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Gators' Spring Practice Observations; March 21

The Florida Gators football squad entered Monday’s spring practice after a couple of solid weekend mix-ups according to head coach Jim McElwain. It was a less intense practice in terms of hitting, and maybe not as pleasing to the eyes of the staff as well.

From Bob Redman…

Watching the offense vs defense in the first ‘Fast Ball’ period we watched redshirt sophomore Luke Del Rio take charge of the offense. After his first short throw in which senior safety Marcus Maye broke up a pass to senior receiver Ahmad Fulwood, Del Rio hit Fulwood on a short pass and a running back out of the backfield on the next two. Then, the final play of the period, senior Chris Thompson blazed past the secondary, in a Cover-2, and into the end zone.

Chauncey and Duke square off in drills and are really going at it. Chris Williamson drives back Chauncey Gardner during the drill. Junior corner Quincy Wilson still looking pretty healthy coming back from his hernia injury.

At running back, Jordan Scarlett missed practice nursing an injury.

Next, we saw the offensive line and Defensive line square off in pass protection / pass rush drills. They had sophomore defensive lineman CeCe working at DE to start and he has been working a lot inside. They had Matt Rolin liming up outside of Sharpe.  David Sharpe was missing for the first part of this drill but showed up after second ‘Fast Ball’.

Here is the offensive line depth chart with Sharpe inserted, at least watching the pass pro drill.

LT - David Sharpe, Kavaris Harkless, Andrew Mike
LG - Antonio Riles, Brandon Sandifer
C - Cam Dillard, TJ McCoy
RG - Tyler Jordan, Nick Buchanan
RT - Fred Johnson, Stone Forsythe

Luke Ancrum working at defensive tackle and getting some nice words form defensive line coach Chris Rumph.  Jordan Sherit was back at practice and moving real well. He lined up outside in a 3-man line with Keivonnis Davis lined up outside of him during the pass rush drill.

While they weren’t really going full speed, I liked the push that Khairi Clark was getting. Otherwise the offensive line showed that when they know who to block they can get it done. 

From Jacquie Franciulli…

The guys looked tired after going real hard Friday and then again on Saturday.

I watched one drill with the wide receivers and there were plenty of drops. Receiver coach Kerry Dixon jumped in and told the guys ‘it’s one play’ and to ‘get over it’. The next round far better… some bobbles but no drops.
Senior receiver Ahmad Fulwood, Junior C.J. Worton, and freshman Josh Hammond all had drops. However, junior Dre Massey, freshman Freddie Swain and then Hammond as it went on were more consistent.

Freshman defensive back Chauncey Gardner went up with senior safety Marcus Maye one-on-one in DB drills and Maye was able to grab the catch but out jumping Gardner, who was the defender in the drill. Defensive back coach Torrian Gray made Gardner do 10 push-ups right then and there. Another guy who also felt the wrath of Torrian Gray was junior safety Marcell Harris.

One thing I noticed about the quarterbacks today during fast ball was Luke Del Rio's throws led to much more yards-after-catch than some of the others. It could be that some of the throws are just not there with the others sometimes, however, sometimes it feels like the others, especially Franks, throws it in a way the wide receivers need to work for the catch and a defender is right there to tag him.

Dre Massey once again lined up with the first team at slot receiver 

Junior receiver Alvin Bailey was back at practice after missing a few with an injury.


Jarez Parks, James Houston, and all the Miami Southridge prospects were at practice today. I couldn't see Chris Henderson but he did tweet that he was here 


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