Kan Li / Scout

Gators' position moves and new numbers

Jim McElwain held his pre-spring presser for Florida football on Thursday and announced a couple of position moves along with some guys that might play multiple positions. We also got the first look at the new jersey numbers for the incoming early enrollee true freshmen that will be competing this spring.

There are five newcomers to the roster this spring that finished up their high school classes and enrolled in time to compete for playing time early.  The five guys now have jersey numbers to call their own. Quarterback/ athlete Kadarius Toney (17), tight end Kemore Gamble (88), offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort (76), defensive tackle Kyree Campbell (55), and linebacker James Houston IV (41) all have their numbers for us fans and media to distinguish them on the football field.

On the positional front, there were a few things to share. Toney as we know is going to get a look at quarterback this spring and will be the beneficiary of extra snaps due to the absence of Luke Del Rio at the position. McElwain also hinted that we could see Dre Massey in a bit of a role at quarterback with his dual threat capabilities, something they wanted to utilize a year ago before he was lost for the season basically on the opening kickoff.

McElwain announced that sophomore Camrin Knight will be moved from tight end to linebacker to see what he can provide at the position. With the early enrollment status of Gamble, the Gators will still have four tight ends participating this spring.

Florida moved redshirt freshman walk-on Tanner Rowell from the defensive side to the offensive line at both guard and center. McElwain also said that junior  Martez Ivey’s first move of the spring will be from guard to left tackle. Ivey won SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors twice last year, once at guard and once at tackle. As expected, redshirt freshman Brett Heggie will work at both center and guard.

Moving the other way, redshirt sophomore Richerd Desir-Jones will move from offensive guard to defensive tackle this spring and give it a try there.

Senior Duke Dawson, who played mostly NICKEL a year ago, will now start the spring at corner. Outback Bowl MVP Chauncey Gardner will also get plenty of work at the corner position and likely be the starter there this spring. The Gators are facing a bit of an issue at safety with sophomore Jeawon Taylorand redshirt freshman Quincy Lenton both going to miss the spring with injuries, so Gardner will likely play some at NICKEL and safety this spring as well.


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