Thursday Practice Report

Zook says Leak looked sharpest after reviewing Wednesday's scrimmage tapes.

It may have taken him a day longer than the others who watched Wednesday's scrimmage, but Coach Ron Zook finally cracked. He admitted the obvious.

After watching the tape, Zook actually leaked a bit of rare individual praise.

"Chris [Leak] was probably a little bit sharper after watching the tape," Zook said.

So no, it wasn't ground-breaking. No, he didn't name him the starter. And no, it really doesn't mean much at all considering Leak's 226 yards passing said enough.

But hey, let's not get greedy -- especially when this is what you've become used to:

"Once again, I thought all four of them did some good things," Zook continued. "And all four did some things that weren't so good."

Asked what Leak did that wasn't so good, Zook said: "I wouldn't necessarily like to see him do anything differently. I think the more times he takes snaps, the more it's going to become natural."

Leak finished the scrimmage 12-for-14 with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

TOUGH TIMES: Life has been lonely lately for left guard Shannon Snell ever since Max Starks made the jump to the other side of the line at right guard.

As best friends off the field, Snell said it's taking him some time to get acclimated to not having Starks as his neighbor at left tackle.

"It's been kind of tough going with a new person," Snell said. "Me and Max knew each other style and we kind of meshed. Now, I have to take it on myself to teach those younger guys how to get to where he was at."

On the up-side, the Gators are now stacked in the middle with center Mike Degory sandwiched between Starks and Snell. While it maybe helping the team, it isn't helping Snell's feelings.

"It's kind of weird," he said. "I never thought in a million years that they would move him. I'd like to see him at left tackle, but it's not my decision."

Yet as sad as the story may sound, it has a happy ending. Snell started to feel better once he realized Starks is only a few feet to his right.

"It's the first time since I've been here we've had such a dominant middle," Snell said. "I think the coaches are looking to run more up the middle."

AND IT'S GOOD: Practice ended on a high note as kicker Matt Leach booted a 52-yard field goal during the final two-minute drill. Leach threw his arms in the air as the ball bounced off the bottom of the goal post and through the uprights.

"He's in a groove right now," Zook said. "He's really kicking well."

COOL AND CALM?: Even though quarterback Gavin Dickey appeared to press some passes including his thrown interception in the scrimmage, Zook said he thinks the redshirt freshman remains relaxed.

"That wasn't all his fault. The receiver wasn't where he was supposed to be. He's so much better than he was in the spring."

INJURIES: Taurean Charles left practice early because of a stinger to his shoulder. Mo Mitchell tweaked his knee in the final minutes of the workout.

Ran Carthon was limited again Thursday because of a slight groin pull, while Daryl Dixon (strained quad) and Bobby McCray (turf toe) continued to nurse their injuries


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