Jacquie Franciulli has been on the scene at every open practice period this spring and came away with the following observations.
McElwain was not happy today with the wide receivers. He saw a couple of drops and there were definitely some communication issues offensively out there. He really went after Freddie Swain during practice after a drop.
Ahmad Fulwood is still struggling with this health. I'm not sure if the heat was affecting him more, but he does not look 100 percent healthy.
The big bright spot… McElwain wanted to see more of Alvin Bailey, well he certainly came out today. He has some good moments and had a couple of touchdowns.
Marcus Maye played some at the NICKEL.
Jalen Tabor picked off Luke Del Rio on the first play, however, the sophomore quarterback bounced back and finished strong. Senior grad transfer Austin Appleby continues to have a very up and down time.
Junior receiver C.J. Worton was working with the ones and not senior Chris Thompson as per usual.
Del Rio was definitely the most consistent QB after that rough start, but overall not a good day for the position as a whole.
‘Routes on air’ as alluded above was also rough. Worton and redshirt sophomore Ryan Sousa had some drops, and a few wide receivers were bobbling the ball as well.
Freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks was also very erratic. He worked with the second team during fast ball and over threw a few passes. Again, the wide receivers didn't help matters. This was a rough day for them.
The secondary, however, had a very good day. As mentioned earlier Tabor started the day with a pick, and Marcus Maye broke up a few passes.
Robert Kingsley has been at most practices as well and he reiterated a lot of what Franciulli said. The following is from Kingsley…
The Gators’ receiving corps did not look so good at Tuesday’s early open practice session.
In the “fastball” drills, Florida’s defensive backs owned every matchup and the receivers could not get open for any of their four quarterbacks.
The one bright spot was Alvin Bailey. Bailey caught two touchdowns, both from Luke Del Rio, during seven-on-seven drills. Marcell Harris and McArthur Burnett couldn’t keep up with Bailey as he raced right up the middle for both of his scores.
The two sides of the ball then squared off in half-skel drills. This is with three receivers on one side of the formation against the same side of the defense. Of course the defenders know the ball is coming somewhere near their direction, smo it is a little tougher on the offense.
Other than Bailey, no receiver impressed in this drill.
The newcomers – Josh Hammond, Dre Massey and Freddie Swain – really had rough days.
Coach McElwain was livid at Massey and Swain for running bad routes. Swain even dropped a catchable ball from Feleipe Franks while cutting across the middle of the field.
Hammond was mostly better than his counterparts, but lazily dropped a pass from receivers’ coach Kerry Dixon. Dixon got on Hammond, yelling at him to pick it up.
Ahmad Fulwood looked like he was only giving about fifty percent effort today, but during basic route drills, Fulwood told Coach Dixon that he could not cut to the right and had to sit out part of the drills.
It was not a good day for the Gators’ receivers. It could have been just an off-day, but it was alarming, to say the least.