Gator injuries minor after second scrimmage

Jim McElwain continues to be pleased with the progress of his new team and the lack of serious injuries is something new through this point in the process.

Knock on wood.

The Florida Gators are relatively healthy and look to get healthier over the weekend with regard to injuries on the football team.

That is something we aren’t used to in these parts and a welcome trend if it keeps up.

“As far as the scrimmage today, did pretty well, had a couple injuries,” McElwain said at the press conference following the second scrimmage of the fall. “Keanu Neal had a leg deal, we held Jake (McGee), his foot was a little tender, McGee, that is, we held him out. Kylan Johnson went down, we’ll take a look at him after the scrimmage. Harkless went down with an ankle, and other than that we should be okay. Marcell Harris got hit in the ribs pretty good but there should be no issue there. We’re starting to get some guys back, that’s really the good thing. We’ll get Dorsey back here the beginning of next week, that’s gonna help us, and we should get Showers and Andrades back as well, they’re battling some strings there in the back in their leg, those guys should be ready to go.”

Now the Gators will head into game preparation time and the staff will start piecing together a depth chart.

“We need to have a really good week,” McElwain said. “This week we’ll start to pare down a bit, what I mean by that is we’ll start to kind of put some guys in position, do a little more scout work, get a mock game in some time around Wednesday or Thursday of this week, and be ready heading into game week.

“For us, we’re going to get a good practice in tomorrow, we’ll get a good walk-through Sunday, take the first day of school off on Monday. nd then head back out on Tuesday through the weekend. Really looking forward to now putting all the pieces together a little bit and getting ready to play an opponent.

Like any scrimmage there were good and bad things on offense.

“Tonight, we had a lot of guys who really came out ready to play,” McElwain said. “I liked that, however, we did have some guys that we’ve got to make sure every time we come out of the tunnel. We’ve got to be prepared to go. And there again, Achilles’ heel of a couple drops early that just can’t happen.

He saw lots of good from both quarterbacks that are at the top pf the heap. Sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier are in a battle to see who starts.

“Both quarterback’s moved the 1’s real well. I thought Treon probably moved the 2’s when he was them probably a little more effectively,” McElwain said. “Will probably had a better situational part of the scrum with both units. So those two guys are progressing and you know, no clear separation yet. And that’s okay, that’s alright. They’re competing, they’re working and getting an opportunity to work with some different units.”

The plan seems to be that both quarterbacks will get a lot of time in the first game. He won’t pinpoint how he is going to play them however.

“I think we’ve done a couple of series, give the guys a couple of drives, from there,” McElain said. “We’ve done it a couple of different ways, we’ve done it by quarters. But, sometimes if the other team has a long drive… we’ll see when we get there.”

McElwain believes he can learn a lot from watching his signal callers in the first game.

“I think that’s invaluable,” he said. “You try to put them in some of those situations where you kind of take the colored jersey off a little bit and yet you’ve got to kind of be careful with that as well. You know, escapability is huge. Being able to move in the pocket — and I’m not saying you’ve got to go beat them with your feet — you’ve got to be able to slide with pressure, ball security and be able to get your feet set to get the ball off because that’s what successful quarterbacks do. So obviously when things are live and it’s real action, you can’t replace that.”

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