"We hit the ground running we got a great staff and [Gators head] Coach Mac [ Jim McElwain] and the staff he’s got had a plan and it was my job to come in and learn it," said Davis. "Pretty fortunate to have had a background with some of he stuff we’re doing here, some familiarity. It wasn’t too bad. I also had a pretty strong group of kids that had been on it. It wasn’t like it was building from scratch or ground zero, just new terminology and things of that nature. It wasn’t too difficult.”
During his first press conference, Davis told reporters he was just becoming familiar with his group by not only watching film but by also holding one-on-one meetings with his men. After 13 spring practices, Davis is now confident in his group.
"I’ve got a great room, a great room. I mean unbelievable kids. I can’t say enough great things about them," he said. "The spirit that’s in that room, the character of those men, they love football, they love this university, they have high expectations of themselves, they want to be held accountable for their actions and they understand that we have a long way to go to take this team to where everybody expects it to be.”
One thing Davis has stressed to his men in the trenches is the need to play with intensity and physicality. According to the UF assistant, he challenges his group everyday.
"The kids are aware. They've been called out," said Davis. "They get it. They're smart people. They understand the obligation they have to this team in controlling the line of scrimmage and moving people, protecting the quarterback and things of that nature. They're aware, and I've got great kids. They want that. They want to be held accountable. They want to be challenged. They don't shy away from it. For me, this transition has been smooth. These kids, I can't say enough great things about them. I'm very lucky to be their coach. Very lucky."
At the end of day Davis' goal is making sure McElwain and company will not be working in a numbers game if injuries happen. He is hoping to provide depth at each position so if an injury were to occur, someone is able to step up immediately.
Odds and Ends
On Brett Heggie
“He’s working hard, doing a heck of a job. He’s played multiple positions. He’s a consciousness kid. He wants to do well. He spends a lot of time outside of required team activities studying film and being in our offense. He’s kind of a gym rat, so to speak. He’s kind of working himself into a player that we’re going to rely on quite a bit this fall. Every day he’s got to go out and compete and earn it. So far he’s done a heck of a job for us.”
On Tyler Jordan firing off the ball more consistently
"He's aware of the issue. Some days, yes. It hasn't been as consistent as we'd like it to be, but that being the case, I don't want to bash the kid or not acknowledge how well he's done. He's light years from where he started, in my opinion. He wants to be a physical player and a big part of being physical is the want-to. It's understanding and attacking everything you need to do. He's aware, and he's been addressed. He's fighting. I'm proud of him."