" I'm just happy to get back out on the field," said the Gators wide receiver. "I like competing, so it's good to get back out on the field with my teammates and compete and go out with my teammates. We talk trash, but that's what we do here. It makes us better."
Gators wide receiver Brandon Powell ready for his first and last spring at UF; excited by the offense
This is third spring for Jim McElwain, and Powell has seen how McElwain's influence has changed the team's mentality.
"Everybody's just paying attention to the little details," he said. "On offense, everyone's taking their time to study the plays. Like today, everyone was moving fast. There were very little mistakes. Everybody is just hammering into those little details coach Mac is always harping about."
According to Powell, underclassmen quarterbacks Kyle Trask and Feleipe Franks are two guys that have benefitted from being under Mac's leadership and coming in early last year.
"They both were trying to compete. They were both trying to make plays," after the quarterbacks' first week of spring practice. "That's what you want to see out of your quarterbacks. I mean, it's Day one, but we'll see how it progresses."
"You can tell they both studied the playbook," added Powell. "They both took time out of their days to get better and practice throwing. They knew where to go with the ball fast. That was a good thing to see today. I hope they can keep it up for the rest of spring."
With the potential of young signal callers taking the keys to the offense this season, Powell is confident the wide receiver group can help the offense move forward with a new leader.
"Everybody played last year. We see ourselves as the best group in the country. We just come out to compete every day. Little talking. Just come out to work. That's something you'll see at practice. The receivers are always going to work. That's just the end of that."
It also helps having a playmaker like Dre Massey working back to full health.
"It will be great to have another weapon that will just make everyone else compete. Having another playmaker back will just make everyone else have to do their job so they can be on the field."
But as he enters his senior season, Powell is hoping this spring will help him leave a mark on Gator nation.
"I just want to go out with a win, win the SEC. My job is to push everybody and make everybody compete. Make sure everybody is on point, so we can get that goal accomplished."
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