In the 20 minutes the media gets to watch of practice every day, the first practice was a little rough on the trio of new receivers that arrived in Gainesville in January.
Junior College transfer Dre Massey and freshmen Josh Hammond and Freddie Swain were dragging a little bit when asked what to do on Wednesday. In the portion we could watch on Friday that changed
Swain was particularly good with running crisp routes and getting by defenders. Massey showed off his quickness in the short field and beyond. Hammond showed his ability to do some of the same.
Except for one mid-range out route that Swain let get through his hands, it was a good day for the three who seemed to have a better ability to grasp things quicker even in just the second practice.
At quarterback, Luke Del Rio continues to look like the one most in control. All the quarterbacks show off the arms from time to time, but Del Rio has an understanding of the offense that really allows him to play with confidence and no hesitation. Right there on his heels is graduate transfer Austin Appleby who also shows his ability to move quickly within drills, something usually tough for the young guys.
Freshman Kyle Trask looked good throwing the ball. He has a super arm and can really make the long throws. While there is a little hesitation as all young guys have, when he releases the ball it goes where it is supposed to. For the most part, Feleipe Franks threw the ball well, but besides the hesitations like Trask, he had a few passes that got away from him on Friday. Jim McElwain pulled him aside and settled his young signal caller down. These things are to be expected from the young guys from time to time.
In the secondary, we are starting to see some exciting things from the two true freshmen corners and sophomore corner Chris Williamson. Williamson, who was a bit passive last year, and it kept him off the field. He’s got a new attitude and is playing a lot more aggressively now. He showed that Friday and drew praise from defensive back coach Torrian Gray.
The two younger guys have hit the ground running as far as aggressive manners. While Chauncey Gardner saw time at both safety and corner, when he lined up against any receiver in drills, he was in their face, mistake or not, and he made them earn it. McArthur Burnett may be small, but he isn’t afraid either. While he is busy working on gaining muscle at an accelerated rate, he is as aggressive as anyone out there.
Junior Quincy Wilson is still running lightly as he continues to nurse a hernia. Jalen Tabor still looks like he owns everyone out there.
On the defensive line, we saw Keivonnis Davis getting a lot of work at the RUSH. Davis is a guy that has gained some serious muscle, but moves around great and may be able to play some standing up. They really like him at the position as of now.
Stay tuned to Fightin’ Gators as we continue to bring you more from Friday and the rest of spring practice.