been credited with a couple of sacks of Driskel in the first two series of the game. He still finished with four tackles on his short time on the field. They were unable to block him early on and that was without Dante Fowler on the field at all and I believe Darious Cummings on the field for a very limited time.

The goal was to list five guys that had the best days, but these three shouldn't go without mention.

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Mack Brown: The senior running back is lighter these days and more elusive and runs faster. It showed on one 18 yard run from the 19 yard line. He started left after a handoff and after coming to a halt in the backfield, he reversed field and headed right and raced for 13 yards and then juked a defender for another five yards to the one yard line. Brown rushed nine times for 59 yards and a touchdown on the day.

Skyler Mornhinweg: He seems almost an afterthought after his struggles as the starter at the end of last season. But, there have been moments this spring where he has looked very sharp. He isn't going to wow anyone with arm strength, but when he is in a rhythm, he can play a controlled passing game pretty well. Mornhinweg was 14-18 for 149 yards and two TD's on the day. Eight completions went for 0 or more yards on the day.

Jay-nard Bostwick: The red-shirt freshman defensive tackle got plenty of playing time and ended up playing a lot against the first team offensive line. He was really active inside and finished with three tackles and a sack on the day and with live quarterbacks may have had more.


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