Monday Morning Practice Notes

<B>Monday Morning Report</B><P>Zook said the Gators are two days ahead of last year's schedule...

On the second day with full contact, Florida coach Ron Zook said the Gators remain ahead of schedule in comparison to last year's start.

The Gators will scrimmage Wednesday evening and Saturday.

"We're actually going to practice a scrimmage Wednesday, which is two practices ahead from where we were last year," Zook said. "We're every bit if not more ahead in terms of installation."

Despite being ahead, Zook said there's a reason for the apparent sloppiness during practice. He said his philosophy involves installing large doses of information at once.

"That's why it looks a little sloppy," Zook said. "The method I've chosen is you throw it all on the wall and you go back and sort it out. It will begin to clear up as time goes on."

O-LINE PROGRESSION: Florida offensive line coach Joe Wickline said Monday morning he has been impressed by the play of his junior college transfers, specifically Tavarus Washington.

But Wickline was also quick to say Washington's status as a starter is far from determined.

"I think we start with a top ten that goes down to a top 8 that goes down to a top 5," Wickline said. "We've had one day of full pads, so we've got a ways to go. We've got a couple weeks of camps. I think he's running hard and making some strides. He's a good kid. We expect a lot out of him."

Washington, a 6-foot-4, 295 pound junior from Mississippi Delta, has been running with the first team at left tackle since Max Starks jumped to right guard late last week.

As for Starks' move, Zook said the switch would provide for an extremely talented inside line, including Mike Degory, Shannon Snell and Starks.

"(We're) pretty solid there in the middle," Zook said. "With Degory, Shannon and Max, you're pretty salty on the inside. This is something where we can always put Max back to left tackle. It's not an experiment. But it's just like last year where you're trying to use guys at different positions to try and create depth."

Starks continued to run at right guard Monday.

"His ability and size could be a factor for us inside," Wickline said. "He's doing a nice job. I'm trying to push all of them. It's not about switching. It's about finding the best fit for the football program."

LETTING LOOSE: True freshman Eric Wilbur punter began practicing at full strength Sunday, as coach Ron Zook said he allowed Wilbur to let loose for the first time since practice started. Wilbur has been plagued by an infected knee.

Monday morning, his problems appeared to be cleared away. The former Trinity Christian standout from Winter Park booted several balls over the fence at Sanders Practice field.

"He's got a great leg, but it's more than that," Zook said. "He still has to put it in the right place and the right direction."

Zook also has been impressed with Wilbur's athletic ability.

"When we had him in camp last year, we felt like he could be a guy that could be in the defensive backfield," Zook said. "He's an athletic guy. He's got good moves and good change of direction. He's a weapon out there."

In other news related to the punting team, Jason Hunter remains on the team despite his absence from two-a-days. Zook said Hunter will return when classes resume.

He did not make the 105-man summer roster.

INJURIES: Tight end Darrell Carpenter tweaked a hamstring Monday morning. Bobby McCray (turf toe) and O.J. Small (finger) both practiced.


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