Practice Report: 3/21/2002

UFI takes a look at how the Gators did at Practice on Thursday.


While there were several highlights today, sloppiness abounded as the team adjusts to new schemes and terminology.

The offense continued to work on moving the quarterbacks around, and once again ran the option.

The defense spent a lot of time working on coverages, particularly the linebackers learning to recognize fakes.

Special teams received some work as kick blocking garnered some attention

During live drills everyone seemed up and down. Taylor Jacobs had the highlight of the day, catching a 40 yard pass that would have gone for a TD had the whistle not blown. There really weren't that many other offensive highlights, as the defense for the most part dominated, applying pressure to Rex Grossman and the other QB's. Reggie Vickers, OJ Small and Antoine Sharp all had nice days, with Sharp spinning off a defensive back to score a TD in goal line drills. Deshawn Carter laid out Brian Stone with the hit of the day that sent Stone flat on his back.

The offense then worked on a 45 second drill for 2 sets. The first possesion ended when Matt Leach shanked a field goal wide left. The 2nd ended with a Travis Harris interception of Ingle Martin to close out practice.

Some Items of  Interest

-Keiwan Ratliff was absent at the end of practice. It did not appear that he was injured.

-The punters were up and down again, with Reid Fleming having the best day.

-Matt Leach continues to work out with the middle linebackers and coach Thompson for some reason.

-Deshawn Carter is playing really well, and appears to be vying for a starting spot.

-The offensive struggled picking up the blitz today. Max Starks struggled a bit as he adjusts to the left side.

-Arpedge Rolle looked good in drills. He could be a factor in the fall.

-Bobby McCray had a nice day pressuring the QB.

-Darrell Lee appears slow and maybe a little overweight.

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