No Spring-Time Orange & Blues

For his third Orange & Blue Game, UF Head Coach Ron Zook made his guys understand the importance of the ‘scrimmage', and, the entire spring for that matter. Throughout the spring, he continued to stress how the players need to be a TEAM. And, the players reacted.

Getting to see all fourteen practices, and, the O& B Game, I saw how the tempo picked-up from that first practice to Saturday's game at The Swamp. (The tempo of the offense, as well as the team as a whole).

After the game, I rode down the elevator from the press box with Offensive Coordinator and WR's Coach Larry Fedora, who said he was very pleased with how both squads played. Though, he said, there's a lot of room for improvement.

For some players, the O & B Game was a chance to impress, thus, trying to gain a starting spot come fall. Junior Center Mike Degory said that, "nothing's written in stone," speaking about how important it is to play well to ‘keep' a starting position, as well as trying to get one.

"I'm glad I finally got the opportunity to play," said sophomore DB Terrance Holmes. "The coaches put me in a position, and, I'm just trying to make plays. I guess if they like it, they'll keep putting me in that position if I keep making plays."

Blue Team sophomore QB Chris Leak continued to impress. He went 15 of 28, racking-up a mere 335 yards. "I've got to keep working hard…keep getting reps in. The more and more reps you get the better. We had to compete and make each other better (playing in the O & B Game)."

Early on, Leak hooked-up with junior WR Dallas Baker for a 73-yard bomb, which set up a Ciatrick Fason 15-yard touchdown run. Baker had three receptions for 176 yards. Later, Leak hit Baker again, this time for a 70-yard completion, which set up short DaJuan Lawrence touchdown run.

Sophomore WR Reggie Lewis didn't do too shabby as he vies for a starting spot. He was on the receiving end of a 53-yard pass from freshman QB Justin Midgett for the Orange Team. Lewis had seven catches for 109 yards. "I think it's important to see what we've got (regarding the spring). But, coming back with ‘two-a-days', will be more important than what anybody did in the spring," said Lewis. "Overall, I think I had a pretty decent spring. In the off-season, I have to work on catching the ball before I run. That's my biggest problem."

For the Orange Team, Midgett went 16 of 31 for 286 yards. And, sophomore RB Skyler Thornton rushed for 70 yards and scored a touchdown.

Sophomore RB Ciatrick Fason had a stellar day, (considering he was playing against his own teammates). He rushed for 141 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Blue Team. "I still think that I've got a little ways to go to where I've got to be. When ‘two-a-days' come along, I think I'll get there before the first game. I just went out today and tried to treat it like a (regular season) game. It was a real good spring. We came along (as a team) a lot quicker than last year."

Degory, who is one of the team's captains, said he was happy about getting the chance to finally hitting some people. "It's always nice to ‘pound' some people! (In practice), you get tired of always sitting back and letting them come to you. That's always good. But, what it takes to win is that you've got to have balance (on the O-Line, whether blocking for the run or for the pass)." 

Blue Team freshman DE Tranell Morant led both defensive squads with two sacks and five tackles. Also for the Blue Team, sophomore CB Jermaine McCollum picked-off two passes.

It really doesn't matter, but the Blue Team beat the Orange Team 41-13.

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