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Gators' Spring Practice Observations; March 28

The Gators were back in the Indoor Practice Facility on Monday as practice resumed after a holiday weekend. Here is what we saw in the short time we are allowed to watch.

Luke Del Rio and Feleipe Franks were the two quarterbacks in charge of the ‘fastball’ period. Usually just 4-7 plays run at a hectic pace to test both side of the ball.  

On Monday we watched sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio and freshman Feleipe Franks take the two offenses heading toward the two end zones in the ‘fastball’ period. Del Rio was getting big heat from the defensive line on almost all of his plays and was dumping it down a lot to receivers in short routes.  Junior safety Nick Washington broke up one pass. . Franks was the sharpest I have seen him this spring. He went 4-for-4 and hit freshman Freddie Swain on a 15-20 yard post at the goal line and a touchdown to end the period.

As Florida head coach said on Monday, Jordan Scarlett was back out at practice after missing over half a week due to injury. After watching him, you couldn’t tell he was injured at all.  

We did see redshirt sophomore Ryan Sousa and freshman Joshua Hammond drop a pass early, but overall the receivers did well.  

Watching the tight ends, they were running red zone offense against the defense and honestly they weren’t the main target most of the time. I did see redshirt sophomore Cyontai Lewis with a touchdown grab. You can tell they are really working on the toughness of these guys. As this particular group gets bigger and stronger they will get better at the line of scrimmage. 

They worked a lot against the defensive ends in either pass protection or run blocking mode. The two groups really got after it.


From Robert Kingsley…

Senior linebacker Daniel McMillian looked agile in today’s practice. He impressed linebacker coach Randy Shannon with his quick hips and reflexes.

Senior Alex Anzalone also drew compliments from the coaching staff today.  During goal-line drills, RB Mark Herndon ran a route out of the backfield and headed towards the goal line when Anzalone, displaying great awareness, raced towards the sideline to break up the pass intended for Herndon about a yard shy of the end zone. Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was ecstatic about Anzalone’s effort and hustle.

Collins was upset after redshirt-junior linebacker Matt Rolin got beat by WR Freddie Swain in the back of the end zone during the same goal-line drills. In Rolin’s defense, QB Feleipe Franks delivered the ball perfectly to the speedy Swain.

Collins’ criticism was clearly taken into consideration by Rolin as he managed to look good for the rest of open practice period.


From Jacquie Franciulli…

Sophomore defensive end Cece Jefferson arrived late to practice but that's probably because he was taking his Driver’s License test, McElwain said he was going to do today at the noon press conference.

It appears that the scrimmage was good for Franks' confidence. The QB looked the best I've seen him so far. He connected with redshirt junior receiver Alvin Bailey a couple of times, and also connected with Swain for two touchdown passes.

Senior receiver Chris Thompson made an athletic one handed grab


As expected 5-star athlete Devon Hunter and 4-star corner Amir Riep were watching practice. 


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